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How to Self-Diagnose Appendicitis

Do you need your appendix out?

Let me start by saying that I AM NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR. I have no training in diagnosis or treament of any disease or condition. What I do have are some cuts in my belly where my appendix was a few days ago--I was lucky enough to see medical professionals at the right time--and wanted to share my experience with anyone else going through the same painful process. Here are some basic guidelines to help determine whether or not what you're feeling is in fact appendicitis:

1. Stomach Pain You feel a pain in your gut. A stomachache that seems familiar. A sensation that may have once caused you to announce to your kindetgarten teacher, "I hafta fart." It hurts in the front of your abdomen, to the left, right, and middle. Could be indigestion, or a bad case of heartburn.

What happens next tells you if it's your appendix or not. If the pain goes away after a while, or if some Tums or Pepto Bismol or ginger ale does the trick, it probably was gas, indigestion, or heartburn. If the pain stays and you're getting chills, body aches, cold sweats, it's probably just the flu--you know the drill on that. If not, read on...

Ok, it's a few hours later (or the next morning), and the pain is bad. Same place, but stronger. It's like ten thousand tiny sabres, pushing out, poking at your stomach and intestines. Pressure and pain, pain and pressure, maybe worse than you've ever felt.

2. Nausea/Vomiting and Right Side Sensitivity The over-the-counter stomach medicine you took came up an hour or two later (nasty), as did anything else you ate to try to settle your tum-tum. If you get to this point, try a little self-exam: push aganst your stomach with medium pressure on the left, middle (right below your belly button), and right side. It'll most likely hurt in all three places, but the key is where it hurts the most. Your appendix hangs off the end of your large intestine (or colon), on the right side of you amdomen. If pushing on the right side makes the pain go from 100 to 1,000, that's a pretty solid indicator that your appendix is inflamed--appendicitis.

3. Fever Perhaps the least significant symptom to look for is a fever, mostly because it could be an indicator of a variety of other health problems (such as a flu, as mentioned above). Combined with the other symptoms, however, a fever can be the clinching factor that indicates appedicitis. Because appendicitis is a bacterial infection of the appendix, your immune system raises your body temperature (to between 99˚ and 103˚F) to try and kill of the problematic bacteria.

If all that describes what you've going through, see a doctor IMMEDIATELY or get yourself to the closest hospital emergency room. This is critical, because an untreated, inflamed appendix could burst, PUTTING YOUR LIFE AT RISK. The doctors will do a bunch of tests and tell you for sure what your problem is. If they confirm that it is appendicitis, they will probably operate as soon as possible to get your appendix out. Once again, if you have felt all of what's described above stop reading right now and SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION. If you don't, you could die!

So, that's the run down on appendicitis. Brutal pain, but a simple problem with a simple solution. Because your appendix (like your wisdom teeth) is pretty much useless to the inner workings of your body, taking it out doesn't really present any problems. Your appendix is a tiny pouch of tissue that hangs off of your large intestine, but doesn't help with digestion. A nurse at the hospital told me she heard from a med professor that it was once a pouch used to store rocks in our caveman anscestors, which they swallowed to help digest raw meat and other unpleasant caveman food. About 1 out of 15 people get appendicitis, usually between the ages of 10 and 30.

After admittance to a hospital and prior to surgery, appendicitis patiens can expect to be treated for pain and bacterial infection. Intraveanous pain medication, hydrating fluids, and antibiotics are usually administered. Additional examinations such as a CAT scan may also be used to visually examine the appendix for inflamation to be sure of an accurate diagnosis.

As for the surgery, it's pretty routine, and therefore not terribly risky as surgeries go. Modern techniques allow for a laproscopic (also known as minimally-invasive surgery--tiny tube-shaped tools are used to perform the operation through three or four small incisions in the abdomen) appendectomy. Certain circumstances may require a traditional appendectomy (one large incision directly over the appendix), which requires a longer recovery time, due to the larger incision in the abdominal wall. Although the recovery time for laproscopic surgery is slightly shorter, appendectomy patients should not count on lifting heavy objects, running, biking, spelunking, or participating in any other high-intensity physical activities for four to six weeks after the operation.




Six days after a laparoscopic appendectomy

You can see bandages (gauze covered with waterproof plastic tape) where the three incisions were made: directly above the belly button and on the right and left side, just below the pant line.  There is some residual swelling of the abdomen.  The res

You can see bandages (gauze covered with waterproof plastic tape) where the three incisions were made: directly above the belly button and on the right and left side, just below the pant line. There is some residual swelling of the abdomen. The res


angelina on February 27, 2018:

after this operation apendex did they get pregnant or not .....again pain would be chance to come

b on September 06, 2014:


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vannesa on January 04, 2014:

I have pains on my lower right side, but it comes and goes, i never threw up or anything, i think i may have it

unknown on December 29, 2013:

I have a bad fever and cramps In all those mom told me that the thermometer was broken but I still have the same temp each time I've been v vomiting too. What should I do???

crystal corban on December 28, 2013:

My appendix ruptured in the er.i was there for a week everthing had to come out to get cleaned because of all the infection.apparently i was misdiagnossed for 2 question my stomach still suppose to be hurting after all this time?i went back to work only to go back out on leave again for torn muscles in side and down my lumbar in my back.then to top all this off i get terminated on drs leave i now have no insurance to go back to dr to see

Mutia on January 15, 2013:

the right way to diagnose appendicities or not is by doing Appendicogram (take picture of appendix)at the hospital as it may not be diagnosed by USG Abdomen

LivH on September 14, 2012:

My appendix started hurting last year October

and I got it taken out this year March...(2011-2012)

If the pain isn't that bad at first, eventually it can grow into unbearable pain like mine, I had three slits as well but all on the right side

I actually missed 3 months of school because I'm young, and I couldn't handle the pain at 13, I acutually became really sick after having it removed...

My advice is that don't wait till its too late because it can save ur life,

It starts our with a throbbing pain and then it will feel knife like

tehseen on August 03, 2012:

i am feeling pain in the lower right side it is from 3 or 4 days and is not increasing is it appendix ? no other syptom

Rhoda on July 06, 2012:

I have experienced abdominal pain off and on for the past couple of weeks. When it happens it's usually evening time. Last time I experienced it started in my lower abdomen near and around my naval. My lower right side of my back hurt also. I felt like I needed to have a BM. The pain moved up to my breastbone area and then I started feeling nausea. My lower back still hurt on the right side. I still felt like I needed to have a BM. I had one earlier in the evening so I didn't think I would need to again. My BM had been normal. I did end up having a BM and felt better. When the pain stopped in my stomach the pain in my lower right side of my back. I had taken a fad relief medicine but the pain lasted 2hrs after taking it. I go for blood work in the morning.

Britt1995 on May 20, 2012:

I have a sharp pain in my lower abdomen. I have gone to the bathroom 2 or 3 times today and i would feel a little relieved but then moving around or sitting down would hurt. I have thrown up but I was wondering if this was the early stage appendicitis note that I am 16 and I really don't want to waste some doctors time or my parents money please answer soon.

Anne on April 25, 2012:

All of these symptoms seem correct. I had a laperscopic appendectomy four days ago, and just to note a couple of people above noted that it burns when they pee, that IS a symptom of appendicitis. They thought mine was originally an ovarian cyst because my pain extended down to my ovary. However after an ultrasound they were able to determine that it was in fact my appendix. Ultrasounds don't normally show your appendix unless it is really swollen, X-rays aren't helpful to see either, so a ct scan is what you would want to know for sure! I am doing much better but still get some sharp pains in my lower right abdomen, in fact I had a terrible one this morning, is that normal?! And is it just gas pains or is it potentially something else like my ovary, or an ovarian cyst?

#279gabs on April 24, 2012:

I'm 14years old and have been expericing a sharp painful pain on and off for Like 5hours now , the pain at the moment is 8/10 , I'm not expiercing any symptoms yet apart from when I drank I glass of water earlier and burped up a bit of it.., I'm soooo nervous and worried I have a phobia of hospitals , doctors , operations etc.. Which is holding me back from saying anything . The pains I'm expericing is where the appendix is (bottom right side of your stomach) and it seems like it's getting worse , I'm serioulsy so worried and need some good correct advise please :'( ?

anneclariz on April 20, 2012:

right now i am experiencing upper and right abdominal pain and 3 days now.. I can't stand str8..i have no fever neither nausea and vomiting. But the pain is worst right now..

gabi on April 20, 2012:

Hi I have been experiencing a dull preasure is my abdomen on the right lower part and this morning when I had a sip of some juice it stinged a little but isn't as bad as my mom thinks its gas but I'm really scared. Any thoughts?

Olivia on April 10, 2012:

Hi. I am 12 years old. I've got a sharp stabbing like pain in my right side. I have only thrown up once. I'm not positive it's appendicitis but I am scared. I want to tell my mom but I think she will just say "You're fine". She works in the medical community and she knows the symptoms so maybe that might help my case. Any tips on what to do?????

Anonymous on April 03, 2012:

I have had IBS since I was a kid and it still effects me to this day... I have been having diarrhea since Thursday... Its now Tuesday night today I feel as if the pain is begginning to settle in lower right abdominal and mom says I'll take you to the hospital when you simply can't stand cuz of the money.... Thanks mom I am taking myself tomorrow

Telle on April 03, 2012:

I'm 27 years old and I have been experiencing pain in my lower right side for a couple years now it comes and goes only lasting a couple hours sometimes a couple of days and it hurts to put pressure on that side like to walk and recently it started hurting again kinda by my belly button almost diagonal from where it usually hurts can someone Plz help me out and tell me what's going on cause it really scared me the last time

Fergie101 on March 26, 2012:

Hi i think i have Appendicitis cause i have had pain on my left side then my belly button started to hurt then the pain on my left side started to go away and hasn't hurt since but now my right side and belly button hurts so i think i have Appendicitis. Thanks for sharing this!

Melhol on March 22, 2012:

My daughter has had a pain for two days on and off took to docs first he said gas and did urine and blood all ok did ultrasound today but pain has worsened tonight ultrasound not but till morning. Waiting for pain relief and a prognosis from doc her pains getting worse . Who nos

Kara on March 20, 2012:

Heather, you've probably got a pelvic, kidney or bladder infection. Go to your gp or gyno.

If they rule out infections ask that they check for endo/cysts and the like.

heather on March 14, 2012:

when i was younger i was thought to have apendicitis but was sent home from the hospital because it wasn't bad enough to take out. but lately i have no appetite and im nauseos and have such a strong pain around my belly button that is slowly moving down and is accompanied by occasional sharp pains on my right side that make me not able to move. ive tried so many acid and indigestion medicines none help. it also burns when i pee.. am i devolping appendicitus?

Sam on March 10, 2012:

I have had appendix pain in the past, twice when I was younger and the doctors always sent me home because they said it wasn't bad enough to take out. I'm currently suffering from the same pain just not as extreme and was also sent home from the emergency room.

My comment is just to say how ridiculous it is that doctors refuse to undergo any further examinations and that the patient has to wait until their appendix is a minute before rupturing before being able to get surgery.

Ana on March 06, 2012:

Well it work the pain I had have is gone but I still get it my brother had it first then it was me now it is my mother I have add no sleep at all is this normal my mother says that it is a virase but it is very pain full!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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sarah on February 29, 2012:

i started having abdominal pain on monday, it felt at first as though i had gas and i just shook it off, then during tht night i felt like i was going to throw up and it started to get worse, i felt a dull ache within my whole stomach. then again tht night i went to sleep thinking it was a virus. tht night again i couldn't sleep i woke up the next morning with very bad pain on the right side i went to school anyway and a couple hours later my mom picked me up because the pain was so bad she took me to the doctor and they sent me to the ER i got an ultrasound done and nothing showed up so they did a cat scan, when they did the cat scan my appendix didn't even show up at all but they said they did see what seemed to be fluid from an ovarian cyst, a surgeon then came to see me and examine me he said he did not think it was appedicitus but to check up tommoro. do u think it is appendicitus or should i just assume it was a cyst?

Courtney on February 26, 2012:

Hi. I was woken up at 4 with pain and i couldn't walk or anything and i was in agony in my lower right abdomen area. i managed to get out of my room and my housemate called an ambulance. i couldn't stand up straight and i had quite a high temperature. the pain seemed to subside and i went home about half 6. since i wasn't vomiting or it didn't hurt when they pressed on the area they thought it might be a bladder infection. but now the pain isn't much but its constant and depends how i'm lying down. its sorer when i bend over and gets sore after i eat but still not sore if i press on it. i heard this could be a silent appendix. i still have a high temperature though and i get waves on kind of contractional pains just in my lower right abdomen, nowhere else. does this sound like it even though im not being sick and its not sore to touch?

Liula on February 25, 2012:

Hey I suffer the pain I was in a ward for three days and got sent home it may still be though

Olaoluwa29 on February 15, 2012:

Please, I have all the appendix symptoms but when I went for scan 2 years ago, I was diagnosed of Inflamation of the Large Intestine and not appendix.

I've been experiencing the symptoms since 2001 but they come only about once in 2 years, except for a when the symptoms came twice in 2 years.

Is it possible the appendix wasn't vissible enough then or most likely I have another disease or infection?

Someone please help. Thanks.

danielle on February 15, 2012:

i have been to the hospital with the same problem.. The pain started off where my navel is then went to the right hand side of my stomach, its a really sharp stabbin pain, they did an ultrasound scan and couldn't find anything apart from fluid in my pouch of douglas, what the hell is that? And they transferred me to the gynacologist and the lady said the results came back fine but if there is anymore pain to go back, went back and the doctor at the hospital only took some blood then sent me on my way.. The pain comes back and goes to the bottom right off my back as well as my stomach.. where shall i go to my doctors? And what shall i do x

Worried Momma on February 14, 2012:

My 5 year old is laying in a hospital bed next to me right now. They have run all kinds of tests. Her WBC is elevated fever spikes every few hours up to 104.4 she has rebound tenderness in her abdomen when the pediatrician presses. He has got 2 different surgeons and neither do the rebound tenderness test that he's doing so both say it's not appendicitis what do I do??

Meg on February 14, 2012:

I found out mine is called Lymphatinitis. Where all the Lymphnodes are swollen with an infection.

I still have all sorts fo weird stomach pains that are very intense, but I know it's not my appendix.

The pain is very similar to apedicitis though.

tmarq on February 07, 2012:

My apendix ruptured about 2yrs ago I had all the symptoms every one name here..I was sick in bed for 2 days with a new born baby the 2nd night I woke up and couldn't move my legs I was paralized it was crazy..I was rushed into surgery immediately and when I came out I had the regular 3 scars n also a 4th one because I had to have a drain bag to drain all the toxins out my was horrible so I really urge people to pay attention to their body

jhun on February 01, 2012:

how about me? i think i have appendicitis, i feel my appendix little hurts me when exerting effort... do you think i may have appendicitis? no fever, no nausea..

Em on January 23, 2012:

Dunno if I am just worrying, but started off last night I have began endless trips of going to the bathroom, but I am passing little stuff (sorry couldn't say it any other way!) but v tender and painful to touch underneath my belly button and slightly off to the right. The pain last night was more centre and spreading across my back, but today is still centre (under my belly button spreading down and across to the right)... slight raise temp, the chills, but no sickness etc, just feeling sick! Not sure if I should go docs, just to be turned away again... help?

susan on January 23, 2012:

i am currently experiencing pain on my right side but im 52 years old does age matter it does feel like appendics but i am not vometing or going to the toilet

bri on January 21, 2012:

Well i have been having that thing to. Except i am not vomiting. Probably because i haven't eaten anything. Do you think it is a appendictis

Tawhiri on January 20, 2012:

I heard that another way you can try to diagnose it is to lie down and then slowly sit up, and if you feel a stabbing pain approximately where the appendix is then it has a good chance of being appendicitis. Do not rely on this one test, if you have suspicions go see a doctor.

Jade on January 19, 2012:

It started about an hour ago, it hurts when I push down on my lower stomach slightly and well I'm fine if I lay still it's like a pulse if I'm still but when I move/ bend in any way it hurts like really fast like I'm being pinched on the inside my stomach is making weird noises and I'm starting to feel abit dizzy and sick I got abit paranoid coz this has happened before but Erm im still abit unsure, any comments/reply/advice I could use?? Xx

Jamie on January 13, 2012:

It started 1 morning whilst i was watching tv bang thins feeling as if i had been slapped in the teticles, and stayed like that till about 1 o'clock then at about 5 it came back and kept me awake till half 2 in the morning, the next day i woke up around 8 and had a stabbing feeeling exactly wer my appendix is but by half 9 it was back to the really unconfortable pain but on the right side wher ma appendix is, and stayed like that all day i though nothing of, the next day i woke up and felt like i had wind but within half an hour it was back but i went to work, by 2 o'clock i had to go to hospital as the pain was to bad, i was checked and temp and blood pressure was okai, but when the doctor examined me i was told this is your appendix, so i was move to a surgical ward wher i was further checked by 4 doctors that done the same checks and had the same answers, the next day i was about to have surgery when the consultan turned up and checked me and said i don't think its your appendix, a further 2days go by with the same consultant telling me the same but my pain was growing worse by the hour, i then had a ct scan that showed my appendix and everything else looks normal exept the fact i am in agony wher my appendix sits and slightly centre, can anyone help because i really don't think the consultent is taking me serious :(, this would be much appreciated asap !

Alicia on December 11, 2011:

Jessi, you should go to a doctor idmedeitly!!! My dad had appendicitis at age 13. He told me it felt like his lower abdomen felt like it was being torn apart from his legs. You should really get checked out

Jessi on December 05, 2011:

I have the same thing going on I am only 16 and it hurts so bad! But my mom think its just cramps... and I'm telling her it's not because it does not feel nothing like that... And it's more pain on the right but a little on the left. I am not wanting to eat any food and I don't have a fever or anything I did get sick a few times but my stomach hurt like I ha a bug and after I got sick my sides started to hurt really bad but right side is worse... Idk but I cant stand this can someone give me some edvice?!

Cameron on November 02, 2011:

Last month I went into the hospital with horrible abdominal pains all around my stomach. I went in they did an ultrasound of my uterus and whenever they touched my right lower side it hurt! They also had an X-ray done but it wasn't constipation, or a cist

stray77 on October 28, 2011:

If you go to an ER and they try to send you home without doing an abdominal scan, its possible you might not wake up the next day. My best friend went to the ER complaining of lower right abdominal pain. They did a blood test, his white cell count was not elevated enough for them to investigate further and they sent him home. Two hours later his appendix had burst. He survived, just barely and his entire gut was sliced open and left open to heal from the inside out leaving a massive scar about 9" long and 4" wide and about an inch deep.

Meg on October 12, 2011:

I've had lower right abdominal pain for exactly a week today. I was in the hospital Wednesday night until Thursday morning and had several tests. I have no fever, and no nausea but I have had a migrane come and go since last Wednesday morning, and I do find myself off and on a little dizzy; but my appetite is fine, and I don't feel the least bit sick; although I'm contantly fatigued.

Reading above though I do realise I have been taking frequent non productive trips to the bathroom.

They found I have microscopic blood in my stool and were certain it was my bowels but I've had normal bowel movements daily (ehn they happen), it just feels like I need to have them more often and am proven wrong.

My pain is suddenly worse again, it seems to sit at a 1 or 2, more of an annoyance and move up to a 6 or 7 in these waves of intense pain. The waves were one of the things to conclude to the doctor it was my bowels. It hurts to put pressure on my right side of my stomach but more so close to my belly button. And the crampy type pain of the "1 or 2" sits just above my pelvis on the right and almost into my groin when I cross my legs one over the other.

I'm not sure if anyone can offer advice on this..

Unknown on October 02, 2011:

Im scared what might happen because I have been having lower right appendix pains almost all day then I had enough and took some tylonol ( I'm 12 ) whenever I go to the bathroom ( I go frequently ) it hurts a little I don't know what to do please help!!!!!

Unknown on October 02, 2011:

Im scared what might happen because I have been having lower right appendix pains almost all day then I had enough and took some tylonol ( I'm 12 ) whenever I go to the bathroom ( I go frequently ) it hurts a little I don't know what to do please help!!!!!

Victoria on July 09, 2011:

I hope that never happens to anyone!!!!!!!!!!

Kendal on April 20, 2011:

Ive just recently started getting aches in my left side. It started at night and i thought i just had to pee really badly but the discomfort didn't go away after-wards. Then it went away the next day until about 3 pm, when it started acting up again. Reading these makes me compare myself but i think they're making me feel worse because im thinking about it too much. I should still probably see a doctor tho. I don't want to wait too long if it is something bad because i might not be able to fix it. But, my symptoms are alot like Laurens. where you feel like you have to go but then nothing really happens..I'll search some more and then goo to a doctor this weekend.

jimjam90 on April 20, 2011:

Be very careful. I had a grumbling appendix, fever, no severe pain...just discomfort. And pain meds helped at first. If you have pain in your right side see your doctor.

I went to the ER after seeing a doctor the month before where they diagnosed appendicitis. Don't diagnose yourself!

Emily on March 14, 2011:

I've been experiencing abdominal pain in my lower right abdomen. at first i thought it might be a muscle cramp or just ovulation. sometimes it feels tender in my lower abs during ovulation. But then i used the web md page and it said it might be appendicitis. It also hurts to sit down abruptly. Basically any josseling like jumping or sitting down hard would hurt the spot also intercourse would bother it too. like i could feel it hitting the sore spot or something. So i was scared it could be appendicitis. But other people keep talking about their abdominals being tender to the touch which mine is not. I am not sure what to think because i have felt the pain now for three days though it only hurts during sudden movements as i said before. i will keep you posted

Allanisse on March 12, 2011:

I've been experiencing some pain at the lower right side of my abdomen since I was just 10 yrs. old up to now.. It's the only symptom that I have.. I wish this isn't really an appendicitis.. Thanks to this article! Now I won't worry too much again..

Lauren on January 30, 2011:

I'm probably worried for no reason, but when I woke up this morning I had severe abdominal discomfort... Pepto had no effect whatsoever, and no matter how many times I 'try' to go go to the bathroom, I can't 'go'. The pain initially started the night before, but grew worse. This article just makes me want to gt it checked out even more... Lol guess I'm going to the doctors soon :P I'll wait a little bit, though, and see if it passes.. I feel like I'm jumping the gun or something.

Kara on January 27, 2011:

Last year around the time of my final exams I started getting cramp-like pains in my lower abdomen at night. After a few days, they were happening during the day as well. They started the night after I ate far too much salt, so I figured it was related to that. About a week later, the pain was so bad I was unable to sleep at all, so my mum took me down to the Emergency Ward the day before one of my exams.

The doctors asked me what the problem was. By this time I had worked out it was most likely the appendix, so I told them that, as well as my symptoms. They told me I was being a bit paranoid and that it was reflux. I insisted it was the appendix, as my teacher had hers out recently and had taught our class the basics of self-diagnosis. They told me to go home and take some tums. I told them I wasn't going to leave until they at least checked it out. They took me in for an ultrasound to placate me, and couldn't see the appendix at all. Eventually they agreed to do exploratal surgery (can't remember the proper name for a camera through the belly-button) and if they found the appendix was inflamed they'd chop it out.

When I woke up, they told me my appendix was very inflamed, as well as two ovarian cysts (one the size of a golf ball, the other of a grapefruit) so it was no wonder I had been in so much pain.

I eventually found out from a chatty nursem that the reason they dismissed the appendix so early is because I had no raised temperature. My temperature is usually a few degrees celsius below the norm, and although it was within 'normal' parameters, it was quite high compared to my usual temperature. Also, because I hadn't thrown up once, was another reason they dismissed it.

Sorry for the long post, but I need people to realise that if a doctor doesn't think a condition is serious, either get a second (or third) opinion, or even insist on having further tests done.

michelle on December 30, 2010:

I'm havin pains n my lower right side. I told dr and he did test to find out I had fatty liver cos he told me I would know if it was my appendix or not & said could be my gallbladder so he did hida scan n found out I have fatty liver. Well now I keep just started randomly hurtting again n idk wht to do. Idk how rly feels where I can locoate how do I know if thts where my appendix is idk it scares me. Cause wen I tell my dr he said I would kn if it wus my appendix. & also did ultra sound once cudnt find anything. Now I can't stand it feel like not being listen too I'm so afraid. How do I kno if its rly my appendix or sumthing maybe pulled musle. I'm alittle on heavy side I went hospital once did xray told me cud be my stomach pullin the musle idk I'm not tht heavy but I'm plump. Plz help.

James on December 26, 2010:

Kate, I must say in response to your post the reason why people google these problems first...

Kate "It took three trips to the ED before my appendicitis was diagnosed"

Mermaid02 "I was 3 or 4 days convincing the docs it was his appendix and by then it had ruptured."

Kate on September 26, 2010:

Please do not take this article as a definitive guide to diagnosing appendicitis!! I had it a few years ago - my only symptom was agonising pain that got steadily worse over several hours. No fever, no vomiting, no other sypmtoms. It took three trips to the ED before my appendicitis was diagnosed - my pain was radiating up my back because my appendix was twisted, which threw the doctors and led them to think it was a kidney infection. It is well known by medical professionals that appendicitis is one of the most difficult illnesses to diagnose because of the lack of consistency of symptoms. If you have unbearable abdominal pain, get it checked by a medical professional, and don't diagnose yourself on the internet!

Simon on February 19, 2010:

I'm just recovering from a Laparoscopic appendicectomy, my symptoms were day 1 severe ache in the centre lower part of the stomach, painful when urinating, and passing many small stools (6-7times in 1 day), day 2 severe ache in the centre lower part of stomach moving slowly down to the right hand lower side of the stomach which became more painful as the day went on, which resulted in me going home early from work, not being very hungry, followed by fever, dizzyness, faiting, increased pain from the lower right hand side of the stomach, pain on a scale from 1 to 10 was about 8 enough to wake me up from sleeping so i caught it early and then diagnosis was confirm in hospital.

rj on February 05, 2010:

i have no fever but some pain in my lower right side with the feeling i need to vomit what should i do

MT on January 21, 2010:

My current condition is like Hoovhome symptoms. From the last 2 weeks, I am suffering from pain at right side ( both back and front). The pain is centered at the right side of abdomen (exactly same place the right side bandages shown in pic.). But the pain is not so severe now, but it is always there for last few days, so I am not sure what it is. May be muscle pull. Can't go to doctor as no insurance. Waiting for the last moment. I will update ... hope nothing to worry.

katherine on December 18, 2009:

thanks, this haas reassured me to some 5 year old daughter has had terrible tummy pain for 5 days and i was worried the doctors could be missing appendicitis but your article makes me feel they are probabaly right at this time. Thanks

hoovhome on October 12, 2009:

I am reading this while recovering from my own laparoscopic appendectomy four days ago. My symptoms were slightly different from those described by jgarrett82. I had been going to the pool and doing a self-designed water aerobic workout two to three times a week for several weeks. I began having some discomfort in my lower right abdomen at night and thought I had pulled a muscle. I laid off the workouts for a few weeks, but the discomfort did not resolve. In fact, I had begun sleeping with my right leg bent at all times to alleviate the "muscle pull". At work, I noticed more frequent trips to the restroom, but no relief in that area. After a visit to a friend's house for dinner, I stood up to leave and felt a lot of pressure in the lower right abdomen, of which I said "that really hurts" and excused myself to the restroom. My friend said the location of the pain was where my appendix is located. I agreed that I thought it may be my appendix that was a problem. That did not relieve the pressure. I began feeling nauseous, went outside for fresh air and vomited the entire contents of my stomach. I was unable to hold down a nausea medication and got clammy and feverish. My husband helped me to the car and took me home. Since flu is all around these days, I assumed it was the flu and went to bed. The nausea and pain reduced, but did not end. I slept off and on the next day and went to an urgent care clinic that afternoon (ER was full of flu patients and at this point I had no fever and felt sure it was appendicitis). The urgent care clinic did blood work, started and IV and sent me for an outpatient CT scan to rule out appendicitis. The CT scan confirmed acute appendicitis and the hospital admitted me immediately. The surgeon removed the offending appendix the following morning and told my husband the appendix was extremely acute and he was surprised it hadn't ruptured. He told me later I have a very high pain tolerance. The results of the abdominal examination by the surgeon was slightly different in my case. Regardless of where he applied pressure, my right lower abdomen hurt. When he applied the slightest pressure on the right lower abdomen, it was much more painful. Immediately prior to the surgery, all he had to do was touch the skin above the appendix and it hurt.

A ruptured appendix is very dangerous and can be life-threatening, as it releases the poisons from your appendix and intestines into your system. I am not a medical professional and don't play one on tv, but sharing this personal experience is important to me. Symptoms vary among appendicitis sufferers. Seek medical attention immediately if you have any symptoms that you feel may be appendicitis. Stomach pain can also indicate other problems, so do not ignore it. Get it checked.

Robert Hanna on June 05, 2009:

I also had appendecitis and a laproscopic appendectomy just recently, and my symptoms were exactly as above. I had a pain in my lower stomach that wouldn't go away. It felt as if I had to have a bowel movement, you know, that upset stomach feeling that you get that goes away after you bm... well I would try to deficate, and I would not be able to go. I went the the health clinic on my university campus thinking that it was a stomach bug, and after blood work and many other diagnostics, they refered me to an ER.

Here is the clincher that made me and the ER doctor realize that it was probably appendicitis... When my doctor push down on my lower stomach, and then released really quickly, the pain was extreme...

I also had a bandage exactly like the one in the picture, on my belly button, but I only had bandaids on the upper and lower incisions. It has been 8 days since the surgery, and my stitchs are already dissolving and the pain is completely gone. If you catch appendicitis early enough and can have a laproscopic appendectomy opposed to the cessarian type (cut open your whole belly) it is a much simpler and easier to get through surgery.

ikealady on July 14, 2008:


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