What is Appendix Pain?
Appendix pain occurs due to inflammation of the appendix (appendicitis). Appendicitis involves pain along with inflammation of the appendix. The appendix located in the lower abdominal area is a tube-like structure that projects from the large intestine. As the inflammation progresses, the severity of appendicitis pain increases. Appendicitis is an emergency condition, and in most cases, the doctor recommends removing the appendix.
If not treated on time, appendicitis may result in the rupture of the appendix. It may result in the spreading of bacteria throughout the body, which has fatal implications. Fortunately, since appendix is an vestigial organ, there is no problem in living without an appendix if the doctor advises for its removal.
Types of Appendicitis
Depending upon the occurrence of symptoms, there are two types of appendicitis:
- Acute appendicitis: This appendix-type inflammation is one of the most common causes of pain in the abdominal cavity. The symptoms of acute appendicitis develop suddenly and are comparatively more severe.
- Chronic appendicitis: Patients with chronic appendicitis experience the symptoms for a long time. They may come and go. The severity of symptoms is less than acute appendicitis, but the patients can’t ignore them.
Both the acute and chronic appendicitis can be:
- Simple appendicitis: In this appendicitis, the patients have mild to moderate pain. The patients do not have related complications.
- Complex appendicitis: In this condition, the patients may have severe pain and have complications such as a ruptured appendix or the formation of an abscess.
Symptoms of Appendicitis
There is no difference in the appendix symptoms in females and appendix symptoms in males. Patients may experience the following appendicitis symptoms:
- Pain: Appendicitis early symptoms include moderate to severe appendicitis pain. The pain increases with the severity of the disease. Appendix pain location may be in the upper abdomen (around the belly button) and the lower right side of the abdominal cavity.
- Gastrointestinal symptoms: The patients also have several gastrointestinal symptoms. These are loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion, inability to pass gas, and abdominal swelling.
- Other symptoms: The other symptoms related to appendicitis are low-grade fever and pain while walking or coughing.
Causes of Appendicitis
In several cases, the exact cause of appendicitis remains unknown. However, the primary cause of appendicitis is obstruction or blockage of the appendix. Blockage in the appendix causes the formation of pus due to bacterial multiplications. It results in pain and inflammation. Some of the reasons for appendix obstruction are:
- Enlargement of the lymphoid follicles
- Traumatic injury
- Hardening of the stool
- Worms in the intestine
- Certain foods are also responsible for this condition.
Some of the foods that can cause appendicitis are:
- Too many sugary products such as pastries and cakes
- Foods that irritate the digestive system, such as fried and spicy foods
- High-fat content foods, such as red meat
Treatment of Appendicitis
The doctor may advise appendicitis treatment depending upon the severity of your condition. Some of the appendix treatments are:
- Appendectomy: Removal of appendix is known as appendectomy. The doctor may perform appendectomy through open surgery or laparoscopic surgery. Not all patients are eligible for laparoscopic surgery. In case of a ruptured appendix, the doctor prefers open surgery.
- Abscess drainage: Before appendectomy, the doctor performs an appendicitis test. If there is a significant amount of pus present in the appendix, the doctor may drain the abscess before appendectomy.
- Home remedies for appendix: Some home remedies may also help you in reducing the pain of appendicitis. These are listening to music, connecting with friends, and distracting the mind. Drinking a lot of water and eating fenugreek, garlic, and mint may also provide relief from appendicitis symptoms.
Appendicitis is pain and inflammation of the appendix. The condition may be life-threatening if the appendix ruptures. Thus, the patient should not ignore the symptoms and should consult with a healthcare professional.
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