I am 13 and I have had a pain in my stomach for 2 months.  I have started my periods but, dont think that's the reason. Could it be appendicitis?

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dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The short answer to your question is that it is possible but not probable.Pain of two months duration needs to be worked up by a physician to determine the etiology. Appendicitis is more of an acute problem compared to being a chronic one. When the appendix becomes inflammed it causes most of us pain in the RLQ (right lower quadrant) of the abdomen. Others experience discomfort around the umbilicus or "belly button". Although it is possible that your appendix could only have mild inflammation and theoretically could cause discomfort over two months: it is nevertheless very improbable because of the acute nature of the disease. An inflammed appendix must be surgically removed by appendectomy or else it will rupture left unattended. If the appendix ruptures now the patient may become acutely critically ill because of or due to a bacteremia which is now present. These bacteria gain entrance to the circulatory system where they liberate toxins that have vasopressive effects. The toxins cause a precipitous drop in blood pressure(BP). Now the patient's clinical status has changed yet again because now they are septic or are in septic shock. Patients in septic shock are admitted to intensive care units because they need quick, definitive treatment to survive. Some treatments would include fluid resusitation with massive amounts of IV fluids to combat the hypotension(low blood pressure). Vasoactive drugs may be necessary to raise the blood pressure. Regardless of these efforts, many patient's die from septic shock. Pain of two months duration is probably not appendicitis but, go see a physician anyway to shed light on the cause.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It could be a lot of things, from indigestion to gas to an ulcer, but the important thing is that you're hurting, and you shouldn't be.  Pain is not normal.  So you need to get to a doctor as soon as possible.  Chances are, it's nothing serious, or a simple prescription or diet will take care of most or all of the issue, especially since you're so young (eliminates a lot of possibilities).  But the only way you'll know for sure is by going to a professional.  As far as I know, none of us here on eNotes are physicians, so call and make an appointment today or go to a walk-in clinic so they can help you.  Good luck and I hope you feel better.

ako6777 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am not a doctor but I would recommend you see one.  Appendicitis is when the appendix becomes inflamed due to a blockage.  It causes extreme discomfort and can be life threatening.  If it is not taken care of the appendix can burst and spilling infectious materials into the abdomen.

The symptoms of appendicitis are as follows:

  1. The first sign is a dull pain near your belly button that becomes sharp and moves towards the right abdomen.
  2. Loss of appetite
  3. Nausea or vomiting after pain begins
  4. Abdominal swelling
  5. Fever of 99 or higher
  6. Inability to pass gas


isabellla | Student

Hi I had my appenix removed, so I know the pain. I honestly dont think is your appendix. The pain can't last two month. When its you appendix your pain is soo bad that u cant walk anymore. for me the pain started at 6 of the afternoon it continue untill 4 at midnight, thats when i had to rush to the emergency room. I coudn't even walk. so you see, i dont think its Appendicitis. Do u drink enough water?? Do you eat alot of junk food?? Those r some reasons why probably your stomach hutrs.Try dinking plenty of water and healthy food. If you dont go potty very often eat papaya. Hope this works.

P.s My sister is an LPN so I know a bit. =)

sweetirum | Student

i thnk d problm may be due 2 indigestion-  their iz a simple solution--you must drink water at least half an hour before taking breakfast or lunch whatever--

sometimes due to anxiety or tension a person gets such problem -so just think over your THINKING  ---what really make you feel like this--nd try 2 avoid thoze