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Pain in the Abdominal: Appendicitis and Gallbladder Problems

Appendicitis and gallbladder problems share their most common symptom: abdominal pain. However, gallbladder problems cause pain in the upper right area and towards the back, whereas appendicitis will cause pain in the lower right areas.

What Is Appendicitis?

The appendix is a small organ, and as for today, medical science has not yet understood its role.

Appendicitis is quite common, with about 5% of Americans who will get it during their lives. However, it is uncommon in babies and toddlers and is most likely to occur between the ages 10-30.

When the appendix is inflamed it is not only very painful but can also lead to serious medical complications and even death. The main cause of appendicitis is a blockage, due to stool, a foreign object that accessed the abdominal, or in some cases even cancer.

Appendicitis is a medical emergency that requires urgent treatment, usually surgery. The sooner the medical treatment is given the better the chance of a full recovery.

However, appendicitis is not always easy to diagnose, as the symptoms also occur in other abdominal diseases.

Appendicitis Symptoms:

  • Pain near the belly button or the upper abdomen that sharpens as it moves to the lower right abdomen

  • Abdominal swelling

  • Lack of appetite

  • High fever

If you suspect having appendicitis you should arrive at our medical center right away especially if you have any of the symptoms above.

Recovery from an appendectomy (surgical removal of the appendix) is considered relatively easy and the scars are mild, but it is important to know that you should rest at home for about a week or two after release from the hospital.

Gallbladder Problems

Many types of conditions might affect your gallbladder. Following are some of the most common examples:

  • Gallstones are common in adults. In extreme cases, they can cause inflammation and gallbladder obstruction.

  • Cholecystitis is an inflammation that usually occurs after the gallbladder is blocked by gallstones. It is the most common type of gallbladder disease.

  • Acalculous gallbladder disease- inflammation of the gallbladder that occurs without the presence of gallstones.

Gallbladder Problems Symptoms

The symptoms depend on the conditions, however, these are the most frequent symptoms:

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Sudden pain in the mid or upper right part of the abdomen

  • High fever

  • Sweating

  • Chills

  • Yellowing of the skin

It is crucial to receive immediate treatment if you develop a severe gallstone complication that causes any of the symptoms listed above.

The best diet for people who have gallbladder problems is avoiding fried food, fatty meats, and dairy products.