Published on August 23rd, 2013 | by Tom


Appendicitis (Appendix) Symptoms In Women & Children

Appendicitis occurs when your appendix is inflamed and filled with pus. Appendix refers to the small finger-shaped organ that’s stretched out from your large intestine in the lower right side of your abdomen. Appendicitis can happen to anyone, but mostly affects people between the ages of 10-30, particularly women. Regarded as a medical emergency, appendicitis should be treated immediately with a surgery to remove the appendix. So it is very important to know how to identify the symptoms and get immediate help. Read this article you will find what you need.

Common appendicitis Symptoms

Generally speaking, the symptoms of appendicitis in women are the same for men, but the exception is that, pregnant women may not experience some of the normal appendix pain, which makes it harder to diagnose.

  1. Usually, the first sign of appendicitis is a dull pain starts from your navel and then gradually moves towards your lower right abdomen, the area just above your hip bone. At first it is a mild pain and then turns into sharp and intensive pain as the inflammation in appendix become more serious.
  2. Try to press on your abdomen with your fingers, if you feel sharp pain on each touch, particularly the lower right area of your belly, you may go to the doctor immediately.
  3. Try to stand up and have a walk. If you can’t do this even when you don’t feel severe pain, then you may have appendicitis.  And the pain is more likely to become mild when you lie on your side and curl your body into the fetal position.
  4. Appendicitis pain typically increases over 12-18 hours and finally becomes very severe and dangerous if untreated immediately.
  5. Other signs and symptoms associated with appendicitis may include vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, swelling in abdomen, constipation, diarrhea and difficulty in passing gas. As the inflammation get worse, appendicitis may be accompanied with a low grade fever. You may also have “bloaty” feeling of the abdomen when you get appendicitis.

Appendicitis Symptoms among Pregnant Women

It is more difficult to identify appendicitis during pregnancy, since many of the common symptoms, for example the appendix pain, may also related to gestation.  The exception is that, pregnant women may not have the pain in the lower right side of the abdomen when they get appendicitis. So any abdominal pain could be the early symptom of appendicitis during pregnancy.

Watch out for those symptoms mentioned above, you should go to the emergency room immediately, otherwise the appendix will finally burst and spill out the pus into the cavity, causing inflammation of the lining of the cavity. This condition could be fatal if untreated quickly.

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