Appendicitis: Anyone ever have it before?

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    Jun 23, 2012 9:51 PM GMT
    I woke up this morning with some pain near the sternum area I guess you can say, which moved to my right rib cage. It freaked me out. Took about 30 minutes before it went away. Anyone ever have appendicitis before? Can you share your experience with it? Did it rupture? Pain after appendectomy? Such and such.
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    Jun 23, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    Yes, I had appendicitis at 14, required an emergency appendectomy. I was sick for 2 days prior, had no appetite, while this pain just below my sternum kept growing. There was no pain where the appendix is actually located, which I later was told is typical.

    At the end of the second day I suddenly became extremely weak, and sorta swooned onto a sofa and couldn't get up. My parents took me to the ER. The doctor later told me as soon as he opened me up my appendix burst right in front of him. Fortunately they were able to drain it off and no complications developed.

    You may want to consult with a doctor, or consider an ER visit if this does not get better. Sometimes an appendix will improve, then worsen again, then improve, back and forth over weeks, as your body fights the infection.