Appendicitis produces an array of appendix pain symptoms for those suffering. The appendix is located on the large intestine near the lower-right area of the abdomen. The appendix does not have an explainable function; however, surgical removal has proven to cause no harm to patients. Obstruction of the appendiceal lumen, the inside wall of the appendix, causes appendicitis. The appendiceal lumen swells and develops infection when blocked by fecal matter, parasites, enlarged lymph tissue or inflammatory bowel disease. The most frequent patients affected by appendicitis have a common age range between 10 and 30 years old. A doctor will need to asses the patient's medical background and execute a physical examination to properly diagnose the disease. Immediate surgery is recommended if the patient displays classic signs of appendix pain symptoms before it ruptures and causing further bodily harm. A life-threatening condition called peritonitis may spread if the appendix bursts and spreads throughout the abdomen.
- Abdominal pain. Classic signs of appendicitis pain symptoms include abdominal pain that occurs suddenly with sleep disturbances, begins near the belly button, unexplainable pain not attributed to other ailments, intensifies in a matter of hours and when moving around.
- Other symptoms. Pay attention to loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, inability to pass gas, low-grade fever, swelling of the abdomen and the overwhelming need to pass a stool to relieve the pain.
- May mask symptoms of other ailments. Appendicitis pain symptoms might also mimic other ailments, including intestinal obstruction, inflammatory bowel disease, pelvic inflammatory disease, intestinal adhesions and constipation.