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I've been having a pain in my right side for the past 6 weeks almost 7. My doctor said he didn't think I had appendicitis, but now says that could be what's wrong. Can it really last that long? I've had 2 ultra sounds and a CT scan and plenty of blood tests and most recently a Hida scan and still everything is coming back normal. I haven't been able to work much since I've been having pain. It's getting frustrating that I'm still in pain and my doctor is blowing it off and not very concerned about it. My pain is mostly a dull pain in the lower abdomen and occationally I have sharp pains that don't last very long, but they've been hurting worse in the last week. Along with this I have been overly tired and can't do much during the day without been wiped out the next day from exhaustion. I've been tested for cysts, gull bladder, and blood work for who knows what. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions they would be greatly appreciated. I don't know how long I can take not knowing what's wrong.
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replied October 27th, 2007
I've been having similar pain for nine months now and on Monday I'll be getting a hold of a specialist, seems there are quite a few people that can't be helped by doctors.
I hope you get something figured out soon
~Jaime
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replied March 11th, 2012
well I admit that appendix can last 2 months. Because I know the secret why doctors keep saying you don't have appendix. So ok lets start.... Appendicitis starts when when your appendix gets blocked by matter or some sort of food that you eat. When matter/food blocks the opening of the appendix it will not explode immediately but u might feel some pain in the lower-right-abdomen. People often go to doctor for checking of their appendix because ofcourse u feel some kind of pain in ur lower right abdomen. When They check ur appendix with some test and it says u don't have appendix, thats because it hasn't explode yet. Appendix can last a YEAR and not explode even though the food/matter that cause appendicitis to happen is not yet infecting the apendix. Hope this helps Smile
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replied November 8th, 2007
Appendicitis Can Last a Year Plus
My daughter at the age of 9 looked like a skelton with skin on it she was so sick. High fever, blood count through the roof, unbearable pain in the stomach, all the other symptons that go with appendictis. They said it was all in he head until a 105 fever, a 12 day hospital stay and more test than you could think of no answer and everyone said no it is not an appendicitis. When all else failed an the child could hardly function anymore they decided to do surgery and explore--with 1/2 hour the doctor came out and asked why she had not had her appendix removed. He removed them and with 2 weeks I had a new child at home and she has been well every since. Hope this helps and good look
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replied April 1st, 2011
Lower right Side Pain Apendixmaybe?
I haven't lost alot of weight but I have had a very bad pain in my right side for a year at times its rendered me unable to functions.

I have spiked fevers more in the past two weeks, the pain has worsened, I shake, I get dizzy and almost pass out. My abdomen actually swelled up ot the point that I cold barely buckle in on the way home.

All the tests have been run the drs were leaning towad it at one point but never went further. I am calling my dr today we are having a serious chat and I am telling he that I believe all this is my apendix and that there is this case that it lasted so long. So I'm glad your daughter is getting better but this was hihgly helpful to me.

Btw I'm so sick of the drs in the hospital telling me I don't have apendix because I'm not screaming my head off and vomiting even though I felt severely like I should do both. What a bunch of jerks no? Thats why can't get myself into the hospital because I know they'll be asses again.

Michelle
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replied April 20th, 2011
hi Michelle...did you ever found out what was wwrong with you? Because i am dealing with the same exact thing...i just got home from the ER...have been there 3 times in the past 3 months...they have done test ct scan blood work and still nothing...the dr was saying it sounds like appendicitis but the scan came back normal...i am on the same boat...hope to hear from you. Iris
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replied November 27th, 2007
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Chronic appendicitis is an unlikely condition. Patients with appendicitis are usually very ill, in severe pain, have a high fever and have a medical emergency on their hands. I wouldn't rule out another bowel condition. You should pay attention to what you are eating, bowel movements etc. which may give you abetter indication.
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replied December 1st, 2011
I disagree= you often see cases where appendicitis is undiagnosed in the beginning because of lack of fever, severe pain. dull rlq pain that is chronic and lasts for weeks is not uncommon in appendicitis, and often u/s and ct scans are often unremarkable. Many a patients have been sent home from ers or md offices to only wind up a month or so later back as emergent appendectomy patients
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replied December 29th, 2012
I disagree. My husband was having alot of pain and what he thought was problems with his bowel and we kept going to the Drs only to be sent home with all of his test being normal.2 Days ago his symptoms escalated so we rushed him to the ER kinda expecting the samw results but finding out he had appendicitis and had to have emergecy surgery.
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replied December 31st, 2007
Actually
It could very well be what's wrong with you. I had my appendix removed last year on april 18th and my pains started about 2 weeks before that. What happend was My appendix ruptured then formed a bubble around the wound to contain the toxins. I'm guessing this happend while I was sleeping cause I never felt the rupture. This was all during track season. I ran on it for 13 days. On the 13th day I went to the doctor and she said there was nothing wrong with me but my white blood cell count was alittle high. I went back on the 14th day with a completely differen't doctor and next thing you know I was rushed to the hospital for surgery. My surgery took 5 hours because the doctor went in and couldn't even find my appendix. It ruptured twice. T
There can be mistakes in the medical system and long term appendicitis is more common than you would think. I suggest getting it looked at by a differen't doctor.
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replied May 16th, 2009
you could have IBS (irratable bowel syndrome) this could be worsened by or have been triggered bya food which you have developed an intolereance to/ become allergic to without knowing it, try keeping a food diary over 1-2 months and see at whta times you have the pain and if there are any particular foods that you have had at around this time or if there are patterns
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replied May 16th, 2009
it could be a UTI (urinary tract infection) anybody can get this and it is not caused by bad hygeine, this can cause severe pain in the back and abdomen in different places, a simple course of antibiotics for a few days clears this up, there is a possibility of it being this but id oubt it
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replied August 27th, 2009
Hi,
Thank you for te information. I have the same problem. i had a pain in my right side two weeks ago now. i did blood test, Urine test and xray and scan by a gyneocologist. they could not find anyting and all they said normal, except that i have costipation problem in the ride bowel more than the other parts. they found that my temperature is also normal and i dont have fever. for the blood test they could not find any increase in the white blood cells. i already went to four doctors now. two of them told me it is appendix and two with a third consultant doctor said you dont have, and it is only the bowel packed with feces that causes the pain. i dont know what to do! i feel that at a moment the appendix may burst and die in a minute. can you advise me please?
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replied November 5th, 2009
gangrene and ruptured appendicitis
My son has been sick for the last two years. We have taken him to numerous Dr's and had him at the ER several times. We were told that he was full of feces or that he had IBS. So we changed his diet and thd way he lived. The little guy was in pain for several years. On a Thursday the school sent him home because he was throwing up. We again took him to the Dr. They said it was a viral infection and that he was highly contagious. I have Lupus so I let my husband take care of him. That Saturday we took him shopping. He still acted very weak but again we chalked it up to being the viral infection or the IBS. That Tuesday he wasn't feeling good so we took him back to the Dr. His usual Dr wasn't available. This Dr checked him and said I think he has appendicitis and admitted him to the hospital. They checked his blood count his white blood cell count was in the 26. They did a cat scan and discovered a very large puss ball. They rushed him into surgery. His appendix did rupture and was gangrene. Surgery went well. After 7 days things startedd going back to normal except my 7 yr old was still in alot of pain so on day 8 they run another catscan and discovered two more puss balls and rush him back into surgery. That was yesterday. My baby boy has lost 9 lbs. He only weighs 40lbs. He hasn't eaten for 14 days so now they are transferring him to a different hospital so that he can get nutrients in his IV. So what I am saying is be very careful.
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replied January 15th, 2010
LRQ pain
For the past 3 months my wife has been having pain (sometimes dull and sometimes sharp) in the lower right quadrant, just to the right of the belly button and a little down. She is also having occasional nausea. Though she has been drinking black tea w/ 2% milk for years the past few weeks she has nausea occasionally when she drinks it and has switched to green tea w/ soymilk. Nausea is still there on occasions but cant be linked to tea now.

She has gone to family doctor, gynecologist, and surgeon. She has done CT scan, and ultrasound without any specific cause being identified. For a few days her pain was so severe that she could not sleep on her right side and slept in a fetal position on her left side or on her back. After a few days she can again sleep on her right side though she feels like something is there. Her blood tests are also normal with no high count of wbc. The radiologist stated that her CT shows a questionable mixed density mass above her right ovaries. Such a mixed density mass can also be because of inflammation in an area. The general surgeon would like to open her and check what it is. None of the doctors seem to think it is appendicitis though that is the area that her pain is and she has some of the signs of appendicitis (nausea, and pain when moving around). I would think that this is long term appendicitis but hopefully we'll know better once the surgeon checks it out.
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replied January 18th, 2010
Undiagnosed Pain
Jay55-
I'm curious as to what the Dr tells your wife. I have been dealing with pain just to the right of my belly button that radiates from just below my ribs down to the bend of my leg. The pain at my belly button is constant though. I've have be nauseated some and it hurts worse when I'm up moving around. I went to the Dr who ordered blood work and a CT Scan. Everything came back normal. He has now referred me to a Gastroenterologist but my appt is 2 weeks out. I just want the pain to stop. Its not severe but after 2 months it might as well be. I hope your wife feels better soon.
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replied January 22nd, 2010
Can appendicitis last 2 months?
I've been having sharp stabbing pains and some dull pains for about 2 months, also. I can't eat, I'm super tired, and very nauscous(?), and people are saying it can't be appendicitis cuz it's been too long, but my friend just got her appendix out last week after having the same symptoms as me for nine months.
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replied January 27th, 2010
i had a ruptured appendix removed in december. the pain started a week before, along with sickness for the first couple of days. two doctors said it was food poisoning. after a week of terrible pain 3rd doc sent me straight bto hospital. the pain was all over the tummy, dull aches and also sharp pains.while waiting for tests in hospital my stomach swelled.after op i was told appendix had badly rutured and had abcesses. left much longer and i might not be here today! still recovering weeks later, but if they operate before it ruptures, recovery time is much quicker.
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replied April 24th, 2010
appendcitis, need some serious advice
I NEED SOME ADVICE please

my son who is 8 came to me 3 days ago with severe stomach pains starting by the belly button, he was crying and saying "mommy, i cant take the pain" he vomitted one time then came to lay with me and he fell asleep. The next day he had a dr appt for his heart anyways so i asked them to take a look at him, dr said he seemed fine, he didnt have the pain at all at that time, he came home after we went to eat afterwards and complained of sever pain again, again he got sick and had some gas, the next day he went to school, when he came home he was in severe pain and said it was like that all day, so at this time we took him to the er, blood tests came back good and his pain again stopped, my son has a heart condition and has had 3 surgeries and also cant produce platelets, so the small er sent him to the childrens hosp telling them they thought it was his appendix and they didnt feel comfortable handling him there, which i do thank them for sending him to his childrens hosp he always goes to, so we get there and all they do is a xray and say hes fine, now i know the risks on surgery for him can be fatal due to him not having any platelets, but im scared they just are not looking into this fully because of the risks.they didnt do a ct which surprised me, my question is what should i do now? i keep asking him if he is in pain and he says no, his tummy feels better. although he is only wanting toast and peanut butter and jelly, please if anyone has any advice we sure need it. we always dealt with his heart and platelet condition, i never imagined anything else happening. thanks
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replied April 24th, 2010
appendcitis, need some serious advice
I NEED SOME ADVICE please

my son who is 8 came to me 3 days ago with severe stomach pains starting by the belly button, he was crying and saying "mommy, i cant take the pain" he vomitted one time then came to lay with me and he fell asleep. The next day he had a dr appt for his heart anyways so i asked them to take a look at him, dr said he seemed fine, he didnt have the pain at all at that time, he came home after we went to eat afterwards and complained of sever pain again, again he got sick and had some gas, the next day he went to school, when he came home he was in severe pain and said it was like that all day, so at this time we took him to the er, blood tests came back good and his pain again stopped, my son has a heart condition and has had 3 surgeries and also cant produce platelets, so the small er sent him to the childrens hosp telling them they thought it was his appendix and they didnt feel comfortable handling him there, which i do thank them for sending him to his childrens hosp he always goes to, so we get there and all they do is a xray and say hes fine, now i know the risks on surgery for him can be fatal due to him not having any platelets, but im scared they just are not looking into this fully because of the risks.they didnt do a ct which surprised me, my question is what should i do now? i keep asking him if he is in pain and he says no, his tummy feels better. although he is only wanting toast and peanut butter and jelly, please if anyone has any advice we sure need it. we always dealt with his heart and platelet condition, i never imagined anything else happening. thanks
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replied May 12th, 2010
appendics
My son at the age of 15 years would be sick for 3 days out of every month for 1 year. In the mean while he was under specialist. I told them that our family history of apendicitis as it was not the usual symptoms. I was told it was not apendicits

My son them had become worse no vomiting, no diariah and he was not eating, however severe pain in the middle of the belly. I took him to the hospital where they sent us home telling us it is not appendicits.

The next day we had a friend come over who was a nurse, she said take him to the hospital he does not look well. So we went to the hospital I told them that my son was under the care of a specialist in the hospital and they took him in straight away.

He had blood tests that were slightly raised, he could hop on one leg, the ultra sound showed nothing. So the head surgeon said to me it''s up to you do you think we should take him appendics out. Well I said yes, the other surgeon working said I will have a look through the belly before taking out the appendics as I don''t want to cut him for nothing...he then asked the head surgeon and he said take the appendic out.

I had prayed so much, the surgeon came out and said you were right the appendics had perforated. (Bust).....Trust your inner feeling (I was not going to leave the hospital this time)
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replied July 19th, 2010
i recently had adominal pain in lower right side that came on sundenly after afew hours went to the hospital they said it was either a urine infection or appendicits gave me 3 days of antibiotics told to come back if pain continued or had a fever or vomiting the pain continued so i went back was admitted but because blood test came back negatine they sent me home saying go to my gp for follow up im still in pain and my abdomin nery tender on lower right side spreadind across the middle of abnomin can they get it wrong
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replied July 19th, 2010
Can appendicitis go for for one or two years?
This may sound extreme but can appendicitis go on for over a year or more? I live in China and the medical treatment here is simply not as good as in the states.My wife has had pians in her lower right side for as long as I can remeber now. She has had pains in lower rigth abdomen for so long. Not a month or two. maybe almsot two years. An ultra-sound showed nothing as did a endoscopic exam. We will probably do a CT soon. The ideas here are odd. One doctor said to jsut get the appendectomy to rule that out basically since the appendix is not necessary!

She does have probelms with very infrequent bowle movements, sometimes as few as a onece every three days.

i just don't want her to do surgery becasue some Dr says it will rule out the appendix issue.

Has any one ever heard of appendix issues going on for lets say two years?
Bill in China
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replied July 23rd, 2010
I am accually having the same problem i had two uti's and now going for a ct scan tomorrrow to see if it is my appendix ive gone through blood test urine test and ultra sounds still no answer of whats wrong...i hope you all find out whats going on...god bless:)
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replied July 23rd, 2010
reply from Bill
good luck to you too and let me knwo how it goes. i live in china and my wife is chinese and that adds to some problems. we ahve had several tests and stil need to do the white blood cell test and CT. does seem like there is something called chronic appendicitis but it only occurs in less than 1% of all cases. could be food intolerance or digestive issue but it seems ahrd to find out. and so called chinese medicine, or the practice of, is a little extreme. at least in china where guidelines may differ from how it si practiced abroad. one doctor here actally said -as i stated above- we should go ahead and have the appendix removed to rule that out. what!!!!

stay in touch and best of luck.

Bill
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