Appendicitis Symptoms and Signs

Pain in the upper abdomen. A stomach ache is a common symptom of abdominal ailments, and appendicitis is no exception. In this case, at the commencement of the condition, you’ll find the pain centered on the region of the navel. As the condition progresses, of course, the pain will spread to encompass the entire abdomen and increase in intensity exponentially as the condition worsens. It goes without saying that the condition is serious and potentially fatal.

Disinterest in eating. One of the first manifestations of appendicitis is a disinclination to eat. The abdomen will feel tender and with the onset of the initial pain, the patient will begin to avoid food. This is not a decisive indicator of the condition, but, when taken with other indicators of the same, can be considered a definite symptom of the ailment. It is a factor adding to the manifest danger of this condition – to the dangers of infection are added a lack of intake of food and drink, which can rapidly lead to dehydration, as well as to general weakness.

Throbbing ache in the lower-right abdomen. In the initial stages of appendicitis, the pain is general and centered around the navel. However, as the condition progresses, and especially if it is untreated, the pain tends to localize and focus upon the appendix itself, that is to say, in the lower-right abdomen. The pain is agonizing and has been likened by some sufferers to being shot in the stomach, or the experience of birthing a child. This pain, unlike the general pain at the onset of the condition, is a decisive indicator of appendicitis and is used by physicians to diagnosis.