A lot of us are familiar with the symptoms of common stomach troubles such as constipation and diarrhea and have experienced food poisoning or a stomach virus at least once or twice.
However, very few people can identify the signs and symptoms of appendicitis as just about 5 percent of the world’s population ends up with it. Untreated appendicitis can result in a ruptured appendix that can be life threatening.
Not every case of appendicitis will result in a burst organ but the longer it goes unchecked, the higher the risk. To identify if you have an impending appendicitis, here are warning signs you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
You’re Running A Fever And Shivering
Shivering, having a fever and chills usually indicate that there is inflammation of an organ or an area of your body.
If you have an inflamed appendix, your body will usually respond by releasing several chemicals to alert and summon protective and fighter cells to the area.
This can sometimes manifest as localized pain or reflect as whole-body symptoms like fever and chills. If you find yourself having stomach pain and your fever worsening, you should consult your doctor.
You Experience More Severe Stomach Pains
Appendicitis causes severe pains in the stomach region that extends from the belly button to the lower right side of the abdomen.
While the pain is not an indication that your appendix will soon burst, it’s best to do an imaging test such as a scan to be sure. Some patients however experience the pain in a different way, especially when they cough, walk, or bump into something.
While your abdominal walls maybe inflamed, it doesn’t mean it is on the verge of rupturing. In all, it’s best to see a doctor as soon as possible.
You Visit The Bathroom More Frequently
Some people have their appendix positioned lower in their pelvic region and close to their bladder.
When the bladder comes into contact with an inflamed appendix, the bladder also becomes inflamed and irritated, which may make you feel like urinating all the time.
Expelling your urine will also come with some pain which may indicate appendicitis or may point to urinary tract infection.
You Have No Appetite And You’re Nauseous
While your lack of appetite, nausea and vomiting maybe due to the fact that you’re battling a stomach infection, it could also be appendicitis even though not everyone will experience the symptoms.
If you however have pain alongside these symptoms, it’s best to see a doctor because inflammation of the appendix can also affect other areas of the gastrointestinal tract and the nervous system that results in such symptoms.
You Feel Confused And Disoriented
A feeling of confusion and disorientation could be an indication that you have an infection that is getting worse.
It may also be a sign that the infection has entered your blood stream, a condition referred to as sepsis, and which is usually fatal.
It however doesn’t indicate that anything is going on in your brain but it points to the fact that your body is expending a lot of body resources such as oxygen that isn’t available for the brain, hindering it from working normally.
If you feel confused and your actions abnormal, it’s best not to delay whether it’s appendicitis or anything else that can hinder your mental health. Get help as soon as possible.