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Thanks to the swift action by the doctors and nurses, I recovered. But I am still haunted by the first thing one of them said to me when I arrived at hospital. The doctor pointed to my abdomen and said: ‘Look. This part of your stomach is sticking right out. I can see just by looking at you.’

Aside from pain in the iliac fossa, this is another indicator of a ruptured appendix.

I go back to the doctor’s words again: ‘… just by looking at you’ – it was something that three GPs had not bothered to do. I understand that GPs are not gut specialists, but this was not a rare condition.

Acute appendicitis is the most common abdominal emergency in the world: about 50,000 appendectomies – removal of the appendix to prevent or treat rupture – are performed in the UK every year. And this is why I feel badly let down – in fact, doubly so, because there’s a twist to this tale.

About 50,000 appendectomies – removal of the appendix to prevent or treat rupture – are performed in the UK every year (file photo)

I had been in hospital two years previously with suspected appendicitis. After I collapsed at a spa day, a fellow guest, who happened to be a doctor, was ushered over to examine me while still in her towelling dressing gown.

‘I think it’s appendicitis’, she said. I went to a hospital in Hertfordshire but within a few hours the pain disappeared.

I was told my blood samples were ‘borderline’, not showing conclusively I had any infection – an indicator of appendicitis – and I went home. The next week I went to see my GP and asked if she could run some more tests on my appendix.

Using her best headmistress voice, she peered at me over her glasses and told me with complete certainty that ‘a grumbling appendix is a myth’. If it was appendicitis, there is no way it would have disappeared, she said. It would only have got worse.

She supposed instead that it was a gynaecological problem and sent me for a hospital scan on my uterus, which showed that everything was fine. It’s true that the idea of a grumbling appendix – long-term appendicitis, with central abdominal pain that then moves to the

 

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