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07-08-2008, 08:32 AM   #1
Have you had your appendix removed?

Hi folks,

The appendix has long been thought of as a vestigial, or useless organ but the more research that is done the more they are finding uses for it!

“Some researchers now believe that the appendix is a “safe house” for commensal bacteria, the symbiotic germs that aid digestion and help protect against disease-causing germs.

The appendix is isolated from the rest of the gut, with an opening smaller than a pencil lead. In times of trouble, such as an infection that flushes the system, these commensal bacteria could hide out there, ready to repopulate the gut when the danger is past.

Biofilms, colonies of beneficial microbes, form in your large intestine. They aid digestion and protect against infection, while enjoying the protection and nutrition of the human host. Researchers have found biofilms on the epithelial lining of the appendix as well.”

The following is a response by Dr. Mercola:

"Another thing to keep in mind is that there is simply no way to know what OTHER subtle but far-reaching effects your appendix has on your body functions. At least one negative side effect has already been uncovered from having your appendix removed -- an increased risk of Crohn’s disease. "

I'm just curious how many people have Crohn's because of a removed appendix.
07-08-2008, 09:37 AM   #2
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Yeah, my appendix came out along with 12-14 inches of my colon.
07-08-2008, 10:08 AM   #3
Nope, I still have my appendix.
07-08-2008, 12:05 PM   #4
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I had my appendix removed but it turns out it wasn't infected.
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07-08-2008, 01:20 PM   #5
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I still have mine. Don't have my tonsils or wisdom teeth though
07-09-2008, 10:26 AM   #6
The more I read about this the more fascinating it is... For those of you without an appendix I would highly recommend a high quality probiotic, specifically the strains know for their anti-inflammatory properties such as "Lactobacillus rhamnosus" and "Propionibacterium freudenreichii ssp. Shermanii." If you do have an appendix I would still recommend it because there are tons of things in our culture that can offset the balance of positive bacteria in our intestines (birth control pills, antibiotics, etc.)

Hope it helps!
07-09-2008, 10:34 AM   #7
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interesting posts, thank you Keezee - and welcome

i had my appendix removed along with various feet of bowel - i never did find out if it was inflamed or not, but a lot of my Crohns pain was in that area...
07-09-2008, 10:56 AM   #8
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Nope. Still have mine.
07-09-2008, 11:48 AM   #9
mine came out...dont miss it
07-20-2008, 02:06 PM   #10
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still have mine. when I started the whole shenanigans with finding out what was wrong with me thats the first thing they thought of at the ER when I went there doubled over in pain.
10-04-2009, 11:07 AM   #11
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Yes mine where removed at the very start of my CD they thoughtbthat was my problem. Peggy
10-18-2009, 08:37 PM   #12
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KCMike said:
Yeah, my appendix came out along with 12-14 inches of my colon.
Same here, when i had my bowel resection they took my appendix out too.
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10-19-2009, 08:42 AM   #13
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Got mine out too. That's what they thought was the only thing wrong 6 months before they decided I still had the same symptoms and issues :-( Now we knows its crohns ugghh
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10-20-2009, 08:42 AM   #14
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yeps mines gone result nothing wrong with it!
10-20-2009, 08:57 AM   #15
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Yep, microscopically leaking as a first operation.
10-21-2009, 11:32 AM   #16
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They Removed Mine. It Was Healthy But That How They Found My Crohns. Mic
10-22-2009, 05:24 PM   #17
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I still have my appendix, it was originally questioned whether my appendix was the source of my pain as they say the pain starts on the right hand side before moving to the left I believe. But it wasn't the problem unfortunately, getting it out would have been a quick fix but sadly there is no quick fix for Crohn's.
10-23-2009, 10:51 AM   #18
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Yes I had mine out in June this year, it was fine, that when they queried a diagnosis of IBD I am having a colonoscopy on 4th to confirm it.
06-21-2010, 07:26 PM   #19
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Yes, but not due to problems with it. They took it out with my bowel resection.
08-19-2010, 06:37 PM   #20
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Lost mine at age 12 when it burst and tosils at 5. I think they are all linked with auto-immune difficulties along with allergies?!
10-31-2010, 03:45 PM   #21
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I have had an appendectomy but at the age of 4,,, my crohn's came on at 30...
11-02-2010, 12:55 PM   #22
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Still have mine but had appendicitis when I was 8.

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03-02-2011, 11:22 AM   #23
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Mine was removed along with some of my small intestine. They didn't want it to bother me down the road. Like have an unneccary surgery, so they took them together.
03-02-2011, 11:40 AM   #24
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Just this year in fact-I thought I had an obstruction but it turned out to be my appendix.
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03-02-2011, 08:33 PM   #25
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Mine was removed 13 years ago during right sided hemi colectemy
03-02-2011, 08:38 PM   #26
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Yep, mine was removed during my total colectomy.
03-02-2011, 09:59 PM   #27
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Yes along with the rest of my large intestine...
03-02-2011, 11:02 PM   #28
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That's one thing I haven't had removed. I've had my wisdom teeth, tonsils, and gallbladder removed. I did find out that I was born with two spleens. I'm weird!
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03-04-2011, 09:14 AM   #29
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I had mine removed in 99 with some intestine, as it was stuck to it!
03-08-2011, 01:01 PM   #30
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the opposite is true for UC, having it removed lessens the chance of developing it.

If they take it out during my colectomy I am going to be pissed of.
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