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Question:

How do I know if the pain I have is appendicitis...

Had pain last week...took painkillers..

This morning I had same pain..Lower back and sometimes comes to the front right hand side..

Thanks

Bela

Answer:

Dear Bela,

Remember back to when you first noticed any symptoms. If you can remember stomach pain, but the pain not being centralized in any location, this is common in early appendicitis conditions. The pain starts generally all over the stomach and eventually centralizes to a position on your lower right abdomen.

Typically, appendicitis is associated with a fever and vomiting, although these are not necessary.
A person can have appendicitis without fever and vomiting, only pain in the lower right abdomen.

The pain isn't constant, but if you press halfway between the hip bone and belly button on a suspected appendicitis patient and they feel pain when you release, that is very indicative of appendicitis.

Appendicitis typically begins with a vague pain in the middle of the abdomen often near the navel or "belly button" (umbilicus). The pain slowly moves to the right lower abdomen (toward the right hip) over the next 24 hours. In the classic description, abdominal pain is accompanied with nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, and fever. All of these symptoms, however, occur in fewer than half of people who develop appendicitis. More commonly, people with appendicitis have any combination of these symptoms.

Symptoms of appendicitis may take 4-48 hours to develop. During this time, someone developing appendicitis may have varying degrees of loss of appetite, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Some may have constipation, diarrhea, or there may be no change in bowel habits.

Early symptoms are often hard to separate from other conditions including gastroenteritis (an inflammation of the stomach and intestines). Many people admitted to the hospital for suspected appendicitis leave the hospital with a diagnosis of gastroenteritis; true appendicitis is often mis-diagnosed as gastroenteritis initially


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