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Abdominal pain extending to back, difficulty in urination, nausea. Normal ultrasound, blood work. Appendicitis recently done. Help?

Hi my daughter has been in hospital for two weeks with abdominal pain which goes through to her back and is painful when her tummy is pressed and her back. She had her appendix removed 7 weeks ago in Turkey as they had ruptured and the poison affected her blood. She is having trouble urinating she can go but it takes her a long time, has been feeling nauseous and today started vomiting . The doctors yesterday started treating for pid with oral antibiotics but they are not sure that is the cause. She has had an ultrasound abdominal and a ct of her tummy and all looks fine. The pain is getting more severe and she has gone from feeling sick to vomiting and the pain is no better even though she is taking paracetamol , codeine , ibuprofen and oramoph and also anti sickness tablets. Her bloods are showing up clear, although one was slightly, but only slightly they say, for infection which they think could be left over from the appendix op. A small amount of fluid was seen on the ultrasound that shouldn t be there but ultrasound was carried out last Monday and CT last Wednesday. She has had an internal examination and that was extremely painful.
Asked On : Mon, 3 Dec 2012
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Apr 2013
Dear Tina, I dont know the most important thing; how old is you daughter? Symptoms u re describing can be related to appendectomy complication especially if it was perforated and pelvic type of appendicitis. It seems like ureter was irritated which is a common complication and urinary infection should be ruled out definitely. Abscessus collection after appendectomy which US is describing could cause such symptoms, and it must be treated by antibiotics. Percutaneous puncture of collection can be also done if neccesary but i suggest just to wait for the effect of antibiotics. If febrility and pain persist then u should repeat CT scan. Also i think that you shouldnt give analgetics to child because it can hide symptoms, be care about must know the intensity of pain no matter how it hurts because it guides doctor to the right diagnosis.

Wish you good health, dr.Ivan Romich (Rominho)
Answered: Wed, 5 Dec 2012
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