Could the appendix surgery have damaged my nerves?

Could the appendix surgery have damaged my nerves? Topic: Latest medical research articles
July 16, 2019 / By Bridgette
Question: I thought I was diabetic because I’m always having numbness or tingling in both my feet and hands after eating bad. Four months and two weeks ago I tested and my results were 5.4 and a fasting of 76 so im not diabetic. This has been happening since 2015 ever since I got my surgery. About four or five days later , my vision was a bit blurry and I would have numbness on my thigh. Now I get numbness and tingling in my feet and hands. My right knee sometimes feels like I sprained it and it hurts sometimes. At the bottom of my feet, it will hurt sometimes and ache but not always, it rarely happens. Could’ve it been the surgery that messed up my nerves?
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Algoma Algoma | 6 days ago
Not a common problem, but there is a slight possibility of this happening after and because of the surgery, yes. The reason you got a clear NO answer here is that there is no direct nerve connection between the appendix and the feet, so accidentally damaging a nerve near the appendix wouldn't do this, the way damaging a nerve along the lower spine in surgery could do it. HOWEVER--*any* surgical procedure including appendectomy where anesthesia is used has a potential complication of general peripheral numbness. I had never heard of this until I looked into your question and then I found research confirming it. You can see one article by clicking this link: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20... , and see other articles by websearching "postsurgical peripheral neuropathy" (the medical term for what you're asking about). Again this is not a common problem after surgery. It is certainly possible that something else is causing your numbness, which has *many* possible medical causes--it could be a coincidence, despite the timing. When this happens, peripheral numbness after surgery can be a result of general inflammation in the central nervous system possibly related to anesthesia, or as the linked article suggests, your immune system going awry in response to the surgery and attacking the central nervous system. Your numbness symptoms may go away in time, although since this goes back to 2015, chances for recovering sensation now are probably not as high as you would like. Consider seeing a neurologist to discuss whether any treatment now could help. Wishing you good luck and great care.
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Algoma Originally Answered: An appendix can't evolve can it?
Your question could have been worded like; "If evolution were true, then why do humans have an appendix?" Of course evolutionists have no real answer. No more than they can explain even the existence of what they like to call the simplest creature , the amoeba or another protozoa, Evolutionists would like us to believe these creatures are the source of all living things. But on close examination these animals are far more complex than even the most sophisticated structure that man has ever built. Then there is the problem of these creatures evolving. Sex to these creatures is non existent. They multiply by parthenogenesis. I other words the amoeba you see to day is the exact same animal that was first created. It could never evolve. It has remained unchanged. Therefore it can easily be seen that it is the fittest creature ever to live. Everything else does not compare. Oh well. Evolution debunked again. What else is new?
Algoma Originally Answered: An appendix can't evolve can it?
can't it? .. explain why not.. yea it's a fascinating organ, but if my brain got here thru evolution, probably the most complex thing in the universe, then my appendix could have as well o alright so it's not just the appendix that you think didn't evolve hahaha fair enough, at least you're consistent.. be careful about presuming things yourself tho.. i'd recommend you get to know what evolutionary biologists think about it all, people who've been doing the research themselves, then once you've gotten to know all of that, work out your own opinions, contribute to the discussion when you're an authority on it, and mankind can keep moving forwards
Algoma Originally Answered: An appendix can't evolve can it?
These findings actually don't put any doubt on evolutionary theory though. It just means we were wrong that the appendix was completely useless. Instead, it's just MOSTLY useless (and it's still probably true that it did something more important earlier in our evolutionary history). You can still live just fine without one.

Tyrell Tyrell
No - an appendectomy couldn't possibly have caused that. If you just had bloodwork done 4 months ago, what did your doctor say about the numbness? Ask him/her about your symptoms.
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Tyrell Originally Answered: What is a purpose of appendix?
Sorry princess, I had early morning classes, didnt catch this question early enough. Ok here is what I know about the little " beeper " :D Definition and location : the appendix is an underdeveloped residu-um of the ceacum. it is about 6 to 7 cms in length ( about 2 to 3 inches ) . it is anchored by a mesentaric extension from the adjacent ileum ( a part of the small intestine) and it has no known function ( Although immune cells are found also found in the appendix ). The most distinguisable feature of this organ is rich presence of lymphoid tissue in both the musosa and sub-muscosa ( did I scare you yet ? - lol ) . This is most prominent in children and these tissue mostly completely disappear when we grow up ( in advanced age ) by progressively atrophy ( atrophy means shrinking , :D ). While the appendix has lymphoid tissue , it may partake in human defence mechanism , it is really not needed, along with the spleen. So one would lose nothing having it removed.There are PLENTY suggestions on what an appendix could do ..but these are still suggestions and the body will function just fine without the appendix. But until it is inflamed , its easier to live it with and not going through all the diagnostic procedures ( which are intensive since the doctors have to undergo the entire diagnosis of the abdominal area before rendering a verdict - this could be of course a waste of time , and resources ) Appendicitis is one of the most common acute abdominal condition , one of the best known medical entities and yet may be still one of the most difficult diagnostic problem. Acute appendicitis is associated with obstruction in 50% to 80% , usually in the form of fecalith , or maybe a gallstone , tumor or ball of worms (especially vermicularises ).....uh you sure you want me to go in-depth into this stuff ? Any way, these can cause the appendix to inflame due to collapse of the draining veins ( due to high intra-luminal pressure )and hence , gives way to bacteria to run amok together with additional edema ( fluid accumulation ) and exudation ( pus forming ), bloody supply is embarassed. However , as stated above , the above explanation is a convincing theory ( and actually its true ) for appendicitis , however, large known inflammation cases did not have the obstruction of the appendix/ intra-lumen Epidemiology : Acute appendicitis is a mainly a disease of children and young adults , but can occur in any age group , male more than female. one has an average of 7% chance to catch it. And appendicitis is not known to be a hereditary disease. Uh.....there are stages of appendicitis....but I dont think you wanna see a bunch of "non-english" languague here hey :D.But if you want I can always come back and add it. And I havent had it.
Tyrell Originally Answered: What is a purpose of appendix?
As many people believe, the appendix is a vestigial organ that serves no purpose. However, this is not entirely true. Apparently it serves as a storage area for "good bacteria" in case disease wipes them out in other areas of the body. (i.e. stomach after dysentery or cholera) Now, since diseases like these are not exactly rampant in this day and age, the appendix has lost much of its usefulness. Often what causes appendicitis is some foreign material (mucus or stool) will enter the appendix and harden. This blocks some opening in the appendix and the very same "good bacteria" begin to attack the appendix walls causing it to become inflamed. There are other causes that are unclear but genetics could have an impact as you say a lot of your family had theirs removed. You don't really lose much by having it removed because the appendix has become essentially a vestigial organ. Besides, if a doctor tells you that your appendix needs to be removed, you are better off listening to the doctor.

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