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AznPrd
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   Posted 8/28/2007 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been having pain on the RLQ of my stomach and it is getting pretty unbearable. It now hurts when i move. I went to the hospital 4 days ago and they said my white blood cell count was up but not sure what the problem was. Cat scans and ultra sounds came back fine. I had a colonoscopy today and they told me that I didn't have appendicitis just from the procedure. I was told that you cant tell if someone has apendicitis through a colonoscopy. Did I hear wrong or is the Dr. right?

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   Posted 8/28/2007 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Personally I have never heard of checking out the appendix that way nor would I think they would risk it if it were inflammed but maybe they are right. I had appendix problems for a few years but had no high WC so they didn't think it was that till they took me in for exploratory surgery and it was all messed up. Back then they didn't have CT scans, ultrasounds,etc. So what do they think it is. Obviously you do have an infection somewhere and that sounds logical.

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   Posted 8/29/2007 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I have seen pictures of an appendix through a scope however I'm not sure how far into they can go. Its not very big but its not very wide either. Risk of perforation would lead me to believe that they really don't check on it too much. Ultrasounds can be helpful in detecting appendicitis but are not 100% accurate (you can still have it but not show up on the images). A CT scan is also helpful.

I hope you are able to get answers soon. Given that your WBC count is up, you may want to follow up with another hospital or doctor.
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   Posted 8/29/2007 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
If you're having LRQ pain and have an elevated white count, and the pain continues, or if you get a fever, go to the ER right away.  Sometimes a CT scan will show appendicitis, sometimes not.  Sometimes the only way to know is by having surgery.  But the high white count is suspicious, especially in the presence of severe LRQ pain.

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   Posted 8/29/2007 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
P.S. No, a c-scope is not diagnostic for appendicitis.  It doesn't reach the appendix, which is sort of this weird, wormy-like thing in a very out-of-the-way place.

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   Posted 8/29/2007 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I think the appendix is totally closed so no scope could get in anyway. I would not mess around. I would pursue this with another Doctor. You have all the symptoms. Mine was so long it was wrapped around the ureter and had a cyst in the middle and was becoming gangreous. Sure glad they did exploratory surgery cause frankly for over 2 years I was just written off as a hypochondriac even though my color was this side of green. Stay on this.

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Keriamon
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   Posted 8/31/2007 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I would get another opinion, as one doctor dimissed my Dad's pain and his appendix ruptured as a result. He lived, but it was 6-8 weeks before he was fully recovered from it (whereas if it had been taken out before that, he would have been back up to speed in about one week). Since a colonscopy didn't discover any ulcers from an IBD, which could also elevate your white count, then I think the appendix looks more suspicious.
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