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How To Tell If You Have Appendicitis—My Story

Updated on June 10, 2016
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This is my story and the symptoms I had with appendicitis. This attack happened to me when I was about 30.

It was a Friday and we went to visit with friends for the evening. The whole time we’re there I’m telling my friend my stomach hurts and my jeans feel tight. It hurts right around my belly button. I wonder what’s going on. I was better later, but the pain never went completely away.

I've got a busy week coming up and I just can’t be sick. On Saturday, I knew I would be getting my nephew. He was 3 and took a lot of work. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law were leaving for Las Vegas. Their first trip in a long time. She didn't want my mother-in-law taking care of our nephew because he had Down syndrome. Something my mother-in-law didn't want to deal with, but she could handle the other kids. She loved him but knew he took extra work. It was fine with me, I had no trouble taking care of him. Saturday everything was alright except I had a little ache in my left side. I had my nephew, my two-year-old son, eight-year-old daughter and ten-year-old son.

Sunday came and everyone was showing up at the house after church. Great Aunt and Uncle came out to play cards. The kid’s friends were over. Our friends were in and out. After everyone left, I cleaned the toy box. It was so messy I had to get it done. Of course, I had two little helpers. Evening came and I got the two youngest, our son and our nephew fed and ready for bed. They were both exhausted and ready to go to bed. I did laundry, got the older kids stuff ready for school. I didn't eat dinner. I was busy and didn’t get time. Hubby cleaned the kitchen. So when I did sit down between loads of laundry I ate popcorn. It made me feel nauseated.

I went to bed but at 12:00 am I woke my husband. I told him something was wrong. The pain in my stomach was worse and still in the center of my stomach. He said it must just be gas and to take something. I took Milk of Magnesia, never, never do this. At 3:00 am I took my temperature it was 101 low-grade, but I never run temperatures, I called the doctor. By this time, the pain was awful and just on my right side. He said I needed to come to the hospital, but not until 6:00 am when the lab people would be there. I ask if he thought it was appendicitis, he said he think that.

My Surgery

I called my mother-in-law and told her we would have to bring the younger kids to her. I called a neighbor to see if she could run over just until the older kids got on the bus. No, she couldn't. She had to go to lunch with a friend and didn't want to get stuck at our house, so I called a real friend. She said she would be right over with her kids and put them all on the bus at the same time. We dropped the babies off and headed for the hospital. The first thing they ask was if I had vomited. I had not. The pain was now on my right side and I could barely stand. It's very painful. The doctor said he was pretty sure the appendix had ruptured.

They would not put me under in surgery and would only give me a spinal. I had not vomited and they’re worried I would while under if they put me under. This scared me more than appendicitis. I was awake through the whole thing. While doing the surgery they gossip, talk about parties, what they’re going to do for the summer.

I spent five days in the hospital. I have a large scar. They were making a big enough incision so they could look around. They weren't positive it was my appendix. My appendix did not rupture but was right on the verge and was gangrenous. The doctor figured I would not have lasted another hour without it rupturing

My recovery was a little longer than it should have been because of the large incision. I think most of the time these kind of scars are not so large. I have had other doctors ask me the scar. They have said the doctors must not have been positive of the diagnosis of appendicitis because they cut such a large scar. They were also looking for stomach cancer from what the doctor said they check over everything there was to look at in my stomach.

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My Mother-in-law and the kids

My mother-in-law did fine with the kids with help from my husband and everyone else. She told me my two-year-old put his little chair on the front lawn and sat there waiting for me to come home. He told her he was staying until Mommy came home.

How To Tell If You Have Appendicitis. Symptoms Of Appendicitis.
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Here is what the doctor told me. Appendicitis runs in families. My dad and my brother both had theirs removed at about the same age I did. Appendicitis goes fast in old people, babies, and young children and will rupture faster.

Some of the symptoms are:

Pain in center of the stomach or on sides. Mostly the right side.

Chills

Constipation

Diarrhea

Fever

Nausea

Shaking

Vomiting

Check out Mayo Clinic website for more information. Don't take appendicitis lightly it can be a killer disease if you don't get to the doctor fast enough.

My Brother-in-law

When my brother-in-law was about seven he got sick. With what his parents thought were flu like symptoms. His parents treated his condition as if it was stomach flu until he was not getting well. They took him to the doctor and it was his appendix, they had already ruptured. He spent many days in the hospital and almost didn't make it.

My poor in-laws had already lost one son seven years old in the creek behind the house. He tried to catch minnows and fell in and drown. They were very worried about losing another son.

Just My Story.

I'm not a doctor or nurse, I'm just telling you my experience with appendicitis I'm not an expert on the subject. Please, anytime you are looking up a medical condition check with medical sites first. Places like Mayo Clinic, they are the experts and that’s where you should look for health related queries. Afterwards look up personal stories because at times this can help.

The Story Of My Mother.

This year, 2015 my mother came down with appendicitis. She was 92. My sister took her to the doctor right away, but Mother's appendix had already ruptured. She got better but never was completely well after the appendicitis surgery. In just days, she was back in the hospital and in a short time she was gone. When you're her age that kind of trauma to the body is not good.

The doctor said when older people have something like this they just have a hard time coming back to good health.

She ended up in hospice by the time I got there she didn't know anyone. She passed away a few days later.


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      moonlake 15 months ago from America

      Pamela Kinnaird W , Thank you for stopping by. I still think of him as my little boy, but he's 42 now.

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      moonlake 15 months ago from America

      Alphadogg16, Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate it.

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      moonlake 15 months ago from America

      Shyron E Shenko, I feel bad for little kids. This is so painful. Thanks for stopping by.

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      moonlake 15 months ago from America

      janetwrites, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by.

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      moonlake 15 months ago from America

      Thelma Alberts , Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope this hub does help someone.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I'm really glad I read this so I have some idea about the symptoms in case someone in my family ever has these symptoms -- and I'm really glad you got through the whole ordeal okay. Thanks for sharing all of the good details, too -- so fun to read about your little boy out there waiting on the lawn.

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      Kevin W 2 years ago from Texas

      Wow..... I'm glad everything ending well, it could have been much worse. Glad you shared your story & are ok.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

      I am so glad your appendix did not bust. My son when he was seven had his appendix out. I had to take him to the ER because of the pain.

      Yes I still have mine.

      This is a very informative hub and I will keep it bookmarked.

      Thank you for sharing this with us.

      Blessings.

      Shyron

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      Janet Giessl 2 years ago from Georgia country

      Thank you for sharing your personal story about appendicitis. Whenever we have pains in our stomach and they won't go away we should immediately go to the hospital. I'm so glad to hear that everything fine in the end.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for sharing your story. I still have my appendicitis and this hub will help me if I have symptoms like those you had. Voted up and shared.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      PegCole17, Thank you and thanks for coming by. I hope it does help someone.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Your story will certainly help others to recognize the importance of knowing these symptoms and taking immediate action. I'm glad things turned out okay for you.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      DDE, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Shyron E Shenko, I don't mind go ahead and connect. Thank you for stopping by and for the vote, shared and pinned.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How To Tell If You Have Appendicitis. Symptoms Of Appendicitis. My Story. interesting about your experience, and that you lasted so long without the appendix rupturing glad you are fine now and I definitely learned much more here thanks fro sharing your experience.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

      Oh...I can feel the pain. Moonlake, this is a very informative hub. I would like to link this hub to my story about my son having his appendix out in 'How do You Survive Accident-Prone Children? How do your Children Survive being Accident-Prone Part 2,' that is if you don't mind.

      Voted-up, UAI, shared and pinned on Amazing HubPages board.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      CraftytotheCore, I had to have my gallbladder out in 1992. I was lucky it went well and I did very good right away. Sorry you had problems with yours. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Moonlake, your story is so touching. I'm so sorry you had to go through all of this. I know how painful surgery is. I recently had my gallbladder out and even that was not as easy as I thought it would be.

      What really touched me in your story was how you called out for help and you were rejected. That's happened to me time and time again. I know how frustrating and painful that is. Especially when you would probably bend over backwards helping that other person.

      I'm so glad they healed you in time.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Millionaire Tips, Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it. It's is hard to tell appendicitis like my husband said he was sure it was just gas but you don't get a fever with gas.

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      My daughter has had her appendix taken out. I'm not convinced she needed that though. The symptoms of appendicitis are so similar to other things - like gas - so I had to take her to the hospital to be sure. At least now, I know for sure it isn't!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      FlourishAnyway, I never heard of tapping on the bottom of a person's feet. I did lose weight I forgot about that until you mentioned it. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Sounds like a really scary experience. I had a friend who had appendicitis and she said they tapped on the bottom of her feet as an indicator, and if that was excruciating it wasn't a good sign. She also lost a lot of weight afterwards without changing anything. Thanks for relaying your story so others know more about it.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Indian Chef, Thanks for stopping.It is painful and dangerous.

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      Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

      Very useful Hub. Even though i never had appendicities but I am afraid of it as it is very painful in acute conditions. Voting it up

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Peggy W, Thank you for the pin. I don't think he ever will forget. He was small but he can still remember me not being there.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is important information to take into account for people who have similar symptoms. Am going to pin this to my Health related subjects board on Pinterest. I'll bet that your son will never forget that episode of you being at the hospital. It was probably scary for him in addition to him missing you being at home.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Paul Kuehn, Thanks for stopping by and telling your story. It's a really scary thing to have happen. I appreciate the vote, share, tweet and pin.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      moonlake,

      This is a very useful and interesting hub and it certainly brings back some scary memories. At the age of 6 in 1950 I had an emergency appendectomy. I remember that I was vomiting, had a fever, and that my side really hurt. Ma took me to see Dr. Voellings up the street, and after doing a blood count, the diagnosis was that I had a ruptured appendix. When I heard the doctor telling my ma that I had to go into the hospital immediately for an operation, I began very scared and kept asking my ma and the doctor whether I was going to die. I remember being on the operating table and someone putting a cloth with ether over my face. After that I felt like I was under a freight train which was blowing all white smoke around me. When I awoke, I was sore and really thirsty, but I couldn't drink. Within a year, my mother, oldest sister, and I all had appendectonies. Voted up and sharing. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      trish1048, I have heard other people say how suddenly it has came on them. Glad you got help. You had your appendix surgery the same way I had my gallbladder surgery done. Thanks for stopping by and telling your story.

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      trish1048 3 years ago

      I remember the day, it was a Friday and I had just gotten to work. I started not feeling well, and was beginning to get pains in my stomach. Long story short, after an hour or so I was doubled over in pain. I had foolishly driven myself to the hospital even though coworkers offered to take me. The pain was excruciating. It turned out to be my appendix. My surgery was done through my navel and two other small incisions. The thing that was so scary was that it just came upon me so suddenly, and the only symptomI had was the severe stomach pain .

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Kasman, I'm glad your cousin's wife was ok. It can be so dangerous. Thank you so much for stopping by and for the vote and share.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Moonlake, with as many health problems as my wife has faced recently this is a wonderful hub to keep track of. I also am so thankful you were okay through all of it because my cousin's wife went through this last year in Thailand and thankfully they had a decent hospital to be able to take care of her during this scare! Voting this up and sharing big time!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Deborah-Diane, Thank you, so glad your daughter is ok. It can be very dangerous. Thanks for stopping by and for the vote.

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      Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thank you for sharing your experience with us. One of our daughters had appendicitis in her 30's and she almost died. It was very frightening. I am glad you have shared the symptoms with others. This Hub could save a life someday! Vote up!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      mamarou, Really how interesting, so glad it didn't kill you. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      mamarou 3 years ago from Sherwood, OR

      Used to have one, don't any more. You see it tore, sealed back up and then went into a full blown rupture. According to the doctors I should have been dead, except one small thing...it had walled off!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      kitkat1141, Thank you that is right I can tell you that for sure. Thanks so much for stopping by I appreciate it.

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      kitkat1141 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great information. One other detail that should be mentioned is the pain is usually described as "rebound pain". That means, when the stomach is pressed, it is more painful when the pressure is released. This quite often means appendicitis.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      SallyTX, Thank you I'm glad I got them out in time too. Thanks for stopping by and for the vote.

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      Sally Branche 3 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Well, I'm glad you got your appendix out in time. That's very good information! Voted up and useful!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      rajan jolly, Really your son and daughter. It is hard for them to tell when there is no vomiting. Which I never did so they were unsure of what was going on with me. Once they opened me up they could see exactly what was wrong.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      moonlake, my son and daughter have both been operated for appendicitis. They had vomiting and pain. Normally, surgery is performed at the earliest. However, most of the times the doctors are unsure whether it is appendicitis or some other pain.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      bizna, Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment I appreciate it.

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      JUDITH OKECH 3 years ago from NAIROBI - KENYA

      Thanx for sharing. I have noted down the symptoms, i might help someone in future, or even myself.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      ktrapp, Thanks for stopping by. I think I was having problems with mine long before the actual day of the big attack. I had been back and fourth to the doctor with strange stomach pain in my sides. I was 28 at the time and he said I had to realize I was getting old and would have a few achs and pains. My blood count was also normal. Thanks so much for leaving an interesting comment about what your husband went through with appendicitis, glad he's fine now.

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      Kristin Trapp 3 years ago from Illinois

      My husband had an appendectomy about six years ago. The strange thing is it was making him sick for years before he had it removed. My husband, who almost never is sick, started having these strange fevers and back pain that would put him in bed for a few days several times a year for several years straight. It was so bizarre. During one of these episodes that was particularly bad the doctor thought maybe it was his appendix, but his white blood cell count was fine.

      These fever and pain episodes started occurring a little more frequently until finally one of them was so bad. He had a lot of back pain and stomach pain and then the telltale sign of an appendicitis happened - all the pain moved to his right side. At the emergency room the doctor didn't suspect that it was an appendicitis because the white cell count was normal and pain to touch was not horrible, however scans showed that he did in fact have an appendicitis that was leaking.

      The day after surgery the surgeon said that all the problems for all the years could have been a chronic appendicitis, and he would know that's what it was if all the fever/pain episodes went away. Six years later he has not had another episode so it was some sort of chronic appendicitis condition. His surgery was far less invasive than yours since it was laparoscopic. I didn't realize having an appendicitis could run in families - interesting Hub.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      jantamaya, That was just a figure of speech I didn't mean it as being actually funny. At the time we had a very small hospital, doctors did what they wanted when they wanted. Part of their big problem was not wanting to call the surgeon in or the lab people. Appendicitis is very dangerous it can kill a person and they need to get to the hospital as fast as they can. This would have not happened to me in this day and age I’m not young anymore. I would have went right to the hospital. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment and vote.

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      Maria Janta-Cooper 4 years ago from UK

      Yes, as I was reading your article, I was wondering that people from your hospital have told you to arrive three hours later... As I understood, they already have suspected appendicitis. It was not funny at all. They should have ordered you to the emergency room without waiting any minute longer! I had a similar case of appendicitis. They couldn't determine if it is or not until it was almost too late. I spent 40 days in the hospital :-/ Again, it was not funny at all.

      Thank you very much for writing this interesting article. Voted up.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      sweetie1, Thanks for stopping. Yes you need to get to the hospital fast. It's funny they told me to wait till 6:00 am before coming in. That was many years ago. Thanks for the vote and the share.

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      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      Hi Moonlake,

      Appendicitis is very painful condition and is usually operated in emergency if it is acute ( as I heard). Thanks for such nice hub, I would know now if I or any of my family member suffer from it and don't wait till morning or suitable time to go for the hospital. voting it up and sharing.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Peggy W, My neighbor was apologetic later but it was to late and we never forget things like that.

      Years later when we were sitting in our yard and our neighbors were on their deck we saw her husband fall and she started screaming my husband's name. My husband leaped up and was across the field between us in no time flat. Her husband was fine later but that is what neighbors do for each other. We never stopped being good neighbors to them.

      Thanks Peggy for stopping by and leaving a comment and thanks for the vote.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It sounds as though you were lucky that they caught it just before it would have ruptured. Your recovery would have been even longer had it ruptured...assuming you had recovered! Writing about your story may help others recognize the symptoms and also not delay treatment. I'll bet that so-called friend who had to go to lunch and would not help you felt badly after the fact. Cute story about your son waiting for you. Up and useful votes.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      vespawoolf, Thank you. It was good that I had family and friends to help. Good idea to keep an eye on your husband so far no one else in our family has had this happen. Thank you so much for stopping by always enjoy your visit.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a frightening experience! My husband's first cousin had an emergency appendectomy, as well, so now that I know it can be hereditary I'll keep an eye on my husband. If he ever develops these symptoms, I'll know what it is. I'm glad your family was there to help you through the ordeal.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Dolores Monet, Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate you leaving a comment.

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I've always thought that appendicitis was scary because those symptoms sound like many stomach ailments. I thought you had pain on one side or the other. (BTW, folks, flu is a respiratory ailment, not a stomach virus)

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Appendix can be so dangerous it is nice that they do remove them if surgery has to be done. Many people have died when their appendix burst. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I knew someone who the doctor misdiagnosed and her appendix burst and with still horrible pain nothing was done and it went so long all her organs matted together and by the time they went in and did something for her it was a mess and a real miracle she didn't die. She could never get pregnant and I always wondered if that was why. I am so glad they take them out now anytime they do any surgery which happened for me.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Glenn Stok , Thank you and thanks for stopping by. They say it does run in families but so far our kids are all fine and haven't had it happen to them yet. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment and for the vote.

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      Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Very well-written story. When I was 12 I also had appendicitis. I had all the symptoms except pain. And for that reason they didn't think it was appendicitis and do not want to do surgery. My father insisted on it and they did the surgery, finding that it was almost about to rupture. They caught it in time. My sister had the same experience at about the same age. Just like you said, it runs in families.

      I like how you wrote about this, personal stories do very well to help other people learn and make decisions. Voted up.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      KoffeeKlatch Gals, Isn't that strange that it happens at those times. Wonder if stress can bring it on. Maybe the appendix is already bad and once you have stress it brings on the appendicitis. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You were very lucky. Our family has had a series of appendicitis uproars. For us it seems to happen in the middle of the night or when your planning a family get together.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      wilderness, It was a good thing you did stop at the hospital. The pain can last for days without realizing what it is. The fever was what made me think it was my appendix. Thank you for stopping by and telling your wife's story.

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      Dan Harmon 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      My wife had appendicitis years ago, with symptoms much like yours. A stomach ache that wasn't too bad to prevent us leaving on a camping trip. We left the campsite early because the pain had increased so much and decided on the way home to hit the hospital.

      She was in surgery in less than an hour - we were told that it had burst a couple of days prior and that another 24 hours would probably have been fatal. It is not something to ignore.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Cogerson, Thank you for reading this hub. When I came over and starting looking at it again. I saw all the spelling mistakes I had made. I hope now it is corrected.

      Awful to lose both your grandparents to this. Sounds like you need to be careful about your appendix and watch for signs. Thank you for the vote.

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      Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

      Lots of great information in this hub....my family has a severe problem with our appendices when they have to be taken out....both of my grandparents died when their appendices ruptured.....my older brother had severe issues when his ruptured...had to spend 5 weeks in the hospital....so I have been very concerned about this subject....as I am now 45 and still have my appendix. I took notes on the symptoms you listed. Thanks for sharing this information...voted up and interesting and useful.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      crazybeanrider, Your welcome. Once it really starts to you won't be able to stand it. You will know. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Boo McCourt 4 years ago from Washington MI

      It is good to know this information. I have always been afraid of something like that happening to me. Now I have an idea what to look for if something like that should come up. Thank you for the information.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      RTalloni, Thank you he's always been Mama's boy. He thinks he's not but he is. Thank so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      I'm thankful that you did not have complications and that you recovered well! Your little guy waiting for you to come home is priceless.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Vinaya Ghimire, Thank you I'm glad you think it's useful. I was hoping it would be. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      This is useful and informative article. Thanks for sharing.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      AliciaC , Thank you it can be dangerous. My husband's brother almost died when he was about seven and had a ruptured appendix. His parents thought he had flu. It's easy for parents and doctors to over look appendicitis in kids. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a useful hub, moonlake. Appendicitis is a horrible disorder and can be dangerous, so it's great that you described your experience and listed some symptoms of appendicitis.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      tillsontitan,

      My daughter (23) and my aunt (60) both had to have their tonsils removed when they were older. It's not as easy when they're older. Thank you for stopping by glad you liked the hub and thanks for the vote.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      We don't often think of adults getting appendicitis or tonsilitis...very serious things. This is a good reminder with good information. I'm sure someone will benefit from your experience.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      kashmir56, Thank you I think lots of people have different symptoms. I don't vomit and that was what they were most upset with. It's rare for me, I can count on one hand the number of times I have in my life even than I can't make it to 5. THanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate it.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub to help make everyone aware of the symptoms of having a appendicitis attack , and what to do if you have one . Well done !

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Pamela99, I guess I was younger and handled things differently back than. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      This will be a very helpful hub to some people, as quite often the appendix is the last thing especially, think of with stomach pain. You are fortunate it did not burst. I do know how you made it through those few horrible days. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      kelleyward, I'm doing good. This was many years ago but never forgotten what it was like. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      rebeccamealey, So many times you think it is just gas and most of the time it very likely is. This pain never really went completely away. It last from Friday until Monday. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      writer20, Thank you for stopping by. It was not a good time in my life but people should know. Thanks for the vote.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Hyphenbird, Thank you glad you liked it. It happened a very long time ago. That little boy is now 38. It was terrible at the time. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    • kelleyward 4 years ago

      I'm glad you are feeling better. Thanks for sharing this! Take care, Kelley

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thank you for sharing. I will keep those symptoms in mind. In college I went to the infirmary in the middle of the night once thinking I had appendicitis. Turned out to be gas!

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I'm sure your great hub will help a lot of your followers.

      Voted up and interesting, Joyce. Stay well.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      These things are very serious and life threatening. So many of us just think, like you, that we do not feel well and it will go away. This is frightening. You could have died. I must say though I love the mention of your little one sitting in the yard, refusing to leave until Mommy came home. How precious. As much as I am sorry for your suffering it was so sweet to read that.

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