Early Symptom of Appendicitis

Updated July 19, 2017

Appendicitis is a medical emergency that occurs when the appendix becomes inflamed. The appendix is located in the lower right portion of the abdomen and in the event of appendicitis it should be removed. If it's not removed, it can burst, which can lead to infection or even death. If a person seeks medical attention immediately they should recover relatively quickly. provides common symptoms that you might find invaluable, especially if you're worried about pains you or a loved one are experiencing. See below.

Mimicking other Symptoms

Sometimes the pain associated with an appendicitis attack can be so general and broad that someone suffering from it might initially ignore its severity. They might not think it's worth their time or effort to explain their pain to a doctor so they ignore their instincts. They sometimes believe they're just having a stomach ache.

Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain is one of the main symptoms of an appendicitis attack. Often, it begins near the belly button and then progresses to the lower right side of the belly, the side or back. When a person suffering with appendicitis gets up to move around, the pain in their belly is likely to get worse. As time passes, the pains in the abdomen will likely get worse.

Loss of Appetite

Loss of appetite is not uncommon for those suffering from appendicitis. When the belly aches it's hard to be convinced to eat for fear that it could make the pain worse or they just might not fel hungry. When a loss of appetite occurs, it's likely that someone will also have a low-grade fever and malaise.

Bowel Problems and Vomiting

Vomiting is another symptom of appendicitis. If someone believes eating will make them feel better, the likelihood of vomiting is high. The stomach can reject the food because of the appendicitis. Appendicitis also affects a person's bowel habits. For instance, it could cause diarrhoea, constipation and an inability to pass gas.

Abdominal Swelling

During an appendicitis attack, abdominal swelling is very probable. However, it might not be visible to the affected person or those close to her. This is one reason medical attention is needed to properly diagnose appendicitis. The swelling or inflammation will likely be felt, making someone feel as if there's something in their stomach.

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Lorei Velazco worked as a journalist for a television station, in marketing, sales, education and fitness. She holds two Bachelor’s degrees in communications and education.