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

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

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. ...Read more

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Appendix (Definition)

The appendix is a piece of tubing located at the bottom of the colon on the right lower part of the abdomen. It has no known function in modern humans, but was thought to possibly be a type of extra stomach back in our cavepeople days. Currently it's only purpose is to get infected ...Read more


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Lower right stomach pain in women mean appendix?

Lower right stomach pain in women mean appendix?

Maybe but...: "stomach pain" can be caused by lots of things & may indeed originate outside the GI tract. Further evaluation is in order before anyone can answer "what to do." your doctor will want to re-examine you as well as know the quality, timing, duration, location, & associations (eating, position, activity, stooling, urinating) of your pain to better direct the next appropriate testing. ...Read more

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Terrible stomach pain - could it be my appendix?

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. ...Read more

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What could cause stomach pain in the lower right side (not appendix)?

What could cause stomach pain in the lower right side (not appendix)?

Several things: One of common causes is inflammation in distal small bowel and right colon , enteritis. in female ovaries with cysts that rupture are not uncommon to cause similar pain.Sometimes abnormalities, infection or stone, of urinary system, kidney, ureter and bladder ...Read more

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My 6 yr old is complaining of stomach pain, fever and vomiting. 2 x's in last 12 hrs. Could this be her appendix?

My 6 yr old is complaining of stomach pain, fever and vomiting. 2 x's in last 12 hrs. Could this be her appendix?

Possible: In children, abdominal pain with fever can also be a pneumonia, b/c pain is typically referred to the diaphragm. The appendix initially presents with stomach pain but then moves to the right lower quadrant of the patient. I do think you need to see your pediatrician to have your child evaluated. It can be just a stomach bug as well. ...Read more

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I have been having really bad lower stomach pain for the past week. I don't have my appendix or gallbladder. What could be causing the pain?

I have been having really bad lower stomach pain for the past week. I don't have my appendix or gallbladder. What could be causing the pain?

Nonspecific: Lower abdominal pain is nonspecific, has many causes, and is usually not dangerous. If severe, or unrelenting, see your primary care provider for a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Have right lower stomach pain since yesterday felt a little better overnight but getting bad again could it be appendix?feel tired no appetite

Have right lower stomach pain since yesterday felt a little better overnight but getting bad again could it be appendix?feel tired no appetite

Yes. Can see doctor.: Lower right abdominal pain can be from many things. For pain there, appendicitis is always a concern (pain can worsens over time, with fever coming on). If one is constipated for several days, stool can back up all the way to the right side, and cause pain. Having gas may or may not be related to the discomfort (lactose intolerance will cause gas). A hernia or ovarian problem can cause pain. ...Read more

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B12 deficient & having stomach pain not my appendix. Ileum related? Will it be seen on upcoming colonoscopy? A cause for concern at this point?

Depends on stomach: Where in stomach, where in abdomen, between belly button and rib cage, or below belly button, on right or left. Probably not gonna show in colonoscopy but might. Are bms normal? Is it related to eating? Any particular foods bring it on? You need to see a good holistic md. ...Read more

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Left side Stomach pain near groin. It hurts while running. Is it due to masterbuation. I had appendix removed from right stomach?

Left side Stomach pain near groin. It hurts while running. Is it due to masterbuation. I had appendix removed from right stomach?

More info?: Is it sharp or achy? Is it every time or only sometimes? What type? How long does it last? Anything make it better? Running makes it worse? Does food affect the pain? Have you had any surgery ? How long has it been there? Have you tried any medications? Did they work? Did you injure yourself? Pulled muscle etc? Has anyone done any studies? Gallbladder? Gastritis? Any nausea? Fevers? ...Read more

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What else should I be advocating for, in regards to my seven year old daughter who suddenly became sick 2months ago and still is she had severe stomach pain. Doc thought appendix. Then they said constipated and i said no she goes once or twice a day. Not

What else should I be advocating for, in regards to my seven year old daughter who suddenly became sick 2months ago and still is she had severe stomach pain. Doc thought appendix. Then they said constipated and i said no she goes once or twice a day. Not

It : It sounds like your doctors have been very thorough in trying to find out what is causing your daughter's discomfort and a scope seems like a logical next step. The GI doctor has the ability to see the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach), the stomach, the first part of the small intestine and the colon with a scope. Doctors tend to do the scope before a barium swallow because the barium can coat the insides of the gastrointestinal tract and make it impossible to see. If you have questions about what the GI doctor is looking for specifically and whether they are just doing an upper endoscopy (mouth to upper small intestine) or including a colonoscopy and why, just call and ask. I'm sure they'd be happy to answer your questions. ...Read more

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Age 26 male. Had mild stomach pain and vomiting bile and it went off the next day. Ct scan showed bulky appendix with 10mm dia. Surgery is required?

Age 26 male. Had mild stomach pain and vomiting bile and it went off the next day. Ct scan showed bulky appendix with 10mm dia. Surgery is required?

Close observation: Your doc should watch you closely for signs of fever and pain that settles into right lower abdomen. Laboratory tests will help decide if surgery/surgery consult is needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had my appendix removed about 3 weeks ago I've been having stomach pain at my belly button incision site niw I have black stool what could be wrong?

I had my appendix removed about 3 weeks ago I've been having stomach pain at my belly button incision site niw I have black stool what could be wrong?

May have wound dehis: Return to Surgeon with your questions. May have umbilical wound dehisence or trapped bowel. Black stools mean GI bleeding which could be from the appendacoel stump or missed Meckle's Diverticulim ...Read more

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What causes severe stomach pain, yellow stool with white fat globules, nausea, and vomiting if appendix and gall bladder have been removed?

What causes severe stomach pain, yellow stool with white fat globules, nausea, and vomiting if appendix and gall bladder have been removed?

Several things: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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They have dull lower right stomach pain and gets sharp after eating, gas, dizzy, nausea,lower right back pain, and green poop? Could it be my Appendix

They have dull lower right stomach pain and gets sharp after eating, gas, dizzy, nausea,lower right back pain, and green poop? Could it be my Appendix

Abdominal pain: Your symptoms seem to be more consistent with gall bladder disease. I recommend you see your physician for a full exam and work up. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Stomach Pain (Definition)

Most people will describe pain in any part of abdomen as stomach pain, it is what many patients say but in medical terms it is pain in the stomach which is located in middle of upper abdomen, so real stomach pain is the pain ...Read more


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Stomach Discomfort (Definition)

Stomach discomfort or pain can be due to problems in digestion or irritation to the stomach. Some people use the term to describe discomfort ...Read more