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I took my 51 yr old husband into emerg this past weekend with several abdominal pain. they removed his appendix and sent him home a few hours later. the pain has subsided slightly but seems to have moved around to the back area, is this something to be concerned with that maybe it wasn't his appendix after all? they said that his appendix seemed to be ok but did have a small mass in it which they were sending off to pathology. I am growing concerned with the amount of pain he is in. He is in general good health with the exception of a heart attack in oct 08.

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replied December 7th, 2009
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Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You like to know whether the pain in the back area that your husband experiences, may be the reason to be concerned about.

Back pain may happen in one of the following conditions: rheumatism of the joints, infections of the kidneys, laying in bed on the back for rather long time, tumors in the vertebra and etc. Sometimes pain in the back combined with abdominal pain may appear in peritonitis, which is rather serious condition.

Given the data that you described your husband may or may not experience any madical conditions. If the pain is getting mild than you may advise him to change the position of laying in bed. However, if the pain gets from strong to severe, you should consider taking him back to the hospital immediately to see the surgeon that had preformed operation on him, to check upon him and to prevent peritonitis.

Please keep in mind that I provide with medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact the surgeon immediately if the pain gets worse.

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