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What makes your appendix go bad?

What makes your appendix go bad?

Unknown: A common element for many cases of appendicitis is obstruction of the opening, through which it connects with the rest of the intestinal tract (we often find stone-like material upstream from rupture points);however, this is not a universal finding nor do we understand why these appendicoliths form. My guess is that there are many factors that contribute to it developing considering how common it is. ...Read more

Appendix (Definition)

The appendix is a piece of tubing located at the bottom of the colon on the right lower part of the abdomen. It has no known function in modern humans, but was thought to possibly be a type of extra stomach back in our cavepeople days. Currently it's only purpose is to get infected ...Read more


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Appendix removed 5day ago. When I lay on my left side I get sharp pain on my right side. Comes and goes. Hurts bad at times. Normal?

Appendix removed 5day ago. When I lay on my left side I get sharp pain on my right side. Comes and goes. Hurts bad at times. Normal?

Likely: If the pain comes and goes, it's likely normal post-op. If it becomes steady and doesn't go away esp with fever/chills, u need to call ur surgeon. ...Read more

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Is swelling in the appendix area bad?

Is swelling in the appendix area bad?

I assume: You mean swelling the right lower abdomen. Often this could be a symptom of bowel gas or constipation. If there is pain, tenderness, nausea, vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, etc. Then appendicitis can cause those symptoms. However, if it just feels a little puffy in the right lower abdomen it likely isn't appendicitis. See a doctor if you remain concerned. ...Read more

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How bad would the bursting of the appendix hurt?

How bad would the bursting of the appendix hurt?

Often reduces pain: A lot of times pain from the appendix actually becomes less immediately after perforation. Then symptoms increase if progresses to peritonitis. ...Read more

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How badly would the bursting of the appendix hurt?

How badly would the bursting of the appendix hurt?

Often reduces pain: A lot of times pain from the appendix actually becomes less immediately after perforation. Then symptoms increase if progresses to peritonitis. ...Read more

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My appendix was removed 5w ago last night it started to hurt very bad on my right side and it keeps getting worse. What should I do?

Contact your: Surgeon. At worst, it might be delayed infection, or something as simple as gas, or any number of other causes of abdominal pain, unrelated to your operation. ...Read more

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How bad is appendix surgery?

Depends: If your appendix is not ruptured, you should be able to go home the next day. If ruptured, you will likely require multiple days of IV antibiotics and days in the hospital. Some patients, if done laparoscopically and their appendix is not ruptured, can go home the same day. ...Read more

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Does calcified appendicolith in appendix go away or just keep building up tell your appendix goes bad?

Does calcified appendicolith in appendix go away or just keep building up tell your appendix goes bad?

Good question.: It will not go away by itself. It does not require treatment unless you get appendicitis. And there is no known treatment. Not all appendicoliths result in appendicits, but no one knows how many. No one knows what fraction of acute appendicitis patients have appendicoliths (just that it is higher than normal) or how many patients with appendicoliths eventually develop appendicitis. ...Read more

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Can bad constipation cause pain in appendix region?

Can bad constipation cause pain in appendix region?

Absolutely!: Constipation can cause abdominal discomfort in any number of areas. I recommend a diet with plenty if fruits, vegetables and water, and a fiber supplement such as metamucil. If no improvement see your family md. ...Read more

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In appendicitis, would a burst appendix initially lead to milder pain only then to get bad again?

In appendicitis, would a burst appendix initially lead to milder pain only then to get bad again?

Yes: That's how it happens sometimes. There is an abscess in the appendix, and it grows bigger, swelling and causing pain. Then the abscess leaks out of the appendix and the pressure inside decreases (called a burst appendix), causing less pain. The infection now is in the general abdominal area and will grow, thus needing treatment to avoid death in some hours or days. ...Read more

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Can you smoke weed while having a bad appendix and liver?

Can you smoke weed while having a bad appendix and liver?

Separate issues: If you have a "bad appendix and liver" then you should take appropriate actions to help yourself and smoking weed is not one of the things that you should be doing. See a specialist in liver diseases and he/she can hopefully get you pointed in the right direction. Not dealing with a bad appendix (ie surgery) and bad liver can possibly lead to very dangerous consequences in the future. ...Read more

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If my appendix is going bad can I take amoxicillin until I can see a doctor?

If my appendix is going bad can I take amoxicillin until I can see a doctor?

?: How did you make this diagnosis? If you are having pain you should see your doctor right away. No amoxicillin will not help you in such a circumstance ...Read more

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What's the symptoms of appendix? I have really bad pain in my stomach that goes to my back and had an ultrasound and its not kidneys or gallbladder. Can it be my appendix?

What's the symptoms of appendix? I have really bad pain in my stomach that goes to my back and had an ultrasound and its not kidneys or gallbladder. Can it be my appendix?

Unlikely: Appendicitis will cause severe right lower abdominal pain, that will lead to rupture in days if left untreated; it does not cause chronic pain. I suggest you see a primary care doctor or gastroenterologist to do a thorough history, exam +/- tests to get to the bottom of this. ...Read more

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If my appendix burst while I was pregnant, would that have a bad effect on my unborn child?

If my appendix burst while I was pregnant, would that have a bad effect on my unborn child?

Ruptured Appendix: The biggest problem would be going into preterm labor. If you have had surgery and did not go into labor, I bet you will be fine! Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can appendix be bad for a year? Last year and today have same abdomen right/mid pain with nausealast year emergency testshigh neutrophiles

Can appendix be bad for a year? Last year and today have same abdomen right/mid pain with nausealast year emergency testshigh neutrophiles

Unlikely: It is more likely a coincidence that you have similar pain on two occasions that far apart. Usually if you have an inflammation of appendix, it will get worse until surgery to remove it. ...Read more

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Bad pain in lower right abdomen but appendix out. Female, 30?

Bad pain in lower right abdomen but appendix out. Female, 30?

Multiple possibility: Multiple possibilities exist, from abdominal wall strain, to ovarian cyst, to a colitis, to adhesion [scars internally from surgery], and others. ...Read more

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Sharp stabbing pain left side. Seems constant with flare ups where gets worse. No appendix/gall. Do have bad back (hern, syringomyelia). What is it?

Back/ flank pain: As you have back problem it very well could be related to that. If it is knew and bad enough have yourself examined to rule out colon problem or even excessive gas can cause sharp pain ...Read more

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I have really bad pain on my right side close too my back this happened last week and now it's back there's a lot of gurgling in my stomach appendix?

I have really bad pain on my right side close too my back this happened last week and now it's back there's a lot of gurgling in my stomach appendix?

Specifics please: In what position do you feel better/ worse? What is the quality of pain--sharp, stabbing, pressure, bloating, gassiness? Where exactly in your abdomen do you experience discomfort? Duration pain lasts? Is pain deep or superficial? Have you seen blood with stool or change in bowels? Any chance of pregnancy (sexually active)? Any bladder/uti symptoms? Your doc will need this information to help. ...Read more

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I had my appendix removed 4 months ago and I still have bad pain in my side when I move. Do you have an idea what it could be? The hospital didn't know

I had my appendix removed 4 months ago and I still have bad pain in my side when I move. Do you have an idea what it could be? The hospital didn't know

Just a thought: But if your appendicitis was diagnosed "late" the infection in your appendix may have spread to a local lymph gland which "trapped" it but is still "REACTING" to the trapped organisms.
It should SUBSIDE eventually!
I would suggest an PELVIC MRI if your pain is that "bad"

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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Wat types of food should I stay away from. Recovering for c diff. & just had appendix removed. Has some bad experiences. Want to gain energy& strength?

Wat types of food should I stay away from. Recovering for c diff. & just had appendix removed. Has some bad experiences. Want to gain energy& strength?

No processed foods: Eat natural foods without preservatives and also with low sugar content. It could also be helpful to take a probiotic supplement to restore your gut bacteria. ...Read more

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Can your appendix cause aching light pressure to left side only above pubic bone? Can appendix give warning signs getting bad?

Can your appendix cause aching light pressure to left side only above pubic bone? Can appendix give warning signs getting bad?

Atypical: Usually appendicitis will present with right lower quadrant pain rather than on the right side. Before it gets to that point, some peopel can get fleeting pains in the rlq. ...Read more

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I just had a colonoscopy, dr found a protrusion in colon he thinks it's an inverted appendix, took biopsy tobe sure, is this bad? Just worried.

I just had a colonoscopy, dr found a protrusion in colon he thinks it's an inverted appendix, took biopsy tobe sure, is this bad? Just worried.

It was the right --: Thing to do. The biopsy result will confirm what it is and your surgeon will discuss it with you then. Worry would not make things any better. I believe your surgeon is doing everything right.
Good luck. ...Read more

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When my IBS flares up bad I get pain by appendix area & really bad trapped gas! What can I do about this?

When my IBS flares up bad I get pain by appendix area & really bad trapped gas! What can I do about this?

1st be sure its IBS!: Causes of recurrent abdominal discomfort as described may be identified by first addressing signs/symptoms so as to localize the organ involved: in women: vaginal discharge or bleeding, alteration in periods, pregnancy risk? Fever, nausea, vomiting, altered stool pattern, blood with stool, tenderness, distension? Painful urination, blood in urine? Recent trauma, herniation? Stressors? Other risks? ...Read more

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After an appendix op. Is it normal for the incission on the belly button to ooze and give off an bad smell?

After an appendix op. Is it normal for the incission on the belly button to ooze and give off an bad smell?

No simple answer: How many days since the operation? How severe was your appendicitis? Oozing soon after surgery is normal. But what color is the "ooze"? What amount of oozing? What dressing & woundcare are you carrying out at home? Is there redness around the belly button? Do you have a fever? are you having worse pain? Are you otherwise recovering well? Always best to ask to the surgeon who operated on you. ...Read more

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I had an appendix surgery a week and half ago and today I have bad gas and feel nauseous. Should I be concerned about this?

I had an appendix surgery a week and half ago and today I have bad gas and feel nauseous. Should I be concerned about this?

No: In fact it is a really good sign to be passing gas after surgery. It shows the bowel is working again. Nausea is also common after surgery. If you develop severe increased pain or high fevers, call your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more