Patient Comments: Appendicitis - Symptoms

What were the signs and symptoms you experienced with appendicitis?

Comment from: Mom of 11 year old, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 08

I want other parents to be aware of how few symptoms a child can have. My 11 year old daughter had her appendix removed 3 days ago. She is doing well now after her appendectomy. Fortunately, we caught it before her appendix burst. The only appendicitis symptom she had was stomach pain, and when she wasn't moving around much she was able to tolerate the belly pain. My husband is a physician, and we knew to watch for the classic signs of appendicitis. She never had a fever or nausea. She had a mild loss of appetite. In retrospect, this biggest sign was her guarded walk; she hunched over a bit and refused to move fast. Even her sleep seemed normal. On day 2 of symptoms, we took her to the emergency room (ER) because she did not want to walk. Still, no fever or other symptoms. The triage nurse placed her on lowest priority because she didn't seem that ill. After sitting in the ER 3 hours, 'Mama Bear' took over and they finally took us seriously. Her appendix was 3 times the normal size on sonogram. IV antibiotics were started and her appendix was removed within hours. Bottom line, if a kid is walking strangely, take it seriously. We delayed longer than we should have because I expected other symptoms.

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Comment from: Karen, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

Around 1 pm I lost my appetite. I ate a piece of fruit and went out for a few hours. I noticed I started getting an ache in my stomach, which felt more like it was in my pelvis and walking straight hurt. I had a persistent urge to go to the toilet. At 6 pm the pain got worse. Lifting my leg up towards me hurt. So I went to the emergency department. My white blood cell count was high. An ultrasound showed a very swollen appendix. I had an appendectomy the next morning and was on antibiotics. I never experienced fever or vomiting, only slight nausea 6 hours after the first symptoms began. Never ignore pain. All appendicitis symptoms are different for each person. My dad suffered appendix pain for 4 days before going to the hospital and he had a gangrenous appendix. Some people don't experience anything more than an ache or a pain in their stomach.

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Comment from: Kelsey, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I am a 20 year female who experienced the worst pain in my entire life. On November 12th, (last Thursday), at around 2:00 PM I started feeling a little nauseous, but not so bad that I couldn't do anything. At 7:00 PM I rolled around and I decided to go to my usual Zumba class at the gym. I felt okay, and when I got home at 8:00 PM I had made some eggs. I still felt a little off and I tried to study for my test the next day and couldn't even deal looking at my papers. So I went and got in bed, and I couldn't sleep. I was so nauseous and at about 11:30 I went to my bathroom and started throwing up. I figured I would be somewhat relieved after throwing up a couple times, but no, the more I threw up, the more it started hurting and the more I got nauseous. So I threw up nonstop, and at 2:30 I had my roommate take me to the emergency room (ER). I got to the ER and did nothing but vomit in their bathroom. So in my head I was thinking I am being ridiculous, this is a stomach bug, so I didn't even stay at the ER. I left and went back home. I nearly passed out walking back to my apartment after parking the car. I was back in my bathroom vomiting for about 7 more hours straight. I am not joking, I didn't leave my bathroom. My parents weren't answering the phone (which never happens). So 9:30 AM the next morning, I had my family friend take me to the hospital. When I arrived I had a lot of blood work done, had to urinate in a cup, etc. Then they told me they were guessing it was more than likely my appendix, so I was sent to get a CAT scan done. After the CAT scan, it was immediately confirmed that it was appendicitis. I went into surgery one hour later. This is nothing to play around with. Don't be stubborn like I was. You know your body better than anyone else, when something isn't right, go to the doctor to be safe.

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Comment from: Firefly, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I have been to the hospital once already and I feel like it is a repeat of what my dad had to go through. I have lower right abdominal pain that is crippling, for three days now. Nausea on and off, if I eat anything I throw it up. I can barely walk without passing out and I am running a low grade fever of 99, mind you my normal is 97. I'm shaking, can't get warm and have diarrhea. I was at the hospital two days ago and was told I am fine. I have a long family history of appendicitis, and am really scared. I can't even go to work it hurts so bad. Did I mention that they did a CT on my dad to and he went back three times! Before they realized his appendix had ruptured.

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