11 Things To Look Out For If You Have Appendicitis

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Appendicitis is the inflammation of your appendix, that small pouch that projects out from your large intestine on the lower right side of your abdomen. It usually causes pain in that general area, but for a lot of people, the pain will start behind their belly button and move down towards the appendix. As the inflammation gets worse, so does the pain. Anyone can develop appendicitis, but it most often occurs in people between the ages of 10 and 30. It happens when your appendix gets blocked — by poop, a foreign body, or maybe even cancer. Blockage may also result from infection, as the appendix can swell in response to any infection in the body.
Read on to find out the common signs and symptoms of appendicitis!

Pain Behind Your Belly Button

This is usually the first sign that your appendix is inflamed. It comes on suddenly, and seems to move down to the right side of your lower abdomen. It is usually accompanied by a fever, gets worse over time, and can cause fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. If you notice a sharp and sudden pain out of nowhere, it is advisable to to get to an emergency room immediately as appendicitis often requires surgery.