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Imodium can cause some cramping that's why I always take an anti-gas product with it.
 

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Thanks for the info. I am always worried I might have appendicitis but now notice the pain comes on either side of my pelvic area and its kind of the same so I know its just IBS. I was actually wondering the same thing though how would I ever know if I have appendicitis if each pain I am just trying to reassure myself that its just IBS.
 

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When there is abdominal pain, push down in the spot that it hurts the most.It hurts most when you let go, that's called rebound tenderness, and it's likely to be appendicitis. Also, following are the symptoms of appendicitis : Lack of appetite.,Nausea and vomiting,Fever,Difficulty with walking or being bothered by any kind of bumpy motion, like bouncing on your heels. When you feel these symptoms, you should see your health professional if you think you might have appendicitis.He or she will examine you and do a few tests to figure out if you have appendicitis or some other problem.
 

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I came across this thread while googling and I wanted to post my experience because while suffering with an episode of acute appendicitis I was incorrectly diagnosed with IBS and after reading the leaflet I was given I was sure she was wrong! Also I didn't present 'typically' so I wanted to give another viewpoint.It started with sharp abdominal pain all over my abdomen and back pain. This was the Wednesday and I was due to go on holiday on the Saturday, so when I hadn't seen any improvement I made an appointment with my doctor, I was feeling a bit better by this point. As I had no other symptoms (no temperature, no vomiting or diarrhoea) and no reaction to the rebound tests they do for appendicitis she said it was likely to be just gastroenteritis and would likely be gone by the end of the weekend. The pain seemed to keep moving around but was never on the right side, and when it did stop moving it was in the centre of my lower abdomen. On the Friday afternoon I started getting looser stools but I hadn't had a holiday in years so I was determined to go, I took some immodium and off I went. I was in so much pain at the airport that my boyfriend had to wheel my suitcase as I could barely walk. I know I shouldn't have gone on holiday but I genuinely believed that it was just a bad stomach bug, and the doctor hadn't advised me not to go, she'd just told me to lay off food (I still wasn't eating anyway) and then eat plain foods. Anyway over the course of the holiday the pain felt like it was reducing, I could walk without being doubled over though I still had some pain. I could only sleep on my back as it hurt too much on my sides and I felt very uncomfortable all the time. I constantly felt like I needed to have a bowel movement even when I didn't and when I forced myself to start eating I felt like I got full up really quickly (so I wasn't eating very much) and then had to make an urgent trip to the toilet for a bowel movement, these were still loose and there was a lot of abdominal cramping. I think that these symptoms are very similar to those experienced with IBS? I was wondering if I had food intolerances, IBS or haemorrhoids or some other bowel disease. I was also exhausted all the time, like my body couldn't carry me very far. Then towards the end of the holiday I stopped being able to have a bowel movement or pass wind at all. However, I still had a good time, the pain had lessened so I went on all the slides at the waterpark, went on a boat trip, went parasailing and etc so I thought it couldn't be too serious!When I returned home I was a lot better than when I left but I still couldn't eat much, I still felt in pain and exhausted all the time, and I still hadn't had a bowel movement despite constantly feeling like I needed to. My mum took me to the walk-in centre to see a nurse and I explained about the pain, about how I'd had diarrhoea and had now switched over to being constipated but feeling like I needed to go all the time. She took my temperature and blood pressure (still fine), felt my abdomen, asked about tenderness and pain but it didn't really feel any worse, and then told me I had IBS. I wasn't happy with this diagnosis because I had always thought IBS was only diagnosed after tests had been run to rule out everything else. The next day I felt worse so my mum insisted on taking me to A&E where I cried to the nurse and she took bloods, urine samples and said it probably was gastroenteritis or IBS. I went in to see the doctor and he did all the tests for appendicitis again (rebound test, making me cough etc) and again none of these increased the pain I was in. He said it was likely just gastroenteritis that I was having trouble getting rid of but they'd wait for the blood test back. I sat back in the waiting room expecting to be sent home but they then called me back in and said they were admitting me because my white cell blood counts were higher than usual which suggested infection. So I was sent up to the ward, they said I'd probably just be in over night. In fact a consultant told me that I looked too well to be seriously ill and they were only admitting me because they happened to have spare beds!On the ward they found that my heart rate was constantly high (it was 130 bpm at rest) and I developed a temperature. I was given paracetamol regularly and asked to give them a stool sample which I still couldn't manage! Initially I was under the gastro consultants and that was the start of test after test! The next day I had to have a rectal exam, an enema and then a flexible sigmoidoscopy which was extremely painful because they couldn't access one part of my bowel due to external pressure, however everything looked normal otherwise. I was put on antibiotics through my IV. The day after I had an ultrasound where they discovered I had about a litre of thick fluid surrounding my uterus but the cause was still unknown. However they suspected Pelvic Inflammatory Disease so I was referred to Gynaecology who gave me a vaginal examination and tested me for STDs and everything was fine, no problems. The doctors suspected all sorts, they thought it could still be just gastroenteritis, it could be PID, it could be Coeliacs Disease, it could be Inflammatory Bowel Disease... the list went on! That night was the first time I'd ever had any right sided pain, and the pain was extreme, I was panting and crying and in the end they gave me liquid morphine which just made me sick. It was clear that I was getting worse rather than better. The following day I was sent for a CT scan and an internal ultrasound exam. In the internal ultrasound they couldn't even access my uterus/ovaries as they were being blocked off and so they ended up having to finish the exam externally, where they discovered two pockets of fluid, one by my appendix and one by my ovaries.I was then told that I needed an emergency laparoscopy (they open you up and look around inside) and I was on the waiting list to have it done that evening. When I was being told about what would happen it was clear that they still weren't sure what they would find. They said that I could have my appendix removed, I could have ovaries removed, I could have my bowel resectioned or a part removed or I could have a stoma. By that point I was just desperate for them to work it out and get me better, by the time I went for surgery I'd been having the problems for just over two weeks. When I woke up after the operation I wasn't sure what had happened but I knew that I wasn't in anywhere near as much pain as I had been, I didn't appear to have a stoma and I could lie on my back for more than 5 minutes for the first time since I'd been admitted. The next morning the consultant came to see me and said that my appendix had ruptured and had been ruptured for quite a while (we suspect that it ruptured at the start of my holiday as my pain seemed to subside over the holiday which is what happens when the appendix ruptures) and that there was a litre of pus in my abdomen. He had removed the appendix, drained the pus and had a look round my abdomen and in my bowel. He said that the pus had been there so long that my ovaries have a lot of scar tissue around them and so only time would tell whether I'd be able to have children. He was absolutely baffled at how I'd gone two weeks with it when most people go to A&E after a few hours, he said that I'd been in a life threatening situation (that was the first time I'd been aware of it) and that I must have a very high pain threshold. It turns out that my high pain threshold was one of the reasons that I'd been so difficult to diagnose, because most people appeared in a lot more pain than me with appendicitis and I generally appeared quite well. Also the pain had never localised on the right side as you would expect, it had just been in my lower abdomen which meant it could have been anything. The fluid caused me more problems than the actual appendix I think!I'm four weeks into recovery now and I'm so glad I went to A&E when I did, otherwise I'm not sure what would have happened to me. Unfortunately I think my symptoms did present quite like IBS but as I'm not an IBS sufferer there wasn't any chance for confusion. I would say that if you have any constant severe abdominal pain in your lower abdomen that doesn't seem to be relieved by anything (moving around/passing wind/bowel movements) then to go to your doctors or A&E. Especially if you have discomfort where you feel like you can't stay in one position for more than five minutes or you can't walk without being doubled over. It's better to be safe than sorry!I hope that's some help to some of you!
 

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When I had appendicitis I thought it was IBS and put heat on it (BAD IDEA). The biggest difference for me though was that I constantly felt like I was about to pass out. It I was standing I would have all the signs that I was going to faint....seeing stars, hearing going dim, cold sweat, nausea. I finally went to the ER and they did a CT scan. The doctor said putting heat on my abdomen was the worst thing I could've done and I'm lucky it didnt rupture. So, if you're not sure don't use heat!
 

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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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Hi. I know this post is old but I just joined and saw myofascial pain syndrome and had to reply.
im on here due to intense pain from ibs... pain so bad scared me cuz on rt side... came across ur post. Rarely see MPS. I too have MPS and IBS also fibro and interstitial cystitis. It took over a decade to get dx for mps. My heart goes out to you. I too was in school...in college at UF and working. Slowly missing both till I had to give up and move home. That was 19 yrs ago. I really haven't treated my ibs and finally am getting to a gi dr...been too overwhelmed with chronic pain amd fatigue from mps fibro and I.c. hope you get mps treatment. I highly recommend reading about myotherapy and myofascial release. I have yet to get it covers by insurance so never got treated properly and trig points got out of control. Now just pain mgt sadly. Get injections of lidocaine amd nerve blocks. Mostly my own treatments help. Yoga, using tennis balls to push down on muscles that feel like concrete and when so severe only water helps but no pool.Times I had access to pool changed my life. Miracle! Im trying now tp get a jacuzzi just to use to swim around in... anything to get into water and move. Fight for myofascial therapy and hydrotherapy and never physical therapy that has you doing resistant training. Never use weights etc. Pt don't understand mps and made mine worse. I realize you didn't ask for advice just felt need just in case. I do believe all this disorders are related somehow. ..its too much of a coincidence. Good luck!
 

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Hi. I know this post is old but I just joined and saw myofascial pain syndrome and had to reply.
im on here due to intense pain from ibs... pain so bad scared me cuz on rt side... came across ur post. Rarely see MPS. I too have MPS and IBS also fibro and interstitial cystitis. It took over a decade to get dx for mps. My heart goes out to you. I too was in school...in college at UF and working. Slowly missing both till I had to give up and move home. That was 19 yrs ago. I really haven't treated my ibs and finally am getting to a gi dr...been too overwhelmed with chronic pain amd fatigue from mps fibro and I.c. hope you get mps treatment. I highly recommend reading about myotherapy and myofascial release. I have yet to get it covers by insurance so never got treated properly and trig points got out of control. Now just pain mgt sadly. Get injections of lidocaine amd nerve blocks. Mostly my own treatments help. Yoga, using tennis balls to push down on muscles that feel like concrete and when so severe only water helps but no pool.Times I had access to pool changed my life. Miracle! Im trying now tp get a jacuzzi just to use to swim around in... anything to get into water and move. Fight for myofascial therapy and hydrotherapy and never physical therapy that has you doing resistant training. Never use weights etc. Pt don't understand mps and made mine worse. I realize you didn't ask for advice just felt need just in case. I do believe all this disorders are related somehow. ..its too much of a coincidence. Good luck!
I have the same symptoms for 7 months . From my research mps and fibro is conntected to the appendix...
 

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I had a very bad experience with appendicitis. The pain was barely bearable but after surgery I am now recovering, but after 2 months I still feel a bit of pain in my abdomen. Is anyone having the same experience? There is a very good website specializing in appendicitis I highly recommend :

http://www.appendicitis-info.com

But I still can't find answer to my question.

Can anyone help?
 

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We can all have such atypical symptoms that misdiagnosis is possible.

I have IBS and Endometriosis.

Some time ago pre-surgery I had very bad yet-to-be diagnosed endometriosis. Because of my endometriosis I had pain everywhere. This included a sharp pain of my left side. At this time I was taking codeine, tramadol, paracetamol, and ibuprofen all at once - my pain killer reliance was so bad that my pharmacist near refused to provide me with my medication.

During my surgery, it was discovered endometriosis had grown on my appendix and was about to rupture - my surgeon suggested it was so bad it could have ruptured the next day.

After my surgery, the left side pain had completely vanished. It really was it's own separate thing to my other pain.

Unfortunately my endometriosis surgery was not entirely successful and I had to continue with a heavy pain killer regime and have further surgery.

Years later, I was diagnosed with IBS. The pain is bad/ uncomfortable but nowhere near my prior endometriosis/ appendicitis pain. You will definitely know that something is wrong; and if you have moderate/ severe pain definitely have yourself checked out by a doctor/ emergency department. If you have to take as many pain killers as I was, you likely need surgery already.
 

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As far as I am aware, appendicitis causes fever, and often vomiting. IBS doesn't cause either, usually. Sometimes, possibly vomiting in some people? But it's not common to have any fever with IBS. So I'd say if you're not sure, check your temperature with a thermometer (don't assess it from this common modern idea that if you touch your skin and you feel hot you have a fever! Take it with a thermometer.)
 
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