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View Poll Results: Have you had your appendix removed?
Yes 160 55.94%
No 126 44.06%
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03-13-2011, 02:25 PM   #31
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I had mine out about 2 years before I was diagnosed with Crohn's.
10-01-2011, 04:52 PM   #32
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mine was removed with part of my bowel
10-17-2011, 03:31 PM   #33
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Mine came out along with 13 inches of my colon. It was also infected.
10-17-2011, 03:58 PM   #34
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Ruptured appendix - 2007
Diagnosed with Crohn's 1984
Gallbladder removed in 1982.
10-25-2011, 01:14 PM   #35
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Mine came out in 2005...was before I was diagnosed, but GI thinks now was a flare up to my crohns....
10-25-2011, 01:20 PM   #36
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mine was removed as part of the resection, pathology report revealed a carcinoid tumor on it, so glad its away!

Diagnosed Crohn's 2010
ileocecal resection 2010
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10-25-2011, 01:52 PM   #37
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No I still have mine - even though when they did my hysterectomy I wanted them to take it out to avoid another future abdominal surgery - this before I knew I had crohn's. I am now missing ovaries, tubes, uterus, gallbladder, and tonsils - so the only thing left to cause problems is the dammned appendix. Oh and the thyroid crapped out and my immune system is screwed up.

Maybe we shold start a poll of the body systems we have that ARE STILL WORKING and IN ONE PIECE. (sorry its a bad day around here)
10-25-2011, 03:54 PM   #38
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I had mine when I was diagnosed. Years later my Crohn's worsened to the point where I needed surgery, and it was infected and filled with pus so it came out with the rest.
10-26-2011, 12:56 AM   #39
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I had mine removed when they took out 10-12 inches of my large intestine but only because it also had signs of Crohn's otherwise they would have left it alone.
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10-26-2011, 10:20 AM   #40
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Mine came out with the 12 inches of colon and a large chunk of the small as well. I was under the impression it was useless anyway?
10-26-2011, 10:44 AM   #41
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Mine came out with my bowel, it wasn't infected at all just attached to an abcess but they thought they might as well remove it Atleast i'll never get appendicitus
10-31-2011, 10:20 AM   #42
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hi i had my appendix removed 4 years ago, and in september this year was diagnosed with crohns, my docs question wether this was the start off this desease, also 32 years ago my brother got taken into hospital with suspected appendicitus ,and turns out it wasnt but crohn desease,just thought i had to share this with you x
11-01-2011, 08:24 PM   #43
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They thought I had appendicitis when I went into the ER with my Crohn's for the first time - even though my pain was on the left and it is on the right. A good ER doc save my appendx that night, but a week later they did an exploratory because they couldn't figure out what was wrong. They removed it then. I threw a fit and yelled at the doctor. (I was much younger then, but I would still tell them a thing or two). I did not give permission for it to be removed when it was pink and healthy!!!

Seems silly now, but I was really mad. It was probably the most healthy part of my whole entire colon at the time, and they took it out. Colonoscopy several weeks later (done by a gastro) showed very little normal bowel. He said he had never seen so many ulcers so evenly distributed throughout. So, why didn't they take my colon and leave my lovely healthy appendix?? LOL!!!!
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11-01-2011, 09:02 PM   #44
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I still have mine. When I was 12 I had terrible lower abdominal pains. At the time the Dr said it could be appendicitis, but turned out to be a flare. I was not diagnosed till much later, but realized these "episodes" of stomach pain now made sense.
Currently on: Colazal, Prilosec, multi-vitamin, probiotics, total EFA's, glucosamine.

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11-19-2011, 11:43 PM   #45
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Mine came out in August 2000. My physician's assitant at the time did a very funny test to find out if my abdominal pain was appendicitis. I couldn't stand up straight because the pain was so bad. She had me lie flat on the table and then she tapped the bottom of my feet. I screamed. She said, "Yep, it's your appendix. I want you to go to the hospital right now."
11-22-2011, 08:39 AM   #46
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It's gone. It was attached to the start of my colon, which was removed.
Surgery Oct 12, 2010

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Started Humira June 22nd, 2011
Increased to weekly injections on November 1st, 2016
Due to the insurance company, Humira ended on January 31, 2017.
Started Entyvio February 9th, 2017
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11-22-2011, 09:35 AM   #47
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I had mine removed when they did my first resection. I was already sick with CD then so in my case I think that with or without the appendix it made little difference.

When they removed mine back in 1988 they told me it would be better this way they would not mistake a falre up with what is the english word for the appendix exploding? :-) I forget.
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11-22-2011, 09:46 AM   #48
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I was thought to have appendicitis in 2007, turned out to be a severe kidney infection. Very high fever, white cells where pouring out in my urine. I went to the ER to be seen and after a good 3-4 hour wait with a fever of 103 I decided to take some tylenol and went to an urgent care facility which I got medicine, an x-ray, a urinalysis and treatment within 1/2 an hour.

Two years later I began spewing blood out of my anus...thus UC/crohns was born.
Diagnosis: Confused officially diagnosed in 2010

Bloodwork is indeterminate IBD, biopsies are crohns positive, symptoms and visually it's UC

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11-22-2011, 09:49 AM   #49
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When they removed mine back in 1988 they told me it would be better this way they would not mistake a falre up with what is the english word for the appendix exploding? :-) I forget.
appendicitis I beleive this is the term which explains both the inflammation of the appendix as well as the appendix exploding
02-03-2012, 08:25 AM   #50
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T hey took mine out with ilium resection
02-03-2012, 09:45 AM   #51
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I had a "grumbling appendix" which was removed last october... i still have problems. so im having my first colonoscopy on 6th feb.. to see if i have anIBD
Grumbling Appendix removed OCT'11
Chiari Malformation diagnosed JUNE'12 (surgery 5th July)

Alternating diagnosis of:
Seronegative Inflammatory Arthritis / SAPHO syndrome

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(Previously Prednisolone.. worked a treat!)

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02-11-2012, 02:54 PM   #52
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Yes, along with 11 inches of my small bowel
Diagnosed January 2011-Crohn's disease
Abcess/fistula leading to
Bowel resection surgery April 2011
Have been on Entocort, Cipro, Flagyl
Currently on 175mg Azathioprine
40 mg Humira
02-11-2012, 04:52 PM   #53
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Yes , took mine out with the hemicolectomy. It was 9 inches long (creepy !). Not inflamed ,just trying to be a 3rd intestine I think. lol. On the ultrasound they didn't know if it was actually my appendix because the end was tucked behind other bits.
simon, dx severe cronic Crohn's 2009, misdiagnosed since 1982 (ibs !!!) . right hemi colectomy (60cm) two fistulas, two strictures, apendectomy (23cm) abscess on illeum "size of hotdog bun".skip lesions .current meds..aza-200mg. humira. questran.
02-11-2012, 04:55 PM   #54
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9 Inches!

There would be many a man that would like to apply those numbers to an appendage other than the appendix!

Mum of 2 kids with Crohn's.
02-11-2012, 05:13 PM   #55
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DustyKat really (blush)! actually pretty happy nothing else was removed during surgery ,lol.
02-12-2012, 01:55 PM   #56
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I should still have mine, unless they didn't tell me that they removed it.

Some scientists have recently proposed that the appendix may harbour and protect bacteria that are beneficial in the function of the human colon.[9]

Loren G. Martin, a professor of physiology at Oklahoma State University, argues that the appendix has a function in fetuses and adults.[10] Endocrine cells have been found in the appendix of 11-week-old fetuses that contribute to "biological control (homeostatic) mechanisms." In adults, Martin argues that the appendix acts as a lymphatic organ. The appendix is experimentally verified as being rich in infection-fighting lymphoid cells, suggesting that it might play a role in the immune system.

He notes that doctors in the last decade have stopped removing the appendix during other surgical procedures as a routine precaution, because it can be successfully transplanted into the urinary tract to rebuild a sphincter muscle and reconstruct a functional bladder.
03-01-2012, 05:38 AM   #57
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Wow, it is absolutely amazing to read some of these responses. When they did my resection they took out my appendix because it had a carcinoid tumor on it and they believed it tricked my body into believing I had chronic appendicitis.
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03-01-2012, 07:11 AM   #58
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Still got mine!
03-01-2012, 08:25 AM   #59
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I think I'm the only one in the family with their appendix remaining.
03-01-2012, 08:43 AM   #60
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My appendix ruptured because of my Crohn's...... that was how I found out I had Crohn's disease.

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