I know it's hard to pinpoint. Coming home from the hospital all you can think about is recovery. By the time you're "recovered" how do you know what part of your health is still "recovering" and what is permanent?
I'm just looking for correlations or trends. If you've had your appendix out, what general health issues have you noticed? Especially anything you can say for sure started after the surgery, but even if you aren't sure because it could still add to the trends/correlation.
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on September 19, 2015
at 04:07 AM
I had my appendix removed almost 1 year ago. I am not sure how much my current gastrointestinal issues are related to the removal itself or the antibiotics I was on after the surgery. I had a course of Cipro followed by Levaquin. That stuff almost killed me. I have never been in so much pain in my life. It was excruciating.
Since the surgery I have had trouble with GERD and severe gas. I get panic attacks from the bloating. I can go from a basically flat stomach to looking like I am six months pregnant in just a matter of minutes. I never had problems like this before the surgery. I am desperate to find something to get my digestive system back on track.
on November 04, 2013
at 10:43 AM
There is a french surgeon, Georges Pourtalet, who says most people he sees suffer from chonic appendicitis (40 years of practice of surgery, the guy knows what he's talking about)
He advises to remove the appendix as a first step to heal from a leaky gut
I don't think his book does exist in an english version but here's some notes (originally in french, this is an automatic google trad) :
on November 02, 2013
at 03:20 PM
As a kid I was constantly constipated. My stools would be hard and solid and I would go to the toilet once every 3 days. My appendix got inflamed and had to be taken out. After its removal my constipation got worse and my stool changed completely. As an adult I have some problems with acne and also some IBS type reactions to certain foods. It's worth adding that as a kid I used to eat a lot of lollies and similar synthetic crap which I believe led to all the problems in the first place.
I'm working through this slowly and am coming up with solutions.
My theory is that the appendix got jammed because of constipation and that having it out may have upset my gut flora in some way, causing me other issues.
on October 31, 2013
at 09:47 PM
I guess this really isn't going to work. I guess only a percent of a percent of people have this. I honestly thought I wasn't that special...
Dang. This sucks man. I mean... well it's good for the rest of you.
Then again over 2% of americans suffer from diabetes so maybe I'm the lucky one?
on October 31, 2013
at 03:15 AM
I have been wanting to get my appendix out for the past few months. it's been giving me nothing but problems. I think i'd feel better without it.
on October 28, 2013
at 06:52 AM
I cannot answer your direct question, being that my appendix remains on the inside of my body and I have had no experience in dealing with its absence. What I have heard is that it used to be thought of as "vestigial" (something that has lost its usefulness). However a different theory, developed out of various studies, has been gaining ground in the past decade or so that suggests (not proves) that the appendix plays a role within the body's immune system.
on October 27, 2013
at 04:48 PM
Still have my appendix, but I have had issues from the painkillers and drugs used by doctors and dentists. Novocain an related types of drugs cause my immune system to react in an unfriendly manner, usually lymph related issues. Therefor when I've had dental work done I go without pain killers - dentists are truly nervous about this option and think I'm nuts. As for surgery, had sinus work done and had no choice, but did opt for a stand by vs. traditional putting me under.