OK, so my wife is literally going under the knife in about 45 minutes from the time I'm writing this. She will have her apppendix (sp?) removed. It should be pretty standard with not much to worry about.
But it got me thinking, what REALLY causes this appendicitis and the need for removal?
We have been grain free for over 2 years now. Once a month sushi (rice). Local food, pastured this and that meats, wild caught, fermenting veggies, good fats, no legumes, butter (some hard cheese 1x per week), 2x CF weekly, etc, etc... (seriously, we're the top 5%ers).
Starting my research, but thanks for the insight. LOL, by the time I get my hands around this, her appendix will be removed. :)
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on August 27, 2013
at 09:37 AM
I just had mine out on Thursday. I think the appendix gets infected because it's this weird tube just sitting there with no apparent function, attached to our colon, just ready for food/fecal particles to get stuck in it and for bacteria to flourish. But I'd love to hear what you come up with. I have IBS with a lot of trapped gas/cramping on the right side, so I'm very interested in whether removal of the appendix will improve that at all.
Just a note: I am VERY constipated - haven't gone since before surgery. It can take a while for the colon to wake up and resume normal activity, and the pain meds are constipating which makes it worse. So tell your wife to try to keep the painkillers to a minimum and counteract them with something laxative. I was prescribed Colace (stool softener), and I've also been taking Magnesium and doubled my dose of probiotic, but none of those are cutting it for me so I just brought out the big guns (Restoralax).
on August 26, 2013
at 05:16 PM
Best wishes to your wife. I killed my appendix with beer and pizza on my 17th birthday (In hospital days later!) and it never bothered me till I found out it wasn't a useless vestigial organ!
I'm very surprised that even a pretty damn good diet didn't stop appendicitis...but not qualified to offer any idea why not.
on August 28, 2013
at 02:05 AM
It happens from an obstruction and there a couple parasites that can cause it like tapeworms or pinworms
I believe we do need our appendix it has been known to house good bacteria for when we have diarrhea and such
Diet alone won't take care of parasites; so sorry to paleohackers that think diet will cure them it doesn't it just puts them into remission. I have NEVER read someone being cured from their illness from diet ALONE. but it does help substantially when trying to find a cure
on August 27, 2013
at 03:47 PM
The appendix is a little outpouching of the cecum and it is prone to both acute and chronic inflammation. In at least half of the cases of acute appendicitis there is luminal obstruction due to hardened stool, a gallstone, a tumor or worms (usually rare in the US). When the appendix gets obstructed there is a progressive increase in intraluminal pressure which compromises venous outflow. If this continues for long enough you get ischemic injury and stasis of the contents of the appendix all of which tips the balance in favor of bacterial proliferation and an inflammatory response. The inflammatory response causes tissue edema (on top of that already caused by the blockage of venous outflow) and infiltration of inflammatory cells (mainly neutrophils) into the lumen of the appendix which can then spread to the muscle and all the way to the surrounding soft tissues. Neutrophils basically chew their way through tissue I an attempt to control the bacteria and all hell breaks loose.
hope your wife is doing well!
on August 27, 2013
at 06:00 AM
Good question. My last ct scan with conteast showed that my appendix was inflamed becuase my ulcerative colitis was very active. Since the appendix is attached to my colon, it got sick, too. Granted, i have been on strit paleo/scd for one year and my colon is still trying to kill me. The doc said they remove the appendix with the colon during surgery to get an ostomy bag because it is no longer needed. I know it filters toxins from the colon.
Anyway, i hope your wife had a successful surgery and speedy recovery! Bring her some paleo food for her hospital stay! I still think she should stick to the diet for general health! Thats what im doing even if it doest affect my inflammation.