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Appendicitis: What You Need to Know

Learn the symptoms, complications, diagnosis, and treatment for this pain in the gut.

No one knows why it's there, but when your appendix gets infected, you can’t ignore it. The appendix is a small, finger-like tube connected to the right side of your large intestine, and sometimes this strange little body part gets blocked by stool, cancer, or a foreign object. This blockage leads to infection, inflammation, and a cascade of symptoms. Left untreated, the appendix may burst, spreading infection throughout the abdomen and ultimately putting your life at risk. Therefore, it's crucial to recognize the signs of appendicitis.

Main Symptom: Pain

Since the appendix is on your right side, it makes sense that you'd feel the pain on your lower right abdomen. However, the pain isn’t always concentrated there. For many people, the pain begins around the belly button; spreads to the right side, the back, or the rectum; and gradually intensifies. The pain may be worse when you move or cough.

Other possible symptoms that aren’t quite as telling include loss of appetite, low fever, abdominal bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and the inability to pass gas.

Complication: Death

Anyone with severe pain in the abdomen should see a doctor immediately. In the meantime, don't eat; drink; or take laxatives, antacids, or pain medications; or apply a heating pad, as these can all increase the risk of rupture.

When an infected appendix ruptures, bacteria and pus empty into the abdomen. Known as peritonitis, a ruptured appendix is a life-threatening situation that requires emergency surgery to remove the appendix and clean out the surrounding area.

Diagnosis: Appendicitis

There's no way to avoid appendicitis. Research has shown, however, that people who eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and fiber are less likely to suffer from the painful condition.

Your doctor will use various procedures and tests to diagnose appendicitis and rule out other conditions with similar symptoms. Pain upon pressure to the area or tense abdominal muscles may signal inflammation; a blood test may reveal infection; a urine test may be performed to rule out a kidney stone or urinary tract infection; and an X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan may be required to confirm diagnosis.

Treatment: Surgery

In the event you wind up with appendicitis, you will be given antibiotics in case the appendix ruptures. But treatment doesn’t end there. An infected or ruptured appendix always requires surgery (called an appendectomy) to remove the appendix. When a burst appendix causes an abscess (a mass of infection), an additional procedure is necessary to drain the infection. Once the infection clears up (after several weeks), an appendectomy can be performed.
Surgery is performed laparoscopically or through a two- to four-inch incision. Though recovery from laparoscopic surgery is faster, it isn't an option for those whose appendix has ruptured, if there's an abscess, or if the infection has spread.

After surgery, you can expect to get out of bed within 12 hours, but you'll stay in the hospital for a day or two. Once you return home, it will take several weeks until you're able to get back to your normal routine. During your recovery, you’ll have to take it easy and get plenty of rest. Should you undergo an appendectomy, seek medical attention if your pain worsens, you continue to vomit, you feel dizzy, you have blood in your urine, you suffer a fever, or your incision is infected following surgery.