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Amy C
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How many people have had their appendix taken out while having Lyme? Is there an association with Lyme and appendicitis?

My brother (who also has Lyme) just had surgery for this today after being up all night in pain. He's away at college in CT.

So my mom (who also has Lyme) had to drive from Ohio to CT today. I couldn't go because we are leaving in a few days to go to WI for an LLMD appt for myself and my 2 boys. Oh what a mess!

So he is doing ok other then pain that isn't touched my morphine [Frown]

I also wonder if this will make his Lyme worse? I know I started to get really symptomatic after my c-section.

Any input would be helpful! Thanks!

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hi amy,

i had my appendix removed when they took a colon polyp at end of my colon.

i've had chronic lyme 39.5 yrs. ... so yes lyme/appendix at same time.


i've had 14 surgeries; each time i've been operated on i have complications and LONGER recuperation time.


spirochete just have time to travel farther every time we are opened up in MY NON-MEDICAL OPINION and all my surgeries.

if your brother is athletic, have him take it really EASY to allow it to heal and do exercises they instruct him to do ok.

best wishes to your entire lyme family! hug/kisses

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Nancy2
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Had Lyme since 2000, and had my appendix out December, 2007. I am sure that there is a link!

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Leelee
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I have not had my appendix removed, but this certainly is a curious subject.

I am interested in reading what other have to say about the connection too.

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I got lyme in 1993 and my appendix ruptured in 2000. Hmmmm....another 7 year timeline.
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Having a bad appendix runs in families just like diabetes and other illness.

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My son had his appendix removed. Morphine didn't control his pain when he was at the hospital. The surgery didn't make his Lyme any worse.

My dad and 2 sisters have had their appendix removed.

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not my appendix, but my gall bladder is coming out Tuesday. I'm goign to ask him to look at the appendix while he's in there.

My brother had his out last year, nearly ruptured. I think he might have Lyme....

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lpkayak
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got lyme in 84 started tx in 98...many surgeries and did well with all except bunion and nerve in foot

appendix out (ER) feb 07

no problems-after surgery i am usually better from lyme sx for awhile i think it is cuz i have IV abx for the surg

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Ocean
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Count me in. Got Lyme July 1996, Appendix ruptured in April 2000.

I'm so sorry your brother is going through this, I hope that he is OK!

Take care,
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wiserforit2
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Me too. Appendix ruptured Thanksgiving of 2004. Lyme blossomed July 2005.

come to think of it.... It felt like I herxed on the abx iv that they gave me in the hospital. At the time, I assumed it was bad appendix reaction.

Sort of makes you go "hmmmmm....."

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Amy C
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Yeah I was just curious because I read that it could be caused from inflamation from an infection. Since Lyme causes inflamation and is a bacteria I figured it could be linked.

My mom had hers out too. She also has Lyme. Gosh, hope I am not next! Of course it would be worse if it were my kids.

Well he is doing ok today. They are staying at a hotel until they get clearance to travel.

Tracy was ever so kind to offer them to stay with her [Smile] But Kyle's dad would not do that. He's a grumpy old man, as Kyle would say. LOL

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denice, i'd have BOTH out same time! 1 surgery vs 2.


call your health insurance co.; is 2nd opinion necessary, etc??

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I first got sick about 30 years ago.

Had my appendix removed about 20 years ago after suffering horrible pain for months.

Mine was infected on the outside - it would never have burst, just hurt forever.

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i forgot to say-my son with lyme has his rupture and the doc that took mine out commented on never seeing one look so wierd

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I had mine out in '82. Then I had several years of symptoms and finally a dX in '07.
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Mine blew up in 2000 and almost killed me. I suspect it relates to bartonella, but I'll never know.

I recall an article a while back that provided strong evidence that the appendix IS a crucial part of the immune system. This may have been it:

Appendix Isn't Useless At All: It's A Safe House For Good Bacteria
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071008102334.htm

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They have discovered that the Appendix is where the good bacteria in our gut grow. It is probably why it is so prone to infection - it has the perfect conditions for bacteria to grow.

That suggests to me that anybody getting their appendix out wants to be super diligent about taking probiotics.

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My appendex was removed in 1996--the gallbladder in 1987. I'm the only one in my immediate family, with Lyme, and the only one who had these surgeries.

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Appendectomy with partial colectomy June '05. Taking antibiotics for Lyme at the time. Dx with Lyme '04, sick since tickbite in '01. Appendix adhered to colon so lost part of that.

Very sick for quite some time. Took a year to recover.

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