Not Just a Stomach Ache: Symptoms of Appendicitis

Not Just a Stomach Ache: Symptoms of Appendicitis

Does your stomach ache in a way that you haven’t experienced before? Is it prompting you to search for an “emergency room near me” because you wonder if it’s something that may require urgent care like an appendicitis attack? If so, the following information may be beneficial.

Understanding Your Appendix

Your appendix is part of your large intestine. It’s a finger-shaped organ that’s only about four inches long, but when it’s out of sync, it can cause a lot of distress such as:

  • Pain that migrates from the middle of your abdomen that moves to the right or lower right side of your abdomen
  • Nausea and vomiting (Note: if you’re experiencing diarrhea, this is more aligned with some type of gastrointestinal disorder)
  • Loss of appetite

When to Seek Treatment for Abdominal Pain in Lumberton, TX

As a general rule, if you are exhibiting any one of the following symptoms, it’s a good idea to seek professional treatment from your nearest urgent care facility if your abdominal pain is tender to the touch, extends to your back, and is accompanied by one or more of the following:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Light-headedness
  • Dark or black stool
  • Vomiting blood

Diagnosing an Appendicitis Attack

In addition to making a diagnosis, doctors will typically try to rule out other causes of your abdominal distress such as gastroenteritis, bowel diseases, ovarian cysts in women, and kidney stones. This is most commonly accomplished through a blood test to check for elevated white blood cell levels. Certain imaging tests – such as a CT scan – may also be used.

Fortunately, Altus Emergency Center in Lumberton can handle any emergency testing that might be required with our on-site laboratory.

If it’s found that you do indeed have an appendix that’s swollen, torn, infected, or otherwise compromised, surgery will be required to remove the affected organ. Depending on the degree of the condition, your surgery will be either minimally invasive – which means you can go home the same day – or more intensive in nature which would require a longer stay.

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