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What should I do if I think I have appendicitis?

What should I do if I think I have appendicitis?

Go to the ER: Appendicitis is an acute illness that, if left untreated, will lead to rupture within 2-3 days. If you think you have appendicitis, you belong in an er. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Appendicitis (Definition)

Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix which is a finger-shaped pouch that projects off of the colon. It causes right lower quadrant pain that radiates and becomes worse over time. Common symptoms are abdominal pain localizing to the right lower quadrant, nausea or vomiting, and loss of appetite. Appendicitis is treated with IV fluids + antibiotics and appendectomy (surgical removal of the appendix) either as an ...Read more


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I think I have appendicitis, what do you recommend?

Appendicitis: Usually requires emergency operation to avoid complications such as perforation, peritonitis, abscess, septicemia, and even death. You need to go to emergency room immediately. ...Read more

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Should i call 911 if i think I have appendicitis?

Should i call 911 if i think I have appendicitis?

U Should Go To ER: If you think you have acute appendicitis, you should go to an emergency room for evaluation. If you feel too sick to drive, it would be wise to have a friend/family member drive you. 9-1-1 is reserved for life-threatening emergencies (heart attack, stroke, trauma, bleeding, etc). While appendicitis should be addressed asap, it's not in the same category as above. ...Read more

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I think I have appendicitis but I am not having the pain in the right hand side all the time it last about an hour and then goes away for a while it has been going off for about a week is it appendicitis?

See a doctor ASAP: Any unexplained abdominal or pelvic pain should be evaluated right away. Appendicitis maybe, but other problems also are possible. If sexually active, maybe pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a complication of gonorrhea or chlamydia, especially if you also have vaginal discharge and/or at risk for STD, e.g. new partner, partner with other partners, etc. If at risk, consider an NHS GUM clinic. ...Read more

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Do you think I have appendicitis. Rlq pain started 12 days ago in the location of appendix. Non contrast CT scan apparently clear.

Do you think I have appendicitis. Rlq pain started 12 days ago in the location of appendix. Non contrast CT scan apparently clear.

Possible but....: After 12 days, if you had untreated appendicitis, you would probably be septic. Do you have a fever? An elevated white blood cell count? If the answer is no to both of these, then it is highly unlikely that you have appendicitis. Review your lab results with your physician. ...Read more

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I think I have appendicitis, since the pain near my belly button is getting worse. But my mom doesn't want to bring me to the er. What can I do?

You mom must have: A reason not to take you to er , may be you have several similar episodes, already have work up , in canada almost every one has health coverage , ask your mom again , if you still have pain to to nearest er , they will call her and get permission to treat you as you are a minor ...Read more

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What muscles are there near the appendix. I think I have appendicitis but CT scan said i don't but i still thonk i do!

What muscles are there near the appendix. I think I have appendicitis but CT scan said i don't but i still thonk i do!

It depends: Because the appendix is somewhat mobile (it can move around somewhat) inside the abdomen, the location of pain can depend on where the appendix is and what structures it resides next to. ...Read more

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I think I have appendicitis. I have really bad pain in my lower bad abdomen and it is painful to stand up straight. My parents won't tale me to the er?

I think I have appendicitis. I have really bad pain in my lower bad abdomen and it is painful to stand up straight. My parents won't tale me to the er?

Need to be evaluated: You should be evaluated by your primary doctor these symptoms are very non specific and may be related to a gyn or GI issue or even a hernia or muscle strain. ...Read more

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