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Having fever, reduced appetite, increased bowel movements, abdomen pain, dizziness. Had laparoscopic appendectomy. Connected to surgery?

Hi I have had a fever (38.4 degrees Celsius) for approx 24hrs, 27 year old female, normally fit & well, no obvious sources of infection eg/ no sore throat, abdo pain etc..had an lap appendectomy 8wks ago no complications, just said the appendix was very large & there was yellow fluid in the abdominal cavity, made full recovery quickly just had a bit of weight loss post surgery as reduced appetite, have just noticed increased bowel movements over the last few days (appears normal) & a bit of abdo pain when opening bowels accompanied by a feeling of dizziness & like I m going to pass out, resolves quickly after bowel movement, just wondering whether this could be connected? And if it is anything to worry about? Thanks
Asked On : Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Hello, and thank you for using Healthcare Magic!

The symptoms that you describe are not terribly concerning. In other words, although you may be feeling a bit ill, I do not think it is likely that there is anything seriously wrong. However, I cannot say for sure since I have not examined you in person.

It sounds like your appendectomy went well, and that your recovery was uneventful. It doesn't sound to me like the current fever is related to that surgery, since it has been about eight weeks. The dizziness that you feel while defecating indicates that you may be a bit dehydrated, so I would recommend drinking a large amount of water for the next few days. I am guessing that the dehydration and slight fever you describe are caused by a viral illness, and that over the next several days you will begin to feel better.

The most important thing for now is to drink water all the time. You can take tylenol as needed for fevers (just follow the instructions on the package). If your symptoms worsen or do not improve please make an appointment with your doctor to be evaluated.

I hope I have given you some useful information, and wish you the best of health.


Dr. Kinney
Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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