Health Tip: Pain in Your Side
Signs that it might be appendicitis
(HealthDay News) -- The appendix is a tube-like organ, with no known purpose, attached to the large intestine. Appendicitis describes when the appendix becomes inflamed, making it prone to rupturing, which is a serious medical emergency.
You should seek medical attention at once if you have symptoms in the following list, provided by the U.S. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.
- Abdominal pain, particularly pain that starts around the belly button and moves to the lower right side.
- Lack of appetite.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Diarrhea, constipation or difficulty passing gas.
- Low fever that begins after other symptoms start.
- Swelling in the abdomen.