"Appendicitis a condition characterized by inflammation of the appendix. It is classified as a medical emergency and many cases require removal of the inflamed appendix, either by laparotomy or laparoscopy."
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[WARNING!] 04/07/2012: Jennifer from Sunrise, Fl, Usa: "As someone who just had an appendectomy yesterday, it really scares me that there are people on this page considering "natural" treatment instead of getting surgery. The mortality rates for a ruptured appendix are extremely high. Yes, my surgeon told me (and according to research I've done), it is possible that an appendix can "get better". However, more often than not, an appendix will continue to get worse. In a very short amount of time. Or, in a lot of cases, if the infection does clear up, it will recur, getting worse every time and the appendix will have to come out anyway. My surgeon told me that a lot of times, the pain in the appendix will go away or get better even though the appendix is WORSENING, then the patient doesn't even know it's not getting better until the appendix actually RUPTURES. When an appendix ruptures, feces get released into the bloodstream, and you know what that means - severe, life-threatening infection, sepsis, if you are lucky, weeks in a hospital while they clean you out, and if you are not so lucky - DEATH.
I tried to wait it out a little and the paramedics yelled at me, asking me if I was crazy - they have seen way too many people who "waited" to see if the appendix would get better. They told me that when the appendix ruptures, it is one of the most painful, life-threatening conditions they have ever seen, and people often DIE from it. They have seen it happen many, many times. Obviously they have no personal stake in the outcome of my appendix, so if you don't trust my surgeon's advice, at least trust theirs.
Believe me, I believe in natural cures for almost everything, I NEVER go to the doctor, but when I thought I had appendicitis, I immediately went there. (By the way, my symptoms were that I had a dull, aching pain to the right of my navel that was constant and woke me up out of a sleep. It did not feel like a pain I've ever had before, not gas, not cramps, not stomach pain. The pain got worse with movement (getting out of bed, walking) and seemed to subside when I stopped moving. I lost my appetite completely and I also had a strong feeling/instinct that something was 'really wrong' and that I needed to go to a doctor. Other symptoms include low-grade fever and nausea and a pain that moves from the navel to the lower right quadrant of the abdomen.)
Personally, I applied castor oil with heat to my appendix area but stopped when I learned that applying heat can inflame the appendix further and cause the appendix to rupture. I also sipped a lot of water with ACV to calm down any infection until I got to the ER, but I also stopped that too when I learned you should not drink, either. Of course, maybe if I continued to apply castor oil and take ACV, it *might* have cleared up. But what if, what is more likely, it doesn't? The money I will have to pay for the surgery (I have no health insurance) is a small price to pay compared to the possibility of death. I am not going to play Russian Roulette with my own life. Trust me, the surgery is not that bad and if I'm sitting here typing this to you almost 24 hours after my surgery, the surgery is relatively minor compared to the risks of NOT getting it - don't you think? Basically, don't eat, don't drink, don't take ibuprofen or painkillers, GET YOURSELF TO A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you think you have appendicitis. Your life is worth it. The bills will sort themselves out."
08/28/2011: Abe from Ny, Ny: "Appendix pain: What can be done to save the appendix from having to be removed?"Replies
08/28/2011: Dud from The Woods, Wv, Usa replies: "08/28/2011: Abe from Ny, Ny writes: "Appendix pain: What can be done to save the appendix from having to be removed?" Dr. Tilden had good success curing appendicitis without surgery, via natural means. He wrote a book on it "Appendicitis. The Etiology, Hygenic and Dietetic Treatment. Author: John H. Tilden" Go to : . Appendicitis by John Henry Tilden - Project Gutenberg"Author, Tilden, John Henry, 1851-1940. Title, Appendicitis. Language, English. LoC Class, RD: Medicine: Surgery. Subject, Bowel -- Diseases -- Appendicitis... "
Appendicitis by John H. Tilden - Free eBook
_I have appendicitis; what shall I do to be saved? _ Don't eat anything until well. Use a stomach tube and wash out the stomach; then use a fountain syringe and wash out the bowels; take a hot bath as hot as can be borne, and stay in the tub until all the pain is gone, or as long as possible; then go to bed, put ice on the bowels and keep it on until the temperature is reduced to 101 degree F. , then apply hot applications or poultices and continue the poulticing until the bowels move, and the bowels will not move until the abscess breaks."
Use an enema every night as a routine, and drink all the water desired, when there is no nausea.
Don't manipulate the forming abscess, nor allow anyone else to do so.
If you are really in doubt about what you have, think over what I have written about strangulation or positive obstruction, and if you think you have it, send for the best physician you know and get his opinion of whether you have obstruction or not, but don't allow him to burst an abscess with his manipulations! For, my word for it, if he can't weigh symptoms and tell whether or not you have complete obstruction without punching holes in you with his bimanual manipulation, neither would he be able to do so after examining you.
I do not say this because I like to make it hard for doctors, but I prefer staying the heavy hand of the doctor to keeping still and allowing him unwittingly to kill his patient.
First of all wash the stomach out with a siphon tube, then see to it that nothing but water goes into the stomach until the bowels move.
I put my cases on a complete fast, give no drugs, apply ice to the region of the appendix, keep the feet warm, and keep the patient in an atmosphere of hope and belief in his recovery, and a recovery always follows. I prescribe an enema of warm water once or twice daily, getting all the water possible into the bowels.
These patients are so comfortable after the second or third day that it is hard to make them or their friends believe that they have appendicitis People are so afraid that they will starve to death if they have no food for a few days that they make haste to get put on a killing treatment rather than run any risk. This fear is absurd Physicians are largely to blame for this popular ear, for those who do not feed by mouth still have the idea that their patients must have nourishment, so they feed by rectum. This is also absurd. What the patient needs is rest, and the more complete the rest the quicker the recovery. Give the patient all the water he wants.
The bowels will move in fourteen to twenty eight days from the beginning of the attack. Then the fast can be broken by giving a glass of hot milk, which is to be chewed well, or given in the form of junket; this is to be repeated three times a day for a week, or give the milk twice a day and a plate of mutton broth for the third meal. I do not give solid food because there is a large abscess cavity opening into the bowels, and if solid food is given before it has time to close, it is liable to find its way into this cavity, thereby preventing healing, and bringing on a chronic condition that will ultimately end in death. The less food taken for one week after the discharge takes place, the better. Any rational individual should see that withholding food is the proper treatment. Milk should be thoroughly mixed with saliva or not taken at all. Remember that if milk is not taken with great deliberation, and great care given to thoroughly insalivate each sip, then it amounts to the same thing as eating solid food.
Milk is a solid food when taken into the stomach as a beverage or a drink like water.
In appendicitis all nature cries out for rest, and if it is given 99 out of every 100 cases will get well and there will be no suffering and no danger after the first seventy-two hours.
The ordinary physician sends for a surgeon, and if he is a victim of the surgical mania the patient must be operated upon at once, for if twelve or twenty-four hours are given, the conditions may clear up and an operation will be unnecessary. The majority of surgeons feel that they will forfeit their right to heaven if they do not cut at once. The consequence is that there are many patients operated upon who are as innocent of having the disease as the surgeon is innocent of a knowledge of a better plan of treatment.
Of course, the surgeon declares that pus should be let out by cutting into it, or it is liable to break into the peritoneal cavity and cause death This is positively not the truth, for when an abscess threatens, nature at once proceeds to throw a wall around in order to avoid accidents. All around the point of prospective abscesses, heavy walls of adhesions are built, and if nature is not interfered with, the abscess will break into the gut, because it is the point of least resistance, and it is also the point favored by gravity. The surgeons when they operate in these cases work exactly opposite to nature.
If these abscesses are allowed to open into the bowel and solid food is kept away from the patient, full and uncomplicated recovery will take place. If solid food is given too soon it is liable to find its way into the abscess cavity and cause a blind fistula, which may take on acute inflammation at any time. These cases then become chronic and are called recurring appendicitis. It is sound surgery, in dealing with abscesses, to find, if possible, the direction nature is taking to evacuate pus and be guided by this suggestion in evacuating a pus cavity.
In order to cure appendicitis you must remove the cause. Cutting off the appendix, opening an abscess, withholding food till the acute symptoms have passed; such treatment is not removing the cause. Nothing short of changing the eating habits of the patient will cure, so the surgeon who knows nothing about food and its actionwhat part improper eating has to do with bringing on the diseasewill never be able to cure.
Operating for this disease will fall into disrepute in time, for there are already cases recurring and the second and third operation will be necessary among those who survived the first. There is not a scintilla of logical reasoning in defense of the operation. Because some get well after an operation is no proof that the operation was necessary; fortunately for the operator there is no way to prove that the case operated upon would have recovered without the operation. If the case be not complicated by bungling treatment an operation is uncalled for. If a case has been medicated and fed to deathabused to the extent of causing a rupture into the peritoneal cavitysurgery must be resorted to as the only hope.
If a case survive an operation the patient is no wiser than he was before, and knows nothing about avoiding another attack, for let it be said loud enough to be heard by all, and with no fear of successful contradiction, that if every child at birth should have the appendix removed there would not be one case less of appendicitis than there is with the appendix intact. Of course, technically there could be no appendicitis without an appendix, but the cecum would become inflamed just as readily.
No amount of forcing drugs given by the mouth can induce a movement from above the constriction, but a great amount of pain can be produced by attempting to force a passage. No one comprehending the true state of affairs would be foolhardy enough to try to force the bowels to move. The reader can readily imagine the great pain and danger liable to follow cathartic drugs, for they stimulate severe peristaltic contractions. The contractions drive the contents of the small intestine against the inflamed cut-off, but there it must stop. If the parts have become softened, which they do by the inflammation, there is danger of perforation and an escape of the contents of the bowels into the peritoneal cavity, after which diffuse peritonitis and death follow. Surgery can hardly hope to save such patients; in fact they usually die; this is why the surgeon recommends an early operation.
If all cases are to be so abused and if there were no better way to treat them I also should say, operate at once as soon as the disease is discovered; but I know from years of experience that there is a better way to care for these patients.
Allow me to repeat: As soon as a case is diagnosed the proper treatment is to stop all medicine and food, for they excite movement, and this should be avoided. Give nothing but water. Keep ice over the inflamed spot. Keep the patient quiet, end the feet warm. There is absolutely nothing to be done until the bowels move, which will take place in from fourteen to twenty-eight days. The patient will not starve to death, nor will there be any danger that the abscess will open anywhere except into the bowels. After the bowels move, one glass of hot milk is to be given three times a day, so there will be no danger of solid food finding its way into the cavity of the abscess.
To be safe I insist on a fluid diet for a week after the bowels move, and a light diet for two or three weeks more. Cases taken through in this way, and then instructed in never allowing the bowels to become loaded again, will not only make a good recovery, but there is no tendency for the disease to return if the patient is prudent. I say that there need not be a death from this disease if these suggestions are properly carried out. The cases that die every year are killed by food and medicine.
Surgery has gained its reputation in these cases because of the stupidity of the average physician and patient. Cases taken through in this way are comparatively comfortable; they may pretend to suffer from hunger, but it is principally imagination. If my plan were generally adopted the dread of this disease would disappear; surgeons would get left on some fat fees, and the undertaker would look glum after the fall crop.
There are a few laymen so willful and incorrigible that they can't be depended upon to follow instructions. They will break rules, be imprudent in eating, and in many ways disregard their own interests. Such cases should be sent to the surgeons as early as possible, before they have time to complicate their disease and make a complete recovery impossible; however, people with such temperaments usually find an early grave and they might as well go by the surgical route as any other.
08/29/2011: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "What am I missing here ? The usual treatment for appendicitis is to have it removed surgically and that works very well. Why would you want to hang on to a chronically infected appendix ? A simple answer please, not some book....Oscar"
08/29/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "I agree with Oscar. I had my appendix rupture while in my early 20's. I had peritonitis to the point where they thought I might not make it. It is nothing you should mess around with. If you have a bad appendix - it can KILL YOU. I spent ten days in the hospital.
Just saying. Be careful.
08/29/2011: Tommy from North York, On, Canada replies: "Hi Oscar,
Appendicitis is actualy acused by the protozoa called Dientamoeba. Fragilis. You can see here in my forum that deals with protozoan infection that there is a published paper that talks about that here:
Blastocystis.hominis and Dientamoeba. fragilis as well as Giardia intestinalis are responsible for IBS and even to Crohn's disease.
08/30/2011: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "Dear Tommy, If you have appendicitis you really should see a doctor. This is not something to play around with. From every thing I have been reading an acute attack can lead to death. An infected appendix can easily perforate, develope a hole or holes. When that happens a person is in immediate need of life saving surgery. I do not like to frighten people, but this appendicitis is not something to play around with. Have you seen a doctor about this ? ...Oscar"
08/30/2011: Tommy from North York, On, Canada replies: "Hi Oscar,
I'm a pharmacologist and a natural health consultant. I came accros the article that put the link between appendicitis and the infection with Dientamoeba. Fragilis. I don't have it but at least with the article I put before in my forum it shows clearly that Dientamoeba. Fragilis could be a cause of appendicitis. Dientamoeba. fragilis is treated with Humatin or 2g of secnidazol.
I'm into protozoan and parasitical infections and their link to IBS and Crohn's disease as well as other chronic digestive problems. Blastocystis. hominis for example has been shown to be responsible for IBS in Chinese and Mexican patients infected with this protozoa.
This articles give hope to people and let doctors know that these diseases might be treatable with the proper treatment.
08/30/2011: Abe from Ny replies: "To clarify, I'm not referring to the type of appendicitis that is an emergency and needs to be removed right away. I'm referring to a non-acute form of appendicitis known as "rumbling appendicitis (mild pain and treatable) but I don't want it to reach that critical level and was just interested in hearing if there were any folk remedies to supplement regular treatment. Thanks everyone for the useful info here."
09/01/2011: Sue Ellen from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Appendicitis is caused by a blockage to pea sized opening of the appendix. When the appendix is blocked it quickly fills with bacteria and intestinal fluid and becomes inflamed. If left untreated the appendix will rupture and will cause internal bleeding and peritonitis. If a rupture is not treated surgically within a few day the rupture will be fatal.
Trying to treat appendicitis with home remedies is extremely dsangerous and treating a ruptured with anything but surgery is impossible.
My child nearly died from a ruptured apendix and as it was she had to have several sugeries and blood transfusion. Please do not put your loved ones through such horror, have the surgery."
09/06/2011: Dud from From The Woods Of, Wv, Usa replies: "In reply to Oscar;..... 08/29/2011: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa writes: "What am I missing here ? The usual treatment for appendicitis is to have it removed surgically and that works very well. Why would you want to hang on to a chronically infected appendix ? A simple answer please, not some book....Oscar"
How about to save $30,000 in hospital bills ? .... What do you do if you don't have $30,000 ?
how about to avoid weeks of recovering from surgery?
how about avoiding the risks of dying from the anethetics ? [1%?, 3%?]
How about for saving your own life until you can get to a hospital?
How about to keep alive the the expert knowlege that someone fought long and hard to obtain for a world of suffering humanity?
How about to save your god given appendix, whether or not some medical mafia knows it's function, or not?"
09/08/2011: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "Well, there is that concern about an infected appendix rupturing. When that happens, and it often does, the affected person is now in need of a life saving surgery. Once the appendix ruptures the person will die if the surgery is not done soon enough and may die anyway from the enevitable infections that result from a ruptured appendix. I am not part of any medical mafia. In fact I am often derided for my efforts about BHT as a treatment for hepatitis C in other forums, NOT the Earth Clinic forum. I surely have no blind faith in the medical establishment, very far from it.
And there are dangers associated with such a surgery as you pointed out. Those dangers are vastly increased once the appendix ruptures. A ruptured appendix is the most common emergency room surgery there is....Oscar"
09/08/2011: Lily from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "Hi Oscar, I agree with you whole heartedly. You keep up the good work and the information you are posting. Cheers Lily."
09/22/2011: Andoy from Boise, Id replies: "I used Edgar Cayce's medicine of massaging area with castor oil and it worked for me."
11/15/2011: Kathleen from Charlotte, Nc replies: "To Oscar... What you are saying is correct for someone who had ignored the early symptoms of appendicitis and continued to stuff their face. IF you are stating that Dr. Tilden is incorrect because the concept he shares is dated, I beg to differ with you as our society is so fearful and running rampant with medication overload and surgeries. The good Dr and other ND's have been able to turn this situation around naturally. This requires a mind that understands these things as well as one (like me) who believes that we need to change our diets and listen to our bodies, God did not make a mistake with the body and it's parts... Humans make choices both food and lifestyle. (A great read is the Maker's Diet). Due to greed in the medical/pharmaceutical world as well as arrogance we do not and will not get the best care. I'm experiencing this with my Mother's care and her Dr's arrogance at being challenged vs stepping up and learning something outside of med school.
Bottom line, with first sign of symptoms, juice fast (aloe vera is benficial for the colon), rest, enema's, castor oil w/flannel etc like the good Dr shares in his book with OBVIOUS experience and success to write about it. Also, I've found an excellent product here in the states at www.oxypowder.com. I'm not a rep or benefit at all from any of these recommendations. Just believe the body is more than able to heal itself IF we take care of it and spending time with the God of the Bible is a recommendation as well. Our lives are too busy filled with 'stuff' that causes our illness. Be well my friends... I recommend other books like What your Dr doesn't know about nutrition may be killing you, Death by Prescription and Let's stop the #1 killer in America Today all can be found by title on Amazon. Kudos to Dud from the woods :)"
11/15/2011: Kathleen from Charlotte, Nc replies: "I forgot to add this link http://www.herballegacy.com/Appendicitis.html read it all the way to the bottom as more than one Dr concurs that the Appendix is necessary and can be treated homeopathically."
02/25/2012: Kayla from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "This is my experience, first off my life style is a super healthy herbivore for 25 years. One day I had abdomen pain/pressure, headache, fever, and nausea. It was coming and going. At three months mark it got worse I had the chills headache, fever, abdomen discomfort and pressure in the upper right side of my abdomen went to the doctor, they ran CAT Scan, Uterine scan , Ultrasound, blood work a few days later I had endoscopy and colonscopy. Everything was normal. It is not six months later I still have chills, fever, and nauseau which comes and goes. Of course when doctors run out of answers "you send them for counseling to check for stress, anxiety or depression" I know because I worked in the field and I know the roll! I still have the symptoms. Any additional trips to the doctor are inconclusive. I believe I have what is called appendicitis inflammation that will never register on the radar of western medicine until it get so bad that it goes off the scale, and then you go running and howling into the ER for emergency surgery and/ or your appendix has ruptured. My chinese doctor says it is " because western medicine indicators have to be extreme for intervention to occur, and intervention at that point is surgical removal or the appendix has ruptured. " Tommy, I think your right! I'm going to get an independent lab to run the Dientamoeba fragilis test I'm sure I picked up this amoeba in one of travels. I'm currently taking fresh green hull wormwood, Grapefruit seed Extract and , drinking green gram (green mung bean) tea to see if I can kill the amboeba, but once I get the lab results I will get my doctor to prescribe something gentle to get rid of it. I also am drinking certified organic buttermilk three times a day to help my situation.
Appendicitis is serious and if you have it, run to the doctor. In my case, it was useless to run because all tests show up normal, but I have all the symptoms of recurring appendicitis. I have a version of it that is not routinuely seen nor acknowledged in the medical world. However, there are cases where doctor will remove the appendix because the person is suffering and the symptoms fall away. I want to hang on to all the parts that I was born with. So I will post again once my test results are confirmed."
03/21/2012: Kayla from La, Ca replies: "I was sure I had appendicitis inflammation.. So since medical doc were clueless I consulted with the an GI Nautropathic doctor He ordered parasite check and SIBO. On the the second visit to the ND I was told parasite check was negative and SIBO was positive and on the same day I was given a choice of antiobiotics or natural remedy. I picked the natural remedy. I have to share this part while I was waiting for the test results from the Naturapathic I was suffering sooooo much that I cut back on eating by 70% and just started fasting and drinking an anti-infection drink fresh organic lemons, ginger and cayenne diluted with alkalized water plus six garlic oil pills I did this 3 x a day . To really hit the infection hard, . I did this in addition to the anti infection drink I did this for ONLY THREE DAYS ( I went to the herb store and the clerk ground up 100% pure fresh rosehips and I capped them do not buy rosehips with c ) Day 1- I took TEN 100% pure rosehips caps to see if I was going to have an allergic reaction since I had no reaction. I proceeded to DAY 2, I took 22 rose hips caps, Yes I said 22! DAY 3, I took 24 rosehips caps. You DO NOT take a high dose of Rosehips for more than two days! . The Rosehips were extraordinary it seemed to work and my suffering decreased by 90%. I want to give credit where credit which is Robert Von gave me the Rosehips and anti-infection drink method He is amazing. By the time I was diagnosed my suffering decreased by 97% . Anyhow it is good first to get a diagnosis and work from there. I have insurance the medical cost out of pocket is about $4000 plus no diagnosis and the Naturopathic method cost $ 350.00 including diagnosis and cure."
03/22/2012: Kayla from La, Ca replies: "Also I forgot to add one more very IMPORTANT point, please buy Rose Hips that are SEEDLESS. Because the seeds will make you itch like crazy! My herbalogist only sells SEEDLESS ROSEHIPS so be sure it is SEEDLESS ROSEHIPS. My herbalogist grinds it right there into powder so I can cap them later."
07/10/2012: Anonymous from Chicago, Illinois replies: "I was sick went to Urgency Care ran blood tests, scan everything looked fine, referred to GI specialist everything checked out. I was looking for answers I hired a whole team of doctors no answer at all. One doctor wanted to prescribe anti-depressant because I had been ill for so long so that the drugs could help manage the illness better. I declined it. Got rid of the doctors.
Did my research diagnosed myself with chronic appendicitis which is overlooked by most doctors they are looking at white blood cell count to tell them of infection. Chronic appendicitis does not appear to do that. It was suggested it is best to get blood draw when the fever is high, and have them culture the blood for infection, and just maybe the lab might detect infection Apparently, I had low level sepsis that goes undetected by most medical doctors because they are not trained to look at this. when my appendix would releases pus / bacteria into the system suddenly my heart rate would go up, fever/chills, felt like vomiting/ nausea, breathing rate increased, brain fog dizziness, with a dull ache on the right lower side or by the belly button . Also felt very tired because adrenal gland gets overworked due to long term illness.
This is what I did- cut back on solid food and juiced more, ate easy digestable foods, drank water with dash of sea salt, took walnut wormwood parasite cleanse plus GSE in water just in case Tommy is right regarding parasites. Drank fresh ginger tea with some fresh lemon and acv. Hired a smart Naturopathic doctor who quickly came up with UNDA remedies to drain the toxins out of the organs and help heal the appendix and suggested castor oil packs on my abdomen. I took natural blood detoxifiers all day long to clean the toxins out of the bloodstream. I'm now on the road to recovery."
08/08/2012: Anonymous from Chicago, Illinois replies: "I thought I had chronic appendicitis and had many xray and CAT with contrast still negative I thought I was getting well then every thing began to turn and I became really sick with new symptoms, finally a the second time I took a blood test for H Pylori it came back positive what I learned from this experiene is that you really do need a positive diagnosis for more serious matters, because you could spend a lot of time, money and energy doing something that isn't really addressing the issue, and whatever may be the causative factor comes back with vengence."
01/03/2013: Anonymous from Chicago, Illinois replies: "Here is an update, the infectious disease doctor decided to run a second test for H. Pylori, not satisfired with method used by ER for my first test the first H. Pylori test was a false positive. Meaning there was an error in the test results, I did not have H. Pylori. Fourteen months later and a miilions tests. A week ago, my MD prescribed Nitazoxanide, known as Alinia for two weeks. My MD is big time researcher type, I think he figured I had chronic appendicitis. It is no surprise that Alinia kills Dientamoeba fragilis.
I have done tons of research figured out that female issues such as ovarian cysts, etc.. can look like appendicitis. I had an ultrasound and two small ovarian cysts were found and pain in the area or the right ovary, close to the appendix region. In 2 weeks I will have exploratory laprascopic surgery to take a closer look at the appendix and uterus. An invasive procedure is my last resort I prefer natural methods, but I absolutely reached my limit with this."