Currently it is not known what the function of the appendix is, nor the reason why it is infected, but it can be diagnosed quickly to avoid a serious infection in your intestine, the infection of the appendix is easy to detect. Symptoms occur in a period of 12 to 18 hours, last up to a week and quickly become severe.
How to know if you have appendicitis
Symptoms of appendicitis
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach problems such as nausea, diarrhea and constipation
- Fever (temperature 40 ° C (103 ° F) or more, go to the hospital immediately.) If it is 38 ° C (102 ° F) but there are more symptoms go to the hospital quickly, also if it is a low fever of 37 ° C (99 ° F), chills and tremors
- Back pain
- Inability to expel gases
- Feeling that a bowel movement will relieve discomfort (rectal tenesmus)
- Pain when urinating
- In general, pain in the rectum, back or abdomen.
How to identify the pain of appendicitis
The pain appears around the navel , it is difficult to differentiate it from a simple stomach pain , but it becomes continuous and progressive until it is not a normal pain. Pain intensifies with movement or coughing.
Try to squeeze the painful area with your index and middle fingers, two seconds later, push them away. If you have appendicitis you will surely cough, scream or make a small cry of pain.
Try to walk or stand straight, acute appendicitis makes you walk shrunken and without moving, depending on the inclination of the belly the pain intensifies, you may not even want to get out of bed. With appendicitis you can not make any jump.
Only a trained doctor can diagnose it
Do you have problems defecating since the pain began? The late symptoms are constipation or diarrhea and it is due to the pain of the infection. If you have most of the symptoms go to the doctor to examine you, he will do the relevant tests.
Remember that this article is informative, your doctor is the one who should have the last word.
What happens if you do not go to the doctor in time
If you do not go in time with the doctor, the situation could worsen until peritonitis appears . If you have appendicitis what the specialists will do is operate to remove the appendix, the operation is not very complicated, it is a simple procedure for them.
Care after an operation
After the operation you need rest to achieve a correct recovery. Never stay with the doubt, go urgently to the health center, it is better not to self-medicate with analgesics, because you could make the diagnosis difficult.