Preparing for your appointment

By 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