Is My Pain Coming From Appendicitis?
You probably heard of horror stories of people experiencing unbearable abdominal pain, then they waited too long and had their appendix burst. You may also have some pain in the middle of your abdomen and you don’t want to make the same mistake. But how do you know you are having appendicitis? At Advance ER, we have the answers to your questions.
Appendicitis is the inflammation of a small organ in your body located on the right side. It is located where the small intestine and the large intestine are joined.
Main Causes of an Appendicitis
Inflammation of the appendix is generally caused by a blockage causing the lining of the organ to become infected. This infection can grow and fill the appendix and, if left untreated, can rupture the organ. This is why it is important to be aware of symptoms or warning signs of any type of abdominal pain.
When to Know It’s An Emergency
It is recommended you go to the ER as soon as you notice emergency warning signs or new or worsening pain in the lower right part of your abdomen (upper right side for pregnant women).
The most common warning signs and symptoms of appendicitis include:
- Loss of appetite
- Lack of energy
These symptoms have also been linked to common conditions including but not limited to:
- Urinary tract infection
- Gallbladder infection
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Other stomach problems
If you believe you or a loved one is suffering from appendicitis, don’t wait to seek medical intervention. Patients in the Dallas area can visit our 24-hour emergency center at Advance ER, or call us at (214) 494-8222.