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Appendicitis... or UTI?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 20, 2006
  • 07:59 PM

It may be something other than the two.


I had excruciating pain about a week ago- I couldnt move for about 30 mins because I had really bad cramps in my stomache. Ever since then, I have had nonstop pain (Not real painful but annoying- wont go away) in various areas but mainly in my lower left abdomen and right under my right ribcage.

I went to the ER this morning and they diagnosed me with cycsitis (A really bad UTI- bladder infection) Well I could have probably told them I had a UTI before they even started because I get them often!

They didnt go any further than a urinalysis. I think what happened was when they did a urinalysis and saw that I was possitive for white blood cells, they assumed that my adminal pain was from that.

Off all my UTI's (Which are many) I have NEVER had pain like this.



So my assumption- they thought- white blood cells, UTI, bladder pain. No need to look further.


From my symptoms do you really think all my pain is just from a UTI??

My husband thinks it may be appendicitis.

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  • Waste adhesions to the large intestine will cause the exact excrutiating muscle spasm pain of the intestine you describe. I had this as did my cerebral palsy quad friend who was in hospital five weeks only to be kicked out and later find adhesions to the intestines were the culprit. I at the time was concerned about appendix but had only the myths of what appendicitis was in my head (all lower right abdominal pain leads to appendix - not) and also the knowledge that those with quadriplegia find it harder to get a diagnose then most of us since the doctors either don’t understand cerebral palsy, or blame everything on it.To check this out, phone a naturopath who does bowel massage and completely flush out both your large and small intestine; a heavy dose of Epsom salts or/and molasses will do this or for a tastier option a couple of prune juice drank over an hour, but be prepared for a bit of pain as the bowel will spasm. Spasm is the bowels way of trying to free itself of the adhesion. The adhesion will not free itself in a lot of cases and needs the painful but necessary encouragement of being evicted by massage.You pain under the right of the rib cage is where you ascending large intestine meets the transverse, and it is common to have more than one area where waste matter has accumulated, so having pain to your lower left is expected.All the best.Agape,searchingsam
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
    • 10:57 PM
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  • Appendicitis always has what is called rebound pain. Stand on your tiptoes and come down hard, full weight on your heels. If you have bad pain, then you need to see a dr to evaluate for appendicitis. Or if you push on the area and when released you have pain, then probably appendicitis. It could be ovarian cysts?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 5, 2007
    • 03:43 PM
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  • Don't trust those jerks at the ER- they give that diagnosis to everyone who is not having a heart attack or who is not bleeding from their neck.They should have done some blood work.If they think that you have an infection, just because they saw protein in your urine, well- that's not enough info. Besides, do you feel the urge to urinate often or does it burn when you urinate?I have the impression that most people with appendicitis throw up. Appendicitis would not let you wait days- it is extremely painful.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 5, 2007
    • 03:53 PM
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  • Hi,On monday night whilst laying in bed i had the same pains in my stomach like the ones you have explained about. I also vommited afterwards and was quite confused. It is now wedensday and the pain has not worsened however neither does it feel any better . Im worried incase it is appendicitus and do not want it to perferate.i went to the doctors this morning and gave a urine sample and the doctor said it seemed slightly cloudy but nothing out of the ordinary but the symptoms sound like a urine infection so has given me anti-biotics. How can he e sure if nothing in my urine showed up un-ordinary??I hope you feel better soon and hope it turns out to be nothing to serious.Take care.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 23, 2009
    • 11:53 AM
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  • It may be something other than the two.I had excruciating pain about a week ago- I couldnt move for about 30 mins because I had really bad cramps in my stomache. Ever since then, I have had nonstop pain (Not real painful but annoying- wont go away) in various areas but mainly in my lower left abdomen and right under my right ribcage.I went to the ER this morning and they diagnosed me with cycsitis (A really bad UTI- bladder infection) Well I could have probably told them I had a UTI before they even started because I get them often! They didnt go any further than a urinalysis. I think what happened was when they did a urinalysis and saw that I was possitive for white blood cells, they assumed that my adminal pain was from that.Off all my UTI's (Which are many) I have NEVER had pain like this.So my assumption- they thought- white blood cells, UTI, bladder pain. No need to look further.From my symptoms do you really think all my pain is just from a UTI??My husband thinks it may be appendicitis.Just my story, as it didn't fall into the stereotype for appendicitis so it was never considered. I was sick with UTI symptoms for almost 2 years. It started during my freshman year of college with an onset of extremely severe UTI symptoms; burning when peeing, strong urgency, dull pain behind the pubic bone. The pain subsided and went away on it's own after a few days so I thought it was just an infection and wrote it off as no big deal. I started noticing that I was feeling more and more nauseated when I smoked so I decided to quite. The UTI symptoms started to happen more often after that; every couple of months, then every month, then every 3 out of 4 weeks. I was in misery, living on Azo pills and taking antibiotics for a UTI that doctors said wasn't there but my urine was always cloudy and overloaded with white cells. The doctors decided that it was in my head since my symptoms were so severe but their one and only test they did didn't show any bacteria, just white cells. Instead of investigating further, they shrugged their shoulders and brushed me off. My mom tried to help by getting me antibiotic samples and the symptoms would go away while taking them but return a few days after stopping the meds. During the last 6 months, I was becoming more and more nauseated when eating and just not feeling well in general. I couldn't pinpoint what it was. I went to bed one night feeling particularly ill and when I woke up in the morning, I dragged myself out of bed and went to work. I tried to eat breakfast but my whole abdomen was achey and I was really nauseated. I had zero energy and I was pale as a ghost. I left work and laid down to sleep. Throughout the day, I tried to eat but the nausea kept getting worse and the pain in my abdomen was less radiating and becoming more centered in my lower right area. Even drinking fluids hurt. I made the decision at 11pm that something was seriously wrong and I needed to go to the hospital. I walked in, filled out the questionaire about why I was there and stated, "severe lower right abdominal pain and nausea". They didn't have any regular rooms open, just trauma rooms, so I sat in the waiting room miserable and barely able to move. I got up to use the restroom and when I tried to stand up from the toilet, I thought I was going to pass out because the pain was something I never could have imagined. I got my clothes on and did my best to get back to my seat, passing by the check in desk as I was going which nobody noticed. I begged my husband to get them to help me. 5 minutes later they put me in a trauma room, and I got the worst treatment possible, like they were trying to stick it to me for making them see me. I had sat in the waiting room for 4 hours at this point and felt like I was literally dying. The ER doctor did a palpation and determined that the location of my pain warranted a CT, so after fighting to get the staff to notice and actually do their job over the next hour so I would be ready for my CT, they didn't even offer to wheel me down there and made me walk there, and walk back. When I got back to my bed, the pain had gone from off the charts to barely there and I was scared to death that it had ruptured. The next person to come in my room was the surgeon that was called in and he at that point told me I had appendicitis and it looked like it might be leaking so we need to do emergency surgery. I was wheeled in to prep at 6:00am. I had to fight the ER the whole way until they saw my CT, and I had to fight all the doctors during those 2 years of ***l because they didn't take me seriously. If you feel there is something really wrong, ask and if the doctor doesn't seem to be doing enough investigation into the matter, directly ask for further testing. You have to demand treatment sometimes.
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  • Just my story, as it didn't fall into the stereotype for appendicitis so it was never considered. I was sick with UTI symptoms for almost 2 years. It started during my freshman year of college with an onset of extremely severe UTI symptoms; burning when peeing, strong urgency, dull pain behind the pubic bone. The pain subsided and went away on it's own after a few days so I thought it was just an infection and wrote it off as no big deal. I started noticing that I was feeling more and more nauseated when I smoked so I decided to quite. The UTI symptoms started to happen more often after that; every couple of months, then every month, then every 3 out of 4 weeks. I was in misery, living on Azo pills and taking antibiotics for a UTI that doctors said wasn't there but my urine was always cloudy and overloaded with white cells. The doctors decided that it was in my head since my symptoms were so severe but their one and only test they did didn't show any bacteria, just white cells. Instead of investigating further, they shrugged their shoulders and brushed me off. My mom tried to help by getting me antibiotic samples and the symptoms would go away while taking them but return a few days after stopping the meds. During the last 6 months, I was becoming more and more nauseated when eating and just not feeling well in general. I couldn't pinpoint what it was. I went to bed one night feeling particularly ill and when I woke up in the morning, I dragged myself out of bed and went to work. I tried to eat breakfast but my whole abdomen was achey and I was really nauseated. I had zero energy and I was pale as a ghost. I left work and laid down to sleep. Throughout the day, I tried to eat but the nausea kept getting worse and the pain in my abdomen was less radiating and becoming more centered in my lower right area. Even drinking fluids hurt. I made the decision at 11pm that something was seriously wrong and I needed to go to the hospital. I walked in, filled out the questionaire about why I was there and stated, "severe lower right abdominal pain and nausea". They didn't have any regular rooms open, just trauma rooms, so I sat in the waiting room miserable and barely able to move. I got up to use the restroom and when I tried to stand up from the toilet, I thought I was going to pass out because the pain was something I never could have imagined. I got my clothes on and did my best to get back to my seat, passing by the check in desk as I was going which nobody noticed. I begged my husband to get them to help me. 5 minutes later they put me in a trauma room, and I got the worst treatment possible, like they were trying to stick it to me for making them see me. I had sat in the waiting room for 4 hours at this point and felt like I was literally dying. The ER doctor did a palpation and determined that the location of my pain warranted a CT, so after fighting to get the staff to notice and actually do their job over the next hour so I would be ready for my CT, they didn't even offer to wheel me down there and made me walk there, and walk back. When I got back to my bed, the pain had gone from off the charts to barely there and I was scared to death that it had ruptured. The next person to come in my room was the surgeon that was called in and he at that point told me I had appendicitis and it looked like it might be leaking so we need to do emergency surgery. I was wheeled in to prep at 6:00am. I had to fight the ER the whole way until they saw my CT, and I had to fight all the doctors during those 2 years of ***l because they didn't take me seriously. If you feel there is something really wrong, ask and if the doctor doesn't seem to be doing enough investigation into the matter, directly ask for further testing. You have to demand treatment sometimes.Do you still get UTIs after your appendix was removed? Or do you think the UTI symptoms was your appendix all along? I ask becuase my situation is very similar. A year ago I had UTIs a few times, the only test for it was an indicator showing blood in the urine. Each time I had UTIs my right lower abdomen also hurt. Sometimes the lower rigth abdomen symptoms preceded painful urination and sometimes I only had pain in abdomen, but each time it was diagnosed as UTI due to presence of blood in urine. Once during one of these episodes, I had gone for a sonar, but the radiologist could not see the appendix, but only saw a swolen lymph node. His report did not rule out appendicitis and he recommended a blood test, which my GP didn't follow up, once he tested my urine. Another specialist diagnosed it as IBS. I use Scopex compound now, which helps a bit, but there is always a dull pain. A colonoscopy revealed no polyps.
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  • Find a doctor who DOES believe in chronic appendicitis! Demand treatment! My 23 year old daughter has had recurrent LRQ pain for 5 years. Many trips to the ER, many scans, many pelvic exams for cysts - all negative. Finally, we found a young doctor who did not think she was crazy. He put together a team of specialists to get to the bottom of the issue. Two CTs, ultra sound, nuclear med study for Meckels - all negative. Blood work - negative. Same old story, but this time they did not dismiss her pain. Gyn, MD and Col0-rectal sugeon all kept coming back to appendix. Guess what? Took out appendix and found it to be horrible scarred. Diagnosis: Chronic appendicitis.Don't let doctors dismiss you without a diagnosis! You know your body and you know when something is wrong. Keep calling. Keep talking. Take all your records when you go to a specialist and most importantly, find a primary care doctor who believes you and will work with others to get a diagnosis. Do you still get UTIs after your appendix was removed? Or do you think the UTI symptoms was your appendix all along? I ask becuase my situation is very similar. A year ago I had UTIs a few times, the only test for it was an indicator showing blood in the urine. Each time I had UTIs my right lower abdomen also hurt. Sometimes the lower rigth abdomen symptoms preceded painful urination and sometimes I only had pain in abdomen, but each time it was diagnosed as UTI due to presence of blood in urine. Once during one of these episodes, I had gone for a sonar, but the radiologist could not see the appendix, but only saw a swolen lymph node. His report did not rule out appendicitis and he recommended a blood test, which my GP didn't follow up, once he tested my urine. Another specialist diagnosed it as IBS. I use Scopex compound now, which helps a bit, but there is always a dull pain. A colonoscopy revealed no polyps.
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