A 40-year-old member asked:
What are the differences in symptoms between appendicitis and a typical upset stomach for kids?
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Pain: A typical "upset stomach" causes nausea and/or vomiting, and maybe a pain in the center of the stomach that might get better after vomiting. Appendicitis causes pain in the lower right side of the abdomen, often with loss of appetite, possibly a little diarrhea, and usually fever. The pain usually gets steadily worse. Often some tests are needed to see if it is an early/atypical appendicitis.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
How can you tell the difference in symptoms between appendicitis and upset stomach?
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General Surgery 34 years experience
Pain type & location: When i think of an upset stomach, i think of waves of cramping pain in the mid abdomen. Appendicitis may often begin like this, but then "changes", moving to the right lower abdomen, becoming sharp, severe, constant, and progressively worsening. Many people can localize it well enough by pointing to one spot with one finger.
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Can you please describe the differences in symptoms between appendicitis and upset stomach for kids?
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Pediatrics 46 years experience
Intensity/location: Most kids with a soft but tender tummy will not have something bad happening. The appendix is usually sitting next to the upper part of the right thigh muscle, so often a kid that won't walk (from pain in belly or rt leg) or can't hop up/dn may be an appi. The worse the kid looks the more likely he needs to be seen. Even with new tech, half of kids today are ruptured by the time of surgery.
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