I can feel my appendix in my stomach with my fingers and it is rubbing against the bottom of my ribcage. I've had intermittent stomach pains the last week but my doctor simply said I was backed up. Could this be a sign of appendicitis and something I should see a surgeon for?
It is a highly impossible that you can feel your appendix as you have explained. It is more likely that you are having subjective symptoms and thinking that it could be due to appendicitis.
It is likely that you might be having gastritis or gastric reflux disorder.
Gastritis pain occurs in the left upper portion of the abdomen and in the back. The pain seems to travel from the belly to the back. Other symptoms of gastritis include - Belching, Nausea and vomiting, Bloating, Feeling of fullness or burning in the upper part of the belly.
When the pain increases with food, and causes difficulty to eat and is not helped by regular medications, then possibility of ulceration of the gastric or duodenal mucosa and / or chronic H Pylori infection needs to be suspected.
For the time being, you may need to avoid foods that are spicy and with high fat content. Avoid foods like - puddings, breads, bagels and pretzels are usually made with white flour and refined sugar ; vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, all kinds of beans and legumes, full fat milk, onions and green peas should be avoided. Cured meats and high fat meat products such as sausages, salami, ham, bacon, and Red meats like beef and lamb should be reduced in consumption or avoided totally.
Juicy fruits such as pears, oranges, sweet limes, watermelons, cantaloupes etc help a lot to control the symptoms.
Eat at regular times each day. Divide your food into six small meals unless you have trouble getting enough to eat. Eating too often can increase the acid in your stomach.
For the mean time, Use of OTC medications mentioned below can be used to have some relief.
1. Activated charcoal (Charcoal, Charcocaps) , will absorb the excess gas produced.
2. Antacids, such as Di-Gel, Maalox and Medications like Omeprazole can help to reduce the acid secretions, and hence the pain.
3. Probiotics and Food enzymes, such as Beano, will also help in relieving indigestion
You should consult with a gastroenterologist, who if needed can order barium swallow and / or endoscopy which may help to make the proper diagnosis and provide specific treatment.
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