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Hi, started getting pains in lower right abdomen about five months ago. It feels more like a sore lump and I thought it might just be a muscle to start with.. Some days I barely notice it, some days it feels sore and sometimes it comes on much worst, with pain running round the top of my hip and in to my lower back (at one stage I actually wondered if it was a hip problem but an x-ray shows this as ok). When it comes on bad, I have found that walking can often relieve the symptoms. Decided to see a private consultant/surgeon. Recently had ultrasound and abdominal/pelvic CT. The ultrasound did not show anything. The CT scan showed a few small stones in the gall bladder which the consultant dismissed. The scan also showed my appendix to be slightly shorter than expected, very slightly enlarged but hazy on the scan. White blood cell count and all other bloods normal (except low B12). The consultant said that the scan had not shown any other reasons for the pain. Clinically the appendix does not appear to be infected however the haze on the CT could indicate a problem and possible reason for the pain. He said that he did not feel any further tests were required and that he could remove the appendix in the hope that this would stop the pain, but he could not guarantee this would be the case. He has sent me away to see how the pain goes and to think about it for a few weeks and then to let him know if I want to to go ahead with the removal.
I really would be most grateful for views or advice from anybody who has been in a similar position. Should I be seeking further advice or does it sound feasible that appendix could be the cause. Many thanks.
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