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What are the symptoms of appendicitis?

Initially you may complain of pain in the lower abdomen that is mild to severe in intensity. Along with this pain, you may experience nausea and vomiting and a fever from 99 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Later, the pain will move to the right side of the abdomen, and the abdomen may be rigid or hard. The patient is sore and tender at a point between the top of the hip bone and the belly button. If any of these signs and symptoms appears and they follow this progression, you must see a physician immediately.

This answer provided for NATA by the University of Montana Athletic Training Education Program.

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