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    Understanding Appendicitis -- Symptoms

    What Are the Symptoms of Appendicitis?

    The classic symptoms of appendicitis include:

    • Dull pain near the navel or the upper or lower abdomen that becomes sharp as it moves to the lower right abdomen; this is usually the first sign, but it occurs in less than half of appendicitis cases.
    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea or vomiting soon after abdominal pain begins
    • Abdominal swelling
    • Temperature of 100 to 101 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Constipation or diarrhea with gas
    • Inability to pass gas

    In many cases, atypical symptoms appear, including:

    Understanding Appendicitis

    Find out more about appendicitis:

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    • Dull or sharp pain anywhere in the upper or lower abdomen, back, or rectum
    • Painful urination
    • Vomiting that precedes the abdominal pain

     

    Call Your Doctor About Appendicitis If:

    After an appendectomy, call your doctor right away if you have:

    • Persistent vomiting
    • Continued pain in your abdomen
    • Dizziness/feelings of faintness
    • Blood in your vomit, urine, or stool
    • Fever
    • Diarrhea

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 09, 2015

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