Symptoms of Appendicitis – Not Just Food Poisoning

Symptoms of AppendicitisIt’s easy to blame stomach pain or nausea on food poisoning, the non-medical term that usually refers to sickness caused by food-borne bacteria. Yet symptoms like these can also be triggers of a more serious problem.

According to WebMD, the following symptoms in adults could be appendicitis:

– Pain in the belly, which may begin around the belly button
– Stomach pain may worsen when you move, stand or cough
– Back pain
– Low-grade fever
– Swollen abdomen
– Dull pain near the navel or the upper abdomen that becomes sharp as it moves to the lower right abdomen
– Loss of appetite
– Nausea and/or vomiting soon after abdominal pain begins
– Abdominal swelling
– Fever of 99-102 degrees Fahrenheit
– Inability to pass gas

The real giveaway that you’re experiencing appendicitis is the pain moves to the lower right side of the body. If your symptoms are relieved within a few hours, or if they start while you’re eating or shortly after, then it’s likely to be from a food-borne bacteria.