I have been diagnosed with appendicitus in the last three years.
My diagnosis was made after a routine CT scan of my abdomen.
I was advised by my GP to see a specialist and to have an appendectomy.
I am not ashamed to say I was shocked by the results.
After a few weeks of recovery, I began to have some pains in my lower abdomen, which continued for about a month.
This was followed by a painful discharge and a sharp pain in my neck.
A CT scan showed my appendix was enlarged and was bleeding.
The CT scan also showed that the swelling had spread to the rest of my abdominal wall.
On top of the pain in the abdomen, I had severe abdominal pain and pain in every other area of my body.
When I finally went to the hospital, I was told I was at risk of having a large appendix because of my history of cancer.
Since my appendix is extremely large, I could potentially have a tumor that could grow very large in my abdomen, and it was not clear how this would be diagnosed.
As I was in the ICU, I received an appendicectomy with the aim of saving my appendix, and the doctor said I was unlikely to have any complications because I had undergone a biopsy on the appendix.
During the course of the appendicopy, the doctor also said I had a very large appendix, which was very surprising and concerning.
It is important to note that the appendix is not a large organ and does not have to be removed completely.
If I was to undergo surgery, I would have to have a catheter inserted in my appendix and then removed.
At the time, I did not think it was likely to be necessary, and had a positive experience with the procedure.
While I did have a positive CT scan, it did not tell me what the infection was.
However, I felt like I had no option but to have surgery.
In hindsight, the operation was a very risky decision.
Because the appendix was so large, there were complications in the procedure, and I was not sure if I would survive the surgery.
I had to make the decision on my own.
For most people, the risk of a large appendicis is low, but for someone like me, who is still a high school student, it could have been devastating.
I started the appendectomy process the same day my GP sent me the CT scan.
He was very helpful, and informed me about the procedure and what it would take to get it done.
Initially, I wanted to get the procedure done by the end of the month, but due to the complication I needed to wait.
Due to the complications, I waited until March to get surgery.
When I went to hospital to see the surgeon, I saw that I had two options.
Either I had surgery and I would be dead within three weeks, or I could wait and see how things played out.
Both options were extremely difficult to accept.
Even after being diagnosed with a large abdominal appendicitis, I still wanted surgery.
I chose surgery.
It was the only option.
Before the surgery, the surgeon was very patient and understanding.
He explained how the appendix could grow so large and how the swelling in my abdominal area would be extremely difficult for me to get rid of.
What was really surprising was that the surgeon actually made me feel comfortable during the operation.
There was a lot of pain in all the abdomen areas, and he was very aware of my pain and how I needed my appendix removed.
He even comforted me and asked if I wanted a c-section to remove the appendix and I said no.
Despite having to wait three months to get my appendix out, I do not regret the surgery at all.
With my appendix completely removed, I have no longer any lingering concerns.
Although the procedure was risky, I am not too concerned about my future because I have found a great support system from a wonderful person.
To see how appendicitism is diagnosed and treated, please check out my post on appendix appendiciti diagnosis.
Also, if you would like to learn more about appendicitia and what you can do to help, please visit my appendicititis article.