Post # 1
I’ve been having a lot of lower right abdominal pain for the last two years. I was referred to a OB/GYN who suspected endometriosis and scheduled me for surgery to diagnose it and remove possible lesions at the same time. Based on my symptoms and family history (mother and grandmother both had severe endometriosis) he was positive that’s what it was. Well I had surgery a few days ago and they did not find endometriosis which is a good thing. However, he said that my appendix appeared to be tethered to my abdomen. Not inflamed, just stuck to the abdominal wall. My follow up appointment isn’t for a few more weeks and I would like to know more. Has anyone ever experienced this or heard of this? I did some research, but couldn’t find much information.
Post # 3
Mine was attached to my bladder somehow… So when it became inflamed they had a hard time diagnosing appendicitis… my pain was central, not one sided, and they couldn’t get a good scan of it behind the bladder. The gastroent. said it was fairly common.
Post # 4
Did they take out your appendix? If they did, hopefully it will help with yor pain.
You can get adhesions or scar tissue almost anywhere in the abdomen. The most common cause is previous surgery, but they can be caused by other things including appendicitis and infections.
Post # 5
@julies1949: No, they didn’t remove it. I’m not sure why they didn’t why they were already in there. Maybe because it was my OB/GYN doing the surgery? Or they need explicit permission first? I wish they would have, I’d really rather not have surgery again so soon. It would be great to have the pain go away though.
I wish I would have been able to ask more questions when I was in the hospital, but I was so out of it from the anesthesia.
@HappySky7: Was yours attached before it became infected? Did you have pain there before you had appendicitis? I’m relieved your doctor said it is common, because mine seemed baffled.
Post # 6
I’m not sure if it was attached prior to infection. I assume it was. The infection was acute. I had centralized pain in the evening, went to work on nights anyways… I had surgery within 24 hours of the onset of pain/vomiting. True story, this happened on Dec 23rd, I had surgery xmas eve. bahaha. Good times. If you’re still having problems it could be a good idea to seek a second opinion.
Post # 7
Just an update in case anyone with similar symptoms comes across this in the future.
I had my follow up appointment and it turns out my appendix is stuck to my abdomen due to scar tissue (an abdominal adhesion). The appendix being attached to my abdomen is causing pain because it’s sort of restricting my bowels from functioning properly to put it simply.
The specialist said that I had most likely had appendicitis at least one time in the past (he said he thought perhaps multiple times), but my body fought off the infection and caused the resulting scar tissue. Some doctors call it chronic appendicitis, but others don’t believe that is a real condition. Either way, I was referred to a different surgeon in a few days to have it removed.
Looking back, I remember a few times my belly hurt very badly and I was vomiting and thought about going to the hospital, but I had been to a doctor at a walk-in clinic (no hospital in the area) when it hurt bad before and he dismissed it as IBS so I didn’t want to waste anyone’s time if that’s what it turned out to be again. Dumb idea, I was very lucky it did not rupture.
Listen to your body, if you feel like something is wrong it probably is.
Post # 8
@ButtercupBetty: mine was attached to my bowel. The doctor freed it up, and I noticed the difference immediately – needing a bowel movement at the exact same time every day. Apparently adhesions tend to recurr, and I assume this is true for me as I now go a week with no BM. Not sure why it happens really, but like you, I get soreness in the lower right (and left), which could be ovulation pains??