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    I was admitted to hospital in the early hours of thursday morning after waking up at about 1.30am with severe pain in my lower right abdomen and I started vomiting aswell. It was absolute agony so I shouted for my mum. This has happened before, twice, but I had never been sick with it before. My mum took me up to the hospital after seeing a doctor in the town where I live who told me I had a suspected appendicitis (which is what I was told the other 2 times I had this). As usual I wasn't given any surgery as they didn't think I matched the criteria for an appendicitis as much as I could have done. They did an ultrasound and found that my ovaries and kidneys were all fine. I was discharged yesterday after the pain had subsided and I wasn't being sick anymore.

    The first time I had this I had an ultrasound that discovered a tiny cist on my right ovary but it was likely that this wasn't the cause because it was so small and hadn't perforated - but they still said it was the cause on my discharge note.

    The second time no scans were done and they said I was having "painful ovulation" which wasn't possible considering I'm on the pill and had just started my new packet of pills that day.

    This time they just said "well you appear to be getting better so we can release you to go home today". I mean I'm glad there was nothing hugely wrong, but this is the third time I've gone to hospital with this (first in sept 08, second in sept 09 and third time the other day) and it's getting more frequent. I have heard of chronic appendicitis where your appendix occasionally gets inflamed but subsides after about a week and no action is required, but as this is happening often and I am going to university soon, I want to get it sorted out or treated if possible.

    Have any of you had your appendix taken out? What were your symptoms etc?? I don't know what I can do about this
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    (Original post by bananaslug77)
    This time they just said "well you appear to be getting better so we can release you to go home today". I mean I'm glad there was nothing hugely wrong, but this is the third time I've gone to hospital with this (first in sept 08, second in sept 09 and third time the other day) and it's getting more frequent. I have heard of chronic appendicitis where your appendix occasionally gets inflamed but subsides after about a week and no action is required, but as this is happening often and I am going to university soon, I want to get it sorted out or treated if possible.

    Have any of you had your appendix taken out? What were your symptoms etc?? I don't know what I can do about this
    Never had appendicitis myself, seen one or two people with it and (perhaps more) with 'grumbling appendix'.

    The upshot is that there is a far greater risk to you from an emergency operation (we know that surgery associated mortality and morbidity are higher than in elective surgery) and so the safest course of action is to monitor you and send you home when it subsides. If it is bothering you to the point that you think you would be willing to risk surgery, I would suggest speaking to your GP and seeing if they suggest an OP appointment with a general surgeon.
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    (Original post by Renal)
    Never had appendicitis myself, seen one or two people with it and (perhaps more) with 'grumbling appendix'.

    The upshot is that there is a far greater risk to you from an emergency operation (we know that surgery associated mortality and morbidity are higher than in elective surgery) and so the safest course of action is to monitor you and send you home when it subsides. If it is bothering you to the point that you think you would be willing to risk surgery, I would suggest speaking to your GP and seeing if they suggest an OP appointment with a general surgeon.
    Yeah, I'm aware that they haven't given me surgery because each time it's been apparent my case wasn't an immediate emergency and they could afford to monitor me and see how things panned out instead of just booking me into surgery and whapping the thing out when it's not really necessary. I might have a word with my GP and see what my options are, especially if this happens again - I'm missing valuable school work and I really am lucky that I haven't had it during any exam times, which is what I'm most worried about.
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    The same thing started happening to my sister around 8 months ago. She'd just come over with this awful LRQ abdominal pain and would go to A&E, only to be discharged the next day when it had subsided. Doctors blamed the cause on so many things, pulled muscles, mid cycle pain and IBS were the main few that cropped up. Sounds similar to your experience!

    Eventually it got so bad and so frequent she was admitted to hospital for a laparoscopy, this was at the end of December just gone. That revealed an inflammed appendix, so it was taken out immediately via keyhole surgery and that was the end of the problem. Not a great experience to have to go through though and for so long. I could sort of sympathise because I have Crohn's and I don't think I've had a pain free day for a couple of years now.

    I'd definitely go and speak to your GP and see if you can arrange to see a specialist. It's obviously disrupting your life and you seem to really want to get it sorted out, but understandly so.
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    (Original post by NatalieMT)
    I'd definitely go and speak to your GP and see if you can arrange to see a specialist. It's obviously disrupting your life and you seem to really want to get it sorted out, but understandly so.
    The OP has seen a specialist three times.
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    (Original post by Renal)
    The OP has seen a specialist three times.
    The OP says they have been to hospital 3 times where one assumes they have seen a specialist consultant yes, most likely someone from general surgery.

    I don't know who the OP will get referred to if they go and see their GP, given the problem hasn't been officially diagnosed although appendicitis has been mentioned, it just sounds as if they need some advice from somebody knowledgable, that's all I'm saying.
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    (Original post by NatalieMT)
    The OP says they have been to hospital 3 times where one assumes they have seen a specialist consultant yes, most likely someone from general surgery.

    I don't know who the OP will get referred to if they go and see their GP, given the problem hasn't been officially diagnosed although appendicitis has been mentioned, it just sounds as if they need some advice from somebody knowledgable, that's all I'm saying.
    Who deals with appendixes if not general surgeons? It's the bread and butter of surgical on-calls. If she gets referred it will be to the general surgeons again. That's not to say it shouldn't be done - it might be more useful to be assessed in an outpatient setting and come up with some sort of plan - but there aren't "appendicitis experts" hiding somewhere.
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    (Original post by NatalieMT)
    The OP says they have been to hospital 3 times where one assumes they have seen a specialist consultant yes, most likely someone from general surgery.
    General surgeons are specialist and this is a general surgical problem until proven otherwise.

    Either way, there's no disputing that the OP needs to see one as an OP.
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    But there aren't "appendicitis experts" hiding somewhere.
    I know, I wasn't suggesting there was. I just said the OP needs to see their GP and possibly get referred to a specialist who can help sort the problem. I didn't specify a particular speciality because I'm not a GP and I don't know what the OPs GP is going to suggest either.

    (Original post by Renal)
    Either way, there's no disputing that the OP needs to see one as an OP.
    Very true! I'm not going to argue over whether I worded my post quite correctly or not anymore because the bottom line is the OP needs to seek medical help.

    Good luck Bananaslug77 - hope you get this sorted.
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    On my first visit I was seen by a stomach doctor - basically he specialised in the digestive system and he had a feel around my abdomen and his judgement was that it probably was my appendix but there wasn't enough evidence to go ahead and operate on me. The last 2 times I've just had either doctors/surgeons look at me and decide not to operate because by the time I've gotten to the hospital and lied down/had painkillers I feel a bit better so it doesn't seem as serious.
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    Hey banana slug.
    I had this last night hence me googling it and finding this post.
    I 1 st had it probably 10 yrs ago now and after suffering in silence I went to docs. After it kept happening every 6 months or so I got sent to a specialist who just felt around the area (I was in no pain at the time) and he said that they would nt operate as it is a risky op and that if it was to happen again I should go straight to A+E.
    Anyway yrs passed without any pain until about 6 months ago I was pretty sure that my appendix had nt burst so just took painkillers and put up with it. The doc incidently told me that the pain was on a par with giving birth and gaul stones never experineced either but I would wish the pain on anyone. It does however worry me that it has happened twice inside 6 months and was wondering what reasons had been given to you as a likley cause. Stress was mentioned to me and tbh does actually make some sense but how about you???
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    ]hi,
    i know how you feel i had the exact same problem!
    for a week i had sever pains in my lower abdomen and my GP put it down to period pains, but after a week of the pains my mum took me to a&e where they thought it might be appendicitis or a cyst on my ovary so they kept me in hospital for a few days and did some test and said it wasn't a cyst and it wasn't appendicitis but i had grumbling appendix and that i didn't meet the criteria for surgery so they discharged me. now a week later i still have pains, and my GP has refered me to a specialist who is going to see if its worth my having surgery. If i was you i would go see your GP and get him to refer you.



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    For the past 2 years, I have suffered with "suspected" grumbling appendix, more ccommonly know as appendicitous. When I first took the pain I went to my local GP and after being examined I was told that it may be my appendix. I was sent home with painkillers and told to come back the next day for a blood test. I came back had my bloods taken and went to see the doctor to be told my blood was fine indicating I did not have an appendix problem. I was then examined again to be told that my pain had been developed and I had to go straight to A&E which I did. A few hours later after numerous examinations I was sent home with pain killers being told the pain was not serious enough to be acted upon. Every six months or so since then I have had the same pain and still had no further assistance, I mean what on earth with paracetemol do to help abdominal pain. But I have decided the next time I experience this hurrendous pain I will insist that my appendix is removed. I had to miss a concert, nearly missed going on holidays and also distracted me a lot during my exams. I am sick of experiencing random sharp pains and I am not going to put up with this much longer. So I know how you feel and unfortunately its like talking to a brick wall.
 
 
 
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