Appendicitis creates an emergency situation that requires removal of the appendix to avoid often fatal damage. The appendix is a slim organ that runs into the large intestine and along the abdomen. It can become inflamed, and if it were to burst, it could spread fecal matter into the abdomen, which can lead to a life-threatening infection throughout the body. Appendicitis can occur in any age group, but older people are much more at risk for a rupture of the appendix than those still in their younger years. The symptoms can start out mild and are often not easy to spot, so let's make sure we are all well-read on the list of appendicitis symptoms!
Pain near the naval is the first notable sign of appendicitis. It generally circles the naval in the beginning, and then, as the symptoms worsen, begins to spread to the abdomen. The pain typically starts with short bouts of achiness. As time progresses, the duration of each bout lengthens, as does its intensity. What was once described as soar, achy, or tender soon turns into a stabbing pain that is not easily ignored. When these sharp pains begin, seek medical help immediately, as that the appendix could burst.
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