Signs Of Appendicitis
If you've every experienced the signs of appendicitis, you know that they are not fun. Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, the small organ that extends from the large intestines. It's about 3 1/2 inches long and has no real function in the body. If your appendix becomes inflamed and needs removing, it can cause extreme discomfort. If it is not removed, it can burst and cause serious infections in other parts of the body.
- Pain. An inflamed appendix causes extreme pain in most people. The first sign of pain is described as dull and uncomfortable. The pain eventually increases to sharp and severe. It then radiates throughout the right side of the body, especially in the lower right side. Most people complain of pain in the rectum, back and abdomen. Some experience difficult urination.
- Decreased Appetite. The second sign of appendicitis is loss of appetite. You tend to eat less or not at all. This can lead to weight loss and dehydration. Nausea and vomiting may also set in, causing you distress.
- Fever. Almost all infections cause a raised temperature. Appendicitis may raise your body temperature to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. You may sweat as well. This is your body’s way of dealing with a temperature.
- No Gas and Abdominal Swelling. Appendicitis can prevent you from passing gas. The gas builds up inside your intestines and causes your abdomen to increase in size. You not only face the pain from the infected appendix, you now have the discomfort of gas pressure. Some people are tempted to take an antacid to relieve the gas. Doctors recommend against taking anything because it may cause your appendix to burst.
- Diarrhea or Constipation. Diarrhea may eventually come. Your gas problem may finally go away at this time. However, the opposite may occur. You can become constipated as well. This complicates matters because the gas pressure worsens.
If you experience any unexplained pain and symptoms, it's best to call your physician or seek medical help immediately. Only a physician can run the proper tests and examinations to diagnose your condition.