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IBS can cause severe pain that lasts for hours or days at a time. When nerves mis-report pain the pain you experience is often all out of proportion to anything that is going on (even sometimes normal bowel activity, or any other normal stimulus in another body part depending on what part of the nervous system is screwing up).
 

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i just went through this whole aPPENCICITS THING- HAD PAIN IN NAVAL AREA THAT MOVED TO RIGHT SIDE. EVEN VOMITED WENT TO ER HAD CT SCAN & BLOOD WORK- TURNED OUT TO BE IBS FROM H---L. AM NOW ON BENTYL... IVE HAD IBS 30 YRS- NEVER HAD PAIN LIKE THAT OR VOMITING.... GO FIGURELORI
 

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I also have been thinking that I could have chronic appendicitis along with my IBS. I had the H. Pylori infection in 2002 and ever since then I've been in bad shape and suffering so much that I am unable to go to school or work or carry on with a normal life. I was told within the past 2 years that what I have is most likely IBS along with myofascial pain syndrome. But since 2007ish I have been getting these "attacks" in my appendix area. The pain is absolutely debilitating and I am unable to move and have troubles breathing because of the pain. My most recent attack in this area was just on Thursday and the pain lasted for 45 mins before receding into a dull/numbing pain. I would have had someone take me to the hospital if I hadn't experienced that type of pain before. I've talked to my doctor about it but he just thinks that it is pain associated with IBS. The pain that I get from IBS is also very debilitating and I get it in various placs around my stomach and back. I've seen numerous specialists and have had countless procedures done but nothing helps. Anyways, I'm thinking of asking my doctor about the appendix area pain again because maybe it is chronic appendicitis? And keep being persistent with your doctor, don't let up. They will not realize how serious your problem is or how much pain you are in unless you persist.
 

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Funny enough ( and thankfully already a member of this wonderful community!
) , I'm on Google (bad idea) searching 'hypochondria appendicitis' and it lead me to this thread!I don't know what the hell is wrong with me , but every time I get some indication of a right sided pain , I IMMEDIATELY assume its appendicitis. I have this persistant and constant fear of having to get my belly cut open and my appendix removed. Oddly enough, I've contemplated finding out if I could just have the damn thing removed so I wouldn't ever have to worry about it. Like tonight , I started to get this burning around my belly button ( I think later chalked it up to tight jeans ) , and then felt a "cramp" go through my right side...and it seems to have lingered off and on. I earlier got this widespread intense spasm across my belly that lasted for 2 seconds (literally) then went away. Sorta felt it a bit about an hour ago....Did I mention all I ate today was a cookie , coffee , bagel w/butter and some Curry Chicken dinner ( I split with the bf) that contained chili pepper chunks (which I picked out)I just survived my first colonoscopy/endoscopy and got great results. Do you think if there was an appendix problem , they'd be able to see it through the colonoscopy? I'm not entirely sure how to handle this , and if the pain is more mental than real , but clearly I'm super fixated on this dumb ailment and having IBS easily confuses some of the symptoms.I've experienced some pretty excruciating stomach pain before ( a la my episode a few weeks back at the end of July ) so I can't imagine that even if I had appendicitis , its nothing I couldn't handle. Apparently a few people I've talked to that have had it said the worst was the vomiting and fever. The pain was only present because of pressure or someone poking at it.Anyone else having these messed up worries. Please tell me I'm not losing my marbles
 
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This thread has actually made my day - I've had right hand sided pain on and off for a week and was so so so worried I had appendicitis!!!I've had IBS for 5 years but was always told I would only have pain in my left hand side. So my scariness increased when I had pain in my right hand side! It feels like a pocket of gas there, which then gives pain to the whole right side. The pain increases after eating and is worse at night.I am, however worried that the pain is not going - is this a bad sign? The pain isn't getting worse (although sometimes worse after eating) I am very "windy" but passing wind isn't getting rid of the pain.I still have my appetite and havent been sick at all. Is this just a new symptom of my IBS?When I go for a walk (longer than 5 mins) it feels like a stitch pain in the area.As I type, my stomach is bloated and pain on the right hand side (not agonising though)ANy help much appreciated - thanks!
 

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Sounds familiar for an IBS'er.
 

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Just had my appendix taken on the 22nd this month. I have had similar ab problems for about 2 years. The pain was quite excruciating at times. usually started feeling something in the late afternoon and by early evening would be in unbearable pains for 4 to 6 hrs. although the pain was there throughout the entire flareup, I would get unbearable cramplike pains. I wrote it off as gas pains for a while. tried to do the elimination thing trying to figure if something was triggering these flareups. no pattern could be found. I even thought maybe bacteria from my partial i wear. The flareups got more frequent, every 1.5 to 2 weeks as opposed to every 1.5.to 2 months. About 2 weeks before my last episode,I had an episode that was followed by a 2 day fever that I kept down with ibuprofen. Coincidence? Who knows. My last episode landed me in th ER. Couldnt take it any more and had blood tests and CT scan done. The pain never localized until I was about to give blood sample. Had excruciating pain at the lower right quadrant and then threw up. The pain dulled considerably and my stomache obviously felt better. The first doc mentioned a spastic appendix but really wasnt a believer in it. The surgeon said he didnt think the appendicitus and my ab issues were related and suggested running test on my gall bladder at a later date.The flareups were all basically the same including the last one. I would always get constipated after each flareup. I began taking probiotics and fiber drinks to see if those would help. They did not help as far as I could tell although they probably did help with the constipation afterwards. I would not wish these issues on anyone as they severely stressed me out. I always felt week the next couple of days after each flareup also. Only time will tell if Im fixed or not
 

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Hey there, I was looking to see if I could get some confirmation from some1 to ease my mind... Ive been having pains for a week now. Its gotten more severe over the week in my lower abdominal basically moving around hurting in different spots. My doctor is sending me for a cat scan tmro where u have 2 drink the dye. Im terrified of surgery i dont care how minor is it... im having a panic attack... I dont have nausea or vomiting. Just cramps that change how violent they are constantly. The way it starts out slow cramps on then cramps off... alternating for the 1st 3 days then after that it was full on pain and I couldn't even lay down to sleep. Anybody have an opinion?
 

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Chronic/Recurring Appendicitis can cause diarrhea or constipation. Whoever disagreed with that is WRONG. Also, as is indicated with the use of Chronic OR Recurring, the flareups can go on for years. I know this for a fact, as I LIVED IT. I speak of my own experience only and I have been cured with the removal of the infected appendix. Internet advice is nothing compared to seeing a doctor who knows what to look for. You need to find a gastro-interologist who has dealt with Chronic/Recurring Appendicitis in the past.
So for the past 5 years I could have just had chronic/recurring appendicitis?! I remember, in high school, keeling over in the toilets with immense abdominal pain, feeling like puking my guts out, in and out of consciousness, cold sweats on one or two occasions. Around the same time that my IBS-D started. I had food poisoning on Holiday after eating something bad in Mexico so me and the docs assumed that to be the starter of this all but maybe not? Anyway, I had mine out on the 14th Dec so I'm apparently still recovering. Haven't really had my usual IBS symptoms since the 11th when the pain started, Constipated but now it's about once a day, quite normal however I'm told 6-8 weeks for things to return to normal as all the drugs and anesthetics take a while to get out your system and return it to normal. So it's a waiting game. But I hope SO MUCH that this has been solved.But then again, I assume it may come back even if it was the appendix. Because after having it for so long you develop Anxiety issues, the worry of it happening again so...Can't believe the Doctors never asked or mentioned one thing about the appendix though.
 

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Hey guys, I know this is kind of an old thread but I just have to correct something: you can have left sided pain, no right sided pain and have it be appendicitis. I don't want to alarm people into thinking they have appendicitis, but I don't want people to not seek rapid care if they don't present with usual symptoms because it could actually kill them. I am training as an EMT and am nearly done, so I speak with some knowledge. I'm not claiming to be an MD- I just know how to recognize the different presentations.
 

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While I agree there can be anatomical weirdnesses so things may be atypical for any illness, people with IBS generally need to figure out their usual pattern and not assume every pain must mean something dangerous. IBS causes pain and discomfort and while it takes some time figuring out your usual level of pain and locations and making sure to not panic or let that pain ramp up your anxiety (as that makes the symptoms a lot worse than if you are calm) is important.That being said, pain that is unusual in intensity for you, particularly if severe or with vomiting, fever, or other symptoms that indicate more than "just IBS" is causing the pain do need to be checked out. Unfortunately for some of us the pain is so severe from the IBS we are already at "worst pain of my life" every day anyway. I would have gone broke going to the ER every day, and my IBS really liked to locate near where appendix pain typical is.
It was also in other places, and after a week or two with no other indications of appendicitis (especially the dying from it complication after it bursts) I just ignored it and figured that fever or other symptoms would let me know when it was time and I couldn't rely just on pain as a sign.
 

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[sup]this website is so helpful.Thank you!! this is my story...since january 2011 (after a tooth extraction) i have been very unwell with awful constipation and shakiness, tiredness, headsches and feinting. Months went on and the doctors didnt do anything to see what was going on and i wasnt getting any better. i was missing school due to the fact i was so unwell. After a lot of begging and medicines to clear my blockage, which didnt work, i was referred to a paediatrician, gastroenterologist and endocronologist. In august i was diagnosed woth Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and IBS, after having brain scans and cortisol cheks to make sure nothing else was lurking. I am back at school now but pick things up very easily and get knocked down again and am home for several days sick. But over the last week i have been having awful pains in the lower right hand side of my tummy. i know the difference between what i had experienced over the last half year and this was more intense and only in that one area. i went to the doctor on Friday and she took blood to check if it was appendicitus but i am a little confused why she would take blood and if it was appendicitus why not do something straigth away! My pain is really bad especially when you touch the area still, we are waiting for the results. I found all the information very very helpful and thank you! Good luck to everyone :)
 

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They take blood to check your white blood cell count for signs of infection. If you have an elevated white blodd cell count.... that could.. could.. lead them to think you have appendicitis. Are you currently constipated??
 

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I feel the need to comment on this...I just heard of chronic appendicitis and am sure I too, had 2 experiences prior to my appendix rupturing. I got sick Saturday night, went to work somehow for 3 days, and basically passed out at my desk on the Wednesday; no fever or elevated WBC. That was April/11 and I've been sick ever since. The latest diagnosis is IBS.I was misdiagnosed for more than 2 years. I was medicated for IBS and felt like a zombie. I had flare up after flare up; I was getting "flare ups" every 6 - 8 weeks. I would wake up in the wee hours with extreme stomach pain. Sometimes had diarrhea, sometimes it was vomiting, but always with the stomach pain that could only be relieved by sitting in a scalding bath and not moving for hours. I even learned to sleep in the tub so I could actually rest some. I would go to the doctor after these flare ups, had multiple CT scans, ultrasounds, xrays, blood work, etc. Finally, my doc just didn't know what else to do. He admitted me to the hospital after yet another flare up. Mind you he had been treating me off a previous doc's diagnosis, and finally didn't think what I was dealing with was reasonable for a 22 year old.My gastro-interologist was out of town and his partner was filling in for his patients. As luck would have it, he had written papers on chronic/recurring appendicitis and knew what to look for. The plan was to poke two small holes in my abdomen to take a look and remove things through those holes, unless there was an infection. I woke up hours later with a 4 inch incision sewn up. My appendix had been plastered to the side of my abdomen with an infection, pus, and all that yummy stuff. They removed it and here I sit 8 years later without any of the problems I used to experience AND no IBS meds to slow me down.Chronic/Recurring Appendicitis can cause diarrhea or constipation. Whoever disagreed with that is WRONG. Also, as is indicated with the use of Chronic OR Recurring, the flareups can go on for years. I know this for a fact, as I LIVED IT. I speak of my own experience only and I have been cured with the removal of the infected appendix. Internet advice is nothing compared to seeing a doctor who knows what to look for. You need to find a gastro-interologist who has dealt with Chronic/Recurring Appendicitis in the past. Good luck and feel better. Life was a joke during that period of my life. Surgery saved my life, my doc told me that I was in danger of a rupture with every flare up. And each flare up was a little worse. Be safe and good luck.
 

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I feel the need to comment on this...I was misdiagnosed for more than 2 years. I was medicated for IBS and felt like a zombie. I had flare up after flare up; I was getting "flare ups" every 6 - 8 weeks. I would wake up in the wee hours with extreme stomach pain. Sometimes had diarrhea, sometimes it was vomiting, but always with the stomach pain that could only be relieved by sitting in a scalding bath and not moving for hours. I even learned to sleep in the tub so I could actually rest some. I would go to the doctor after these flare ups, had multiple CT scans, ultrasounds, xrays, blood work, etc. Finally, my doc just didn't know what else to do. He admitted me to the hospital after yet another flare up. Mind you he had been treating me off a previous doc's diagnosis, and finally didn't think what I was dealing with was reasonable for a 22 year old.My gastro-interologist was out of town and his partner was filling in for his patients. As luck would have it, he had written papers on chronic/recurring appendicitis and knew what to look for. The plan was to poke two small holes in my abdomen to take a look and remove things through those holes, unless there was an infection. I woke up hours later with a 4 inch incision sewn up. My appendix had been plastered to the side of my abdomen with an infection, pus, and all that yummy stuff. They removed it and here I sit 8 years later without any of the problems I used to experience AND no IBS meds to slow me down.Chronic/Recurring Appendicitis can cause diarrhea or constipation. Whoever disagreed with that is WRONG. Also, as is indicated with the use of Chronic OR Recurring, the flareups can go on for years. I know this for a fact, as I LIVED IT. I speak of my own experience only and I have been cured with the removal of the infected appendix. Internet advice is nothing compared to seeing a doctor who knows what to look for. You need to find a gastro-interologist who has dealt with Chronic/Recurring Appendicitis in the past. Good luck and feel better. Life was a joke during that period of my life. Surgery saved my life, my doc told me that I was in danger of a rupture with every flare up. And each flare up was a little worse. Be safe and good luck.
Hi Fullograce. Just want to mention how appreciative I am of your post. You indirectly helped me tremendously, and I want to thank you. So... THANK YOU!I too suffered for a couple years from a chronic appendicitis, until it was recently removed. Like yourself, I also had a very difficult time receiving a correct diagnoses. Each doctor had a very different opinion. Your post gave me hope over the past few months while I was a lab rat.I've documented my entire story at the link below, if anybody is curious. I hope it helps somebody else out there...http://www.HikingInIdaho.com/appendix.htmThx, -Erik
 

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This is exactly what I'm worried about.Yesterday I had a pretty strong diarrhea and after going to the bathroom 4 times I took an Imolium 'cause I had a job interview in the afternoon. I am much better but I've been feeling a sort of dull ache below my navel since yesterday...It feel almost like it's bruised and it stays in the same place... I called my doctor and she doesn´t seem concerned 'cause I have no other symptoms...But I guess IBS turned into a paranoic person and I can´t stop thinking about it.
 
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