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Appendicitis is a fairly common but serious condition that occurs when the appendix becomes infected or inflamed. The early symptoms are often incredibly similar to those of stomach flu, and as such, it is easy to dismiss stomach pains and indigestion. This can be an issue because appendicitis is potentially fatal without treatment. It’s important to know how to differentiate between a stomach ache and serious illnesses such as appendicitis.

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1. Urination Pain

Stomach aches and stomach flu don’t usually affect the body beyond the digestive system. However, appendicitis can cause pain and cramps through all of the muscles in the abdomen. In around 50 percent of people, this pain manifests during urination. The pain may be so severe that standing while urinating becomes impossible. Some people avoid drinking liquids so they urinate less frequently, which can lead to dehydration.

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