If you notice any of these, get to a doctor, stat.
BY JUDY KOUTSKY FOR PREVENTION
Most people are pretty familiar with run-of-the-mill tummy troubles like constipation and diarrhea. You’ve probably also had the displeasure of experiencing food poisoning or a stomach virus at least once or twice in your life. While appendicitis is much less common, about 5 percent of the population eventually ends up with it, and if you fall into that unlucky group, you’ll need to figure it out as soon as possible. “If it is not treated, your appendix can rupture, which can be life-threatening,” says Jennifer Caudle, D.O., a board-certified family physician and assistant professor at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine.Not every case of appendicitis will lead to the organ bursting, but the longer the condition goes unchecked, the greater the risk. Here are some warning signs that warrant a call to your doc or maybe even a trip to the ER. (Heal your whole body with Rodale’s 12-day plan for total body health.