Appendicitis, or an inflammation of the appendix is a fairly common disease that can affect a person at any age.
In most cases, with appendicitis, a surgical operation is performed in the patient, during which the inflamed process of the cecum is removed. The cecum is the first segment of the colon, it is located near the small intestine.
Today, the topic of our conversation will beappendicitis. We will tell you about what this disease is, why it occurs, and so on.
Appendix: What is it for?
Often one has to hear the statement that the appendix is a useless process in intestine, that he does not need a person, and therefore it must be removed as soon as the appendix starts worry.
But can it be that when creating a human mother nature stuffed his body with useless organs? Of course not. The appendix performs some of the functions of our immune system, so do not discount the value of this small organ.
Do not forget that the human body is harmonious and all organs and their functions are closely related.
When the appendix is inflamed for some reason, we are talking about appendicitis. Some believe that the causes of appendicitis are poor nutrition and excessive emotional overexertion.
But there is no scientific confirmation of this, especially in cases when the disease occurs in young children.
Inflammation of the appendix represents a danger to human life. If you do not take timely measures, the inflamed appendix can burst, resulting in the contents of the intestine fall into the abdominal cavity.
In this case, various substances, toxins and bacteria spread through the abdominal cavity of the person and ariseperitonitis. Peritonitis (inflammation of the peritoneum) is very dangerous, it threatens a person with serious health consequences, and in some cases leads to the death of the patient.
In women, postoperative peritonitis can lead to infection of the ovaries and fallopian tubes, which can subsequently lead to infertility.
Symptoms of appendicitis
Appendicitis, like any other disease, is accompanied by a number of characteristic symptoms. But there are also signs of inflammation of the appendix, whichcan be confused with the symptoms of other diseases.
In order not to make a mistake in the diagnosis, you must be very careful. After all, the slightest mistake can lead to rupture of the appendix and the development of peritonitis.
Each of the patients appendicitis manifests itself in different ways, the course of the disease has its own characteristics. It is not necessarily that a person will have all the symptoms at once..
The most common signs of appendicitis are:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Strong paroxysmal pain in the right lower abdomen
- Strong paroxysmal pain in the navel
- Pain when pressing, which increases when the pressure is reduced by hand or fingers
- Body temperature from 3 to 38 degrees
With the development of appendicitis, the fever in the patient increases, the pain intensifies, resulting in shock.
Often, it is difficult to make a clear diagnosis with precision, sincesometimes the symptoms of appendicitis can be confused with the symptoms of influenzaor any liver disease.
It happens the other way round: the patient is diagnosed with an inflammation of the appendix, and during the operation it turns out that there is no inflammatory process.
Recommendations for the prevention of appendicitis
It is believed that appendicitis develops due to malnutrition and emotional problems. Changing some habits will reduce the risk of this unpleasant disease.
Of course, this does not give one hundred percent guarantee that you will not have to face this dangerous disease. ButThe likelihood of appendicitis in this case is reduced.
Be able to relax
It is necessary to regularly rest your emotions. It is very important to be able to relax and drive away anxiety, stress and nervous tension. These emotions have a negative impact on our health..
Do not live in a hurry, you should avoid irritation, worry, dissatisfaction and uncertainty in the future.
Try to regularly give time to classes that you like, into which you invest a part of yourself that allow you to realize yourself.
Perhaps in order to feel happy, you need to read, indulge in an afternoon snooze, play with the children or go for a walk in the park. Then go ahead, do not postpone your favorite business for tomorrow.
Stick to a diet
A balanced diet is vital for well-being.It is equally important for the health of our intestines.
Proper nutrition reduces the risk of appendicitis. If you want to avoid problems with the digestive system, you need to eat often and in small portions.
Avoid proteins of animal origin, sausages, dairy products, sugars and refined flour.These products cause accumulation of toxins in the intestines, as a result of which his work is disrupted.
It is recommended to give preference to whole grains, fruits and vegetables, beans and nuts.
Go in for sports
Doing sports 2-3 times a week will help you relieve stress and live a more active life. Thanks to sports, you will be distracted from everyday problems and responsibilities.
Active lifestyle will maintain a stable weight. Of course, our mood spoils when we have to sit all day in the office at the computer desk.
Come out as often as possible to walk, ride a bike, jog, swim, jump, dance! You can choose any lesson to your liking,the most important thing is to be on the move.
What to do after the surgery
If you have had appendicitis or peritonitis, and you have been operated on, then in the postoperative period you need to follow a special diet and pay special attention to your health.
As a rule, with uncomplicated appendicitis, hospitalization lasts from 2 to 6 days. If the inflammation of the appendix is accompanied by complications, the period of hospitalization can be extended to two weeks, depending on the degree of severity of the patient's condition.
If you eat right, then the operation to remove the appendix will be much easier (in this case your intestine always remains clean, and the toxins in it are accumulated).
Within the next three months after the operation, the following foods should be excluded from the diet:
Sugar and white flour
Probably, you more than once had to hear about the fact that refined foods are harmful to human health. Especially if he was recently transferred to a surgical operation.
Due to the use of these products in the intestine accumulate toxic substances, which provokes the development of various microorganisms.
To fast food also it is possible to carry fried, half-finished products and sausages. Contained in them, fats are deposited on the walls of the intestine and enter the blood.
Products of animal origin
Within a few months after the operation, it is recommended to adhere to a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Exclude from your diet dairy products, eggs and red meat. Such food contains hormones and other substances harmful to the human body. For example, after drinking milk on the walls of the intestine remains a film.
Other products to avoid
- Alcoholic beverages
- Spicy sauces
- Spicy and spicy seasonings
After the operation, your digestive system will be very sensitive, after eating you can often be bothered by a feeling of heaviness in your stomach. So try to rest more, do not try to overcome yourself.
Do not forget about regular walks, they will help you to unwind. Avoid stressful situations and nervous overexertion.