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Clint31
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I know this board is for lyme but i have had a stomach ache off and on since friday, above my belly button, and it hurts when i press on it. Just wanted to talk to some folks that have had appendicitis before. The stomach ache will wax and wane and it has woken me up early in the morning a couple times from pain.

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My appendix ruputred when I was really young. The pain was on the lower right quadrant. What your describing doesn't sound like appendix, possibly lyme in the gut. Check out the newbie link, I beleive there's a section that talks about it.

In the meantime, try gluatmine to heal the intestines and lots and lots of acipdohilus. I take Metagenics which can only be purchased through a practioner. My friend is a doc and gets it for me at cost. I've heard Theralac and Threelac are high quality although I've never tried either one.

Yeast can also cause stomach problems. Be sure to follow a strict yeast free diet. Hope you feel better soon.

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so it probably isn't appendix? Its definite pain above the belly button about 6 inches up.

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Clint31
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Can lyme hit the gut? It might be a dumb question. but it hits everywhere else. I did not know it can cause stomach aches...

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Hey Clint.

It might just be a sour stomach sort of feeling or cramp. Those sort of GI issues can feel pretty intense. I had it really badly when I first got sick.

Not necessarily saying it is the spirochetes themselves, but moreso something they are "causing."

I don't know much about apendicitis, but I highly doubt you would have pain that high with it. I was under the impression for appendicitis it is below the belly button.

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bump

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What meds are you on nowadys anywho? [spinning smile]
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bump? your post was at the top of the list anyway... No, your symptoms would be highly atypical for appendicitis! It could be a viral stomach ache, acid refluc, indigestion, a muscular issue... There are tons of things that can cause a tummy ache for a few days. Relax. Or, the next thing you know you'll have a stomach ulcer from worrying about it so much! [Smile]
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Here's an article on Lyme and GI symptoms.

http://www.lymenet.de/literatur/vtsherr_gut.htm

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it's very common for lyme to cause problems in gut

google "bell's palsy of the gut" by virginia sheer

also abx and pain meds etc often lead to reflux-which can be serious and sounds more like what you are describing-i have it bad

then theres the candida thing-when i am really bad i take 5 acidolphilis (really good quality) on empty stomach and 2 hours later take 5 more if it still hurts-i notice a big reduction in pain when i do that

also-bart can do a job on the gut-my llmd told me that-i don't know where it is written but he gave me order for them to test what they snip out of me during colonoscopy for bart

ps-i had my appendix out-the syptoms are pain lower, right quadrant, vomiting and diarhea-it took about 12 hrs for me to know it wasn't an upset stomach and call the ambulance

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There also are lymph glands around the navel, so when lymph is congested it will hurt when you press.

Periodically, I have had pain/tenderness in that same area, and I have no appendix.

If you start very frequent vomiting, and the pain is unrelenting and excruciating without even touching it, you may want to consider a trip to the ER. I think Clarissa just had an experience, so if you do a search, you can find what her appendicitis felt like. I remember something about being doubled over for a day...could not stand up straight, with vomiting, etc.

Also, for a small portion of people, the appendix pain can be around the belly button....depends on how your piping is situated. Usually it is the lower right quandrant...but not 100%.

Maybe a warm bath, massage the area to move lymph.

Today I woke up and had a very tender spot under jaw. I put heat on it, massaged it, and went on my way. It is all gone.

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My first thought was pancreatitis....

Lucky me had two appendixes. One real the second a diverticulum off small intestine.

Had both removed in early 20's.

Pain was intense and in lower right groin area.

Below belly button.

Matter of fact had more female exams than I ever care to have

Due to the fact it is around where an ovary would be.

Now, I've also had pancreatitis.

Pain right under my sternum.

Would wake me up at night.

Fatty foods or spicy foods aggravated it greatly.

Or....gall bladder pain feels pretty much the same.

Had my gallbladder out in 1999 due to multiple stones.

Maybe a trip to the doc is in order.

If you think they will do an ultrasound to look at your gall bladder or pancreas,

A word to the wise....don't eat before hand.

They can't get a good view.

I had to go twice for ultrasounds due to them telling me not to eat first. [Mad]

Hang in there.

Hugs,

Geneal

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quote:
Originally posted by Hoosiers51:
What meds are you on nowadys anywho? [spinning smile]

iflora, milk thistle, coenzyme q 10, fish oil, doxy, cipro and starting flagyl this week

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woke up and it definitely still hurts this morning. Its not going away. Its gotta be lymegut or whatever.

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Clint, Ive had stomache issues like that before, and all the tests...nothing.

This might sound overly simple...but is it possibly a stomache acid/alkaline imbalance?

You could try drinking a very small amount of apple vinegar (couple of gulps) and see if that helps. You could also try eating an apple.

If its nerve/stress related, then deep breathing, meditation, yoga, etc..

Other possibilities... ulcer?...hernia?...

Since you're on doxy (thats notorious for stomache pain), perhaps eating some food with the doxy, like Fritos or some bread, applesauce, or toast?

Just giving some ideas...

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Clint,
Location of appendix is not under your belly button, but right lower quadrant. You have not given us any specific symptoms of hiatal hernia like indigestion, acid reflux, sensitive stomache, etc. I think you would be better served if you take your probiotics (6) daily and eat yoghurt. If the problem continues, I would consult a gastroenterologist who can better diagnose what is going on before real problems occur.
Good luck on finding a quick resolve.

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Hi there

When in doubt? Go get checked instead of waiting so long. ER is worth the trip.

I had Pancreatitus too and that was a really bad felling of pain! Yeow!!

Really though, just go don't take the chance.

Steve

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Clint,
My appendix ruptured in college when I was 21, Mine started near my belly button. It often will and then it will migrate to the lower right quadrant.

I let mine go for a day thinking it was something I ate. Even the nurse practitioner at the college said it probably wasn't appendicitis. 12 hours later I was in a LOT of pain!

If you have a fever, even low grade (mine was only 99 when I got to the ER), please go to the ER!!!

If you cannot stand up straight due to the pain, go to the ER!!!!

If your abdomen has become rigid, like you cannot relax it, go to the ER!!!

Also I vomited everything I ate. I tried to eat some popsicles and they came up. I tried jumping up and down thinking maybe it was just gas.

I have read that Lyme Disease patients are more prone to appendicitis.

If you feel something it wrong, please go, if it ruptures, risk increases greatly for infection, ect. The surgeons spent an extra hour cleaning
my ovaries, bowels, ect because mine had ruptured.


Please take care and keep up updated! Hope you don't have an appendicitis, but it is important to receive prompt medical treatment if you do!!

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Clint,
My appendix ruptured in college when I was 21, Mine started near my belly button. It often will and then it will migrate to the lower right quadrant.

I let mine go for a day thinking it was something I ate. Even the nurse practitioner at the college said it probably wasn't appendicitis. 12 hours later I was in a LOT of pain!

If you have a fever, even low grade (mine was only 99 when I got to the ER), please go to the ER!!!

If you cannot stand up straight due to the pain, go to the ER!!!!

If your abdomen has become rigid, like you cannot relax it, go to the ER!!!

Also I vomited everything I ate. I tried to eat some popsicles and they came up. I tried jumping up and down thinking maybe it was just gas.

I have read that Lyme Disease patients are more prone to appendicitis.

If you feel something it wrong, please go, if it ruptures, risk increases greatly for infection, ect. The surgeons spent an extra hour cleaning
my ovaries, bowels, ect because mine had ruptured.


Please take care and keep up updated! Hope you don't have an appendicitis, but it is important to receive prompt medical treatment if you do!!

Ocean

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the fact that this is going on so long and you don't get so bad to go to er makes me wonder if it is appenedix---but the consequences of not going and having it rupture make me agree with those who say get checked out

i laughed when i saw someone suggest a gi specialist. i know they should be able to dx it-but i went to one on fri with the symptoms...he told me to stop eating wheat...and then monday night i had an emergency surgery to remove appendix

he spent about 7 min with me...asked 20 questions and when i couldn't answer them fast enough---just ignored them-what a jerk---that's what the ins companies do to docs these days

but seriously clint-you don't want it to rupture...

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I was told pain typically starts in the middle (belly button area) and then moves to the lower right quadrant. With appendix, there is also usually pain upon ingesting anything at all and a fever.
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Clint31
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the pain has subsided, so I guess I was wrong it wasnt appendix

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