Appendicitis near CD-infected areas

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   Posted 3/11/2009 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,

I'm new to the Healingwell forums.

I'm a 33 year old, diagnosed with CD during mid-2008. It was detected after a long bout of diarrhea. Since then, I have moved on with the daily dosage of tablets.

Since a week, I have been suffering from acute pain on the right portion of the Abdomen. At the hospital, the docs confirmed that it's a case of acute appendicitis. Problem is that the CD inflammation neighbors the appendix and the docs foresee problems whilst removal of the Appendix. In case of a strong physical connection with the Appendix, they plan to remove CD-infected parts of the small/large intestine, that lie in the immediate vicinity. Apparently, wound healing would be a concern otherwise.

Has anyone been through this or know of someone who has been in such a situation?
I'm very concerned that this operation might result in complications and that healing might take forever. Inputs appreciated.
Thanks for your time.

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   Posted 3/11/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I wander if they are talking about the cecum and TI area's? Hope things go good for you gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still gail

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   Posted 3/12/2009 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Many moons ago, when I was a young lad, and cell phones were the size of satchels...I had my "grumbling appendix" removed. It had "grumbled" frequently throughout my childhood, but they never thought to ask why, they just warned me to avoid peanuts...
Anyway, after they had whipped it out, the surgeon told me that there was some inflammation in the adjacent gut, but that this would soon go away. eyes Twenty years later....guess where my CD always flares up ? LRQ, just about where my appendix used to be. I would think that it wasn't the CD made worse by the appendicitis though, it was the other way around, and all they were doing was removing a Crohn's infected part of the gut when they did the appendectomy.
But the crux of the matter as far as you are concerned Starah is that, no, I healed a little bit slower than they expected of mere appendicitis but there were no serious issues resulting (that I know of). I'd guess though that complications will be more likely dependent on severity, so it may well be a numbers game - 1% at the lower end of the scale have a further problem, maybe 7% at the higher end, that sort of thing ?
I'd expect that removing extra gut is not likely to be the cause of further problems - it is if they are not radical enough and leave inflamed gut in and it needs to heal, that is where the problem is likely to lie, because CD infected tissue just does not heal properly.
eyes Sorry to be so wordy, I hope this helps shed light. wink

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   Posted 3/12/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I do not know Sarah, but I can see how getting the all the inflamed areas out might be a good idea.
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