FRE0 saidBefore I had an emergency appendectomy, a few times a year I would have considerable abdominal pain that would last for a few hours. After my appendectomy, the pain never recurred. As a result, I think that it's possible to have chronic appendicitis for years with only occasional problems.
My appendix was removed on a Friday night in 1978, I left the hospital the following Sunday afternoon, and was back at work on Monday.
My appendicitis hit suddenly - I don't believe I'd ever had anything like those stomach pains before. Which, BTW, were directly below my sternum, not coming from the area of the appendix. They lasted for 48 hours, and I became nauseous and lost my appetite, at which point my parents saw me turn pale and collapse at home.
I guess because the appendix did burst, just as the surgeon opened me up, my hospital stay was for a full week. Did yours burst, too?
But then this was 1963, and I was just 14. Today's medical tools, procedures & medicines didn't exist, and I think they were more conservative in treatment back then, perhaps also less confident of the home care a patient might give himself, especially a young teen.
In any case I recovered quickly, and indeed didn't even feel any after-pain from the surgery itself, from the moment I woke up. And I've never had any more pain like it.