5 Early Warning Signs of Appendicitis and FAQs
The appendix is a pouch-shaped organ connected to the large intestine on the lower right-hand side of your abdomen. An obstruction in the appendix can lead to its inflammation and infection, a condition commonly referred to as appendicitis. The blockage may be due to accumulation of mucus, parasites or fecal matter.
In case of an inflamed appendix, it is vital to get treatment as soon as possible. Otherwise, this can lead to its rupture and consequent release of dangerous bacteria into your body.
Listed below are some of the early warning signs of appendicitis and how you can address these.
- Acute pain in the abdomen
- In half of the cases, the appendicitis pain starts off as a dull ache around the belly-button area.
- It will then intensify quickly and become debilitating and severe within a span of few hours. Mothers often compare this pain to the kind they experience during labor.
- If the pain is left untreated at this point, it will prevent you from participating in normal activities. If you experience it in sleep, the pain will be so intense that you will be awakened and unable to get back to sleep.
- Some people have appendix located behind the colon. In appendicitis, these people have experienced lower back or pelvic pain.
- Mild nausea
Nausea is another symptom of appendicitis, and it can occur even before you start experiencing abdominal pain. You may also experience vomiting followed by sharp and severe pain in the abdomen area.
If your nausea or vomiting is accompanied by localized pain that increases in intensity and is concentrated in your lower right abdominal area, then the probable cause of this condition is appendicitis. Seek medical treatment at the earliest possible time.
- Low-intensity fever and chills
The symptoms of appendicitis, in its initial stages, can be likened to ordinary stomach flu.
- You will have a mild or sharp stomach ache
- You will generally feel unwell, and maybe some chills.
- Your chills may be accompanied by low-intensity fever that leaves you sweating
- Within a few hours, your body temperature may rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Worsening abdominal pain along with lower back pain or rectal pain indicates an appendicitis infection.
- Bloating and gas
After eating an elaborate meal or consuming large amounts of water, you typically feel bloated. However, this would subside in a few hours, and you would feel normal again. One of the early warning signs of appendicitis is bloating and gas that does not go away.
These symptoms worsen over the course of time and culminate in constipation, bowel discomfort, and difficulty in bowel movements. Most of the people affected by appendicitis are not aware of this symptoms.