Appendicitis has been around for quite some time now but did you know that your poop may be one of the causes? It usually affects 5 to 7% of people usually between 10 to 30 years of age.
You may feel why there is yet another article repeating the same old thing. Well, for one, there are some misconceptions about the appendix that are prevalent in society. Also, there are some symptoms which you never knew could be related to an inflamed appendix.
So, here I am going to list a few things that people may not be aware of when it comes to their appendix and appendicitis.
What Is Appendicitis?
To start off, let’s begin with what is appendicitis. As you all know, there is an organ in the body called the appendix. Appendicitis occurs when this organ is infected, and it is most likely removed. Well, guess what, you may not need to remove it altogether after all.
What is an Appendix?
The Appendix was thought to be a useful organ and doctors used to operate and remove it every time a person suffered from appendicitis. But, this is not the case. Recent studies have revealed that the appendix, in fact, does serve a purpose. It is useful to repopulate your body with necessary bacteria. It is a kind of a repository for bacteria and refills the body if needed.
The appendix is a tube-like organ which is situated at the end of the colon. When it is infected, it is most likely a block at one of its ends. This block is usually caused by poop (besides other causes). It’s poop that plugs it up, so a healthy diet is what can prevent this from happening.
Few Symptoms that you may be unaware of for Appendicitis
- The area around the belly button hurts
Pain in the lower right side of the abdomen is the most common. But, the starting point is usually the belly button area and the pain then rapidly moves towards the right side of the abdomen.
Bumpy rides or bouts of coughing and sneezing always increase the discomfort when suffering from appendicitis.
You may think that you have caught some infection or are suffering from food poisoning. This is mostly because you may suffer from fever and also get chills. This is the reason why it is misdiagnosed many times. So if you have a high fever coupled with an unrelenting stomach ache it may mostly be appendicitis and not some stomach infection.
- Diarrhoea or Constipation
This symptom may be confusing as you may think that it is definitely a stomach bug, but you should observe if your diarrhea consists of large amounts of mucus and it continues for more than a 2-3 days. If this is the case, you definitely suffer from appendicitis and not some stomach bug.
Gas is very common if you have just had a couple of beers and something like a pizza to eat. But, if the pain increases the next day and you continue to feel bloated, it may be a sign of appendicitis.
- Pain When you Release the Belly
When you hold your stomach, pressing it slightly and then release it, you may feel pain. In this case, the pain is most likely due to appendicitis. Avoid continuing to press your belly and instead rush to the doctor immediately.
- Pain discontinuing is not a good sign
In general, if pain recedes, we think that everything is fine. In appendicitis though, this usually occurs when the appendix is ruptured. You should rush to the doctor in case this happens.
You should always assess the pain in the abdomen carefully before passing it off as a stomach bug. If detected on time, appendicitis can be treated with antibiotics alone.
Also, to keep yourself from suffering from an inflamed appendix, increase your intake of fibers to keep your colon clean. Now you are aware that the faster your poop is out of your body, the healthier and less at risk you are from Appendicitis!