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As a hypochondriac, I can tell you to wrap your hand around the top of your hipbone. Where your fingers hit on your stomach is around where your appendix is. If you push on it and it hurts more when you let go, you might get concerned. Also, if the pain started off around your belly button and has moved to there, if you have a fever, and if you puke. My twin had it on our 19th birthday.The good thing is if you do have it you get morphine after, and because you're a dude, you won't have to endure a pelvic exam like she did.The other good thing is that it's probably just gas, and once you release a good air biscuit, you'll be fine. :)
If it's real bad pain, and located on the left side of your abdomen, it also could be diverticulitus. In which case, you'll have fun getting a CT scan.
Other thing I noticed when I had it was major loss of appetite. I don't mean "meh, not hungry." More like "why would anyone ever bother with food, ever?" Other things - sudden onset, pain has moved to the right side, and pain changes based on your position. IE, can't pull your legs in to your chest. Most people do puke, but I never did.Hope you're ok!
Well, it's not geting worse that I can tell, although it's not really getting better either. Well, maybe a little. It's not a sharp pain or all that bad, either.Any lack of hunger might be masked by the Phentermine I'm taking. And fever? I'm at work, in the building with the broken AC. I've had a fever all week.The pain is located in exactly the right spot, but it feels like it might be moving slightly. People keep telling me that if it was appendicitis, I'd be in agony, and getting sick too, so I am cautiously optimistic that I am simply a man waiting for a toot.I am a classy fellow, aren't I?
Well, your online home before this blog was Darn Tootin', Rob. :)If you're not feeling better by tonight, it's not moving, and you haven't let one rip, you might go get checked out.But feel better!
"playing pants tuba" is the best fart euphemism ever. You nearly made me snort oatmeal out my nose.And I hope you feel better soon. Preferably without having to have internal organs removed.
I had my appendix out 6 years ago. I thought it was just my ulcer for the first few hours, felt a little lousy with a lot of acidy stomach pain. Later I just felt really unwell as if I was coming down with the flu and then later I had some more serious stomach pain (which is when my husband dragged me to the ER). I never ran a fever and I never threw up and it took forever for the pain to actually be over my appendix. Which might be the last thing you want to hear!Rebound pain is a clear sign of appendicitis, so as Angie said if it hurts more when you let go, get to a Doctor. They have children jump up and down to check theirs, apparently they'll only jump once with an inflamed appendix.I hope everything is ok!
Gawd you guys are a hoot!"Air Biscuit" and "Pants Tuba". Heh.Hope you feel better, Rob.
Rob,A friend of mine just had his appendix BURST late last week and he (and his doctor) didn't know it, because the location of his appendix was slightly off. He's fine now (well, in the hospital fine, not jumping on a trampoline fine)but if you are running a fever for real and aren't just overheated, you might want to get checked out. My pal wasn't in agony until after it had burst, when everything got all nasty. Of course, if let a big one go and feel suddenly better, then I'd right it off as gas.
House on tv checked for appendicitis by having the kid jump up and down. it didn't hurt, so he said it wasn't. I had an appendicitis scare in college. it turned out to be a kidney stone. Just another thought!Sharon
My husband had his appendix out a month ago and I think the jump test, as mentioned above, is a good place to start. Good luck with this one, Rob.
Okay, I just stood up at my desk and jumped. It didn't hurt any more or less than it already does, so I'm thinking my appendix is in fact NOT about to explode.
I heard the only way to really check was to stand up from your desk, jump up & down repeatedly while yelling "I'm a princess!! I'm a princess!" and flapping your arms.Please keep us posted on the results.Mark G.
Like I don't do that already...
I had really bad food poisoning once and thought I had appendicitis. Best wishes to you that this turns out to be nothing other than gas or some expired condiments.
Weighing in on the "maybe it's gas" check -- well, you could try treating it as if it were gas, and if there's no change, then you'll know it's something else; one thing that can help pass gas quickly is plain peppermint tea. No milk, no sugar, just the peppermint leaves steeped. Peppermint is really good at alleviating gas, and also works within an hour; plus, it also doesn't taste like ass. (Another bonus is, the menthol in peppermint has a cooling affect, which is a very attractive proposition in summer. You can pour it over ice after steeping it, if hot tea sounds like a terrible idea now.)The only time I had abdominal pain that *wasn't* gas, it involved a particular organ that a human male would *not* have, so any other help I can offer would only be theoretical. If *Julie* were having abdominal pain, I'd have other advice at this point.
Could be gall bladder. If you have bad heartburn and...you know... playing pants tuba doesn't help, that could be an indication of gall bladder. Also- really horrid side pain, massive Technicolor Yawns, and inability to sleep.Mine got so bad I ended up unable to keep down herbal tea and Jello. I also lost over 25 pounds between the onset of the attacks and my surgery.One other possibility (now that I'm playing Armchair MD) could be neuropathy from your diabetes. My FIL has pain in his abdomen(under his ribs) and the docs are saying it's related.Good luck- get it checked out.
A doctor friend of mine and I were just discussing this issue last week. She told me, much to my surprise, that you can have appendicities without acute pain in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen, without a noticeable fever, without an elevated white blood cell count (!), without nausea or vomiting . . . basically, she said, the only way to rule out appendicitis for sure is to do an ultrasound. Which isn't to say that you do have appendicitis Rob, just, if you're not feeling better, yeah, you have to go get that looked at. -victoria
I think appendicitis is like a flat tire---sometimes, you're driving on a crappily surfaced road and you think: Do I have a flat tire? And your friend, the sympathetic nervous system, kicks in and you become convinced that you MUST have a flat tire, because life as you know it will more or less end if you do have a flat tire. Then, one day, you really DO have a flat tire, and you wonder how you could have ever wondered if you have a flat tire, because having a flat tire is an experience like nothing else. So, given that you've turned the pain into a literary exercise for us all, it's probably NOT appendicitis. However, referred kidney pain is not off the wall, and I seem to recall one of your fun-filled adventures with beedies medication was kidney problems. A call to Dr. Hottie is in order. I, like the rest of the faithful, will perform the appropriate rituals likely to yield an outcome of flatulence, though.
I was going to say gallbladder, too, Kate. My husband said it was very like gas, too, and then it just got worse and worse.
Since you are at work, this might not be the best advice....but if you get on all fours and wiggle; it opens up more room in your abdomen for your intestines and the trapped gas is free to get where it needs to go.
Like I'm too proud to do that at work...
I must really be a very evil Republican, because I'm laughing my ass off reading the comments.I feel terrible about it. I swear I'm not laughing at someone's suffering, especially someone with the luck of the Rob. I'm laughing at some of the mental pictures this thread is creating.Rob doesn't deserve this gas or appendix or whatever it is even though he is pretty liberal. As a liberal, he's mostly harmless, it's not like he's Hillary. Please Rob, as much I enjoy comedy, have this checked as soon as you can. Laughter and tears aren't that far apart.
"I must really be a very evil Republican..."Oh Jim, you know you're my favorite evil Republican, especially now that Bob Dornan went back to Mars.
My money is on "alien in your colon". If storm troopers burst into your office right as a little green man rips his way through your epiduris, it is probably an alien. You might want to get a CAT scan, though.
I once had a pretend appendicitis. I was rushed to hospital with a weird stabby stomach pain and a lot of pukage. The thing was that once I'd been put into a bed and given a bit of the old gas and air, I realised that I felt fine.Not wanting to cause a fuss, I chatted with the doctor as he prepared me for my unecessary operation, he gave me an unnecessary anaesthetic and woke up 20 (!!) hours later minus one organ.I really must speak up more.
I have GOT to say that this is the BEST comments stream ever. I'm so glad I'm the only one in the office because I would have to tell everyone why i'm laughing and I don't know if i could say the words "pants tuba" out loud without losing it and falling over sideways laughing.all joking aside -- rob, see a doc if this doesn't go away with some regular old OTC gas alleviation meds or the peppermint tea suggestion.we don't need a dead tootin.
My appendicitis was never horribly painful. I was tipped off by the rebound pain, and the fact that my stomach flu was getting worse rather than better after 24 hours. (I also never threw up, just spent a day thinking that I'd probably feel better if I did.) If you have rebound pain, I'd get it checked out. If it still hurts tomorrow, I'd get it checked out regardless because "not appendicitis" is not the same as "nothing to worry about at all, to heck with the doctor."If you decide you really think it's appendicitis, and have a choice of hospitals, you might call around and ask if they do their appendectomies laprascopically. Apparently these days you can have them done practically as outpatient surgery, but only about 50% of hospitals do them that way. The others do the traditional three-inch incision that has you laid up in the hospital for 3-5 days.
Q; You have a worrying abdominal pain. Do youA) See if it goes away after a good fart?B) Go to your doctor, just in case? Then fart.C) Ask the internet , jump up and down, while drinking peppermint tea, and prodding your abdomen strategically, and then fart?
If it's a smaller fart, are you playing a smaller instrument? For instance, did I just play pants trumpet?
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