What’s Up with Your Stomach, Anyway?
Everyone has experienced some kind of stomach problem—maybe a stomach virus or food poisoning, or a run-of-the-mill stomachache or diarrhea. Less common, but still important to know about, is appendicitis. The Mayo Clinic defines appendicitis as 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 appendicitis symptoms, 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.
Here are 10 stomach pains you should never ignore.