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Retrocecal appendicitis misdiagnosis

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  • Posted By: duesouthto
  • March 30, 2008
  • 01:58 AM

I started having cramps in the middle abdomen. Next day I only had a mild dull pain in the mid right side which increased with pressure. I saw family physician and had ultrasound and blood test work. Results were normal. I kept having this dull pain throughout the week with a lot of bloating, and loss of apetite, only one evening had nausea and vomited once. On day 8 I started to feel pain in right lower quadrant and went to hospital. All tests were normal. Then, CAT scan revealed abscess formed around perforated appendix which is behind bladder. Doctors decided not to operate and was under IV antibiotics for 2 days and then oral antibiotics for 2 1/2 weeks. It has been 3 weeks after I finished treatment but still have discomfort and pain, specially if I walk, or move. Doctor said this is "normal" but I am starting to feel a little more pain than before. Also, all this time I have noticed a "lump" about one inch below and to the right of navel which is particularly noticieable when I wake up in the morning. It seems to be gas or so I think because if I push mildly it simply moves or disappears (it doesn't hurt). I have to undergo a colonoscopy to check the improvement inside colon and then decide whether to go for surgery. I have some questions: a) are these symptoms typical in a case like mine? if so, how long does it take to completely recover? b) can I go back to normal without surgery? c) or is it better to have the surgery? Thanks!

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