Chances are you’ve heard of the appendix; not just the book variety, but the organ as well. You’ve probably known someone who had their appendix removed, as oftentimes it is not classified as a necessary organ. While this is true, it is important to note that if things go wrong with the appendix, that unnecessary but harmless organ can become infected, having severe effects on your health. So what can you do? You may need to make lifestyle changes; you should also speak to a medical professional. But before you panic, you need to make sure you’re well informed.
For starters, appendicitis is the term used to describe an appendix suffering from inflammation. Here is where the trouble starts. While inflammation itself is part of the body’s immune response designed to hamper infections, it can cause quite a bit of discomfort. Fever, another immune response, is also likely involved. If you have a case of appendicitis, chances are your appendix is in danger, and you’ll need to take the steps mentioned above. Here are 11 symptoms which could indicate appendicitis and therefore spell trouble:
11. Roaming Belly Pain
Pain is the body’s universal signifier that something is wrong. it’s a pretty simple system most of the time: the worse the pain, the more serious the problem (though there are notable exceptions, such as paper cuts). When it comes to stomach pain, there are any number of causes: gas, and constipation, for one, but these themselves may be symptoms of a larger problem. If the pain travels in the direction of your lower right abdomen, then your appendix is likely the culprit, especially if it goes from dull to sharp. This is one of the clearest signs of an appendix problem.
10. Sharper Pain
The pain may not start out particularly sharp. Most aches and pains we learn to live with, particularly as we grow older. Dull pains generally are overlooked, even if they happen to persist for a long while. However, this sort of thinking can at times lead people into serious trouble; they don’t get help when they first notice minor symptoms, and then an illness or an injury ends up growing much worse, complicating the treatment. In the case of appendicitis, the pain eventually builds to the point where movement and breathing becomes uncomfortable, and then painful, usually after 12 hours.