Elizabeth Svoboda, The Washington Post Published 10:12 am PDT, Saturday, June 1, 2019 The pain first hit when I was a teenager: an unrelenting grinding in my lower abdomen, as if my internal gears were gummed up. A fleeting thought crossed my mind - could it be my appendix? - but I dismissed it, since I felt fine the next day. Throughout my young adulthood, the grinding pain recurred every few weeks or so. When it hit, I'd clench my jaw and curl up in the fetal position, but within a few hours, the attack would pass. I wasn't concerned enough to have a doctor check me out since things receded quickly. But then in my early 30s, I had what seemed like just another bout of this pain, but this time, it didn't go away. I headed to the hospital, where I learned that my appendix was about to rupture. The appendectomy done on me revealed the likely origins of the mysterious pain that had plagued me for more than half my life. Appendicitis, it turns out, isn't always acute. Some … [Read more...] about Have a ‘grumbling appendix’? Listen to it.