Appendix symptoms

When you know what some of the symptoms of appendicitis is, you will be able to know whether or not to seek immediate medical treatment for this particular problem. When someone’s appendix becomes inflamed, it tends to cause health complications and a wide range of symptoms which includes nausea, vomiting, pain in the navel area, and constipation or diarrhea depending on the specific case. Some people experience appendicitis differently than others, but these are the most common symptoms which are experienced by those who have an inflamed appendix. Although you do not need to have you appendix, it can cause serious problems if it becomes infected and inflamed. If this is the case it will need to be removed as soon as possible to prevent future problems. Many years ago there were actually quite a few people who would die from this particular problem because there were no surgical options at the time, so people who had it were forced to go on without any real form of treatment.

The appendix is cylindrically shaped and is part of the larger intestine, located in the lower half o the abdomen. While it is not vital to the healthy functioning of your body, it can cause problems for certain people if it becomes inflamed due to an infection. Although most of the time children are the ones who have their appendix removed, sometimes it can occur with adults. The official cause of appendicitis is an obstruction of the appendicle lumen which in turn creates a buildup of pressure and irregular blood circulation as well as significant inflammation which can cause a sensation of nausea and sometimes a sharp pain around navel area. It is important that you are able to recognize the signs and symptoms of this condition because it can get quite serious if it is left untreated. Some people try to simply wait it out and it ends up getting worse. Since the last thing you want is to have to be rushed into emergency for an appendix removal, you will want to pay attention to what exactly your body is trying to tell you with these symptoms.

A lot of the time the root cause of appendicitis is a foreign body which enters into the appendix and creates a bacterial or viral infection. This can lead to the inflammation of the appendix which then results in all of the unpleasant symptoms which people who have this problem often times experience. When a doctor is going about diagnosing someone with appendicitis, they do not have to have all of the above-mentioned symptoms, though most of them are common with people who have an inflamed appendix. A lot of the time the pain starts to get worse when coughing or breathing in deeply. Until the inflamed appendix is removed it can be a very painful experience and it is highly recommended that you get checked out if you are experiencing this constellation of symptoms. It could very well mean that you have appendicitis which means that you will need to undergo surgery to remove it as soon as possible to put a stop to the inflammation.

Usually elderly people who have appendicitis have less of a problem with fever and abdominal pains, so it can be slightly harder for them to recognize and get treated promptly. Because elderly people have a weakened immune system it can mean even more health problems than for a middle-aged or young adult. This makes it even more crucial for older people to get treated for their appendicitis immediately, because waiting could mean a lot of complications which can be very difficult to deal with. If you recognize these symptoms as something you are currently going through, the best thing you will be able to do is seek medical attention by going to a local hospital or doctor’s office for an official diagnosis.

The somewhat tricky thing about appendicitis is that these symptoms do not show up the same way for everyone, but the nausea, fever, and vomiting as well as abdominal pain are usually present. It is important to keep in mind that there are different symptoms and you may not feel some of them until later on or not at all depending on the individual case. The more you are able to learn about this condition and how it presents, the better your chances will be of getting the medical assistance you need right away without having to wait and risk your health even further.

Last updated on Mar 27th, 2011 and filed under Digestive Health. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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