Appendicitis may be one of the most common conditions that lead to surgery, but many of us don’t know exactly what is it and how to tell its signs before it grows into an even more complicated health problem. This article would try to make you more aware of Appendix and Appendicitis.
What is the Appendicitis and what are Its Causes?
The Appendix is part of the gastrointestinal system and it is located in the right part of the abdomen, as a continuation to the colon. The most interesting part about this small part of the human body is the fact that nobody actually knows what its purpose is. However, when it grows inflamed and swollen, it can lead to a serious condition, called Appendicitis.
The causes that lead to Appendicitis are either a stomach infection that stretches up to the Appendix, or the infection caused by the bacteria found in an obtrusive piece of stool. If not treated in time, the Appendicitis can lead to Peritonitis (when the infection finds its way into the abdomen) and Abscess (when the infection is mixed with intestinal contents and it eventually leads to Peritonitis).
Appendicitis Symptoms and Diagnosis
The main symptoms of a possible infection of the Appendix include: growing pain, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea, constipation and fever. Sometimes, the person suffering from Appendicitis will encounter sever back pain, chills and shaking.
The pain caused by Appendicitis is very strong and it generally appears in the lower-right side of the abdomen. Also, the pain may “travel” upwards, to the navel, within 24 hours since it started. If you cannot press your lower-right side of the abdomen without experiencing pain, then this is one of the very important signs of Appendicitis. Another way to check it is by trying to stand up. If you cannot do it without pain, then you might be suffering from the inflammation of the Appendix.
Even if you don’t know for sure if you have Appendicitis, but if you suspect it, you should avoid doing some things, such as taking laxatives, pain-killers or antacids. Also, try to eat as right as possible, since some foods may make the irritation stronger (stick to rice, bananas and toast).
If your fever is over 103 Fahrenheit Degrees (or 40 Celsius Degrees), then you should go to a hospital right away and inform the doctor of all the symptoms that you have been experiencing. Although it is quite a common condition, Appendicitis can sometimes be hard to diagnose since not all patients experience the same set of symptoms and their pain is sometimes located in other areas of the body. Also, other conditions, such as gastroenteritis, a kidney stone and urinary tract infection can show the same signs as Appendicitis.
The only way to be sure is to go the doctor and let him analyze your blood (to see if there is an infection in the body), your urine (to exclude kidney/ bladder infections) and to run an MRI, a CT or an ultrasound scan, which will actually show if your Appendix is inflamed. For a whole more Signs of Appendicitis, browse this website: www.signs-of.com/signs-of-appendicitis.html