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Appendicitis is a common condition that occurs when something blocks part of the appendix, causing an increase in internal pressure, bacterial growth, and a decrease in blood supply. Severe causes of appendicitis culminate in tissue death and the small sac eventually bursting. Anyone who experiences signs of appendicitis should see a doctor immediately; a burst appendix can cause many dangerous complications.

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1. An Ache Around the Belly Button

The earliest sign of appendicitis is often an ache in the vicinity of the belly button. This sensation occurs because the navel sits at the same level as the connection of appendix nerves and spinal cord. The ache is often very intense, and sudden movement may make it worse.

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