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Is it the Stomach Flu or Appendicitis?

October 13, 2019

– [Announcer] Is it the
stomach flu or appendicitis? It may start with stomach pain, nausea, or a low grade fever. A typical stomach flu, right? Maybe not. The early signs of
appendicitis are often subtle and can be very similar to a stomach bug. Would you know the difference
if you or a loved one felt those symptoms? The appendix is a worm
like organ that hangs off the large intestines
on the lower right side of a person’s body. Appendicitis occurs when the
appendix becomes infected. If untreated, appendicitis can quickly become life threatening. That’s why it’s important to
learn the signs and know when to seek medical care. Symptoms of both the
stomach flu and appendicitis can include loss of
appetite, stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. But as appendicitis progresses,
common signs can include severe stomach pain that moves, often to the lower
right side of the belly, or pain when moving. But keep in mind, everyone is different and can experience symptoms differently. And although appendicitis
is more common in children, it can occur at any age. Seek medical attention
right away if you think there’s a reason for concern. The earlier appendicitis is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. With 11 pediatric ready
ERs conveniently located throughout the Kansas City area, with the shortest wait
times in the region, the experts at HCA Midwest Health are ready to treat you 24/7. For ER locations and average wait times, visit

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