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11 Common Symptoms & Signs of Appendicitis

Despite the hundreds of organs in the human body and the breakthroughs of scientists in finding out the functions of each organ, the appendix is a very mysterious organ with no clue of its functions and why we even have it in the first place. Some theories say it is a storehouse for food bacteria that reboots the digestive system after diarrhea, while some other theories say it is just a “useless remnant” of the evolution of the human body. Whichever theory you choose to believe, you need to know that a problem with this organ can make you sick to the bones. A medical condition in which the appendix is inflamed is called appendicitis. This medical condition can be found in anyone but is most common in people between the ages of 10 and 30.[1]

Below are the signs and symptoms of appendicitis.

Pain on the Right Side of the Lower Abdomen

So many factors can lead to abdominal pain, but it can also be as a result of appendicitis. One of the first signs of appendicitis is pain on the right side of the lower abdomen. This is because the appendix, a small thin pouch, connected to the large intestine, where stools are formed, is located in the lower abdomen. This pain can be so severe that you might not be able to engage in any activity and it can also spread to your rectum and your back. However, this symptom occurs in less than half of the cases of appendicitis.[2]