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6 Serious Symptoms of Appendicitis You Need to Watch Out For

Reader's Digest Logo By Judy Koutsky of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 8: <p>Everyone has experienced some kind of stomach problems—maybe a stomach virus or food poisoning, or a run-of-the-mill stomachache or diarrhea. (Check out the <a href='https://www.rd.com/health/conditions/stomach-pain-causes/1'>top seven causes of stomach pains and what they mean</a>.) Less common, but still important to know about, is appendicitis. According to the <a href='https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/appendicitis/definition-facts'>U.S. Department of Health and Human Services</a>, about 5 percent of the population ends up with appendicitis. It's most common in teenagers and those in their early twenties. The <a href='http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/appendicitis/basics/definition/con-20023582'>Mayo Clinic</a> defines appendicitis an inflammation of the appendix, a finger-shaped pouch that projects from your colon on the lower right side of your abdomen.</p><p>The key is recognizing the signs, so you can treat it. 'If it is not treated, your appendix can rupture, which can be life-threatening,' says <a href='http://www.jennifercaudle.com/'>Jennifer Caudle,</a> DO, a board-certified family physician and assistant professor at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine.</p>

What's up with your stomach, anyway?

Everyone has experienced some kind of stomach problems—maybe a stomach virus or food poisoning, or a run-of-the-mill stomachache or diarrhea. (Check out the top seven causes of stomach pains and what they mean.) Less common, but still important to know about, is appendicitis. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 5 percent of the population ends up with appendicitis. It's most common in teenagers and those in their early twenties. The Mayo Clinic defines appendicitis an inflammation of the appendix, a finger-shaped pouch that projects from your colon on the lower right side of your abdomen.

The key is recognizing the signs, so you can treat it. 'If it is not treated, your appendix can rupture, which can be life-threatening,' says Jennifer Caudle, DO, a board-certified family physician and assistant professor at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine.

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