Can appendicitis affect your legs?

You become very ill as you develop serious infection of the membrane called the peritoneum, which lines the whole abdomen. This condition is called peritonitis. If you develop peritonitis, coughing and moving the legs at the hips is painful.

Can appendicitis be on and off?

In some cases, chronic appendicitis isn’t diagnosed until it becomes acute appendicitis. Chronic appendicitis can have milder symptoms that last for a long time, and that disappear and reappear. It can go undiagnosed for several weeks, months, or years.

What can mimic appendicitis?

2. Conditions that mimic appendicitis

  • 1 Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) …
  • 2 Infectious enterocolitis. …
  • 3 Radiation enteritis. …
  • 4 Neutropenic colitis. …
  • 5 Diverticular disease and diverticulitis. …
  • 6 Meckel’s diverticulitis.

How do you rule out appendicitis?

Tests and procedures used to diagnose appendicitis include:

  1. Physical exam to assess your pain. Your doctor may apply gentle pressure on the painful area. …
  2. Blood test. This allows your doctor to check for a high white blood cell count, which may indicate an infection.
  3. Urine test. …
  4. Imaging tests.