Last year, more than 25,000 Australians admitted to hospital were diagnosed with acute appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix). If left untreated, the appendix can burst and become life-threatening. As a result, appendicectomy (removal of the appendix) is often the most common emergency surgery performed in hospitals around the country.
But if it happened to you, would you know what to look out for? Here, we’re taking a look at six of the most common warning signs of appendicitis.
1. Nausea and vomiting
Often appendicitis sufferers mistake symptoms like nausea, vomiting and a lack of appetite for a stomach bug. However, these are also signs of an inflamed appendix, as it can impact other parts of the gastrointestinal tract and nervous system.
2. Constant urge to urinate
In some people, the appendix is located closer to the bladder. As a result, when it becomes inflamed, it can place pressure on the bladder, making it too become inflamed and irritated. This can increase your urge to pee and, in some cases, can cause discomfort or pain when urinating.