What about the Appendix?

We can all agree that our medical system here in America has one of the most intelligent technologies and most sophisticated systems. Our emergency rooms are bright and shiny and the doctors and nurses look like they know what they are doing. Nonetheless I had an 11 year old boy who came into the emergency room with sharp abdominal pain, nausea, low grade fevers and a distended abdomen. Diagnosis; constipation treatment and enema a large emergency room bill and the consequences a ruptured appendix and a 7 day hospital stay in the midst of his horse competition. We can all agree that we can’t always depend on the fancy technology or the bright and shiny lights. We have to know and be confident in it as others put the lives of the people they love in our hands as health care professionals.

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The Cleveland Clinic gives a cheat sheet so the next time you’re in the ER at 4 am with your 6 year old that you can help the doctors and nurses do the best job they can do. It might save you a hospital stay and a heck of a lot of money.

What are the symptoms of appendicitis?
Symptoms include:

Nausea
Vomiting
Pain when touched on the lower right side of the abdomen
Abdominal pain or tenderness, usually in the center of the abdomen above the belly button, then shifting to the lower right side of the abdomen. The pain increases when moving, taking deep breaths, coughing, or sneezing.
Fever, usually low-grade (under 100 degrees)
Inability to pass gas
Diarrhea
Constipation
Abdominal swelling
Lack of appetite
Note : Not everyone will have all of the symptoms.

If you have symptoms of appendicitis, it is important that that you do not take laxatives or enemas to relieve constipation. These medications could cause your appendix to burst. You should also avoid taking pain medications that could mask the symptoms the doctor would need to know about to diagnose the conditio

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