IllnessSherri Shepherd Shares Health Update: 'My Stomach Is Swollen'

Sherri Shepherd Shares Health Update: ‘My Stomach Is Swollen’

After having emergency surgery over the weekend, Sherri Shepherd was forced to cancel her scheduled appearance as a guest host on The Wendy Williams Show on Monday. Her replacement presenter, actor Michael Rapaport, revealed on the show that the 54-year-old had appendicitis.

“So today’s host was going to be Sherri. Sadly, she had appendicitis, he informed viewers of The Wendy Williams Show. She’s all right. She’s okay. She needed to visit the hospital last night for an urgent procedure. She feels good today and is well-rested. Sherri, get well soon. Everyone admires you!”

Shepherd shared a video from her hospital bed on several social media platforms to further confirm the operation. She explains, “I just had an emergency appendectomy. I was suddenly in a lot of pain, and I had no idea where it came from.

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When I came in to get some Metamucil, they told me that they had to immediately remove my appendix. So, they had my appendix removed.

The celebrity nevertheless had a sense of humor because she claimed that her misplaced wig was the day’s drama. I recently located my wig. We started off with her saying, “I went into surgery with the wig, and I came out looking like Ludacris.

But we did discover my wig. She also expressed her gratitude to the Bellevue personnel at NYC Health + Hospitals for removing her appendix.

She tweeted a snapshot of what would have been her hosting attire but changed it instead because her stomach is still swollen. She is set to return as a guest host today. She commented, “My stylist is feverishly looking for flowy, loose dresses right now!”

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Finger-Like Tube

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the appendix, a finger-shaped tube connected to the large intestine, functions as a part of the immune system in children but not in adults.

Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix brought on by obstruction; this obstruction may be brought on by a number of viruses or bacteria, retained feces, or even tumors. Once blocked, the appendix becomes painful and bloated and the blood flow to it begins to decrease.

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A dangerous infection known as peritonitis can develop when the appendix begins to die, develops perforations, or even bursts, allowing excrement, mucus, and bacteria to enter the belly. According to the Mayo Clinic, appendicitis can strike anyone at any age but is most common in adults between the ages of 10 and 30.

It’s critical to get medical assistance right away because an appendix can rupture 48 to 72 hours after symptoms appear. The initial sign of appendicitis is typically abdominal discomfort that begins close to the belly button and then spreads to the lower right side of the navel.

The discomfort will typically worsen with time, and it may ache more when you move, breathe deeply, cough, or sneeze. A ruptured appendix could cause agony across your entire gut.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, it’s crucial to avoid using painkillers to treat these symptoms since they may cover up other symptoms that your doctor needs to know about. Other symptoms besides pain include nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, fever and chills, constipation or diarrhea, difficulty passing gas, and a bloated stomach.

According to John Hopkins Medicine, a doctor can do a number of tests to identify appendicitis. For instance, blood tests can check for increased white blood cell counts, which can signify illness.

To rule out a urinary tract infection, they could perform a urine test. They may also perform imaging tests to examine the health of the internal organs, such as an abdominal ultrasound, a C.T. scan, or an MRI.

As in Shepherd’s case, appendix removal surgery is usually often the only effective treatment for appendicitis. If the appendix hasn’t ruptured, recovery takes just a few days.

Patients whose appendix has burst may experience a slower recovery process and need to take an antibiotic course. The good news is that it’s quite unlikely you will even realize if your appendix has been removed.

Wendy Williams, 57, has been frequently substituting on The Wendy Williams Show due to her own health issues.

Williams previously disclosed that she has Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder that results in hyperthyroidism, and has been away from her program since the start of the current season in October, as SELF previously reported.

Williams stated in November, “I’m making progress, but it’s just one of those things that are taking longer than we anticipated.”


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