People who have appendicitis (especially those with certain medical conditions) may not have all of the common signs. One early symptom of appendicitis is abdominal pain (stomach pain). The pain may first appear around the belly button and then move toward the lower-right area of the abdomen.
Other common appendicitis signs include:
- Pain that intensifies when moving, taking deep breaths, coughing, or sneezing
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
- Low fever that begins after other symptoms
- Feeling like a bowel movement will relieve the discomfort.
Symptoms may be different or hard to diagnose in children, pregnant women, and the elderly.
However, these indications can also be caused by other medical conditions. Therefore, people who experience possible signs of appendicitis should see their doctor immediately. Only a doctor can properly diagnose and treat the problem.
(Click Signs of Appendicitis to read more about symptoms of appendicitis in children, pregnant women, and the elderly.)