Although the appendix is an organ that a person does not need, it can cause a lot of complications if it ruptures. There are some signs to look for if someone suspects the appendix has ruptured.
The first thing that many people experience is pain. It can be a pain that begins in the upper right side and travels down to the lower right quadrant. A pain that begins in the belly button area and moves to the right side of the stomach is often associated with the appendix. Seek emergency medical assistance if the pain is severe.
Nausea and Vomiting
These are two signs that could begin a few days before the appendix actually ruptures. The person can feel like they have the flu, but in actuality, the appendix is storing excess bile, causing the person to feel sick.
The doctor will often press on the stomach to determine if there is any tenderness. If there is excessive tenderness after the doctor stops pressing on the area, then this can be an indication that there are problems with the appendix.
If there is an infection before the appendix ruptures, then the temperature will increase. It does not have to be a high temperature. Anything that is above normal with any of the other symptoms should be examined by a doctor as soon as possible.
In The Hospital
I woke up one morning with severe pain in my right side. I did not think anything about it because of the meal I had the previous evening. I thought that maybe it was a trapped gas bubble, so I went back to sleep. A few hours later, I felt very sick, and I knew that something was not right. My father took me to the emergency room, and the doctor examined me as soon as I arrived because of the way that I looked. After doing quick blood work, the doctor decided to do an appendectomy. I was rushed to the operating room where everything happened very quickly. The nurses prepped the area for surgery, and I was placed on the operating table. An IV was started, and a short while later, I was asleep. My evening ended in a hospital room. I stayed in the hospital for two days, and I found out that had I arrived at the hospital only a few minutes later, my appendix could have ruptured, and I could have died. If there are any signs that something is not right, don’t delay going to a hospital or urgent care facility.