9 Symptoms of Appendicitis

Diagnosing appendicitis can be tricky. You should see your doctor if you have the following symptoms.

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Vomiting, nausea, or loss of appetite

"You won't have projectile vomiting," Dr. Payne says. "It's not like The Exorcist."

You may, however, have a couple days where your appetite is low with some mild nausea and vomiting, similar to what you might have with a stomach bug. If it improves after a day or so, you're probably fine.

But if it continues to get worse—particularly if you also have a fever and lower-right abdominal pain—Dr. Payne says to seek medical attention. If you have been vomiting for more than 12 hours, or have had diarrhea for more than a couple days, you should call your doctor.

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