Where Is Your Appendix?
3 1/2-inch-long tube of tissue extends from your large intestine on the lower right side of your body.
What Causes Appendicitis?
Appendicitis happens when the appendix gets blocked, often by poop, a foreign body (something inside you that isn’t supposed to be there), or cancer. Blockage may also result from infection, since the appendix can swell in response to any infection in the body.
The classic symptoms of appendicitis include:
– Pain in your lower right belly or pain near your navel that moves lower. This is usually the first sign.
– Loss of appetite
– Nausea and vomiting soon after belly pain begins
– Swollen belly
– Fever of 99-102 degrees
– Can’t pass gas