DS1 had a sudden stomach ache come on this morning. Did a big poo, but it still hurts.
Pressing his tummy, it hurts a bit on the left side, more round the belly button and a lot more on the lower right side.
He hasn't got a temperature and is eating normally but clutches his stomach all the time.
The right hand side bit has made me worry about appendicitis, obviously he is not too ill . . . but I thought I'd ask NHS direct and they are too busy with Swine Flu to answer any calls unless they are urgent. !
Take him to the GP if it persists but be prepared for the fact that appendicitis is often not diagnosed by GPs until it's too late - know several people who have been told it's a pulled muscle/something else minor and then had it rupture...
If you press on right side does it hurt more when pressing or just after you release?
"The abdominal pain usually
occurs suddenly, often causing a person to wake up at night occurs before other symptoms begins near the belly button and then moves lower and to the right is new and unlike any pain felt before gets worse in a matter of hours gets worse when moving around, taking deep breaths, coughing, or sneezing
Other symptoms of appendicitis may include
loss of appetite nausea vomiting constipation or diarrhea inability to pass gas a low-grade fever that follows other symptoms abdominal swelling the feeling that passing stool will relieve discomfort
Symptoms vary and can mimic other sources of abdominal pain, including
intestinal obstruction inflammatory bowel disease pelvic inflammatory disease and other gynecological disorders intestinal adhesions constipation "