Hi Annemarie, If you want to go through with the surgery you would see a family doctor, not a OBGYN. I can certainly understand your frustration. Currently I am in excruciating pain and have been told no one will perform surgery on me until I have another bowel obstruction & it is a life or death situation. Pain isn't life or death, it just makes us want to die - so I guess to the surgeons that doesn't count.
Have you seen any specialists dealing with adhesions? Maybe a GI doctor would be a good start, it sounds like you have had a lot of GI surgery. I know how that is too, as I had Endo, they took me apart piece by piece - 6 abdominal surgeries in 5 years. I too have had removal of partial bowel, intestines, gall bladder, appendix and finally complete hysterectomy. I do not think it is wise to have laproscopic surgery if you have as many adhesions as you say. They tried it on me and pierced my bowel because there were too many adhesions to see what they were doing.
I will pray for you honey. Call a couple of specialists and see how they feel about the appendectomy. I hope you get relief. Good luck to you Noreen
On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 8:49 PM, IAS Admin (Tracy) <email@example.com> wrote: Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org (annmarie) Subject: Advice needed - appendix problems
Hey guys I haven't posted for a while as I'm trying to cope with things on my own but am now having to throw in the towel. Long story short - Endo stage 4 ending with full hyst 4 years ago, including multi organ (bowel, bladder, stomach wall) involvement. Stomach full of adhesions - another laporoscopy 2 years ago for cut back (bowel and stomach wall involvement) Well - at the time of my last surgery I begged my Gyne surgeon to remove my appendix as I have extreme localised right sided lower abdominal pain. He told me he could'nt remove it as 'he saw it but it was too difficult to get at!" Any how, here I am again - awful pain, on and off low grade fever, dreadful 'water like' bowel movements which leave me drenched in cold sweat and bordering on passing out. Several times I've thought of going to the ER as I am convinced that my appendix is rupturing but have fallen asleep and woken up feeling better - until the next time the symptoms come back, which is every other week at the moment.
I just don't know what to do. I know my GP thinks I should try and handle things and get used to the pain as there is not much else they can do but - I truly hate feeling like this and am so worried that if my appendix does rupture in an emergency what if they can't get it in time?
Should I 'ask' for it to be removed in a controled way? I don't want anymore surgeries - who does, but I feel that this pesky organ, which I don't need, is removed I might get some relief.
My husband wants me too as he feels that if I don't I will always wonder if it would make a difference.
I am 43 and have a long life ahead of me - what would you guys do. Risk another surgery or try and deal?
Also, If I do decide to go a head to I push for a gyne surgeon or a general one?
Help would be so appreciated!
Hugs to you all!
-- annmarie - uk - worcestershire