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Could this be appendix?

(34 Posts)
girliefriend Sat 27-Jul-13 14:57:29

7yo dd c/o pain lower abdo around the belly button on and off since ystd afternoon, low fever. Eating and drinking fine, bowels o.kay.

Have rung 111 and waiting got G.P to ring back as suddenly got concerned this might be her appendix. Anyone with any experience?

The pain seems severe.


RandomMess Sat 27-Jul-13 14:58:35

It could be, she needs to be seen.

girliefriend Sat 27-Jul-13 15:09:11

Thanks, she seems bit better now but had calpol and junifen, will see what G.P says.

throckenholt Sat 27-Jul-13 15:18:04

If appendix the pain will likely get more intense and move down to lower right side.

At about that age one of mine started getting mesenteric adenitits which is basically pain around the bellybutton due to swollen glands resulting from a virus (some people it gives sore throat, some it goes to the stomach). That might tie in with a low fever.

Hope she feels better soon.

girliefriend Sat 27-Jul-13 15:24:15

Thats interesting throckenholt, she has c/o sore throat ystd evening but not at all today. Spoke to nurse practitioner and have an app with dr at 7pm so will have to wait and see.

Thanks for replies.

girliefriend Sat 27-Jul-13 15:27:51

Just googled mesenteric adenitis and it does sound very like what my dd has so am hoping it is that rather than appendix!!

Thanks - why do they wait til the hols to get ill grin ?!

throckenholt Sat 27-Jul-13 15:51:33

The first time he had it was quite severe - went to GP who sent us to the hospital for tests. Had to have a blood test (nasty !) which showed increased white blood cells. They eliminated any other cause and diagnosed mesenteric adenitis (no treatment except normal pain killers which generally didn't help much sadly).

He had it every time he had a cold (well brothers had a cold and he got that instead) for a few years. Now he is 10 and I can't remember the last time he had it (they grow out of it apparently).

It was always around belly button or a bit higher. We were told lower right pain was possible appendix and lower left was likely constipation, as was pain just below the ribs.

I hope the GP doesn't think it is anything worse.

Holidays and Friday evenings are favourite times for getting ill.

Onesleeptillwembley Sat 27-Jul-13 16:12:55

Could be - it doesn't always move to' appendix area' until the point of bursting looks at 28 year old scar. Get it checked, just in case.

girliefriend Sat 27-Jul-13 17:29:43

Thanks she is still in quite a lot of pain and didn't want any of her dinner sad is just lying on the sofa watching harry potter.

7pm can't come quick enough.

SoupDragon Sat 27-Jul-13 17:32:09

DS1 had appendicitis symptoms, aged 5, and it turned out to be pneumonia. No cough, just pain, lethargy and a temperature.

CaptainJamesTKirk Sat 27-Jul-13 17:36:03

I had appendicitis at 15 years old overseas. The doctor smelt my breath (I thought it very odd) but he said he wanted to see if he could smell a bad breath smell. He also wanted to look at my tongue for a white coating. Does your dc have either of these?

The pain and low fever could be a sign? She's too young for her periods to start (I think) so I would suspect the pain to be appendix elated potentially.

CaptainJamesTKirk Sat 27-Jul-13 17:37:27

Does the pain go away if she bring her knees up to her chest?

girliefriend Sat 27-Jul-13 17:41:00

Yes def hasn't started her periods Captain shock tongue and breath look/smell alright i think...

Thats weird soup, you would think cough/ chest pain for pneumonia, was the pain in his abdo? confused

Can't cope with seeing her in pain sad

CaptainJamesTKirk Sat 27-Jul-13 17:42:20

Has she had any pain relief at all?

girliefriend Sat 27-Jul-13 17:42:55

No doesn't appear to Captain although she is very guarded of her tummy and didn't want to bring her knees up too high.

girliefriend Sat 27-Jul-13 17:43:51

Yes calpol and junifen, can have some more in about an hour. Seems to take the edge of but not take the pain away completely iyswim.

SoupDragon Sat 27-Jul-13 17:50:25

Yes. Apparently it's very common for it to present as appendicitis in children.

PutOnAHappyFace Sat 27-Jul-13 17:59:34

My DD is exactly the same right now, just deciding if I need to take her to a&e. She has cystic fibrosis as well so have to be extra careful with illness but can't decide if this is just a tummy bug or not confused

Hope you DD is ok.

girliefriend Sat 27-Jul-13 18:04:27

Thanks, only an hour to wait now..

Hope your dd is o.kay putonahappyface as well, maybe ring 111 for advice? I was surprised at how quick I got a response, was expecting it to be a nightmare.

Thankyou ladies foer keeping me company while we wait, now watching return of the jedi as harry potter has finished!!

PutOnAHappyFace Sat 27-Jul-13 18:09:39

111 just tell us to go to hospital because of her illness which is annoying. Why do kids always get sick at the weekend when it's awkward.

Happypiglet Sat 27-Jul-13 18:14:17

Ha she been sick? That usually happens with appendix but not always. My DS1 had it removed last year after a sudden acute attack which came out of no where. If she can bear it press on appendix are (low down right hand side) should hurt but when you release the pressure after say a second it should hurt more....classic appendicitis sign...

girliefriend Sat 27-Jul-13 18:24:01

She won't let me touch her tummy at all, even very slight pressure makes her cry sad good luck to the dr who has to examine her!!

My dd always gets ill at weekends, when we are away or in the hols!!

girliefriend Sat 27-Jul-13 18:24:27

She hasn't been sick but felt sick on and off...

CaptainJamesTKirk Sat 27-Jul-13 18:26:47

The fact the pain doesn't go away or ease when she brings her knees up to her chest is also a sign (from what I remember from 20 years ago. You only have 35 mins. I expect the doctor will want to examine her.

paulapantsdown Sat 27-Jul-13 18:33:25

My ds9 had some tummy pain a few weeks ago,ate his dinner fine at 6pm, but had a little bit of a high temp. By 7.30 we were carrying him in to a&e, and he had an emergency appendectomy the following morning.

Appendix can turn nasty very quickly, but its a very minor OP these days. Ds was back at school 2 days later.

Please don't leave her, best to get it checked out. Good luck.

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