What Should You Look For?
The symptoms of appendicitis vary but are centered around abdominal pain. It can be hard to diagnose an early onset appendicitis in young children, the elderly, and women of childbearing age for various reasons. In each of these cases, many other ailments could be the case, making a possible appendicitis infection not the first thought. Typically, at first your appendix pain may be slight and you will start to feel pain around your belly button in a very general area and poorly localized. You could very easily experience pain in your hips, back or both, so it’s important to educate yourself on this type of pain as well so you are prepared. The longer the pain persists and the more symptoms you may encounter, the pain will become central to the lower right abdomen where the appendix is located and quite possibly infected.
Below are early symptoms to be mindful of if you think you may be experiencing an appendicitis:
- Reduced Appetite
- Low Grade Fever
- Swollen Abdomen
Over time, as the inflammation of the appendix increases, you will start to feel appendix pain in a place called McBurney’s point, which is the area right above your appendix (right lower area of your abdomen between your right hip and belly button). It will become very intense and possibly develop into sharp shooting pains along your right side and even back. If you experience one of the above symptoms, it is likely that you will begin to experience more giving you a better indication you might be in need of medical attention. The worst thing is to ignore this pain or believe it’ll pass as if it doesn’t and the appendix bursts, the infection will spread to the stomach lining and intestines becoming a much bigger medical condition. If your appendix bursts before you get to the hospital, you may initially start to feel the pain go away, however, the pain will get worse once peritonitis sets in, which is when your abdominal cavity lining becomes infected and inflamed. At this point, even the slightest movements or even coughs will become excruciating and unbearable. A lot of the symptoms at this point will be the same as above but much worse in nature.
More Severe Symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Fever above 99 degrees Fahrenheit
- Severe Cramps
- Pain during urination