- Step 1: Know that pain may vary Know that pain may vary depending on the person’s age, and the position of the appendix.
- TIP: Pregnant woman and young children may experience pain in different places.
- Step 2: Know that pain will occur near navel Know that pain typically starts around your navel and then shifts to your right abdomen.
- Step 3: Know that pain can worsen Be aware that pain may get worse if you walk, cough, or move.
- Step 4: Recognize loss of appetite, nausea, swelling, and fever Recognize as symptoms a loss of appetite, nausea, swelling of the abdominal area, and a high fever.
- Step 5: Recognize diarrhea, painful urination, and constipation Be aware that diarrhea with gas, painful urination, and constipation can occur.
- Step 6: Contact a doctor Contact a doctor if you experience any of these symptoms -- you may have appendicitis.
- FACT: Appendicitis will usually occur when a person is between the ages of 10 and 30.
You Will Need
- Pain in your abdomen
- Increasing discomfort
- Loss of appetite
- Difficult evacuation