Prior to my colon cancer, etc. and my colon surgeries, my husband had an emergency appendectomy. It was our immediate family's first experience with major surgery (our children were 2nd and 5th graders then). My husband initially thought it was a bad case of heartburn. He was treating it like he usually did but nothing would work. I went to sleep only to wake up in the middle of the night, the entire first floor's lights were on and he was pacing the floor. He was miserable. I asked what he needed, should I run to the 24 hour grocery/pharmacy for OTC meds but he said he had them, none were working. Other things such as walking, eating one piece of bread, drinking a full glass of water, nothing was relieving the indigestion or heartburn. By 7 am, he called our Internist's office. They gave him an appt., as soon as they opened, 8 am. They did a urine test and sent him promptly to the ER, saying his appendix would likely come out.
Long story shot, he was fine, we caught it in time so it wasn't infected. But it needed to come out.
Later we both realized as parents of young children, never to ignore a stomach ache or indigestion/heartburn. If in severe discomfort that isn't relieved by the usual OTC meds, etc. then call your doctor ASAP. My Internist said he should have gone to the ER the evening before, when it all started. We were lucky it didn't rupture.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening