Appendicitis is a medical emergency that occurs when a blockage forms inside the appendix. If left untreated, the blockage can cause the appendix to burst, which can lead to a serious, potentially life-threatening infection. If you experience the symptoms of appendicitis, it’s important to seek emergency care right away to get a diagnosis. If your physician diagnoses you with appendicitis, you may need surgery to remove the appendix. Here is a look at some of the most common symptoms.
Abdominal pain is usually the first symptom of appendicitis. Typically, the pain starts near your belly button and progressively gets more intense. The pain usually radiates lower and to the right as the blockage becomes worse, usually within a few hours.
The pain associated with appendicitis can be very intense. It may happen without warning and is usually strong enough to wake you from your sleep. You may notice that the pain gets worse when you sneeze or cough.
Constipation or diarrhea
Appendicitis can cause both constipation and diarrhea. You may have the overwhelming feeling that having a bowel movement would alleviate your pain, but it does not. You may also feel like you have pressure in your abdomen from trapped gas but that you are unable to pass it.
Other intestinal problems may occur as well. Your abdomen may swell, and you may experience nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.
Appendicitis causes widespread inflammation that can trigger a low-grade fever, although not everyone with appendicitis will have one. If you have a fever that spikes alongside appendicitis symptoms, it is especially important to seek emergency care. An increasing fever could indicate that infection is spreading in your body, which requires fast treatment.
Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center provides emergency care around the clock for all of your emergency medical needs, from appendicitis symptoms to accidental injuries. We also provide emergency care in Las Vegas at our ER at The Lakes facility . You can learn more about our emergency medical services by calling (702) 916-5023.