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  • Mowgli
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    Um, I don’t think it gets better on it’s own! Mine burst and put me in l’opital for three weeks 🙁

    Have it taken out. Ask the doc for an extra gnarley scar.

    jools182
    Member

    brother had it for about 3 weeks a few years ago, doc told him just to see how it goes

    my cousin was being sick with the pain and they told her they weren’t going to operate

    should I get to the docs?

    my grumbling appendix was all booze and fatty food induced wind! Hurt like billy-o and I properly thought i had real appendicitis. (I R a nurse and all 😳 ) My GP called it ‘grumbling appendix’ and also said it was basically wind. Much actimel, zero booze and coffee, 24 hours and lots of farts later I felt fine.

    I take it you’ve had medical advice, ie it is your appendix or it is something else?

    jools182 – Member
    brother had it for about 3 weeks a few years ago, doc told him just to see how it goes

    my cousin was being sick with the pain and they told her they weren’t going to operate

    should I get to the docs?

    Hasn’t your doctor seen you already to diagnose a grumbling appendix?

    neninja
    Member

    If it is your appendix get it checked out.

    A mum from school has just spent 3 or 4 weeks in hospital after hers ruptured resulting in an emergency caesarian (she was pregnant) and her being very poorly indeed in intensive care.

    avdave2
    Member

    Mine flared up 5 times over a couple of years before I finally saw a consultant who knew what the problem was. It would last for 24 – 48 hours and was pretty grim when it happened, not so much a sharp pain but real discomfort, horrible nausea and no sleep. I was tested for all sorts of things but whenever I tried to suggest it might be my appendix I was always told oh no if it were that it would just keep getting worse until they had to take it out. I saw a lo-cum at my GP’s after the 5th attack and he sent me to a specialist. I described the symptoms to him and he immediately confirmed it was an appendicitis beginning and then sorting itself out. He said it was fairly uncommon which is why it hadn’t been picked up before. Anyway I elected to get it taken out and the pathology confirmed it had been the problem. I’ve had no problems in the 10 years since either. I did have symptoms more like yours though when I was younger.

    jools182
    Member

    reet, I’ll get booked in then

    doc already thinks I’m a hypochondriac 🙄

    edit – just spoke to them on the phone and because its been there for a while and its not got worse they don’t think its anything to do with my appendix

    told me to wait a few days and see

    damo2576
    Member

    Mine burst after a night out on new years day 2000! Had to crawl on floor to call ambulance.
    Wife’s burst on our wedding day after many harley st misdiagnosis.
    Get it out!

    jools182
    Member

    anyone had it?

    its been painful for a week now, not too bad, just annoying

    jools182
    Member

    was feeling sick before too, called NHS direct and they didn’t seem to think it was anything to worry about
    I’ll have to call the docs again tomorrow if its still painful

    ebygomm
    Member

    My uncle was told by the doctor who visited him at home that he just had trapped wind and a low pain threshold… His appendix ruptured a few hours later.

    bighendo
    Member

    just what?

    have it taken out

    ?? lol……
    they will do anything and everything to avoid surgery
    been there, done that, still got mine : /

    _tom_
    Member

    Someone at school died from some kind of appendix rupture. Misdiagnosed apparently. I wouldn’t risk it!

    jools182
    Member

    its all well saying get it out, but try getting to convince a doctor that he or she is wrong

    can’t see what I can do if the doc says its nothing to worry about

    crikey
    Member

    can’t see what I can do if the doc says its nothing to worry about

    You could try STFU and listening to the person who has been to that medical school and done that training?

    jools182
    Member

    I’m not saying they are wrong, but lots of people are suggesting that I just ‘get it out’

    crikey
    Member

    Why do you think we spend all that money training people to be doctors?

    You don’t even know if your appendix is causing you any trouble, do you?

    You have some non-specific pain in the lower right side of your abdomen, and that’s the sum total of your knowledge…

    jools182
    Member

    along with nausea, dizziness, back pain, feeling hot

    Premier Icon RickA
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    they will do anything and everything to avoid surgery

    ……nonsense, if someones appendix needs to come out it is usually barn door obvious and I would only be too happy to go cutting. Why would you want someone to perform unnecessary surgery with potential complications?

    my hunch jools182, is that if its been there for a week and youre able to sit at a computer then an operation isnt for you…….thats not to say you shouldn’t get checked out anyway. As per the usual response on the forum go to the GP in the am.

    what RickA and crikey said.

    There are things that can be diagnosed on an internet forum, this isn’t one of them.

    Worth remembering that even now a lot of appendixes that are yanked are not inflamed – although the patient doesn’t always seem to realise later that they have had a normal appendix removed . And any kind of abdominal operation can have complications and can cause pain for sometime afterwards – so you don’t get cut open unless there is a decent chance you need it done.

    Pogo
    Member

    You’d think they’d taken mine out with a spoon, “very nasty” apparently. Might have been the brandy and peanuts that sent mine over the edge, I went a funny colour though, so if it is your appendix it’ll be fairly f’ckin obvious, you won’t be comfortable in any position. It’s probably trapped wind!

    damo2576
    Member

    You could try STFU and listening to the person who has been to that medical school and done that training?

    This is really bad advice, appendixes are one of the most misdiagnosed conditions. As I mentioned briefly my wifes was misdiagnosed on 3 occasions by 3 separate Harley St doctors and scan.

    It wasn’t until she was the operating table (on our wedding day!) for what they thought was on ovarian cyst that the fckers realised there was nothing wrong with her ovary and her appendix had burst.

    They had to rush in a surgeon and luckily her saved her. Honeymoon at Gt Portland St!

    Talking to the surgeon and doctors after this is an extremely common misdiagnosis. Deaths are fairly common, in fact at the same time my wife was in he’d just lost a young girl in a similar situation.

    You know your body, if you’re worried get a second opinion, another scan etc.

    Don’t listen to the stuff about studying at medical school – that may be right but diagnosis is nothing more than educated guesses.

    damo2576
    Member

    its all well saying get it out, but try getting to convince a doctor that he or she is wrong

    Get a different doctor.

    Premier Icon djflexure
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    Appendicitis is usually a relatively easy diagnosis to make in a young man as the symptoms and signs are progressive and ultimately severe, bloodtests confirm the problem, and there are few other potential confusing diagnoses.

    You do not readily fit the picture i.e. pain for a week not really getting worse.

    These types of symptoms often resolve spontaneously without a cause ever being found. Some people will have ‘a bug’, others may be a little constipated.

    Grumbling appendix is unusual. I am not sure that surgeons even believe in it although to say that it does not happen is probably wrong.

    I would simply take the advice offered by your GP surgery and see how things progress. If you deteriorate then go and see them again. If symptoms do not resolve in another couple of weeks then go see them.

    Premier Icon Mugboo
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    Back in my twentys i definateley had a ‘grumbling appendix’

    I had roughly 5 attacks and went to the doctors after the first (but only after the pain had gone. He gave me laxatives for wind..

    The pain was incredible each time and would double me over. The only solace i would find would be a deep bath. These happened over a couple of years and the final one lasted about 12hrs before i actually puked and rang the emergency doc.

    My girlfriend drove me to this little Asian doctor who was doing the emergency shift in a rough part of town and after laying me down he had a prod around.
    His test was to put his hand on the spot on my belly and get me to breath really deeply, pulling all the air up in to my chest and hollowing my stomach. As i did this his hand obviously went deeper.
    He then asked me to let out all the air but left his hand pushed right in.

    Then quick as a flash he wipped his hand away and i screamed in pain. His diagnosis was appendicitus and he phoned ahead to the hospital who were took my appendix about 5 hrs later. It was worth the loss of my appendix to experience Pethadine, mmmm, very dreamy!!

    My own experience (never going to doctors because i think things will go away!) and listening to others stories leads me to conclude that the NHS does a superb job considering but that sometimes on your first visit they don’t always take you seriously enough no doubt due to a lack of time.
    Its up to you sometimes to convince them?

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    The pain was incredible

    this was my experience but it isn’t what the OP is describing. I really couldn’t move.

    Spent my 10th birthday in hospital and most of the summer of ’76 being told, repeatedly and with increasing frustration at me ignoring the instruction, not to do anything that would pull my stomach muscles.

    Premier Icon rob
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    after 3 weeks of pain and 2 trips to casualty my gp eventually said i had a grumbling appendix. a week in hospital and lots of test including a camera shoved up the wrong un and i was finally diagnosed with crohns disease.
    so like overs have said appendix trouble can be hard to diagnose but keep pestering the doctor and hopefully they will get you sorted

    tang
    Member

    mine ruptured after misdiagnosis at aged 8. was a nasty experience. get it checked out.

    Premier Icon mboy
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    Having had appendicitis, and know several others who have too, I can say wholeheartedly that you would not be sat on an internet forum asking for opinions, after a whole week of some kind of pain…

    Appendicitis comes on STRONG and FAST… In my case, at midday I felt fine, by 2pm I was feeling a little queasy, by 3pm I felt too ill to carry on at college so went home… Rang my Dad when I got home, to explain not feeling at all well, got a sharp pain getting stronger and stronger in my lower belly area. Dad left work early, came home, whisked me to the Doc’s by 5:30, Doc took one look at me and told him to get me straight to hospital… By 10pm I was prepped and ready for operation!

    My appendix apparently was not long from bursting! So in the space of less than 12 hours I’d gone from fine to needing my appendix out. And those I know who have also had theirs out have had almost similarly quick experiences.

    Check with the doc again by all means, but if you’re still ok after a week then it’s probably not your appendix.

    If pain worsens considerably & you become sicker, then the pain goes very quickly & you feel somewhat better, get seen asap, as that worsening & sudden improvement are textbook of an appendix rupturing, soon to be followed by peritonitis.

    jools182
    Member

    its still just an annoying pain when I move
    stomach seems sore and bloated too, and around my back
    I can’t get in at the docs until monday, I’ll see what he says

    foxyrider
    Member

    Have a look? Sorry 😉

    Go to docs I would say and he/she can locate the pain more precisely?

    If pain worsens considerably & you become sicker, then the pain goes very quickly & you feel somewhat better, get seen asap, as that worsening & sudden improvement are textbook of an appendix rupturing, soon to be followed by peritonitis.

    exactly what happened to me. Between the ages of 17 and 20 I got 24 hours of intense abdominal pain and nausea. Each time I saw a doctor. They said it wasn’t my appendix, shrugged their shoulders and gave me pain killers. The I would wake in the morning feeling 100% better. Pattern continued for a few years – happening once a year.

    The last time in happened I woke up the next day still in pain. Finally went in to A and E about midnight – took an age to get seen (about 6 hours I think). My appendix had burst – and I was pretty poorly. Not good as all the toxic goo that comes out of your appendix needs to be cleaned up by the surgeon – and 2ndry infection is a real risk

    foxyrider
    Member

    Depends on the GP – some good some bad no?

    jools182
    Member

    seems to be the case, my GP’s favourite saying is ‘give it another 2 weeks’, even when I went with jock itch 😯

    Not good as all the toxic goo shite (fixed it for you) that comes out of your appendix needs to be cleaned up by the surgeon – and 2ndry infection is a real risk

    Not nice indeed, seen some very sick people with perfed appendixes, they’re usually the ones who develop abdominal absecesses post op too, slowing down recovery a lot.

    foxyrider
    Member

    OT – we had shocking tx by our GP centre until we found a “yonger” doctor that did actually give a sh1t and works part time in teh hospital – Now I’ll put my illness off for a week to see him if neccessary and not truely urgent!

    Premier Icon ART
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    What they said ^^^. When I was a kid I used to get very severe stomach pains, typically when we were on holiday or staying away from home (different food/water etc). I would be doubled over in pain and nothing really would sort it out other than curling up with a hot water bottle in a dark room and trying to ‘sleep it out’. One family holiday in France – aged 10 – the same thing happened only I was violently sick for days, down to the bile and finally (such responsible parents) they got the local GP out who pretty much too one look at one, jammed figures up orifices and had me rushed into hospital. A few hours later and one very very swollen ready to pop appendix later, all was fine. Trust me it’s a pain you don’t forget. 😯

    jools182
    Member

    seemed to ease a little last week, but its bloody hurting again last night and today 🙁

    another trip to the docs on monday methinks

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