Did I have short-term appendicitis?
August 31, 2014 9:45 PM Subscribe
A strange incident happened several years ago, that I think was appendicitis but can't be sure.
posted by zardoz to Health & Fitness (16 answers total)
This happened nearly twenty years ago when I was in college. I was at work at my part-time job, when I gradually felt a pressure, then a pain in my lower right abdomen. The pain grew slowly and then suddenly there was a sharp pain there that had me doubled over for about half a minute.
That pain then faded away, but at the same time I was hit with an abrupt and acute nausea. I got flushed and hot, and felt like throwing up. I ran to the bathroom and did just that. After that, the nausea and the pain faded away, and after another half hour or so, I was back to normal and it was as if it had never happened.
At the time I suspected it was appendicitis, and that I should go to the doctor. Being a poor American college student, though, of course I did not go to the doctor. I was wary for the next few days and weeks and months, but this pain never repeated--it was just a one-off thing.
So what was it ? The sharp pain followed by nausea led me to think that some kind of...bad stuff...got released into my bloodstream--perhaps toxins from an infected appendix. Can appendicitis come and go like that?