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July 01 2013

early signs of appendicitis

Signs Of Appendicitis: How To Recognize Them

The appendix, located in the lower right part of the abdomen is often diagnosed with chronic and acute inflammation known as appendicitis. According to the National Institutes of Health, a person has a seven percent chance of getting appendicitis in their lifetime. Not everyone will experience the same signs of appendicitis and some will have such mild symptoms that the condition will go undiagnosed until it very serious, even life-threatening.

What is appendicitis? It is a condition commonly characterized by the inflammation of a person’s appendix. This condition is classed in the same group as medical emergencies.

Appendicitis often starts with vague symptoms that do not seem to be anything very serious. The individual may think they have an upset stomach or that it may have been something they ate. The signs of appendicitis are different from these illnesses, though and will slowly start to cause more discomfort until they are very painful.

When someone has appendicitis, the discomfort will normally start with a vague pain in the middle of the stomach near the belly button or navel. This pain then slowly moves to the right toward the lower hip and lower abdomen over the next twenty-four hours. Not everyone’s appendix is in the same place, so some may feel pain along their backs or their right sides. As this pain is moving, it may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting, no appetite and a fever. However, only about half of those with appendicitis have all of these symptoms. More likely, a person who develops appendicitis will have some combination of some of these signs of appendicitis.

It important to know the warning signs of appendicitis and appendix pain symptoms. According to majordiseases.com, in the early stages, it is very hard to distinguish the symptoms of developing appendicitis from those of gastroenteritis which is an inflammation of the intestines and stomach. There are many instances where individuals are admitted to the hospital for suspected appendicitis only to leave with a diagnosed case of gastroenteritis.

The elderly and children often do not exhibit as many symptoms as others when developing appendicitis and may not be able to adequately describe what they are feeling which can make their diagnosis more difficult. This can lead to more complications in cases of appendicitis in children and the elderly, so if appendicitis is even suspected in these cases, it is important to seek medical care immediately.

Appendicitis symptoms can take anywhere from four to forty-eight hours to fully develop and during this time a person who is developing appendicitis can have any of the symptoms in varying degrees to include nausea, diarrhea, fever, constipation, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain. One of the dangers of appendicitis is rupture. If the abdomen becomes very firm, this could mean a condition called acute abdomen is occurring which is a sign that the appendix is inflamed. Immediate surgery may be indicated to remove the appendix to prevent it from rupturing. A ruptured appendix can cause sepsis which is a life-threatening infection in the bloodstream.

If some of the symptoms seem to resolve and be relieved, it may be a sign that the appendix has burst. If this happens, the individual needs immediate medical attention because surgery may need to be done to remove the ruptured appendix.

Signs of appendicitis can be confused with other gastrointestinal illnesses in the early stages, but once they progress to the point where appendicitis has developed they are fairly easy to distinguish as appendicitis and the individual needs to seek medical care. Appendicitis is a serious medical condition and without medical intervention can even become life-threatening.

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