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Have you had appendicitis? What did feel like?


Have you have gall bladder disease? What did it feel like?
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[User Picture]From: wexdance
2013-01-21 07:01 am (UTC)

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Yes. Honestly I can't really remember, but it was the most pain I'd ever felt, couldn't walk or sit up straight.

No.
[User Picture]From: fullhearts
2013-01-21 07:05 am (UTC)

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I had gall stones when I was 19. The pain was like being shot in the right side of your abdomen. It's intense and awful and can last for hours. I've been told it's worse than labor pains.
[User Picture]From: kaelstra
2013-01-21 07:53 am (UTC)

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I've had both, and the gallbladder wasn't worse; but it was pretty damn bad.
[User Picture]From: kaelstra
2013-01-21 07:52 am (UTC)

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I had an issue with my gallbladder. The pain was awful, especially after eating or when I'd try to go to bed. They looked for gallstones, but found none. Did another test, my gallbladder functions at 81%- this is WAY higher than it should. They recommended removing it. My cystic duct was severely damaged and causing attacks.
[User Picture]From: sister_anne
2013-01-21 11:01 am (UTC)

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No, but I have Crohn's disease that was initially misdiagnosed as appendicitis. I had a mass on my colon, close to where my appendix is. The lower right side of my abdomen was tender to the touch, and I had a low fever and night sweats.

Never had gall bladder disease, but my mom did...I can't ask her what it felt like, because she passed away. She did have surgery for it; it was before I was born. When I was little I thought her surgery scar was cool.
[User Picture]From: cdozo
2013-01-21 11:59 am (UTC)

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Appendicitis normally has a symptom called "rebound tenderness," which means that when you gently press on the area above the appendix, it hurts more when the pressure is released than when the area was being pressed.

I had an abdominal infection that wasn't appendicitis, but the doctor's thought it was. The pain came in waves and it was pretty bad. I'd had intestinal blockages in the past and it felt like that. I also vomited a lot, but that may be because I'd been drinking tequila before I got sick.
[User Picture]From: drowningmermaid
2013-01-21 01:59 pm (UTC)

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YES. The doctor at the quick care practically shoved her fists into my gut and then released it. It suuuuucked. She also pounded on the bottom of my feet, which was weird.
[User Picture]From: hikerpoet
2013-01-21 01:31 pm (UTC)

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I'm not sure, but I don't think so. Once I had all the symptoms, to a T. My parents were just debating whether to take me in after it had been going on for a while and we were starting to get quite nervous (I was actually a young adult, but visiting) when I vomited once, copiously and violently (and that is really rare for me; I generally have the stomach of steel), and then felt find. We were like, "Well, we heard appendicitis doesn't just go away, so I guess it was food poisoning that exhibited really strangely or a burst cyst or something". I've since heard there are rare occasions where it can just flare up, but I still guess one of our other suspicions is more likely true.

Nope.
[User Picture]From: angelas_apron
2013-01-21 01:38 pm (UTC)

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My gallbladder. It was one of the worst pains ever right at the bottom of my ribcage. I had just given birth a few weeks before and was worried my organs didn't go back the way they should've, haha! The fist attack ended suddenly on the drive to the doctor so he told me that it may have been gas. The second attack a few days later was at night so I went to the er and was very relieved to get diagnosed.

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[User Picture]From: elbiesee
2013-01-21 01:49 pm (UTC)

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I've had gall bladder issues. Felt like I was being stabbed by a grapefruit spoon under my right ribs. It radiated towards my back, too. I had it removed, and the surgery was a breeze compared to having gallstone attacks. (My doctor let me keep one of the stones - it's the size of a Junior Mint. I had 'em pretty bad.)
[User Picture]From: drowningmermaid
2013-01-21 01:57 pm (UTC)

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I had appendicitis. It felt like nausea, cramps, diarrhea, stabbing, etc. I could barely move without screaming or crying, feeling like I was going to die. And then... it stopped.

I almost didn't go to the hospital. I suppose it's really good I did. Dying on my birthday would have been ridiculous.
[User Picture]From: paperwiings
2013-01-21 03:41 pm (UTC)

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I had gallstones when I was 18/19 and it was the worst pain I've ever felt. I felt it in my back and it was awful.
[User Picture]From: fyxation
2013-01-21 03:46 pm (UTC)

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GB attacks feel like trapped air under your ribcage. And death. I had to live through 9 months of them as I waited for my health insurance to kick in. I had had a few before those nine months but they were few and far between, and I had no idea what they were. They'd happen like clockwork. 2-3 hours after eating, I would feel like I was going to curl up and die. It was like someone was wringing my guts. They'd last a few hours. During the worst ones, I would pray for death. I wouldn't even wish this pain on my worst enemy, if I had any. During my follow-up visit with my surgeon, after I finally got the root of all evil removed, he said my GB was absolutely ridden with stones. Big ones. I wish I could have seen it, but I guess the ultrasound images will have to do.
From: light_frost
2013-01-21 04:23 pm (UTC)

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Yes, I had appendicitis in December. It felt like a really bad stomachache that just didn't go away, until my appendix was removed.
[User Picture]From: sophiee
2013-01-21 09:48 pm (UTC)

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I had appendicitis, it alternated between shooting pain and a really severe persistent dull ache. I drove myself to the ER and every little bump on the road was miserable but luckily the hospital wasn't far. The CT scan was inconclusive to indicate appendicitis, it wasn't inflamed but I didn't have a good feeling and I knew something wasn't right, I know my body pretty well. My appendix wasn't enlarged or in the CT scan, I just was in a lot of pain. With the physical exam, when the doctor put any pressure over it, I wanted to cry. The only thing that was off that could be tested for were my white blood cell counts that were high and my C-reactive protein tests that once I was admitted continued to rise.

I had to duke it out and literally fight with the attending surgeon to get my appendectomy who was convinced I was just constipated and was making me take laxatives which wasn't helping anything. After the 3rd day of being in the hospital and eating laxatives with no… results, he was talking about discharging me so I went off on him and threatened to sue the pants off of him if he discharged me and my appendix ruptured shortly after. (I didn't want to go the dickhead "I'm gonna sue you" patient route but he was being the total "I know everything and you don't know anything about your own body" kind of doctor/surgeon.) Finally, he operated and sent my appendix to pathology for testing. At my post-op appointment, the doctor told me the results of the pathology testing and my appendix was infected and would have most likely ruptured soon if it hadn't been removed. I really hope that shithead was embarrassed in front of his residents, tbh.

I've never had gallbladder issues but both my mom and sister have from taking Yaz and Yasmin. (I've taken Yasmin and Yaz and didn't have any problems, though. I don't anymore but not because of that. I was off long before this.) My mom had a gallbladder attack that was so painful she thought it was a heart attack and for a woman with a VERY high pain tolerance, she dropped to the ground in an instant and scared the shit out of us so we called 911. Turned out to be her gallbladder and not a heart attack, thank god, but she had to have her gallbladder removed. It seemed like for her it was a quick and sudden onset with no warning. She was getting ready for church and on her way out the door when it took her down. Recovery for her was quick, she was back in class teaching in under a week. (I'm sure she was in a little pain but nothing some OTC pain reliever couldn't handle.)

My sister's gallbladder issues lasted around a year and she lost a ton of weight. She couldn't eat much aside from bland food. I'm not sure exactly what was going on but it wasn't good. She didn't have her gallbladder removed, though. Her stomach pretty much hurt 24/7.

Edited at 2013-01-21 09:49 pm (UTC)