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Pain Management: Early Signs of Appendicitis

  By posted Dec 20th 2013
Healthy Living

 

Appendicitis

 

Appendicitis occurs when there is a rupture in the appendix, which can be very painful and may require surgery. The early signs of appendicitis are pain in the lower abdomen, but there are other symptoms that also occur during appendicitis. Watch out for these symptoms and visit a doctor immediately if you experience them.

 

Belly button pain
The earliest sign of appendicitis is pain or discomfort in the belly button area of the abdomen. This pain then gradually moves to the lower abdomen.

Excruciating increase in pain
It begins with some amount of pain, which gradually becomes very severe and excruciating. This could happen within a few hours. The pain is very intense and will prevent a person from functioning normally.

Fever
Appendicitis is usually accompanied by low-grade fever along with stomach pain. Also, as the situation worsens, the fever rises.

Nausea and vomiting
Another symptom of an appendix rupture is nausea followed by vomiting. This may appear as an ordinary stomach bug, but if the situation continues for more than 12 hours, you must visit your doctor immediately.

Diarrhea
In many cases, abdominal pain is followed by mild diarrhea and in some cases mucus. Visit your doctor quickly to treat this condition.

Bloating and gas
Bloating and gas may not seem like severe symptoms but when they are accompanied with excruciating pain in the lower abdomen, consult your doctor immediately.

Abdominal tenderness
To check if you may be suffering from an appendicitis attack, apply some pressure on the lower right abdomen and release it. If you experience pain (rebound tenderness), then this is a symptom of a ruptured appendix.



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