Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix, a finger-like glandular piece of tissue that connects to the beginning of the large intestine, usually at the lower right side of the abdomen.
Cause of Appendicitis
Primary cause of appendicitis is the obstruction of lumen of appendix. Obstruction results in inflammation and pain in appendix. There is accumulation of mucus and other substance in appendix due to inflammation
Symptoms of Appendicitis
The classic symptoms of appendicitis are abdominal pain, fever, and vomiting. Abdominal pain usually begins in the center of the abdomen, around the area of the navel (“belly button”). Later, the pain may move downward and to the right – to an area called McBurney’s point, roughly corresponding to the location of the appendix in the lower right portion of the abdomen.
After this abdominal pain begins appendicitis usually develops a slight fever, loses his appetite, feels nauseous, and may vomit. The fact that abdominal pain begins before nausea and vomiting, rather than after, is one clue to suspect appendicitis rather than an intestinal infection.
Other symptoms that may be seen in older children with appendicitis include: diarrhea (usually small stools with mucus); urinary tract symptoms (urinating very frequently and/or an uncomfortably strong urge to urinate); constipation.
Diagnosis of Appendicitis
- History and physical exam generally suggest the diagnosis.
- Laboratory testing includes complete blood count, urinalysis, and pregnancy testing.
- Abdominal and pelvic CT scans with contrast are especially useful in patients with atypical presentation (e.g. retrocecal appendix) and to rule out appendiceal abscess
- CT scan has sensitivity of 95- 98% and specificity of 80-90% for appendicitis
- Ultrasound may visualize an inflamed appendix and is useful to evaluate gynecologic diagnoses; however, a normal ultrasound does not exclude appendicitis
Treatment of Appendicitis
- Appendicitis is treated by removal of the appendix through appendectomy (a surgical procedure to remove appendix.) It involves open surgical incision in the right lower portion of the abdomen.
- This can be done through laparoscopy in which a small incision is given and during whole procedure a camera visualise the area of interest.
- Antibiotic treatment is often given prior to surgical operation to reduce inflammation and to kill remaining bacteria.
Appendicitis – Homeopathy Treatment & Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat appendicitis symptoms but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several medicines are available for appendicitis symptoms treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensation, modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are some specific homeopathic remedies which have remarkable action over appendicitis symptoms:
- Mag Phos
- Iris T
- Arsenic Album
- Rhus Tox
- Ferrum Phos
- Indicated in early stage of inflammation.
- Patient is very sensitive to pain touch, noise etc.
- Fever with appendicitis.
- Slightest jar increases the pain.
- Pain aggravated by coughing, sneezing & touching.
- Pain as if clutched by a hand.
- Dryness of mouth and throat with aversion to drink.
- The general character of the pain here produced is a stitching, tearing; worse by motion, better rest. These characteristic stitching pains, greatly aggravated by any motion
- The Bryonia patient is irritable; has vertigo from raising the head.
- Pressive headache; dry, parched lips, mouth; excessive thirst, bitter taste,
- Sensitive epigastrium, and feeling of a stone in the stomach;
- Stools large, dry, hard
- Tenderness of abdominal walls.Burning pain, stitches; worse, pressure, coughing, breathing.
- Great exhaustion after the slightest exertion.
- Burning pains. Unquenchable thirst. Burning relieved by heat.
- Great anguish and restlessness. Changes place continually.
- Fears, of death, of being left alone. Great fear, with cold sweat. Thinks it useless to take medicine.
- Abdomen swollen and painful. Pain as from a wound in abdomen on coughing.
- Extreme restlessness, with continued change of position.
- Violent pains in abdomen, relieved by lying on abdomen.
- Swelling of inguinal glands.
- Pain in region of ascending colon. Colic, compelling to walk bent.
- Excessive distension after eating
- Nausea, vertigo, and bloated abdomen after eating
- Abdomen tympanitic, sensitive, painful.
- Constipated, offensive stool.
- Hot perspiration, bluish, purplish appearance.
- Patient sleeps into an aggravation.
- Very important during the climacteric and for patients of a melancholic disposition.