Appendicitis Warning Signs
Common warning signs of appendicitis include:
- Loss of appetite
- Inability to pass gas
- Abdominal swelling
- Pain that intensifies when moving, taking deep breaths, coughing, or sneezing
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Low fever that begins after other symptoms
- Feeling like a bowel movement will relieve the discomfort.
Early warning signs can include:
- Pain in the abdomen, first around the belly button, and then moving to the lower-right area
Less than 50 percent of people with appendicitis will have early symptoms.
People who have appendicitis may not have all of the common signs and symptoms, especially people with certain medical conditions, women who are pregnant, children, and the elderly. These symptoms can also be caused by other medical conditions. People who experience possible symptoms of appendicitis should see their doctor immediately, because only a doctor can diagnose and treat the problem.
(Click Appendicitis Symptoms for more detailed information on the wide variety of symptoms that can signal appendicitis.)