Posted on Jul 29, 2008 | Comments 0
Are you experiencing severe stomach pain that gradually moved to lower right side of your belly? Never ignore such kind of severe and persistent stomach pain, as it can be due to inflammation in your appendix, commonly known as appendicitis.
Appendix is a close ended narrow tube whose length can be up to several inches that attaches to the cecum.
The inner lining of your appendix produces a very small amount of mucus that flows through the open center of appendix.
When the opening of cecum to appendix blocks, it results in the build up of thick mucus within the appendix.
This build up of mucus mainly results in inflammation in your appendix, which is mainly referred as appendicitis.
The most prominent symptom of appendicitis is pain that usually begins in and around your navel and then gradually shifts to your lower abdomen.
This pain usually increases within a period of 6 to 12 hours and eventually turns into more severe health condition for you.
What makes your pain worse?
As the inflammation spreads to nearby tissues of the appendix, the pain becomes sharper and more severe. When you apply gentle pressure at the area that hurts you more, you can feel tenderness in those particular regions.
As you release the pressure suddenly, pain often becomes worse. Even if you cough, walk or make any other harsh movements, you can experience severe pain.
You can get better relief from the pain, if you try to lie down on your side and pull your knees towards your chest. Certain other signs, other than pain, associated with appendicitis can mainly include:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal swelling
- Inability to pass gas
- Constipation or diarrhea with gas
- Nausea and at times you can also experience vomiting
- Low grade fever, approximately 99 degree F to 102 degree F
Are there any complications associated with laparoscopic surgery?
In most of the cases, appendicitis is usually treated by simply removing the inflamed appendix from your body, through a surgery called appendectomy.
Your surgeon usually removes the inflamed appendix either by making a tradition incision in the abdomen or he\she can simply use a small surgical device (laparoscope) that easily creates a small opening into your abdomen to reach appendix.
Normally, this laparoscopic surgery for your appendicitis allows you to recover faster and heals the wound with less scarring on your skin. But, if your appendix ruptures, the infection spreads to other surrounding tissues beyond the appendix.
If you experience the symptoms of appendicitis for five days, immediately after the surgery, your doctor can recommend a course of antibiotics to cure the inflammation present around the tissues of appendix.
If you already have any other chronic health conditions like diabetes or blood pressure, try to discuss it with your doctor. Get prompt treatment for your appendicitis to get better relief from the pain.
Posted in: Digestive & Intestinal Disorders