There are many troubles that we come across in life. We may lack a lot of things we feel we need, but the truth is that God provides us with all we need. Our health is one aspect of our life that guides everything else. If we aren’t in good health, many other areas of our lives suffer as well. It is very worrisome when our health changes drastically in a short period of time, and one of the causes for that is appendicitis.
Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. It is a very common cause of emergency surgery. The problem most often occurs when the appendix, a small pouch attached to the large intestine located in the lower right part of the abdomen, becomes blocked by feces, a foreign object, or rarely, a tumor. The blockage leads to increased pressure, problems with blood flow, and inflammation. If the blockage is not treated, the appendix can burst and spread infection into the abdomen. This causes a condition called peritonitis.
Peritonitis can be life-threatening. When a person has peritonitis, his or her belly is very painful or tender. The pain may become worse when the belly is touched or when the person moves. The belly may look or feel bloated (abdominal distention). Other symptoms may include fever and chills, passing little or no stools or gas, excessive fatigue, passing less urine, nausea, and vomiting, a racing heartbeat and shortness of breath.
Appendicitis is a medical emergency that requires immediate care. People who think they have appendicitis should see a health care provider or go to the emergency room right away. Swift diagnosis and treatment can reduce the chances the appendix will burst and improve recovery time.
How do I know if I have appendicitis?
You have pain in your abdomen that begins near your belly button and then moves lower and to your right, your pain gets worse in a matter of hours, your pain gets worse when you move around, take deep breaths, cough, or sneeze, your pain is severe and often described as different from any pain you’ve felt before, your pain occurs suddenly and may even wake you up if you’re sleeping, your pain occurs before other symptoms, you experience other symptoms, as well, including loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea, an inability to pass gas, a low-grade fever, swelling in your abdomen, or the feeling that having a bowel movement will relieve discomfort.
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