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on my 4th flare up, is it chronic appendicitis?

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since march 2012, I've been having on & off symptoms of appendicitis, the first time it happened, the doctor I was under whilst I was in hospital wanted to remove my appendix but decided against it after getting sent for a CT scan, which showed an inflamed appendix, but not enough to be removed.

my symptoms include:

- generalised stomach pain
- pain which shifts towards my lower right side of my abdo after onset of pain.
- extreme nausea.
- lack of appetite
- abdo tenderness, worse on release of pressure
- worse on movement
- more recently a fever

whenever whatever this is, has flared up my white blood count has been raised & so has my inflammation marker. i'm currently on my 4th flare up since it started.


could this be chronic appendicitis?
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replied November 1st, 2012
Welcome to e health forum.

Appendicitis is swelling or inflammation of the appendix, a small pouch attached to the proximal part ‎of the colon. Appendicitis is one of ‎the most common causes of emergency abdominal surgery, and ‎usually occurs due to appendicular blockage due to feces, infection or ‎foreign objects, etc.‎

The onset of appendicitis can occur anytime. It can occur within 24 hours or take a few days to present with all the symptoms. ‎

The symptoms of appendicitis can vary. Appendicitis causes pain that typically begins around your ‎navel and then shifts to your lower ‎right abdomen. Appendicitis pain typically increases over a period ‎of 12 to 18 hours and eventually becomes very severe. Other ‎symptoms that can be seen include - ‎Fever, chills, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and tremors. ‎

As mentioned in your history and your lab findings, it appears that you may be having a chronic appendicitis and you may benefit by consultation with your doctor, who can decide on the line of treatment after proper physical assessment.



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