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Terrible stomach pain - could it be my appendix?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Perhaps: Appendicitis can start with mild pain around the belly button. The pain worsens over time. It can become sharp with loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting & possibly a fever. The pain usually moves toward the right lower quadrant of abdomen. Bouncing or jolting will often make the pain worse. Appendicitis can have varying presentations. If you have severe abdominal pain it is best to go to er.

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How do you know the difference between stomach pain vs. Appendix issues?

4 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Location and timing: Kinda like real estate, the issue with abdominal pain is location and timing. Stomach pain will tend to stay over your stomach while appendix pain can start almost anywhere in your abdomen but will eventually start to move down to the lower-right. If you have fever, nausea, don't want to eat and it hurts to jump up and down, you should be out the door to the er.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
One needs to put the entire picture together. Not all cases are classic. I recently saw an 11 y.o. young lady whose pain started in the RLQ and remained. Diagnosis upon surgery was acute appendicitis.
Dec 8, 2011
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Patients with situs inversus have their appendix on the left (Heart is then on the right). Appendix can also be touching ureter or bladder and cause urinary symptoms including blood in urine. Can also be resting on psoas muscle making thigh extension painful. Pain in midline just under rib cage is unlikely appendicular. Pain referred to right shoulder is probably from gall bladder.
Feb 17, 2012

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