Surgeon Questions Appendicitis

Abdominal pain when I breathe in. Could it be appendicitis?

I've been getting abdominal pain every time I breathe in, and it's accompanied with some nausea. Could this be appendicitis, and if it is, would I need surgery?

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There are many abdominal conditions that can produce these symptoms. Gallbladder attacks, pancreatitis, stomach ulcers, and viral intestinal infections can produce this as well. One needs lab and CT of abdomen to address this.
Consult GI.
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It depends on the location of your pain. If the pain is in the right lower side of your abdomen or around your belly button I would consider a good exam by your doctor. Sometimes the CAT scan of the abdomen can alleviate the need for pain.

The typical symptoms of pain of appendicitis is first of all as you mention nausea, followed by pain around the belly button (Peri-umbilical) Pain and then localizing in the right portion of the abdomen midway between the belly button in the right hip bone. If the pain is tender to touch and press in the right lower portion of the abdomen and the with would rapid Release of pressure at that point he gets pain when you let go that’s more characteristic of appendicitis.

In addition one is more symptomatic a blood count should be obtained, his abdomen should be listen to you to see if he does have bowel sounds. Modern techniques would also include a CAT scan of the abdomen.

If indeed he meets all of these criteria then surgery is indicated.
Appendicitis typically presents with pain in the lower part of the abdomen on the right side. It often migrates from the area around the belly button down to the lower right side. It can be associated with fevers, nausea, and diarrhea. It is usually associated with acute onset and the symptoms worsen without improving.