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That pain in your side could be appendicitis

By: Spencer
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Did you know that 5 percent of Americans will experience appendicitis in their lifetime? In fact, it’s the most common cause of abdominal pain that leads to surgery in the U.S.

Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, a tube in your lower right abdomen area where your small intestine meets the large intestine. Appendicitis occurs when there is a blockage of the appendix.

The most common symptom of appendicitis is severe abdominal pain. You may also notice these symptoms:

  • Pain around the bellybutton
  • Pain in the lower right side of your abdomen (stomach)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Inability to pass gas
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Low-grade fever

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek immediate medical care at your local hospital’s Emergency Department. This is important because the appendix can burst open if appendicitis is left untreated.

In most cases, appendicitis is treated with immediate surgery to remove the appendix, called appendectomy. Luckily, our bodies can function just fine without an appendix and most people begin to recover from appendectomy in just a few days.

Need fast medical care? Adventist HealthCare has you covered, with three urgent care centers and three Emergency Departments in Montgomery County.

Find more tips from Nurse Rose here: AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.


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