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I have been going to the doctors since early November as I have been suffering mainly from lower right abdominal pain, but also changes to bowel functions and just generally feeling unwell, weak and tired all the time.
I had my appendix removed through 3 keyhole incisions and a long operation nearly 2 years ago now, and I did experience some pain like I am experiencing at the moment a couple of weeks after having it removed, but then it seemed to disappear and I was okay. It it not contiunuous pain in my abdomen, but it comes and goes, and I do have pain every day - mainly small sharp shooting pain which feels deep and causes me to clutch my side, its similar to having a stitch. Sometimes I experience pain going round towards my back, but that is not a deep pain, it is more achy, and I have experienced pain on the left side too but again not as severe. I have had chest pains too which have worried me as I have never experienced this before. I have also had some aching pains in my neck but I am not really concerned about that unless they could be related to anything else. My bowels have not been normal since around October, at first I had diarrohea for a week and then I was concerned as I did not go to the toilet at all for a week and then since then this kind of pattern has continued, and I am constipated for a few days and then I have urgent need to go to the toilet.. There is sometimes mucus, black bits and occasionally blood, and generally my stool is like small droppings or not normal shape.
I had blood tests done in November and they came back showing sign of infection somewhere, as the doctor also highlighted high eosonophil levels but said that she wasn't concerned, as at the time I did have swollen tonsils and she thought it was maybe because of this. She gave me amoxicillin to take for a week but that did not change anything and so I went back, she still did not really know why I was having pain and feeling poorly; next they gave me clarithromycin to take for a week, however this did not change anything either. I went back again and she decided to refer me to the gastrointestinal department at the hospital (this was at beginning of December), to possibly see the surgeon who did my surgery nearly 2 years ago. Therefore, I was put on a waiting list and even though she has put it as urgent, I had to wait until February. I felt that I could not wait this long as my symptoms have been getting worse, and so she sent me in to the hospital last week after also having a temperature, where they did a stool test, urine test and blood tests. My temperature, blood pressure and heart rate were all high. Blood and urine tests came back okay though, I asked about eosonophil levels as I said these have been high for a while but they said they were not concerned about this. The doctor mentioned that she does not think it would be a problem resulting from the surgery, but she did say it could be something to do with my ovaries or colon. I have not had results from the stool test back yet, but I am going for an ultrasound scan and to see a gynaecologist in a few days.
I am just wondering if anyone has been experiencing similar symptoms, or has had problems after having appendix surgery, and maybe thinking it could be related to this? I am worried that it could be something serious such as cancer as I have been suffering for a while, but I am only 22? If anyone could give me any advice as to what may be causing my pain or if they have been in a similar situation, it would be very helpful!
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