Before we describe Appendicitis symptoms, it is necessary to explain what this condition actually is. So let’s say something about Appendicitis first.
Appendicitis is a medical name for appendix inflammation. This condition is rather severe and may cause serious health complications and problems, so it requires immediate intervention. When the inflammation occurs, sometimes it calls for emergency measures such as removal of the appendix. If left untreated, this condition may even cause death.
If detected on time, a patient has a chance to treat it and thus his chances to heal the inflammation are higher. If the inflammation is very severe the problem can still be solved by the appendix removal. That is why it is extremely important to know about the symptoms.
It is the only way to detect it before it is too late. So learn about the appendicitis symptoms right now.
The first symptom is usually an abdominal pain. At first it is not localized and the patient has a feeling like his whole stomach is in pain. After some time (usually in about six hours) the pain becomes more localized and the patient feels it in the right side. Now, the appendix position varies, which makes the whole problem even more difficult. In case that the appendix is normally positioned, the pain is situated within the right iliac region. If the appendix is positioned higher, the pain follows it and the patient feels it beneath his right rib.
You get the picture how difficult it can be to determine what really hurts you, since the appendix can be positioned higher or lower, depending on a person. Some might ask: “Well, how will I know if it is appendicitis?” If the pain is strong, constant and lasts for more than five hours, call your doctor. It does not mean that you actually have appendicitis, but do not wait for too long because in case you do have it, it can really harm you in a short time.
Sometimes the pain is accompanied by a fever or nausea. It may worsen when you cough or move. A patient may experience a pain in the back, constipation and fever. His stomach may get swollen and painful to touch.