Is My Abdominal Pain A Sign of Appendicitis?

Most often, the pain you feel when you have appendicitis begins as a dull ache around your belly button, which shifts to your lower right abdomen where your appendix is located.
Additionally, appendicitis pain:

  • Begins suddenly; it often wakes people up at night
  • Becomes significantly sharper in a matter of a few hours
  • Starts before other co-occurring symptoms, such as fever, nausea, and vomiting
  • Is associated with anorexia (no interest in eating)
  • Worsens when you move around, breathe deeply, cough, or sneeze
  • Spikes when you drive over a speed bump or experience other jarring motions

To diagnose appendicitis, your doctor will perform a physical exam, which will investigate the finer points of your abdominal pain.

 

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