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What Are the Symptoms of Appendicitis?

Abdominal pain (especially in the lower-right side), loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting are the most common symptoms of appendicitis. However, people do not always have the same symptoms. In addition, the condition may be difficult to diagnose in children, the elderly, and pregnant women. If appendicitis is suspected, a doctor should be seen for prompt diagnosis and treatment.

An Introduction to Appendicitis Symptoms

People who have appendicitis may not have all of the common symptoms. This is especially true in people with certain medical conditions, pregnant women, children, and the elderly. These symptoms can also be caused by other medical conditions, which is why people who experience possible symptoms of appendicitis should see their healthcare provider immediately. Only a doctor can diagnose and treat the problem.

What Are the 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 appendicitis signs include:
  • Pain that intensifies when moving, taking deep breaths, coughing, or sneezing
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Low fever that begins after other symptoms
  • Inability to pass gas
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Feeling like a bowel movement will relieve the discomfort.

Are These Symptoms of Appendicitis or Something Else?

People with certain medical conditions may not experience common appendicitis symptoms. These conditions include:
  • Diabetes
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Organ transplants
  • Obesity
  • The use of immunosuppressive therapies, such as steroids
  • Cancer (or the use of chemotherapy).

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