Appendicitis is a potentially fatal condition that requires hospitalization, so early detection is important. The appendix is connected to the large intestine and is at the right side of the abdomen. This often ignored body part can cause significant problems if there is a blockage and it becomes infected. There are few indications that this is happening until it is already a medical emergency, so stay aware of signs.
The infection can be caused by mucus, fecal matter or other impurities. An infected appendix can lead to peritonitis, which should be treated right away. If the appendix actually ruptures, poisons and bacteria are released into the body that could be potentially fatal. Fortunately, many people who receive proper medical treatment recover from a ruptured appendix with no further complications. However, no one wants to be caught off guard with a medical emergency, so it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with some signs of appendicitis.
1. Pain that does not go away
Many people who have recovered from appendicitis report that the pain in their belly is one of the worst they have ever experienced. Those who are hunched over in pain that extends from their belly button to their middle abdomen may not feel fortunate, but they have an advantage over the people who experience only intermittent pain because at least they are aware something is seriously wrong.
The pain itself doesn’t prove appendicitis; this has to be confirmed with a CAT scan. There could be many other explanations for the intense pain, but one thing is clear—you should seek medical attention immediately.