Warning: Almost no cycling content...
Had an unexpected few days off last week, so I drove down to Sonoma County (Calif.) to ride on the coast. Naturally I had a 10,000 calorie dinner the first night--and woke up at 4:30 with what felt like a bowling ball stuck in my upper abdomen. After toughing it out for a couple of days ("It's probably just food poisoning"), I went to the doctor, and they packed me off to the ER for immediate IVs, oxygen and about six hours of tests. Found out later they were sure I'd had a heart attack on the first morning and was just barely hanging on.
Turned out to be gallstones, which is pretty good news compared to a lot of other possibilities, and I'm probably going to have my gall bladder yanked as soon as I can get straightened out with the insurance people and find a surgeon who'll accept the six cents on the dollar they're willing to pay.
Who else here is riding around without a gall bladder? Any advice or precautions?
Had my gall bladder removed last February. I had very minor symptoms, but an ultrasound determined it was wise to remove it. They do it lapriscopically, which is much easier than the old way, which required about 5 days in the hospital. I went home the same day, which is common. It cost nothing because of our socialized medicine. Didn't miss much cycling because it was February, but it was a mild winter so I probably would have got in 20 - 30 km during the week I had to take it easy.