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Can stress, anxiety and depression cause appendicitis? or can it cause you to have appendicitis symptoms without actually having real appendicitis?

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Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Belly pain: Stress/anxiety/depression do not cause appendicitis. That is a bacterial infection of the appendix and is a medical emergency. Appendicitis causes pain in the right lower quadrant of the belly, fever, nausea, diarrhea. But, certainly, stress and anxiety can cause abdominal discomfort, and can cause diarrhea in some people. See your doctor for help sorting this out.

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