Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Make an appointment with your family doctor or a general practitioner if you have abdominal pain. If you have appendicitis, you'll likely be hospitalized and referred to a surgeon to remove your appendix.
Questions your doctor may ask you
To help in diagnosing your condition, your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
- When did your abdominal pain begin?
- Where does it hurt?
- Has the pain moved?
- How severe is your pain?
- What makes your pain more severe?
- What helps relieve your pain?
- Do you have a fever?
- Do you feel nauseated?
- What other signs and symptoms do you have?
Questions you can ask your doctor
- Do I have appendicitis?
- Will I need more tests?
- What else could I have besides appendicitis?
- Do I need surgery and, if so, how soon?
- What are the risks of appendix removal?
- How long will I need to stay in the hospital after surgery?
- How long will recovery take?
- How soon after surgery can I go back to work?
- Can you tell whether my appendix has burst?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions.
Aug. 20, 2014
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