Kelly Clarkson had an appendectomy after the BMAs, was in pain for a week before that

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After hosting and performing twice at the Billboard Music Awards, Kelly Clarkson was flown to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in LA where she had an appendectomy. Apparently she’s been in pain for a week but she still performed like a boss with no sign of it. She tweeted that she cried backstage afterwards. Kelly is scheduled to go back to work on The Voice on Monday, as ET reports.

ET has exclusively learned that the singer had to have surgery to remove her appendix on Thursday, after hosting the three-hour Billboard Music Awards the night before, where she performed two different musical numbers.

Clarkson, who had been suffering from a painful bout of appendicitis all week, flew right home to L.A. from Las Vegas immediately after the awards show and had a procedure the following morning, ET has learned.

The singer is now home resting and recuperating and plans to be back to work on The Voice for their live show on Monday.

[From ET]

In 2014 I had my appendix out. I was in pain for at least several months. I’d had gallbladder removal surgery and exploratory pelvic surgery trying to fix it before I went to urgent care and they diagnosed the problem. I’d even been to the ER weeks prior with characteristic right flank pain and was sent home. So it’s scary but not surprising to hear that a celebrity was in pain for a week before she was able to get it removed, although that sounds like that’s due to Kelly’s schedule and not a delayed diagnosis. I can’t imagine having to perform with appendicitis, but she did and showed no sign of it!

Also, I’ve read that chronic appendicitis is somewhat of a controversial diagnosis. However my OB/GYN told me that he’s seen so many cases of it.

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  1. Lucia says:

    I wonder if that’s why Kelly’s lost weight recently.

  2. Caty says:

    Um, why the hell would she do that? There’s nothing cool or brave about it. People can easily die from untreated appendicitis.

  3. Swack says:

    Putting off having an appendix removed is dangerous – possibility of a rupture – especially if she knew it was her appendix. My daughter had horrendous right side pain when she was 13. We thought appendix but turned out to be a ovarian cyst that had ruptured.

    • MissyLynne says:

      @Swack: Same thing happened to me at 13. They were about to remove my appendix when they figured it out.

    • C-Shell says:

      Swack, when I was 18, I came home mid-day from college and curled up like a shrimp in so much pain. My dad came home from work and, literally, carried me down a flight of stairs and rushed me to the ER in the back of his car. The agony was throughout my abdomen and white cell count through the roof so they just hauled me into surgery. Ruptured ovarian cyst had filled me with gook and when they cleaned it up, there sat my appendix in white hot glory about to rupture. I can’t even imagine dealing with something like that at the tender age of 13! Your poor baby.

      Oh, MissyLynne, hugs to you too.

      • MissyLynne says:

        @C-Shell: Oh that sounds just awful. Hugs to you too!

      • MarcelMarcel says:

        @Swack. Agreed! It is life threatening if left untreated so (assuming) she was diagnosed I don’t understand her postponing treatment for a week.

        My appendicitis story is much trashier. Over New Years a few years ago I went to a festival with a friend. We took LSD and after the festival I stayed at my Mama’s place.

        I was convinced I was having the worst acid comedown ever and was googling comedown stories to see if anyone else had experienced a similar one. Although I’m adult my Mama is my Mama so I didn’t want her to find out. About two days she administered her appendicitis test and I failed. She took me to the ER immediately and after surgery I woke up to beautiful flowers.

        I’m grateful I was with her because I didn’t recognise the symptoms.

    • Just to address the “it’s dangerous to not treat it right away” thing.. (acute care NP here) – appendicitis is actually not what it appears on TV .Often people have what we call “grumblers”, and if they present to hospital, depending on how they present, what the bloods look like, we will take a “wait and watch” approach, maybe give some antibiotics, maybe not…depends on the case. Just rushing in and ripping the thing out at the first twinge is actually not indicated by the evidence these days – many cases can be resolved early with fluid and/or antibiotics. Her case could very well have been something that she had already discussed with her docs and arranged beforehand having already committed to performing and hosting. We have no way of knowing this was a “delayed” treatment. It may have been a “scheduled” one.

  4. Becks1 says:

    I guess everyone is different, but when I had my appendix out, there is no way I could have gone a week with that pain. It wasn’t on my right side, it just felt like extreme indigestion/reflux – like horrific, I was in tears, went to the ER. After a few hours the pain did diminish on its own, but was still bad. I could barely walk, let alone perform on stage like that. (My brother is a surgeon and he actually told me that is common, that there is excruciating pain and then it diminishes, but doesn’t go away, so people think they just had heartburn or something, and then the appendix bursts and it can be very bad.)

    anyway – I hope she recovers fast and is back to work as scheduled!

  5. savu says:

    God, women are such badasses. Go Kelly! (Hoping she was fully checked out and doctors said waiting was okay, don’t let it get worse, etc. I’d be shocked if she didn’t have one of those rich people doctors/nurses with her.)

    When I was in my teens, I kept getting gigantic kidney stones. Like huge. Most needed to be surgically removed. I’ll never forget the time I was in the ER with my mom overnight, released at 6am, got my scripts filled and took a shower, and I insisted on going to school. I came home a few hours later. But there were so many times I’d be clenching my teeth and not talking much and my dad would say “you don’t LOOK like you’re in pain!” And then a nurse would tell me she’s had three kids and one kidney stone, and she’d rather have another kid. Then my dad got a kidney stone much smaller than my average, like less than half the size. He was on the floor wailing and crying for days.

    My point is that men are weak. And women are awesome.

    • Léna says:

      Isn’t true woman are more resistant to pain anyway?
      I wouldn’t say men are weak, but woman pain are often seen as not valid (see endometriosis and how much women have to fight for being treated)

  6. Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

    Kelly is one tough cookie! I feel like she never really gets the respect that she deserves considering her outstanding vocal chops. I think the industry sort of writes her off bc she’s not a skinny little pop star. But I love her so much – I got to see her in Houston in 2013 and she’s one of those few artists that is just as good live as she is recorded. She can sing anything. Glad she is recovering well!!

  7. lucy2 says:

    Wow, that’s crazy! I don’t know how she did that.
    I did watch the show but want to go back and see the clips of her performing, she’s always incredibly good.

  8. dlc says:

    Wow, the day I went to the dr. for my stomach pain (really an appendix about to burst) the pain and bloating were horrific. I can’t imagine squeezing into a dress and singing!!!

  9. LindaS says:

    I was at a wedding when my pain came. The next day I had my appendix out. About 50 years ago my dads appendix ruptured and he almost died so I didn’t t wait.

  10. SolitaryAngel says:

    Mine came in 2004, after I’d had 2 years of intermittent pain/bloating/vomiting/diarrhea. Doctors kept thinking it was my gallbladder (I was 36) and tests were always negative.

    One night, I felt such a sharp pain I went to the ER and they diagnosed it immediately, except that my appendix had already ruptured–the source of the sharp pain. My Dr. laughed and told me my appendix was up in my right armpit which was why they kept missing it on ultrasound. It was just located abnormally high.

    Now I have swelling/severe pain/nausea/vomiting again, only it’s nearly constant. Underneath my stomach. White blood cells dangerously low because they think something inside is bleeding. Tests, tests, tests. Could be adhesions on the pyloric nerve, cancer, leukemia, etc. Sigh.

    • Hoot says:

      SolitaryAngel – best wishes for a good outcome. I can only imagine your discomfort and the uncertainty you must feel without a clear diagnosis. Ugh. It can drive a person crazy.

  11. raincoaster says:

    I’m in pain looking at that hack makeup job.

  12. QuidProQuo says:

    I wonder if adrenaline kept Kelly up and performing, yet I also wonder if ‘twas
    -really- appendicitis because the pain and vomiting are markedly debilitating. I know from personal experience. I kind of doubt her story.