I've had pain in my lower right side for the last 12+ hours, it hurts a lot when I move and lie down, changing position when sitting down doesn't help. The pain is sharp and also achy and when pressing my left side i can feel it in my right side if that makes sense but my stomach is bloated and I felt sick and dizzy earlier and even last night I felt so dizzy the room was spinning. I have apperantly got ibs but never had pain like this however the pain doesn't relieve after going to the toilet or passing wind. I have tried raking codeine which normally kicks in straight away but it had no effect so can somebody help me? My parents said go to the walk in centre in morning as it will be full of drunks right now and I'll be waiting for hours.
Appendicitis is difficult to diagnose without the abdomen being palpated with hands and labs. The danger is rupture into abdominal cavity.
The pain is usually dull around navel and upper abdomen initially. It becomes sharp as it moves into the right lower abdomen. It can also be in the back or rectum.
There is usually nausea and vomiting.
There is usually a temp of 99.5 to 100.5.
There can be diarrhea or constipation but usually bloating. You probably wouldn't have an appetite.
Technically, you shouldn't take any pain killers because it masks the symptoms.
Do NOT use a heating pad because it may hasten a rupture.
Symptoms of rupture :
Your temp will be over 101.5, vomiting and increase in pain. You may not be passing any gas. You will get a sense that you are seriously ill.
You really should go to the ER tonight if it's been 12 hours and codeine didn't relieve it.
The danger of perforation is potentially life threatening plus the surgery will be more complicated.
Even if it's not your appendix, it could still be an ER situation.
I'm thinking of acute diverticulitis which could also rupture, kidney stone, ovarian cyst plus others.
The codeine will obscure the body's pain signal that it's getting worse. In this case, pain is your friend ! Watch the temp !
Be on safe side and get it checked out. The increase risk of rupture is 24-48 hours after onset and you are already getting close to 24 hours with no change.
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