5 Ways to Recognize Appendicitis Symptoms

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Here are some tips to help you recognise the symptoms of appendicitis.

1. Look for emergency symptoms of appendicitis

The most common symptom is a dull abdominal pain near the belly button that radiates or changes near the right lower belly. In addition to this, contact your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately if you experience several of the following symptoms:

  • Fever over 38°C
  • Back pain
  • Decreased appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Painful urination
  • Pain in rectum, back or abdomen

2. Look for further common symptoms of appendicitis

These might include:

  • stomach problems – like nausea, diarrhoea and constipation, especially if paired with frequent vomiting
  • chills and shaking
  • inability to pass gas
  • tenesmus – the feeling that a bowel movement will relieve the discomfort

3. Pay attention to abdominal pain

In most adults, your appendix is located on the lower right side of your abdomen usually one third of the way between your belly button and hip bone. The sharp pain might move from your navel to the area directly over your appendix 12 to 24 hours after you start experiencing symptoms. If you’ve noticed a distinct progression like this, go straight to the emergency room.