Common appendicitis signs and symptoms include pain in the lower-right abdomen, loss of appetite, and vomiting. However, people who have appendicitis may not have all of the usual symptoms. In addition, symptoms may be different or hard to diagnose in children, the elderly, and pregnant women. Those who experience possible symptoms should see their doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
People who have appendicitis may not have all of the common appendicitis symptoms, especially people with certain medical conditions, women who are pregnant, children, and the elderly. Symptoms can also be caused by other medical conditions, which is why people who experience possible symptoms of appendicitis should see their doctor immediately, because only a doctor can diagnose and treat the problem.
Common Symptoms of Appendicitis
Pain in the abdomen (stomach) can be an early symptom of appendicitis. The pain may first appear around the belly button and then move toward the lower-right area of the abdomen.
Other common 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 that a bowel movement will relieve the discomfort.
Appendicitis Symptoms During Pregnancy
Many women who develop appendicitis during pregnancy do not experience the common appendicitis symptoms. Pregnant women who experience pain on the right side of their abdomen should contact a healthcare provider immediately. Women who are in their third trimester are especially at risk of appendicitis.