- grumbling appendix
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?Posted 7 years ago
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?Posted 7 years agoavdave2Member
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.Posted 7 years agoRickASubscriber
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.Posted 7 years agoStoatsbrotherMember
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.Posted 7 years agoPogoMember
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!Posted 7 years ago
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.Posted 7 years agodjflexureSubscriber
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.Posted 7 years agoMugbooSubscriber
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.Posted 7 years ago
Its up to you sometimes to convince them?wwaswasSubscriber
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.Posted 7 years agorobSubscriber
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.Posted 7 years ago
so like overs have said appendix trouble can be hard to diagnose but keep pestering the doctor and hopefully they will get you sortedmboySubscriber
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.Posted 7 years agogrievoustimMember
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 riskPosted 7 years ago
Not good as all the
toxic gooshite (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.Posted 7 years agoARTSubscriber
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. 😯Posted 7 years ago
The topic ‘grumbling appendix’ is closed to new replies.