I am 33 yrs old with no prior history of stomach problems. Last month I had an appendectomy for a ruptured appendix. I believe I had the appendectomy not more than 12 hours after the appendix ruptured. The surgeon did an open surgery, and I stayed at the hospital for 5 days on antibiotic IV, followed by oral antibiotics after I was discharged.
2 weeks after the appendectomy, I was re-admitted for an abscess in my lower abdomen, about the size of a grapefruit, it was drained successfully (5 more days hospitalization), and I believe it hasn't come back - the hospital did a CBC blood count test a week after I was discharged and it turned out normal. I don't "feel" the pressing abscess anymore.
One problem that hasn't really gone away is the dull tenderness and heaviness I have in my mid abdomen. I've been having heartburn-like symptoms ever since my appendectomy. Zantac and more recently prescribed Aciphex helps stop the symptoms. However, I still get a dull tenderness and heaviness inside my abdomen about a couple of inches above my navel. The tenderness is much more pronounced when I press on it. The tenderness sometimes increases and sometimes decreases. On top of that, I constantly feel that my stomach is "heavy". No diarrhea, no nausea, no fever (well except for a couple of days ago which the doctor says is just a brush with an external viral infection), and generally I feel well except for that tenderness, heaviness and "fullness" of the abdomen. My abdomen doesn't look like it's swelling, though, and the doctor says my bowel sounds through a stethoscope sound very normal. Bowel movements are normal too.
I've dropped 15 pounds from a 150 pound weight before the appendix surgery.
I'm seeing a gastroenterologist next week, but want to know what to expect. I've done 4 CAT scans in the last 2 months, so the doctors are hesitant to perform more CAT scans.
What should I be looking at? Might this be pancreas or gall bladder problems? Or might the problem still be in the bowels?