“In the United States, appendicitis is the most common cause of acute (short-term) abdominal pain requiring surgery. Over 5% of the population develops appendicitis at some point.” ~ National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
All of us experience this misfortunate of an upset stomach. We’ve all had to contend with bouts of abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, or constipation (gross maybe, but true!)
Appendicitis is not very common – with only about 5 percent of the U.S. population developing the condition. Those who have will tell you just how painful an inflamed appendix can be. (If this includes you, please feel free to share your story by leaving a comment below!)
Appendicitis is also a severe condition. Jennifer Caudle, D.O., a family physician, and professor of medicine says “If it is not treated, your appendix can rupture, which can be life-threatening.”
While not every case of appendicitis leads to a ruptured appendix, delaying medical assistance significantly increases this risk.
With that said, here are 5 signs of possible appendix troubles you shouldn’t ignore:
1. It feels like the worst stomach pain of your life.
No, this isn’t an exaggeration. Appendicitis can feel like the worst stomach pain of your life.
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