Appendicitis Attack Symptoms
Pain in the abdomen is one of the early symptoms of an appendicitis attack. The pain may first appear around the belly button and then move toward the lower-right area of the abdomen.
Other common signs and symptoms include:
- Pain that intensifies when moving, taking deep breaths, coughing, or sneezing
- Loss of appetite
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Inability to pass gas
- Low fever that begins after other symptoms
- Abdominal swelling
- Feeling like a bowel movement will relieve the discomfort.
People who have appendicitis may not have all of these symptoms. For example, people with certain medical conditions (such as diabetes, HIV, or obesity) may not experience the common symptoms. In addition, symptoms may be different or hard to diagnose in children, the elderly, and pregnant women. Those who experience possible signs or symptoms of an appendicitis attack should see their doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
(Click Appendicitis Symptoms for more information about appendicitis and a comprehensive list of related symptoms.)