Appendicitis is a condition in which the appendix (a 5-10 cm tube of tissue connected to the large intestine) becomes inflamed.
It is rare under age two and most frequent between ages 10 and 30. In the United States, 1 in 20 people will get this condition.
Its signs and symptoms can become very painful, uncomfortable, and, if it is not treated, your appendix can perforate or burst, spilling infectious materials into the abdominal cavity.
Infection of the lining of the abdominal cavity is a life-threatening complication which needs immediate emergency treatment. About 250,000 appendectomies are performed in the US every year.
Appendix – Its Role In The Human Body
Although it is widely considered a vestigial organ (an organ which was once used in an animal’s evolutionary past, and is now very close to being useless) with little-known function, recent studies concluded that it acts as a safe house for beneficial bacteria, that can be used, in some cases, to reboot the gut bacteria effectively.
It is especially useful when diseases attack the human body, and occasionally, important types of bacteria are killed off or purged. In such circumstances, the appendix can act as a reserve for beneficial bacteria. After the immune system beats off the disease, the good bacteria emerge and recolonize the large intestine.
One possible cause of this condition is an obstruction in this organ by a hard piece of stool which may have got trapped in the appendix. The bacteria which is in the trapped stool might then infect it. Also, the blockage may occur from other types of infection, since this organ swells in response to any infection in the body. Possible infections include – Pseudomonas bacteria, E. coli, adenovirus, Bacteroides bacteria, Salmonella bacteria, measles, Shigella bacteria.
Spiritual Meaning of Appendicitis
The disease is not a punishment or a sign of weakness, but a natural process born of the body’s need to correct an imbalance through physical form. The spiritual significance of appendicitis is the fear of life or the blocking of the flow of good.
The first symptoms of this condition are a mild fever and pain around the belly button. The pain commonly worsens and moves to the lower right side of the belly. However, some patients, including pregnant women and children, may experience pain in different areas of their abdomen. Other symptoms include:
- loss of appetite;
- vomiting and nausea;
- elevated white blood cell count that represents a bodily infection;
- inability to pass gas;
- diarrhea or constipation;
- a flushed face;
- high temperature;
- frequent passing of urine – this symptom is caused by the inflammation irritating the nearby ureter;
- abdominal bloating.
Note – about 12% of all appendectomies performed in the US in the last decade occurred in patients who did not, in fact, have this condition, but instead had some other medical problem, according to a 2011 study issued in the American Journal of Surgery. This happens since the symptoms and signs of this condition are very similar to numerous other conditions; hence, it is occasionally misdiagnosed.
Other conditions which cause an abdominal pain and mimic the signs and symptoms of this condition making the diagnosis more difficult include – urinary tract infections, kidney stones, gallstones and gallbladder problems, hernias, diverticulitis, or colitis.
The treatment for this condition commonly consists of antibiotics and appendectomy (surgery to remove the appendix). The health care specialist may use laparoscopy (a few small cuts and using a camera to see inside) or the traditional technique (one large cut).
After surgery, most patients usually recover quickly, and without complications. However, strenuous activities may need to be avoided for up to two months after open surgery. If surgery has been performed, consuming foods high in vitamin C prevents infection and supports the immune system, and vitamin E helps in a faster wound healing.
Foods, such as – meats, dairy products, eggs as well as smoking cigarettes and drinking beverages containing alcohol should be avoided while recovering from this operation.
”I lovingly take care of my mind, my body, and my emotions.”
”I am focused on taking care of my overall health.”
”I accept and love myself where I am right now. I am a divine expression of life.”
”I am lovable and loving. I approve and love myself.”
”My body and mind are relaxed and operating smoothly.”
”I release the pattern in me that created this. I am worthwhile. I am at peace.”
This condition occurs less frequently in those who live in countries where high amounts of dietary fiber are prevalent in their diets and in people who eat high-fiber foods. Having a regular diet which consists of fresh, fiber-rich fruits, legumes, vegetables, nuts, and seeds is possibly the best prevention strategy against this condition.