What does an apendicitis feel like?

  1. I have no idea if I spelt that right but could someone please tell me what it feels like

    My back has been hurting today but it doesn't feel like regular back ache and now I have a bit of pain in my right side. Is you appendix even on your right??

    I'm not in agony or anything just a bit uncomfortable
  2. \I think if you are pain in your back/side it might be your kidneys, but I found some great info from medicine net for you.

    What is the appendix?

    The appendix is a closed-ended, narrow tube up to several inches in length that attaches to the cecum (the first part of the colon) like a worm. (The anatomical name for the appendix, vermiform appendix, means worm-like appendage.) The inner lining of the appendix produces a small amount of mucus that flows through the open center of the appendix and into the cecum. The wall of the appendix contains lymphatic tissue that is part of the immune system for making antibodies. Like the rest of the colon, the wall of the appendix also contains a layer of muscle, but the muscle is poorly developed.
    What is appendicitis?

    Appendicitis means inflammation of the appendix. It is thought that appendicitis begins when the opening from the appendix into the cecum becomes blocked. The blockage may be due to a build-up of thick mucus within the appendix or to stool that enters the appendix from the cecum. The mucus or stool hardens, becomes rock-like, and blocks the opening. This rock is called a fecalith (literally, a rock of stool). At other times, the lymphatic tissue in the appendix may swell and block the appendix. After the blockage occurs, bacteria which normally are found within the appendix begin to invade (infect) the wall of the appendix. The body responds to the invasion by mounting an attack on the bacteria, an attack called inflammation. An alternative theory for the cause of appendicitis is an initial rupture of the appendix followed by spread of bacteria outside the appendix.. The cause of such a rupture is unclear, but it may relate to changes that occur in the lymphatic tissue, for example, inflammation, that line the wall of the appendix.)
    If the inflammation and infection spread through the wall of the appendix, the appendix can rupture. After rupture, infection can spread throughout the abdomen; however, it usually is confined to a small area surrounding the appendix (forming a peri-appendiceal abscess).
    Sometimes, the body is successful in containing ("healing") the appendicitis without surgical treatment if the infection and accompanying inflammation do not spread throughout the abdomen. The inflammation, pain and symptoms may disappear. This is particularly true in elderly patients and when antibiotics are used. The patients then may come to the doctor long after the episode of appendicitis with a lump or a mass in the right lower abdomen that is due to the scarring that occurs during healing. This lump might raise the suspicion of cancer.

    What are the symptoms of appendicitis?

    The main symptom of appendicitis is abdominal pain. The pain is at first diffuse and poorly localized, that is, not confined to one spot. (Poorly localized pain is typical whenever a problem is confined to the small intestine or colon, including the appendix.) The pain is so difficult to pinpoint that when asked to point to the area of the pain, most people indicate the location of the pain with a circular motion of their hand around the central part of their abdomen. A second, common, early symptom of appendicitis is loss of appetite which may progress to nausea and even vomiting. Nausea and vomiting also may occur later due to intestinal obstruction.
    As appendiceal inflammation increases, it extends through the appendix to its outer covering and then to the lining of the abdomen, a thin membrane called the peritoneum. Once the peritoneum becomes inflamed, the pain changes and then can be localized clearly to one small area. Generally, this area is between the front of the right hip bone and the belly button. The exact point is named after Dr. Charles McBurney--McBurney's point. If the appendix ruptures and infection spreads throughout the abdomen, the pain becomes diffuse again as the entire lining of the abdomen becomes inflamed.
  3. Thank you for the info very interesting and somewhat gross LOL

    Well I guess it's not that as it def. at my back rather than front eeek kidneys that doesn't sound good *off to drink lots of water*
  4. LOL. But without the gross parts, we wouldn't have the sum total of the body beautiful:tup:

    All jokes aside, drink some cranberry juice as well as water and monitor your pain-and take it easy. If it gets worse, or doesn't get any better after a couple of days got to your doctor. They will feel around your abdomen/side for tenderness and pain, and probably do a urinalysis test to see if you have any type of infection. The process shouldn't be too difficult or annoying to find out what's going on. It could be as simple as pulled or strain muscle in that area too.

    Hope you feel better:yes:
  5. Hope you are feeling better label & it's nothing to worry about :heart:
  6. I will keep an eye on it thank you guys I'll keep you posted
  7. if your pain hasn't subsided by now, i suggest you getting it checked out. if it is appendicitis and if it ruptures, it can be quite serious. here's to hoping that its nothing
  8. just a little update, today I feel a little twinge but certainly nothing like yesterday perhaps it was just a starined muscle it just didn't feel like it, I will definately keep an eye on it though if is goes on a few days i'll get it checked out.

    thank you for the well wishes guys
  9. Kidney stones?
  10. That's what happened to me when my UTI turned into a kidney infection. Not to freak out out, but if you still feel a twinge, go and get it checked out ASAP.
  11. i had my appendix taken out 3 years ago. for me, the pain was so unbearable and intense that i went to the ER almost immediately. i couldn't even stand up straight, it hurt so badly. i agree with the others on here, get it checked out as soon as possible. good luck and keep us posted!
  12. My friend's brother had his appendix out and he was pacing around the kitchen doubled over in pain. His dad is a doctor and his mom went to nursing school. They took him right to the ER and he had his appendix removed. He thought he just had a bad tummy ache.