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Where is appendix pain?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Appendicitis occurs when the appendix, a small pouch located in the lower right abdomen, becomes inflamed. It’s quite common, especially among people aged 10 to 30, but it can affect anyone.

Appendicitis often happens when something blocks the opening of the appendix. This blockage can occur due to hardened stool, swollen lymphoid follicles, or infections caused by bacteria or viruses.

Ignoring appendicitis can be dangerous. If the inflamed appendix bursts, it can cause a serious infection in the abdomen called peritonitis. Peritonitis is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment to avoid complications.

Where do you get appendix pain?

Appendix pain usually starts near your belly button and then moves to the lower right side of your abdomen. 

When you press gently on the lower right part of your abdomen, it may hurt more. This tenderness could be a sign of appendix inflammation.

Remember, if you have ongoing or severe abdominal pain, especially on the lower right side, it’s important to see a doctor right away. Quick diagnosis and treatment are crucial for managing appendicitis and avoiding complications.

What does appendix pain feel like?

Appendix pain often starts as a vague discomfort around your belly button or upper abdomen. It can feel like a dull ache or pressure.

As appendicitis progresses, the pain becomes sharper and more intense, especially in the lower right abdomen. It may hurt more when you move, cough, or breathe deeply.

You might also feel tenderness when touching the area, along with symptoms like nausea, vomiting, fever, or loss of appetite.

Frequently asked questions about appendicitis

What are the early signs of appendicitis?

Early signs of appendicitis include abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting. Seek medical help if symptoms worsen.

How is appendicitis diagnosed?

Appendicitis is typically diagnosed through a combination of physical examination, medical history review, and imaging tests such as CT scans or ultrasounds.

What are the potential complications of untreated appendicitis?

Potential complications of untreated appendicitis include appendix rupture, leading to peritonitis (infection of the abdominal cavity), abscess formation, and systemic infection (sepsis), which can be life-threatening. Early medical intervention is crucial to prevent these complications.

A man holds his tummy in pain due to appendicitis

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