I'm a 30 year old female, I've always been very fit and healthy, I exercise regularly and eat healthily. In June 2008 I was admitted to hospital with severe pain in the right side of my abdomen. Initially appendicitis was suspected, but tests showed that this was not the case. Endometriosis was mentioned, as was crohns disease. I had a barium meal follow through x-ray which showed that my bowel was functioning as normal. I then underwent a laparascopy where it was discovered that my appendix was in fact stuck to my stomach muscles. The appendix itself is surrounded with adhesions which the consultant tells me are a sign that it has previously been inflamed, but my body was able to fight the infection itself.
I know this is by no means a serious problem, and I have never tried to make out to the doctors that I should be dealt with as an urgent case. I am however 12 weeks down the line, and still in pain and now being told I have to wait a further 6 weeks for an operation to remove my appendix. I am unable to work due to the pain (I'm a nursery nurse and tend to lift between 15-20 children for nappy changes about 3 times a day!), plus I have two young children who are in my opinion not getting the best out of their usually active mum. I feel like I have had to fight every step of the way with doctors and consultants to make them realise that I am not over-reacting, that the pain is unbelievable and that I can't carry on like this.
One thing nobody has been able to tell me is why this has happened. What would have made my appendix suddenly stick to my stomach muscles? What kind of damage could it have caused? The only cases I know of the appendix sticking to anything are all endometriosis related, but surely this would have shown up during my laparascopy?
I am sure once the appendix is removed I will be able to return to normal, but in the meantime these unanswered questions are driving me mad!