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.