Appendicitis can occur among a small percentage of individuals at some point in their lives. It is important to note that appendicitis is an inflammatory condition in which the appendix grows in size and swells. The appendix is the small-sized organ situated within the abdomen. Individuals who develop the symptoms of appendicitis must seek immediate medical care as soon as possible. If the condition is left untreated, an appendix that is swollen is likely to burst, resulting to life-threatening medical complications.
It is vital that you can distinguish the symptoms of appendicitis from other health issues so that you can provide the appropriate first aid measures and treatment can be provided in order to prevent the condition from worsening.
Initial symptoms of appendicitis
If you suspect that an individual has appendicitis, you have to watch out for the following signs and symptoms. Once any of these are present, it is best to consult a doctor so that proper treatment can be started.
Abdominal inflammation or irritation triggered by appendicitis can contribute to the development of stomach upset among individuals who have the condition. The distinctive feature of the early symptoms of stomach upset includes nausea or vomiting. It is important to note that these symptoms can also contribute to the loss of appetite in some individuals who have appendicitis.
Those who have appendicitis can suffer from a dull, aching pain that starts in an area close to the navel. After a few hours, the aching abdominal pain can radiate to the center of the stomach up to the inferior right side of the abdomen. Take note that this position relates to the location of the appendix. The aching pain usually becomes obvious and more intense over several hours.
The abdominal pain can also intensify in severity if the individual moves or coughs. The painful initial symptoms of appendicitis typically increase in severity until the individual receives proper treatment. This is why seeking early treatment is a must in order to relieve the symptoms of appendicitis.
Swelling of the abdomen
Once the appendix starts to expand due to the inflammation, the individual can notice that the abdomen appears distended or swollen. The early abdominal swelling caused by appendicitis can cause clothing such as pants to feel tight around the waist. The abdominal region can also be firm or tender to the touch.
Changes in the bowel movement
Once the appendix swells, it can extend up to the intestinal tract. If this occurs, the individual develops changes in the bowel movement as one of the early symptoms. The individual can experience regular urges to defecate resulting to watery stools. On the other hand, some with appendicitis will also find it difficult to pass gas or move their bowels. Difficulty with the bowel movement can cause discomfort and even worsen the stomach upset.