Appendicitis is the painful inflammation of the appendix. Appendicitis may call for immediate medical attention if your appendix becomes infected. We’ll discuss appendicitis in detail and cover what you should do if you experience symptoms of an appendicitis attack.
There are different names that can be used to refer to the appendix; including vermiform appendix and cecal appendix. Both names mean the same thing and the scientific terms are only important to human biologists and medical professionals. The appendix is about 4 inches long and is located towards the lower right side of your abdomen.
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Symptoms Of Appendicitis
When you’re experiencing the symptoms of appendicitis, the pain can be felt around your belly button as well as in different parts of your abdomen. The region around your appendix (lower right, as in the image above) feels very sore when touched. While we are all born with the appendix, very few can tell why it is there and when it’s removed, the body doesn’t show any signs of its loss.
The symptoms of appendicitis often manifest themselves when the appendix is inflamed (swollen). The appendix lumen is a tube that could get blocked, and this blockage is believed to be the leading cause of appendix attack symptoms.
The most common symptoms of appendicitis include fever, pain in the abdomen, vomiting, nausea, and a lack of appetite. However, not everyone who is suffering from this ailment will experience these symptoms. The truth is that there are people who will suffer this debilitating pain with the absence of any other appendicitis symptoms.
In most cases, however, patients tend to suffer from a combination of the symptoms.
Full-blown symptoms could take a while to develop. It could take more than 48 hours for one to develop signs that would indicate appendicitis. During this period, you are likely to experience varying degrees of abdominal pain. You might experience bouts of vomiting as well as lose appetite for food. Some people have reported constipation or diarrhea while others claimed to feel no changes in their bowel habits or movements.
The blockage causes your appendix to be filled with fluids and pus, which result in increased pressure on the inside of the appendix. When the pressure starts to build, the infected fluids (pus) could start leaking from the appendix, spreading the infection throughout the body. The leakage of infected fluids is a very serious condition and needs to be treated immediately!
Appendicitis May Be Difficult To Diagnose
When still in its early stages, appendicitis could be difficult to diagnose since there are numerous stomach problems that have similar symptoms. Individuals who are suffering from gastroenteritis often suffer from intestinal and stomach inflammation. In addition, they also experience severe abdominal pains.
Due to the similarity of the symptoms, many people suffering from appendicitis will leave a hospital having been diagnosed with gastroenteritis. These are cases which are particularly common in older adults and children. In most cases, they show very few symptoms of appendicitis thus making it difficult to make a proper diagnosis. Unfortunately, misdiagnoses will often result in severe complications.
A Burst Appendix Could Result In Sepsis
The greatest danger associated with appendicitis symptoms is that pressure in the dying appendage could be too much that the appendage bursts. This could be unfortunate for your body since the burst can result in sepsis due to the pus which contains bacteria. When septicemia occurs, the body will attempt to defend itself by initiating an inflammatory response. The body’s response to sepsis is so severe that it could result in death.
It is due to the risk of sepsis that you should instantly seek medical treatment for any appendix attack symptoms. Treatment for appendicitis often involves surgical removal of the appendix.
If you are experiencing symptoms of abdominal pain – possible appendicitis – and you can safely come to ER Specialists, we would love to help you. If you are alone or have any doubt about getting to our facility safely, or, believe you are experiencing a medical emergency please call 911.