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I'm 18 years old. 3 years ago I had my appendix removed. 4 weeks after the surgery, I started getting pain in my right side in the area where the appendix was. 3 years and multiple doctors later, the pain is worse than ever. It's not a matter of when I get it, it's when it's not as bad. I have it all the time. Severe stabbing and cramping pain. I can't go to school 3 out 5 days a week. It's unbearable. Vicodin, etc doesn't touch it. No painkillers do. One doctor now says scar tissue that's cramping my abdomen and told me to take fiber. A pain management doctor is treating me for nerve entrapment from the surgery. I had one shot in the nerve a month ago that took the pain away for 5 days. The next shot did nothing. Anyone else go through this?
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replied March 11th, 2009
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Have you had an x-ray since having your appendix removed?
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replied June 30th, 2009
I feel your pain (literally)
I've been dealing with a similar issue for the last 15 years! My pain comes and goes, but sometimes its fairly constant for months at a time (and then I can go a year without any pain). I had an appendectomy when I was 4 and believe this is the cause (at least in part) of my pain. Pain meds and nerve blocks don't provide significant relief. Insurance wouldn't approve a TENs UNIT, but that is something you may want to look into. At this point I may be having additional surgery to determine the cause/hopefully resolve the issue. Hardest part is getting the doctors to believe there is an issue. Honestly, it helps to know that I'm not the only one with this issue. Good luck & stay proactive on your treatment... don't take no for an answer, you know your body better than anyone else (even if they have an "M.D." after their name. Don't let it suck a way your college years like it did mine!!
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replied July 17th, 2009
yea, I had my appendix out the day before new years. I get an occasional dull pain in the place where my appendix was. I am assuming that it is scar tissue. I had laroscopic surgery, so, maybe that is why my pain is a little more bearable. It is annoying though. I often feel pressure building where my appendix was. When I put pressure on it, I hear gurgling like there is a trapped pocket of air or stool that can't move. I dunno, I've had a bad experience with doctors over my appendix. I had chronic appendicitis. My appendix would build up pressure, giving me severe stomach aches for 10-15 hrs, then it would release the pressure making the stomach ache go away. I had a colonoscopy done and the doctor found nothing and suggested I take metamucil. Taking metamucil was the dumbest idea ever because it is basically a laxative and didn't help my stomach. It took 7 months of pain to get the diagnosis right........ As long as I can poop and breathe successfully, I'm not going to the doctor to spend a ton of money......
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replied August 13th, 2009
I had my appendix and my ovary taken out about a year and a half ago. I still getting the dull or sharp intermintant pains in the lower right quadrant from time to time. I went back for a CT scan one year after the surgery and it came back clean and normal. I just figure it is most likely scar tissue that might get irritated and get inflammed from time to time. I notice when I eat more fruits and veggies the pain seems to lessen quite a bit or disappear altogether. (many fruits and veggies have anti inflammatory properties) I also notice if I eat alot of sugar or cheese or if I get constipated it will ache. Also if I have a heavey period it sometimes aches then as well. I hope this helps. My sister had her appendix taken out when she was a teen, and then in her twenties, she had soo much pain, she went in to the Dr and he found alot of scar tissue and had to remove it . She so far hasnt had any more trouble and she is almost 40 now. I hope this helps and good luck to all
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replied April 30th, 2014
I had mine out 10 months ago and I am 28. It was not laparoscopic. I have never had pain like I did when the appendix was inflamed but I have had some occasional pain, somewhat dull pain. I find it is worse before a bm especially a larger one. I also have noticed a connection to my cycle. I do think it helps to gently massage the area. My doctor did not seem concerned when I told her. My theory is there is scar tissue and perhaps some stuff gets stuck. I hope it gets better with time and not worse!
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replied October 13th, 2009
stupid appendix
I got my appendix taken out in mid-June and ever since, I have had abdominal pain where the appendix used to be that comes and goes. It seems like it happens everyday but it is mostly tolerable until recently. Here lately when the pain comes it hurts so bad it can drop me to my knees, and I can usually take pain. My appendicitus was caused by a tumor though and I didnt know if the pain I was having was normal. It has been about 4 months since the surgery. When I had my post-op the Dr. said it felt like everything healed well so maybe I should just go back to the Dr. and see what is up....I am a little worried.
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replied November 16th, 2009
I had my appendix out in March09 and it took me about 2months before i was feeling close to normal. I have often felt a dull ache where the appendix was. In the last few months i have had severe pain where my appendix was (the same pain that was felt before the operation), it lasts for an hour and then goes away, in this hour i can barely move or walk. This happened the other day and twice before, i went to the doctors, had blood tests and an ultrasound, but nothing showed. Has anyone else had similar symptoms?
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replied February 17th, 2012
yes i have been having lot of pain n heaviness in the appendix region post operation which was nearly 3v weeks ago-also fever-theDoc says alls well buti know that something is wrong-i need help
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replied November 18th, 2009
i have had
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replied December 23rd, 2009
Have any of you figured out what the pain is? I have the same pain on my lower right side. Its the same pain I felt when I had a ruptured appendix. mine comes and goes. Once or twice a month i will have pretty severe pain for about 4-7 days at a time. I had my ruptured appendix out Sept 15,2009 laproscopically.. I ad a CT scan, and a colonoscopy done in November for the pain-they found nothing. Im a worrier and this pain isnt helping issues! So any help would be appreciated!
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replied January 25th, 2010
Post appendicectomy pain
Well I'm in the same boat as you guys really, I had my appendix out 21st November,2009. My recovery was horrific, I couldn't walk, constantly running to the toilet when ever I moved, needed help getting out of bed etc, worst time of my life really. I've had the same pain that everyone is mentioning here, the stabbing pain where the appendix used to be, it seems to me though that its related to scar tissue? I have probably only had 2 weeks of no pain since my surgery, and I'm really getting over it.
Just wondering though, does anybody have joint pain in their hands? sometimes I feel as though the bones in my hands are burning, not sure if thats associated ( I do have a low pain threshold)
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replied January 29th, 2010
I had a laproscopic appendectomy just over 3 months ago now (5th Sept 09), but ever since something hasn't been right. The appendix never burst but was enflamed, I made a good and very quick recovery and was sent home less than 16 hours after having it out. I suffered pain whilst recovering, but only when getting in and out of bed, otherwise i delt with it fine.
Since then though, I've had a pain very similar to the appendix pain in the appendix area, I have it almost everyday now, with it ranging from a dull ache to agony. I've since also had thrush, bacterial vaginosis, urine infections and such which i have never had before i had my appendix removed. I was healthier before!! I had a transvaginal scan which was to check my ovaries because i started worrying about my fertility) but they looked fine. Since my operation I have only had 1 period (which was a few weeks ago now) the rest of the time it never came - which is why i was worried about my fertility. i'm concerned about why this has been happening and am booked to see the doctor next week to discuss what it may be. I have been a lot of times since my appendectomy to be put on antibiotics but none of them know what could be causing this.

I'm quite glad to see that other people have had it because i thought i was completely abnormal, did anyone get a diagnosis?
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replied March 17th, 2012
Our nephew had appendix removed 2 years ago laperoscopically and seemed to recover fine until short time after he began developing all kinds of symptoms ranging from heart racing, abdominal pain, vertigo, trouble tolerating certain foods, and in general, not feeling well for any length of time. After numerous doctors, specialists, tests, and hospital stays, his doctor wanted him to go to Mayo Clinic. While waiting for appointment he developed severe abdominal pain with vomiting, and after again ct scans, two different hospital stays, all within 3 days, one place said he had perfroated appendix, then changed their minds and released him with abdominal pain, again to send him to another specialist. Thank God someone knew someone who worked at still another local hospital and told his wife to take him there and ask for this particular surgeon. Net result, after doing an emergency exploratory, found he still had part of his appendix, which had now hardened and had developed stones. He just had surgery this am and we are all hoping and praying he is on way to full recovery.
Good luck to all of you who are in such pain...keep looking for a doctor who will LISTEN. God knows its getting harder and harder...and a bleak outlook with Obama care. Pray for this medical field who is becoming more state run.
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replied March 6th, 2010
unnecessary appendectomy
I'm In the same boat. but really confused. I've had an unnecessary appendectomy. a misdiagnosis of appendicitis. the DR or surgeon was quite rude. and excuse my language but he wad quite an ........ its been 4 months since my surgery, and I'm not quite sure what to do... if I have to think I'd say the DR really messed me up. I didn't find out thst it wasnt appendicitis til my new general surgeon told me.. all the other surgeon did was wish me death and left he told me he never wanted to see me again. I'm think he punctured my intestines or something. and fixed it because when he wad done with surgery my sisters said he was really pale and scared nervous. right now I'm going under so MuCh studies. and this monday I'm being checked for all kinds of cancer. . also yesterday I went for a ultrasound and the lady saw something she turned the screen then left the room came back and said the screen makesyou see things that aren't there. I don't know but they misdiagnosed me for appendicitis. so I'm sure getting 2 3 and 4th opinions if needed. anyway the pain I'm experiencing on is pressure sharp stabbing pain sometimes feels like I'm being stabbed on the part where my appendix use to be. and feels like my gutgare being ripped out... I've gotten problems urinating. I have diarrhea all the time severe pain on my back swelling and bloating ofmy stomach mainly on my right side and a stabbing constant pain on my right rib cage as if it wad punctured pain pressure pelvic area and belly button.
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replied March 8th, 2012
Hi, I have the same problem. Please let me know what your diagnosis was?

Thanx
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replied March 10th, 2010
I am 21 year old and have same problem last month. It's horrible night for me. And the pain continued two days. But after all procedures by the doctor, there was nothing like appendix at all. I have no pain symptoms from last two weeks. so, there is nothing like appendix now/
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replied March 16th, 2010
i had my appendix removed 12th of september 2009,
It was enflammed and i spent 2 days in hospital before having the surgery with no food or water as they didnt know when they would operate. My surgery only took 2 hours and i was able to walk 3 hours after the surgery, just needed help getting out of bed and in bed, but found i could only stand for a few minutes at a time or i'd pass out..i was able to drive 3 days afterwards and it took 2 weeks for me to feel normal again. They told me nothing went wrong during the operation, but i think something did my scar didnt stop bleeding for a day and even after 6 months my scar still looks brand new and its way longer then it should be (i had key hole).. since the operation i have had pain where the appendix would be comes every now and again but a month ago i woke up and was in so much pain, felt exactly like what i had when i was taken to hospital and lasted all day no painkillers helped and i could only lay on the floor in a ball and cry... plus since the surgery my periods have been really wierd.. not having one for 2 months and then having 3 in a month plus there worse.. thinking about going back to my gp for a check up.....
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replied April 25th, 2010
Can your appendix burst again if it was never removed ?
My appendix burst on Memorial day of 2007. I supposedly had it removed, yet later when I developed ongoing issues, it took me 6 mo. Months and several doctors before i could get anyone to listen to me. My gastro had a Ct done and found a dark mass in my intestines as well as an umbilical hernia. During the repair of the hernia they did exploratory surgery and found that my intestines were twisted and tied together with leftover tissue. During this time I gained 80lbs. The eerie part was that i had a colonoscopy done before the surgery and in the pics..guess what I still have? My appendix. I still have major pain as I do tonight. My original surgeon was an ass. he was called at 8 a.m. but didn''t show until 7:30 p.m. . My appendix ruptured at 7:23. He collapsed my lung and then told me the breathing difficulty was because I was a smoker, to get over it. He lied to me about my hernia and refused to help me when I contacted him about the weight gain , pain, etc. My second surgeon told me that it was just a matter of time before I died had I not insisted to be seen so many times as my intestines was so blocked that sepsis would have been imminent. I had a total of 5 surgeries total and lost my job for too many absences. No-one will touch me because I was fired from my last job. I have no insurance and have recently gained another 20 lbs with no end to the pain in sight. Can your appendix rupture again if it was never removed? I haven''t a clue as to what exactly he did in my situation other than screw up my life. I went from 160lbs to 248 and climbing over one screw up.
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replied November 18th, 2012
Your appendix never burst! If it had, pus from the appendix would have caused you to die, long before your second doctor.
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replied June 15th, 2010
Appendix removed and still pain!!!!!!
I have been experiencing the same pain. Glad to see I am not the only one. I had my appendix removed almost 2 years ago. I started noticing a few months later that when I rolled over on my left side I would get a sharp pain in the area where the appendix scar is. If I pick small children up to carry on my right hip I experience the pain. When I push in on the area I feel pain and I guess what could feel like scar tissue. I have wondered if it was scar tissue causing the problem. I have not gone to the doctor to see what is causing it, because it took me a week just to get to the emergency room when I started having the pain and had to have my appendix out. I have also noticed I get a bloated feeling and my stomach is rarely flat anymore.
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replied June 20th, 2010
Mild discomfort a year after appendectomy
Sorry to see so many have had similar experience but at least it's not just me! I had a ruptured appendix removed in May 2009. After about 3 months I felt fully 'normal' again. However in the last few weeks (a year on from the operation) mild discomfort has come back - usually when I am relaxing, I don't notice it when I'm doing things. At the moment it's an ache on the far right side, sometimes it's closer to the scar, or below it. Similar to the warning signs I had in the week before I needed the op.
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replied August 13th, 2011
:asnac" , did you ever find out what was causing the discomfort? i am experiencing exactly what u describe. i had my appendix and part of my colon removed in n ov. 2010 , recovery was fine, i was feeling great and all of a sudden , i have been feeling the discomfort like you mention... is there a doctor in the house???
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replied August 10th, 2010
After appendectomy pain
I had my appendix removed on July 16th. They were getting ready to burst. I was in the hospital for a day and a half after, then was sent home. I was typically sore for a week or so after, then i felt good. Now i am having tenderness and some pain in my right side, also to the right of my belly button and to my skin. It feels like i am constipated, but i have diarrea or softer stool than i should. Is this normal after this type of surgery or should i go to the dr?
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replied November 17th, 2010
Same pain?
Im 12 and i had my appendix removed 5-6 weeks ago and i am beginning to feel the same thing. Mine is sore(esspecially when i breath in or lean back)everywhere I am going to go to the doctor soon and ill tell you what they say and maybe its the same thing.
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replied December 9th, 2010
hi
hi my appendix removed in jan 2010 i got some pain in right side and i need to go to wash room for 3 to 4 times every day is it normal r is there any problem for me like gastric can u plese reply me.
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