Appendicitis symptoms are no joke. And to start off, I would like to share with you that appendicitis is a condition that causes the appendix to be inflamed.
Appendicitis can occur when the opening of the appendix to the cecum becomes clogged with an accumulation of mucus or stool that entered the appendix through the cecum. When the stools or mucus hardens, it can block the appendix. In addition, the lymphatic tissues of the appendix can swell, causing the appendix to be blocked as well. In some cases, the appendix may rupture, which can cause bacteria to spread.
One of the most common appendicitis symptoms is pain.
The pain one feels at first is located in the abdominal area. However, this pain is not localized and the general belly button area may hurt, making it difficult to diagnose.
Abdominal pain tends to occur before other symptoms and over time, the pain will move to the lower right abdominal area within the next 24 hours. This pain can worsen in a short period of time and the pain may intensify while one moves, breathes in deeply, sneezes, or coughs.
Other common appendicitis symptoms can take up to two days to occur. They include a loss in appetite, nausea, and vomiting. In addition, one may have diarrhea or constipation, a mild fever, abdominal swelling, and decreased flatulence.
It is important to note that not everyone with appendicitis have all these symptoms. Many people have just a combination of the above symptoms. Early symptoms of appendicitis may be difficult to differentiate from other medical conditions, such as gastroenteritis, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation, and intestinal obstructions.
Younger children may have milder symptoms and their limited vocabulary makes it difficult to express the pain that they are feeling, thus making it more difficult to diagnose and separate their condition from a generally stomach ache.
As the inflammation gets worse in the appendix, it will spread to the outer covering of the appendix, then to the lining of the abdomen. This thin lining is known as the peritoneum and once this occurs, the pain will be localized to a small area. This area is found between the belly button (umbilicus) and the right hip point. The exact point of pain is known as the “McBurney’s point”. If the appendix does rupture, bacteria will spread to the entire abdomen and pain will affect the general abdominal area.
If you find that you are experiencing appendicitis symptoms, it is important to see a medical professional soon to avoid the potential rupturing of the appendix.
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