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How To Tell If That Pain In Your Abdomen Is Appendicitis: 6 Alarming Signs Of Life-Threatening Condition

Date June 25, 2018

Appendicitis is an inflammatory process in a small, pouch-like sac called the appendix that is attached to your large intestine. This organ helps your immune system fight off diseases. When appendix becomes inflamed causing the condition called appendicitis, one and the only rule is to seek medical help as soon as possible. The condition can be life-threatening, as the inflamed appendix can burst and cause extremely dangerous condition called peritonitis.

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How to identify appendicitis?

Appendicitis is a rare condition that occurs only in about 5% of the population. However, in case of being that unlucky to fall into this group, you have to know the most common symptoms to recognize the disease as soon as possible. In case of experiencing the following symptoms, you should call 911.

1. Abdominal pain.

Classic sign of appendicitis is abdominal pain. It can vary in different people. The most common, though, is an acute pain in the lower side of your abdomen. The pain usually gets worse if you move your legs, cough, or sneeze.

The severity of pain can quickly increase to unbearable levels. This pain will definitely wake anybody up in the middle of the night.

2. Fever.

Another typical symptom of appendicitis is a fever. The condition causes the body temperature to be higher than 100 °F. In case of a ruptured appendix, the pain and temperature can increase to life-threatening levels.

3. Vomiting and nausea.

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Not all people experience vomiting during appendicitis. Mostly, it happens when a person tries to eat something. In this case, the body rejects any food and throws it back. Appendicitis also causes loss of appetite.

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4. Constipation or diarrhea.

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These symptoms usually never appear before abdominal pain. Some people with appendicitis experience severe diarrhea, while the others cannot go to the bathroom at all.

5. Bloating that doesn’t go away.

Anybody can experience bloating from time to time. However, if you still experience this symptom accompanied by pain in the lower-right abdomen and fever, it can definitely be a sign of appendicitis. In such case, don’t hesitate and seek medical help as soon as possible.

6. Tight stomach.

Another telltale symptom of appendicitis is the tight stomach. Typically, it feels like all your abdominal muscles become extremely tense. Moreover, almost in every case, the tight stomach is accompanied by rebound tenderness, which means that you experience pain if you push on the lower-right part of your tummy. You can try it once, but it is not recommended to continue pushing on your abdomen again.

A whole bunch of other serious conditions can mimic the symptoms of appendicitis including ectopic pregnancy, Crohn’s disease, colon cancer, mesenteric lymphadenitis, acute pleuropneumonia, ovarian apoplexy (a sudden rupture in the ovary), etc.  Therefore, in case of experiencing the manifestations, you should seek immediate medical care and let doctors do their job.

Take care and stay healthy!

                                                                                                             Source: Prevention, Health, Cleveland Clinic

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