Experiencing acute abdominal pain can be traumatizing as well as intolerable, especially for an expectant mother who is a first-timer. You’re practically gaining more knowledge daily about your body by how it’s constantly changing with several new symptoms. Nausea, vomiting, fatigue, constipation or even diarrhea becomes a normal routine; therefore a call to the doctor’s office may not seem necessarily a priority until you add the sharp pains in the abdomen to the list.
The way I learned of my appendicitis is when I was sitting in class. As a junior in high school, I was about 9 weeks pregnant and in my first trimester. I had begun experiencing some discomfort the night before when pressure was applied to my stomach. There was like a needle sharp pain about 3 – 4 inches right of my naval that circulated heavily throughout my lower right side. Knowing that Tylenol was an anti-inflammatory drug, I took two of them before heading off to school which was not a smart move (Always consult with your physician prior to taking non-prescription drugs while pregnant). The pain subsided temporarily but not enough to where I could be productive in my classes. Our school’s nurse knew from my symptoms that it was appendicitis and called for an ambulance. Although my appendix didn’t rupture until after I arrived to the emergency room, prior to my arrival, the EMT workers had already communicated with the local hospital which made it easier for triage to prepare for making me comfortable until a doctor was available for me. An immediate ultrasound was performed along with other tests to verify indeed it was my appendix but again, every bit of pressure to my abdomen was excruciating. After several exams were performed the diagnosis was determined and I was prepped for laparoscopic surgery for the following morning. The procedure itself requires a general anesthetic the only difficult part of the experience is the recovery as with all surgeries. The laparoscopic surgery was completely successful and left little scaring. I was back into the groove of things within three weeks from the procedure. Disclaimer: If you’re suffering from abdominal pain, please seek medical attention immediately. Educating yourself about the symptoms is wise but experiences vary as well as pain tolerance. Self-diagnosis and self-medication can be hazardous in many cases like these. Only medical examinations conducted by professionals of the medical field can make the determination.