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I swallowed some of a toothbrushes the rubber back and bristles;i read this can cause appendicitis, should I be worried or will it pass on its own?
Should pass: This should not cause appendicitis. It should pass on its own. Drink plenty of water and eat regular meals. If you develop pain see a doctor immediately. The bigger question is why are you eating toothbrushes? Please talk to your doctor about this if you think it is a problem. ...Read more
Probably not: Appendicitis is caused when the appendix is blocked from its connection to the colon. Why this happens at a given time is a mystery, and probably by chance as the appendix has been there for years without a problem. A viral or bacterial infection if the intestines probably wouldn't cause this, but its really unknown. ...Read more
Blood in belly: Believe it or not, many of us menstruate our blood not only out our vagina, but also out our fallopian tube to inside our belly. That can give us heaviness, discomfort, pain, nausea, bloating, constipation, or other pelvic discomfort that may peak several days after your period. Other possibilities could include changes in gut motility from hormonal changes, or even irritation of the appendix! ...Read more
Blunt trauma: ...as described is unlikely to inflame the appendix in its classic anatomic location, but of course anything's possible. If you are experiencing symptoms of concern, proceed immediately to your provider for evaluation please. ...Read more
Not directly: While patients with crohn's disease can get appendicitis, crohn's does not cause appendicitis. The most common location of intestinal inflammation from crohn's is the terminal ileum, located in the right lower abdomen (near the appendix). Sometimes crohn's can affect the appendix. It can be difficult to differentiate the 2 conditions. Best to see a doctor if you are not improving. ...Read more
Pain in right side for approx 2 weeks off and on. Some nausea and extremely lethargic. Causes? Appendicitis?
Could be: Most patients with appendicitis would get significantly worse within 2 weeks, but some people a milder form. There are some viral infections which could account for your symptoms. Other ideas include a hernia, an ovary problem, endometriosis, pregnancy, or much more rarely some kind of tumor. See your doctor for a complete evaluation. ...Read more
I know eating unpopped popcorn kernels can cause appendicitis, but are there any other effects? I'm told it can build in intestines, but I'm not sure.
No: But not a good idea. Hopefully swallowed foreign objects will pass without incident. ...Read more
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