Abdominal Pain? You May Need to Visit a 24 Hour Clinic
It is the middle of the night, and you wake up with intense stomach pain. Like, really intense. You toss and turn for awhile, hoping it will pass. Could it just be indigestion from that double stuffed crust pepperoni and sausage pizza you ate at dinner? Could it possibly be a symptom of an oncoming flu? Or is it more serious than that?
At 1:30 a.m., it may be difficult to discern whether your pain is serious enough to head to the 24 hour clinic down the street. But if the pain is localized in on the lower right side of your abdomen, it could be indicative of an inflamed appendix.
Appendicitis. It’s serious.
Appendicitis occurs when your appendix, an organ connected to your large intestine, becomes inflamed. Inflammation is typically caused by a buildup of mucus or stool that blocks the opening of the appendix. Not only is that really gross, but it is also really serious. Left untreated, appendicitis can cause your appendix to rupture and pour toxic fluids into the abdominal cavity, which can lead to a fatal type of inflammation known as peritonitis.
All of that sounds really scary, and it is. Roughly 1 in 15 people will experience appendicitis in their lifetime, and that means we have a moderate chance of being the “1”. Nonetheless, we probably don’t need to visit a 24 hour clinic or an emergency room every time our stomach hurts because we are worried it is appendicitis.
Go to a 24 Hour Clinic if You Have These Symptoms
As mentioned above, appendicitis is typically made obvious when a dull pain in the middle of the abdomen or a sharp pain in the lower right abdomen persists. If it is accompanied by a high fever, a loss of appetite, stomach swelling, or nausea, then there is a high chance that you have a case of appendicitis. In this case, there is no reason to risk hesitation. Head to a local urgent care clinic as soon as possible – even if it is the middle of the night.
What Happens Next?
For most patients, appendicitis will result in a surgical removal of the appendix. As scary as this sounds, take courage. No one actually knows what the point of of the appendix is, and there is no evidence that you will need your appendix for any normal bodily functions. While surgery can be intimidating, it is far less scary than allowing your appendicitis to turn into a life threatening illness.
If you live in El Paso, Sun City Emergency Room has an East and West location to meet your urgent care needs, day or night. With the help of emergency room medical professionals, you can have your appendicitis taken care of in no time – and get back to eating that pizza! Contact us today for more information!