Our expert says:
Ginger, this is from something I wrote on appendicitis a while ago.
“The following are the typical symptoms of appendicitis, but you have to remember that less than 50% of people will present with all the typical symptoms.
1. A sudden onset of pain around the navel. After a few hours the pain moves to the right lower quadrant of the abdomen.
2. It’s painful when you press on the right lower quadrant of the abdomen, but the pain becomes worse when you take your hand away. This is called rebound tenderness and is a serious sign.
3. Coughing or walking worsens the pain.
4. A low-grade fever of 37,5° - 38,5°C. A higher fever develops later on in the disease and is a serious sign
5. Nausea and loss of appetite is usually prominent, but vomiting is usually not severe.
6. Constipation is often present.
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