You may be familiar with at least the term appendicitis. If you haven’t been affected by the condition yourself, perhaps you know a friend, classmate, or coworker who stared appendicitis in its proverbial face and has since recovered.
Most of us rarely if ever dwell on the symptoms, causes, and treatment options of appendicitis until those symptoms rudely interrupt our daily lives. And that’s before we even mention the condition’s lesser-known brother chronic appendicitis.
Though cases are rare, the symptoms of chronic appendicitis are often overlooked and left untreated. You can’t seek help until you know that something is wrong. So, with that in mind, we’re going to take a closer look at exactly what you need to know about chronic appendicitis.
What Is an Appendix?
Your appendix is a thin tube connected to the end of the large intestine and it plays a critical role in your immune system when you are a child. There is still much debate surrounding the actual function of the human appendix. Scientists are still discovering new traits, and positing new theories that the appendix in fact houses beneficial intestinal bacteria.
Whatever its purpose, your appendix is prone to infection and inflammation, and can even burst should those symptoms be ignored.