Why Was Kelly Clarkson in Pain During the Billboard Music Awards?

Singer Kelly Clarkson bravely soldiered on during her Billboard Music Awards hosting and performance duties despite dealing with some serious appendicitis pain throughout the show.

Clarkson nailed her hosting duties, plus delivered two show-stopping performances during the evening, all while she fielded intense pain. “Not gonna lie…. I may or may not have broken down in tears after the show from pain,” she tweeted.

Kelly Clarkson |Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Apparently, Clarkson knew something was wrong before the show started. Journalist Jarett Wieselman noted that Clarkson was dealing with pain for about a week. “Kelly Clarkson has been suffering from appendicitis all week & had her appendix removed this morning — yet last night she flawlessly hosted an award show and sang two songs without showing any sign of discomfort. How could you do anything BUT STAN?!?”

Did she seek medical attention?

No one should ignore pain in this area of the body. Thankfully, Clarkson received the treatment she needed and reports that she is feeling much better. “BUT thanks 2 all the amazing people @ Cedars-Sinai I flew home directly after the event, nailed the surgery early this morning, & feeling awesome now! Bye bye appendix,” she added to her tweet.

Of course, fans were stunned. “wow! i feel like i can never complain again,” one person replied. Others just wrote made comments, “wow” or “queen” because no one could tell Clarkson wasn’t feeling well.

Kelly Clarkson|Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for dcp

Even though an appendectomy may be considered to be routine surgery, patients should take time to recover. However, People reports Clarkson is scheduled to return to The Voice for Monday’s live performance.

How do you know if it is appendicitis?

Clarkson said she knew she was experiencing pain in her appendix. But how do you know if you are dealing with appendicitis? In some cases, symptoms can linger for months (or even emerge and retreat for years).

Some classic symptoms include pain sudden pain on your right side or pain that starts at the belly button and travels to your right side. Nausea, bloating, constipation and diarrhea are also common. Patients may also develop a fever or the pain will worsen with sudden movements.

Additionally, some people may suffer from chronic appendicitis symptoms versus having it come on acutely. Chronic sufferers deal with milder symptoms that may appear and reappear over a period of time. Some people suffer from the chronic version for months or even years. If the pain presents acutely, immediate medical attention is necessary.

Was is the best treatment?

In milder cases, the physician may prescribe antibiotics or even attempt to drain the pus in the appendix in chronic cases, Healthline reports.

John Legend and Kelly Clarkson
John Legend and Kelly Clarkson | Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

However, surgery is the most common treatment for appendicitis. One serious concern about this condition is a ruptured appendix. “A rupture spreads infection throughout your abdomen (peritonitis),” according to Mayo Clinic.”Possibly life-threatening, this condition requires immediate surgery to remove the appendix and clean your abdominal cavity.”

If the appendix bursts before it can be removed surgically, an abscess could form, which requires intense antibiotics. The surgeon may also need to drain the site. Once the patient is cleared from infection, then surgery to remove the appendix can be performed.

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