Even though the appendix is only a small part of our digestive system whose function and origin we do not fully understand, this thin tube-like organ, connected to our large intestine can be quite dangerous if ti becomes infected. As some theories state that appendix is basically a container for good bacteria, other find it to be completely unnecessary for our bodies to function properly.
Whichever the case, one thing is sure – if the appendix becomes inflamed and infected, it creates a dangerous condition called appendicitis. Appendicitis is a serious inflammation of the appendix, caused by a blockage in the opening of the organ. This could result in a rupture, which is a potentially life-threatening condition whose symptoms are not to be taken lightly.
Appendicitis signs and symptoms
With abdominal discomfort or nausea being quite usual and are often signed off as harmless digestive difficulties, it is important to understand that abdominal discomfort which typically starts close to the belly button and continues to move throughout the body to the lower abdomen can signify an underlying issue. While experiencing this type of discomfort, try moving or coughing – if the pain gets worse, you may be experiencing the first sign of appendicitis. If so, the pain will rapidly worsen and you could get to the point where you cannot stand or are woken up by the pain intensity. It can also be quite difficult to locate the exact origin of the pain, as appendicitis discomfort usually manifests by cramps that travel through the digestive system or a dull pain you may feel throughout the entire central abdomen.
The previously mentioned pain can be dull, aching or even cramping, followed by nausea and vomiting. A general loss of appetite and becoming constipated or developing diarrhea are a potential indicator of underlying appendicitis. If your stomach is only upset, the symptoms and vomiting will soon improve, so in order to understand if you are really experiencing appendicitis signs and symptoms, check your temperature as a slight fewer in combination with nausea, abdominal pain and discomfort is a clear indicator of an infection. As the potential inflammation increases and spreads to the lining of the abdomen, the pain will feel more localized and might be a bit easier to pinpoint – by putting pressure on the lower-right part of your abdomen pain will intensify if you have an inflamed appendix. This may also be followed by bloating and a lot of painful gas.
Know When To Seek Medical Assistance For Potential Appendicitis
If you feel a bit of discomfort, followed by nausea that seems to be getting better quite quickly, you are probably only experiencing digestive issues. However, if you find yourself in a lot of dull or cramping pain, accompanied by a lack of appetite, nausea, potential bloating, diarrhea, and even a slightly increased temperature, make sure you seek medical assistance as you might be experiencing symptoms of appendicitis. This condition is easily diagnosed by a medical professional and is successfully treated by a routine procedure, but can be very dangerous if left unattended.