Appendicitis is a common affliction with one in 20 people within the US having to have an appendectomy every year. WebMD reports that the most common age group to have problems with their appendix are people between the ages of 10 and 30. Once an appendix gets inflamed, emergency surgery is generally the end result.
Catching the appendix early, before it ruptures, is very important. It can generally be safely removed without any adverse consequences. After it ruptures, “infectious material” gets dumped into the abdominal cavity, creating a dangerous situation. Here are 6+ signs that your appendix may be inflamed.
1. Abdominal pain. Probably the most common symptom is abdominal pain. Medical News Today states that the pain may begin suddenly and be situated in the lower right hand side. The Mayo Clinic adds that the pain may worsen when coughing, walking or moving in a jarring fashion.
2. Navel pain. The Mayo Clinic states that sometimes the pain may begin in at the navel and then migrate to the lower right abdomen.
3. Back pain. In addition to abdominal pain, WebMD shares that some people may have back pain and pain in the rectum.
4. Rebound pain. If the above types of discomfort aren’t present, but you suspect appendicitis, Health says that many will present rebound pain. Gently press on the lower right abdomen and release. If that hurts and the person doesn’t want you to push again, he or she probably has appendicitis.
5. Urinary pain. This is a rather unusual symptom, but WebMD reports that some people have pain and difficulty urinating.
6. Nausea. Many appendicitis sufferers will have nausea and vomiting, according to Medical News Today.
7. Bloating. Some people will notice that their abdomen is bloated and filled with gas. Health states that the gas and bloat don’t go away after a reasonable period of time. Some may feel like they need to pass gas, but can’t.
8. Loss of appetite. Another common symptom, according to Medical News Today, is a sudden loss of appetite.
9. Fever. Often, a low-grade fever that won’t go away is common, according to the Mayo Clinic.
If these symptoms manifest themselves, get to an emergency room or doctor quickly and get it checked out. Appendicitis is nothing to mess around with.