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Apendicitis missed?

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  • Posted By: joevil
  • December 11, 2008
  • 07:23 AM

Ok, i was about 19, and i was going out with my soon to be x, and we where at the dollar theater when it hit. A giant pain in my abdomen, it felt like what i came to know as apendicitis, of course back then i didn't know what it was.

I go to University hospital, and they take me in quick becasue i throw up gummies all over the lobby, and they run a few blood and pee tests, and get nothing. So they send me home with a diagnosis of probable gas pains.

So fastforward 2-3 years later, i'm at home, just finished a beer and fell asleep. I wake up with the same exact pain, i remember it from before, as if it was just the day before, and call my mother writhing in pain, who races over the grab me and this time takes me to methodist. They run tests on me, then go and x-ray (or whatever machine it was) my apendix. Vwala, i have late apendicitis, any longer and it would have burst. That means that a few years earlier i had it too.

Doesen't appendicitis NOT go away, does that mean for over 2 years i'd been walking around with it? I'm still mad at university at missing it, but some people have to rely on it since its the ONLY trama center in san antonio.

anyway thats my misdiagnosis story!

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  • I really can't say that your first attack was appendicitis or not(not enough information),but there is such a thing as chronic appendicitis,which you might have had;or,the two incidents are totally unrelated so be thankful it was dignosed in time to prevent it from rupturing,which increases both the morbidity and mortality.:)
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • December 11, 2008
    • 01:41 PM
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  • Well, they were pretty dumb. Just be thankful it all turned out okay.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 12, 2008
    • 00:48 AM
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  • You,not I, SHOULD be''thankful it all turned out okay.''There is no way that you can rationally declare them to be''pretty dumb''.Not all abdominal pain is easy to diagnose.In fact,Ican think of several things that are included in the''differential diagnosis''of appendicitis.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • December 12, 2008
    • 01:06 AM
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