The human body is a marvel of creation. Every single part of it functions in unison with the others to enable us to function. While it is not always clear what a specific organ or system does, it is still clear that nothing in the body is redundant.
The appendix is a part of the gut. Medical science does not yet fully understand what its purpose is, although we do know that it is somehow connected to the immune system. Nevertheless, when there is a problem with the appendix, it will be taken out immediately as it can be very dangerous to leave untreated, and according to current science, it can be removed without causing harm to the rest of the body.
What is Appendicitis?
Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, the last part of the large intestine. It is about 3.5 inches long and half an inch round. When the appendix becomes inflamed, it can pose a real danger, and immediate treatment is needed. If left untreated, within a fairly short amount of time the appendix can rupture and release harmful toxins into the body. When this happens, you may need to receive extremely strong antibiotics or even have multiple surgeries to find and remove every single piece, because if left over it can become quite dangerous – life-threateningly dangerous.
At times, an abscess can form, which is filled with air and does not allow the infection to spread from the appendix. When that happens, we have a little more time. But it is impossible to identify without operating, therefore the patient must be treated promptly and taken to surgery.
Appendicitis happens when the appendix becomes blocked by something. It can also come from an inflammation somewhere else in the body as the appendix becomes swollen as a result of any infection.
Appendicitis can be difficult to diagnose as symptoms are not always clear and can be very similar to those of other illnesses, such as problems with the gall, Crohn’s disease, a UTI, and other gastrointestinal problems. For a proper diagnosis, a doctor will the area with his hand, do a blood test, a CT scan or an ultrasound, and other examinations according to each case.
A diagnosis of appendicitis will soon be followed by an operation. Even if the doctor is not completely certain that this is the problem, they will still prefer to operate and remove the appendix, even if it may not have needed to be removed, rather than not operating and risking leaving an infected appendix which can rupture. If there is an abscess, it will also need to be cleaned up.
Early Symptoms Appendicitis
Common Early symptoms appendicitis are as follows:
- Pain in the middle of the abdomen, which becomes sharper and extends to the right side.
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting shortly after the pain begins.
- Swelling in the stomach
- A fever between 99 and 102 degrees.
Fifty percent of patients will also have the following symptoms:
- Strong or sharp pain in other parts of the abdomen or back.
- Pain or difficulty during a bowel movement
- Vomiting before the stomachache begins
- Severe cramps.
If symptoms are felt, a doctor or emergency services should be contacted immediately. You should not eat, drink, take medications or apply warmth/heat to the stomach, as this can cause the appendix to rupture faster.
After an operation, it is important to strengthen the patient and speed up the recovery process. It is therefore advisable to take a multivitamin such as Multi Mite (or another multi-vitamin according to the patient’s age). Also, Biodophilus should be taken as the treatment requires medications that can kill the beneficial gut bacteria and taking Biodophilus can help restore this balance.
Vitamin B12 can also help add more strength and speed up recovery.
Antibiotics will be given to the patient prior to surgery. This is in case the appendix has already begun to release harmful material. The patient will then be sedated and operated on. A normal operation requires a four-inch incision. If a laparoscopic procedure can be done, the incision will be much smaller. If the appendix has already ruptured, the entire stomach/abdomen needs to be cleaned. After the operation, the patient can usually get up after 12 hours and can return to normal activities after two or three weeks. The recovery process after a laparoscopic operation is much easier.
- The appendix is about as big as a finger!One in every fifteen people in the United States contracts appendicitis!
- The small intestine is about 16 feet long!
- A man eats about 100,000 pounds of food throughout his life!
- Food can remain in the large intestine for 18 hours to 2 days!!