Some people end up with appendicitis without even knowing it and this can be life-threatening. These are signs you should look out for if you feel threatened.
The average person knows a little bit about stomach pain, considering that it’s one of the commonest ailments we all experience — from constipation to diarrhoea or food poisoning, we are all familiar with them.
However, while appendicitis is much less common, about five percent of the population eventually ends up with it, and if you fall into that unlucky group, you need to know the symptoms to look for, otherwise, your appendix can rupture, which can be life-threatening.
Here are some warning signs that you need to be aware of…
1 • Your stomach hurts more than ever before:
Appendicitis usually causes severe pain that extends from the belly button to the lower right side of the abdomen, doctors say. While this doesn’t necessarily mean your appendix is about to burst, you may need to find out with your doctor. Some appendicitis patients have a different type of discomfort, such as your stomach hurting when you’re walking, coughing, or going over a bump in a car. In another instance, your whole abdominal wall could be inflamed. Your appendix might be on the verge of bursting, or it might have already ruptured. See a doctor without delay.
2 • You’re nauseous, vomiting, and lack appetite:
You might just be battling a stomach bug, and not everyone with appendicitis will have these symptoms. But if you’re feeling really queasy in addition to having bad pain, get checked out. Inflammation of the appendix sometimes impacts other aspects of the gastrointestinal tract and the nervous system and leads to nausea and vomiting, doctors warn.
3 • You’re using the toilet more than usual:
In some people, the appendix is positioned lower in the pelvis, so it’s pretty close to the bladder. And when the bladder comes into contact with an inflamed appendix, the bladder also becomes inflamed and irritated, says a board-certified gastrointstinal surgeon at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. As a result, you may feel like you have to urinate all the time — and it hurts when you do. See your doctor.
4 • You’re shivering and running a fever:
A fever and chlls mean there’s inflammation somewhere in your body. If your appendix is inflamed, the body responds by releasing several chemicals to ring the alarm and bring fighter cells to the area, which can manifest as localised pain as well as whole-body symptoms like fever and chills. If you also have stomach pain — or if your fever is worsening — consult your doctor.
5 • You’re not all there:
If you’re confused or disoriented, that might mean the infection is getting worse; it might have even entered your bloodstream (sepsis), which can be fatal. It means that the infection is getting worse and expending a lot of body resources including oxygen, so the brain doesn’t get enough and doesn’t work normally. Any time someone is acting erratically, don’t delay: Whether it turns out to be appendicitis or something else that can alter their mental state (like a stroke), the sooner you get help the better.