Appendicitis Symptoms and Signs

Feeling bloated. Appendicitis, in its progressive stages, can make a person feel unpleasantly bloated, something like the way you feel after a large or badly digested meal. However, this feeling is not caused by actual gas, but by the appendicitis itself. Unlike gas, the effect will not pass in a few hours but will be chronic and persistent. The patient will unconsciously try to expel gas but will fail, as it is the infection affecting the intestines and not gas.

Moving can be exceedingly painful. While the condition is painful in itself, and while the pain intensifies as the condition progresses, the pain while the body is at rest is very much less intense than the pain when a person attempts to move. Sitting in a moving vehicle that jerks as it moves along the road can create flashes of agony centered on the appendix, and throbbing through the entire abdomen. Even the action of moving the limbs or walking will intensify the pain. A relatively intense movement, such as sneezing, will result in minutes of intense agony. However, it is observed that the pain tends to reduce to the levels usual to the infection when the body is at rest again.

Progressively intensifying diarrhea, leading to dehydration. Appendicitis causes an intense infection of the intestines that causes their function to fail progressively. In the initial stages, you will experience this as constipation, but after that, diarrhea will begin and will become progressively more intense until the body is losing unacceptable levels of liquid. If the appendicitis itself is not treated, this will lead to inevitable dehydration and death.

Pain upon removal of pressure on the abdomen. One of the distinctive tests of appendicitis is when the physician palpates or presses down gently on the area of the abdomen over the appendix. In appendicitis, a patient will experience pain, not when the pressure is applied, but when the pressure is released, in an effect that the medical fraternity calls ‘rebound tenderness’. You should not attempt to do this yourself in the later stages of the condition, and even if you do this in the initial stages, you should not repeat it if you experience the effect once. It is a clear indicator of appendicitis, so if you experience it, consult your doctor immediately.