Signs and symptoms of appendicitis 

The appendix is a tiny little organ that has no apparent function, but causes serious issues for hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. According to the Mayo Clinic, this little organ is shaped like a finger, and is attached to the colon - and while it doesn't appear to have any function - when it becomes infected it causes serious pain that requires immediate surgical removal.
About 300,00 people suffer from acute appendicitis a year, according to Everyday Health who also notes that the digestive disorder is the leading cause of emergency abdominal operations in the United States. For this reason it's important to understand what appendicitis is, as well as the warning signs and symptoms so you can treat it immediately.
According to WebMD, appendicitis is caused by a blockage - many time from your stool, a foreign body, and even cancer. But appendicitis can also be caused by an infection since this tiny little organ becomes swollen when your body is fighting off other infections.
And while WebMD notes that you can't prevent appendicitis from happening, people who eat high fiber diets (like fruits and veggies) tend to develop it less. 
According to the Mayo Clinic, if you recognize any of these symptoms it's important to seek medical attention right away:
- Sudden pain that starts in the lower, right side of your abdomen
- Sudden pain near your bellybutton that shifts down to your lower right abdomen
- Pain in your lower abdomen that gets worse when you walk, make sudden movements, or even cough
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Low-grade fever that may worsen as the appendicitis progresses
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Abdominal bloating
If your doctor confirms you have appendicitis your most likely going to have to get the appendix removed. According to the Mayo Clinic, an appendectomy is performed with just a few small incisions. Depending on if your appendix has ruptured or not, they may need to make a little bit of a bigger incision to get in there and clean the cavity out. But normally after an appendectomy you spend a few days in the hospital and you're on your way.
While treating appendicitis has almost become routine, it is still a very dangerous condition. So it's very important to seek medical attention right away if you recognize any of the symptoms listed above.
Resources WebMD and Mayo Clinic
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