Patient Comments: Appendectomy - Experience

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Comment from: Sherrylwell, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I had laparoscopic appendectomy 2 weeks ago after spending previous night/morning in severe pain and vomiting. My husband took me to the emergency room. They did a CT scan and blood work. CT scan showed inflamed appendix and colon. After surgery, I was discharged the same night. I still have a stabbing pain on my left side, near one of cuts. I am also still bloated. I am a very active, high-energy person. This recovery has been more difficult than I anticipated. I thought I’d be okay by now. Glad I am not alone in my recovery.

Comment from: Arnold P, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 29

I had a 4-day loose bowel movement and I was referred to a specialist. The doctor pressed my lower right abdomen and released quickly. The pain was horrible! He said I may have appendicitis which was confirmed through ultrasound. After 5 hours from appendectomy operation I am able to walk. I just feel the pain in the holes. And after 24 hours I am having hiccups. I am still waiting for the doctor’s advice. I am having sips of water only, no food intake yet. I passed gas as well.

Comment from: Cmarie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I went to the emergency room (ER) on Monday, and they sent me home. Saturday I collapsed, called the paramedics, and was taken to the ER for emergency appendectomy surgery. All is well now but 3 weeks after, my hair is falling out like crazy. Wonder if anybody else has experienced rapid hair loss after.

Comment from: MauiGirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I’m a healthy 50 year old female and spend 7 hours a week exercising. The appendicitis pain only felt like bad cramps that Motrin could not take away. I did throw up but no fever. I was sent to the emergency room on Sunday for CT scan to confirm that I had perforated appendix. Appendectomy surgery was done by 10:30 pm. I was in hospital for 2 days for antibiotics via IV and sent home with 2.5 more days of antibiotics. Never took any pain pills. I was walking 4 hours post operation and doing yoga breathing. Now 16 days post operation and I am fine.

Comment from: Rachel, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

It started with lower abdominal pain about a month ago that felt like gas cramps. I was also experiencing nausea and a fever. I went to the doctor and was told to make a food diary. Pain came and went for a month. The week of my appendectomy I had severe cramping in the lower right. I got home from work one evening and crawled into bed freezing and then with a temperature of 103. I went to urgent care the next day, had a CT done and was told I had a ruptured appendix. I went in for emergency surgery.

Comment from: Whocares2018, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

I am 37 and had my appendectomy on September 25, 2018 via laparoscopic surgery and my belly and belly button still hurt. Feels like I got punched in the gut; bending down to tie shoes or pick up anything is a bit of a challenge too. I have returned to work with restrictions, no lifting and try to keep bending at nothing or very minimal, and yes I’ve been following this but still hurts. Also when I where my khaki pants with a belt for work it seems to hurt more. I have random shooting pains as well.

Comment from: Boygirlmama, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I am 36 years old and day 3 post appendectomy. All I had was pain at about a level seven and loose stools. I was diagnosed at a doctor's appointment that was for something else entirely. I am still shocked! Saturday was my surgery. Everything went well. I went home Sunday. I made getting out of bed and walking around very important and I think that has helped me to recover more quickly.

Comment from: walkerscott, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

I did not have any of the known appendicitis symptoms except for a slight tummy ache in the middle of the night which I thought was because of something I may have eaten. Over the next 5 days I became weaker and realized something must be wrong. I had no pains, no vomiting, nothing. I rushed myself to the hospital where they did the quick tests to find out that my appendix had burst quite a while ago and an emergency operation was needed. The consultant said that I had between 60 to 80 percent chance of coming through it. A large vertical incision from pubic bone to above belly button was made during the appendectomy. I had peritonitis and everything else going on. I was 14 days on drips galore, lost 12 kilos, and too weak to eat or walk. Eventually with help I was released from the hospital after 16 days to fly back home as I was in Cyprus on holiday. The wound was infected and now after 10 months still not healing properly. My back aches on both sides, the sweating stopped after 6 months, my tummy looks like I am 6 months pregnant and the surgeons in UK say it won't improve. Apparently my abdominal muscles have been stretched due to the incisional cut and infection. No one knows how to proceed with the non-healing wound; not even the skin viability nurse, dermatologist or surgeons! I am alive and breathing but not healed and my quality of life is zero. So anyone out there with the slightest tummy rumble please go straight to Accident and Emergency and get it checked out.

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Comment from: michme, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I am a 48 year old who began experiencing what felt like bloat and pain from constipation. I took a laxative, which did its job, but did not relieve the symptoms. By the next day, I continued to feel unwell and bloated. I had no fever and no vomiting. By that evening the pain had localized to the lower right quadrant of my abdomen. It was about a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10 for pain, but did not feel like any other gastrointestinal pain I have ever experienced. It hurt sharper there when I lifted my leg. I went to the emergency room when my condition had not changed for the better or worse the next morning. I submitted blood tests and got a CT scan which was consistent with acute appendicitis. I was never nauseous but had a very low grade fever. Thankfully, my appendix did not rupture. I had a laparoscopic appendectomy that afternoon and was released from the hospital the next day. I am one week out from that day and doing ok.

Comment from: Czech-mate, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 15

Around 10 pm on a Sunday night I developed quite a sore stomach above my navel and across my abdomen. To me it felt like some disagreeable food or the onset of gastroenteritis. I felt like I needed to pass wind or go to the toilet but was unable to. After a sleepless night I finally went to the hospital at 5 am. Thankfully, casualty was really quiet and I saw a doctor almost immediately. By this time the pain was considerably worse. I had an ultrasound, x-ray, urine sample, rectal swipe and examination. I then had to wait on a chair in the deserted waiting room. Now the pain was increasing and I tried to lie down across a few chairs. Upon seeing this, I was promptly taken to a bed and reexamined. The pain on my lower right side was now noticeable and although not excruciating quite sharp when prodded by the doctor. Not long after, I was diagnosed with appendicitis and scheduled for surgery. At 3 pm that day, I went under. I had a normal surgery. Accounts of laparoscopic surgery here sound awful so I am glad I had a normal one. I awoke oblivious to what had happened back in my room! I was quite sore and unable to lie on either side for the first two days. Now it is Thursday afternoon and I am feeling much better, well on the way to recovery. I have to avoid strenuous exercise for at least 4 weeks and also must follow a strict diet for 4 weeks. I have had checkups already scheduled.

Comment from: KDMALM, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

I had my appendix removed laparoscopically on Thursday and have been feeling great since Saturday. Barely any pain and last took a pain killer on Friday morning. I hope recovery keeps going as is!

Comment from: Linda A, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I am 70 years old. I started having vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain across my midsection. Very intense pain. This was Saturday and by Sunday the pain was worse, and vomiting under control. I thought I had diverticulitis. I took a Cipro and began to feel better by evening. Monday I called the doctor and they couldn’t fit me in until Tuesday (staff makes these decisions). He found blood in urine and sent me for a scan. Long story short, that afternoon I had appendectomy. I always have breathing difficulty after surgery. But this time was bad and I was told everything was fine. I coughed for a week after. Breathing problems never left, just got less. But I had to sleep in a recliner since the surgery. I have just been told I have inflammation in my lungs, possibly caused by surgery. I have suffered so much.

Comment from: Ann, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I am a 64 year old healthy female who exercise 4 to 5 times a week. I am not overweight. Stomach pain began at 8 am and grew better and worse through the day. By 6 pm pain greatly increased and localized in lower right abdomen. I did not have a fever. I had vomited around noon after eating some rice. I went to the emergency care clinic and received immediate attention. After urine and blood tests, plus a CT scan, I was diagnosed with acute appendicitis. It was not perforated. I was transported to hospital and the appendectomy surgery was the following day. I had the laparoscopic removal. I went home the following day. I am nearly 2 weeks out from surgery and beginning to feel like my old self. My digestive tract is not normal yet, but I am eating and drinking normally, although smaller portions. I have been gluten and dairy free for 15 years. I do drink alcohol, so not eating these could have helped for a speedier recovery. I still have tenderness around the incisions, persistent dry cough (I do not smoke), and a gassy feel in my abdomen. I do get the hiccups a lot and burp a lot. All of these are normal according to my doctor.

Comment from: MomfromVA, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I am a 52-year old healthy woman; except I'm 30 pounds overweight. I started having stomach pain that was all over my abdomen on Monday late afternoon. On Tuesday I went to the doctor who took blood and suggested it may be a stomach virus. She called me an hour later and said my white blood cell count was elevated and she was ordering a CT scan for Wednesday morning. At 8:00 am Wednesday, I called her with worsening pain, now mostly in my right side, and a fever of 100.2. She sent me to the emergency room where they did the scan and determined it was an appendicitis. I had a laparoscopic appendectomy at 2:00 that afternoon. I was in pain afterwards, but mostly where the incisions were and where the drain was inserted into my belly (about two inches to the right of my belly button). I was in the hospital for three nights and home Saturday afternoon with the drain still in. It's now Wednesday, a week later. The doctor removed the drain yesterday, which hurt. I have been in pain every day since the surgery. Feels like knives cutting into me at times; other times it's just general low-grade belly pain on my right side. It's worse when I have a full bladder, when I get in or out of a chair or bed, and when I have some gas. Each day is a little better, but after a week, I thought I'd be pain free. The oxycodone and Advil help. I can finally use my abdominal muscles to help me get up and down. I am also still on antibiotics for at least a few more days. I can drive and walk the dog. I move freely when the pain is level is low.

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