Sudden Pain on the Abdomen’s Right Side
The appendix is located on the right side of the abdomen; thus, if a person experiences a sudden sharp pain in the lower right side, it could mean that the appendix is infected. In some cases, the pain starts near the belly button before moving to the lower right side of the body. However, pain on the abdomen’s right side could be caused by conditions other than appendicitis. For example, it could be due to gas, indigestion, and irritable bowel movement, reproductive system issues in women, kidney problems, or hernia.
If the pain is sudden, becomes persistent, and the person experiences a feeling or pressure on the chest, pain in the arm, neck, jaw, or chest, dizziness, shortness of breath, sweating, difficulty when swallowing, and fever, it is vital to call emergency services.
Other symptoms that need an emergency treatment include blood in the stool or vomit, persistent nausea/vomiting, and if the whites of the eyes and the skin turn yellow. In addition, it is best to see a doctor if there is severe tenderness of the abdomen when touched, unusual weight loss, continuous loss of appetite, unusual swelling of the stomach, and tar-like or black stool.