Post # 1
Just a bit of a vent I guess… Feeling sore and sorry for myself as less than 10 days before my wedding, I’m sitting in my pyjamas on our couch, recovering from an emergency appendectomy.
Last week I became acutely unwell, and was rushed by ambulance to hospital, with a ruptured appendix and peritonitis.
I know it could have been much worse, and I know I’m lucky to be here… But I’m in so much pain, that I’m finding it really hard to imagine being able to walk down the isle, let alone enjoy our wedding. I’m full of fluid, so I doubt my dress will fit… And I feel just miserable in general. The antibiotics and anaesthetic have really knocked for around.
I guess it doesn’t help that I haven’t finished all of our wedding prep… And had put aside the last week to do it 🙁
Does anyone who has had an appendectomy have any advice? Does the pain improve quickly? Or does it take time?
I’m 3 days post op 🙁
Post # 3
@OzWinterBride: Did they do it laproscopically? or a long incision? i find that affects how long it takes. If its lapro, they use air to “poof” your stomach, so a lot of the pain is actually caused by gas. Try to keep walking, slowly, but often, and it really helps your body heal / get the air out!
Post # 4
@OzWinterBride: I had an emergency appendectomy this February. I kept feeling a sharp pain that wouldn’t go away (I thought it was gas) and my mom and Fiance told me to go to the er. I had mine done laprscopically.
Honestly, it took me about 3 weeks to feel *fully* normal again. I was only on the pain medication for a little over a week. It was wintertime here and so when it was really cold, the main site would flare up. Walking does help with the pain a lot. Be gentle on yourself too…try not to stress about things as it will only make the pain worse. I hope you feel better soon!
Post # 5
I’m so sorry, that’s such bad timing on top of an already awful experience 🙁
If they did it laparoscopically (a few small incisions rather than a big one), you should definitely be feeling better in a few days. I had an emergency laparoscopy for an ovarian cyst last month, and was back at work 6 days later (definitely not at my best, but it was very do-able). It took about 3.5 weeks to feel fully back to normal. Good luck and feel better!!
Post # 6
Aah! That’s terrible!
I used to nanny for a family where the husband had an emergeny appendectomy three weeks after the birth of his twins!
I think they said 2 weeks before he could lift heavy objects, but he felt WORLDS better after like 4 or 5 days!
Post # 7
@OzWinterBride: Did you have a laparascopy? If so, I think you’ll recover much faster. I’ve had several laps, mostly for endometriosis and ovarian cysts. My first laparascopy was for appendicitis (but then they decided to look around since I’ve had pain for years, and found endo and ovarian cysts). Move around a little bit each day as much as you can. I also found for several days post op that bringing a pillow with me in the car to go between teh seat belt and by abdomen helped a lot. Also, just listen to your body. If you need extra sleep, sleep! Try to take care of yourself as much as you can
Post # 8
Excessive pain is not normal after surgery. Maybe you should talk to the doctor about this. And ask for painkillers!!! It’s easy to become depressed when you are in agony.
Post # 10
I had a laparoscopic one a few years back. I was up and good in about 5 days 90% normal within2 weeks. Feel better!
Post # 11
Thank you for all of your lovely posts Bees.
A few days later and I’m feeling a bit better. I’m still not able to do as much as I would like, but I am getting better at asking for help.
I spoke to my surgeon, and he said that he thought I must have been sick for a very long time (I’d had seven hospitalisations this year), as my appendix had ruptured totally, and the infection had spread all through my abdomen and down into my pelvis. He also said that there were lots of adhesions (scar tissue had joined parts of my bowel and various organs together). Apparently I was in surgery for a lot longer than expected, as they had a lot of work to do, hence my recovery might take a little longer than a straight forward surgery. Hearing that helped me understand why I was in so much pain.
I’m hoping that my wedding dress will fit… As most of the fluid has gone now. I’d love to have more energy to get through our wedding day, but I guess if that doesn’t happen I just have to remind myself of how lucky I am.
Thank you once again, your comments and insights really helped me get through the toughest days pain wise… X Ps. Mslobizon, the pillow really helped! Thank you.