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It was a normal day until the pizza attacked.....post surgery update now with added picture

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I'm currently on a low carb diet to get my A1C lower. It's still in the pre range but it's gone up since my last physical (last year pre-covid). The diet working well as I've lost 8 lbs in 4 weeks. My blood pressure is now well under 120/80 also. Well, they had a (free) pizza for lunch day at the office. So I decided to have a cheat day. If you're doing low carb diet, pizza is not your friend. But I decided to throw caution to the wind and have 2 slices of really greasy pizza. A few hours later I was in severe abdominal pain. So bad they called 911 for me. I got to ride in the ambulance and got "rock star" attention in the ER.

Long story - short. Gallbladder attack. Next step is the OR to get the bad boy removed. If any of you had a gallbladder attack you know the pain is crippling. My attack lasted for about 25-30 min.
 

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I'm currently on a low carb diet to get my A1C lower. It's still in the pre range but it's gone up since my last physical (last year pre-covid). The diet working well as I've lost 8 lbs in 4 weeks. My blood pressure is now well under 120/80 also. Well, they had a (free) pizza for lunch day at the office. So I decided to have a cheat day. If you're doing low carb diet, pizza is not your friend. But I decided to throw caution to the wind and have 2 slices of really greasy pizza. A few hours later I was in severe abdominal pain. So bad they called 911 for me. I got to ride in the ambulance and got "rock star" attention in the ER.

Long story - short. Gallbladder attack. Next step is the OR to get the bad boy removed. If any of you had a gallbladder attack you know the pain is crippling. My attack lasted for about 25-30 min.
Yep, been there, done that! Hopefully they can use the laparoscopic procedure option rather than hack and slash (which results in about a 7 inch incision). Usually you find out what option they had to use for you when you wake up in recovery!!

It's not that difficult to recover from, especially from a laparoscopic procedure. You got this brother!
 

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All because of a few slices of pizza? And I thought I had it bad not being able to walk.

Hope the procedure goes well. Better than my brothers anyway.
 

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All because of a few slices of pizza?
Remember we're dealing with an old gezzer's internals here, not some 12 year old's internals.
 

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sorry to hear that. please keep us updated
 

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A little "internal" learning for the masses.

The liver creates bile and stores it in the gallbladder. There it is concentrated. When the body senses foods that have a high fat content it asks the gallbladder to send some of the good stuff. The gallbladder contracts and squeezes the solution into the duodenum (the tube that leads to the stomach). Gallstones can form in the gallbladder and restrict flow. (which is my issue). Moderate eating of low fat foods can regulate this, but I'm told the best action is to remove it as it never gets better.

What are the typical symptoms of a gallbladder issue?

One of the most common symptoms of a gallbladder issue is pain. This pain can:
  • come on suddenly
  • intensify quickly
  • occur in the upper right area of your abdomen, but may also be felt in the upper right part of your back
  • happen following a meal, often in the evening hours
  • last a varying amount of time, from minutes to hours
Other indications that you may have a gallbladder issue are digestive symptoms. These can include nausea and vomiting.
 

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Yep, anything greasy will/can put you in a bad way.
Happened to me 20+ years ago, had the laproscopic(sp) done, overnight in hosp & back 100% in a few weeks.
 

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Yep, anything greasy will/can put you in a bad way.
Happened to me 20+ years ago, had the laproscopic(sp) done, overnight in hosp & back 100% in a few weeks.
I had my attack the Sunday before Thanksgiving sometime in the early 90s. They admitted me that night, did the procedure Monday morning and I was home eating turkey (albeit very slowly) on Thanksgiving day!

It's a bit of an uncomfortable ride for a couple of days but was a slam dunk compared to a knee replacement! :dancing guy
 

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Hey Mr. Lucky,

I wish you the best on your Procedure. Keep positive and stay on your lifestyle diet.

Last December I had a UroLift Procedure following two ER visits because I was unable to go.
I was fortunate finding a Top of the line Specialist that performed it. Healing was three months.
My BP dropped several points and my RBC went back to normal over a six month time frame . It is a whole new world
for me. Like night and day change.
 

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Hey Mr. Lucky,

I wish you the best on your Procedure. Keep positive and stay on your lifestyle diet.

Last December I had a UroLift Procedure following two ER visits because I was unable to go.
I was fortunate finding a Top of the line Specialist that performed it. Healing was three months.
My BP dropped several points and my RBC went back to normal over a six month time frame . It is a whole new world
for me. Like night and day change.
NIce! I might look into this as the Flomax generic drug treatment is hit or miss for me. Sometimes it works, other times not so much!

Thank you Au!

More info here:
 

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NIce! I might look into this as the Flomax generic drug treatment is hit or miss for me. Sometimes it works, other times not so much!

Thank you Au!

More info here:
Well, my Dr. was open and listened to me so we maxed the dosage to see if it would work but, I ended up in ER
the second time at 3:00 a.m. Once the Procedure was complete I was "un hooked" and on my own with out Flomax.

My friend drove me to the office as I was doped up. I found out my friends brother in-law had his Prostrate
removed from the same Dr. and couldn't stop raving about him. Jim drove down from Montana to have it done in Tarzana.
a few years back. I see Jim and his wife every winter when they drive and stay with relatives here for a couple of months.
It's a small world...
 

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It was a quiet Sunday night until the hamburger decided to get into the act.

Well, I survived a month without another attack. This one was not as severe and I knew going to ER was fruitless as they would not be able to do anything for me except present me with another bill. So I took 2 ibuprofin, 2 tums and rode it out, lying in bed. Lasted about 20 minutes again but not as painful as last time. Doctor visit is Wednesday. Ok so no pizza, no hamburger, no creamy foods. I'm ok with that just so long as there's beer. Unfortunately right now (for other reasons) it has to be the watered down low carb stuff they call beer. But that's only temporary.
 

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Got a date set for the surgery?
 

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Have to see the doctor first, and plead my case, which is this coming Wednesday. I'll post detials when I have them. I know this sounds wimpy to you guys who have had more knives in them that a thanksgiving turkey, but I'm not really looking forward to this even with the attacks. I've never had a real, knock you out, cut you open surgery. Not even a broken bone. Nada.
 

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Have to see the doctor first, and plead my case, which is this coming Wednesday. I'll post detials when I have them. I know this sounds wimpy to you guys who have had more knives in them that a thanksgiving turkey, but I'm not really looking forward to this even with the attacks. I've never had a real, knock you out, cut you open surgery. Not even a broken bone. Nada.
No scars yet? It's good it's not emergency surgery.
 

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You've had your share of pain and then some. This one grips your insides and puts you in quiver mode. Feels like chills, but it's not. Hard to speak in a full voice, whispering is easier. Hurts to walk, hurts to lay down, hurts to sit, hurts to do anything. No position eases the pain. I usually drink 3-4 liters of water during the attack as each liter lets you feel good for a few minutes. But then the pain passes ..... and on the other side is no pain at all, just tiredness. Like you went a few rounds in a boxing ring, and lost. No, this is not emergency surgery. The docs in the ER told me a happy gallbladder is easier to remove (less cutting) than an angry one. I'm trying to keep it happy, but I got sloppy, hence the attack. Back on guard duty.
 

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Hey Mr. Lucky,

I wish you the best on your Procedure. Keep positive and stay on your lifestyle diet.

Last December I had a UroLift Procedure following two ER visits because I was unable to go.
I was fortunate finding a Top of the line Specialist that performed it. Healing was three months.
My BP dropped several points and my RBC went back to normal over a six month time frame . It is a whole new world
for me. Like night and day change.


Procedure & Device
 
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This is why I stick with thin crust.
Isn't it the greasy part of food that sets it in motion?
I've never had a real, knock you out, cut you open surgery. Not even a broken bone. Nada
You'll be dehydrated when you wake up. Really dehydrated. Groggy too from the knock out drugs. That's what I remember when I had an appendectomy as kid.
 

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I've been put out for the camera up your butt treatment 3 times. I was a little groggy then and I had to have a driver for that. But this will be my first "cut". Well at least there will be less fat in his way. I lost 12 lbs (intentionally and still dropping) since July 1.
 

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You've had your share of pain and then some. This one grips your insides and puts you in quiver mode. Feels like chills, but it's not. Hard to speak in a full voice, whispering is easier. Hurts to walk, hurts to lay down, hurts to sit, hurts to do anything. No position eases the pain. I usually drink 3-4 liters of water during the attack as each liter lets you feel good for a few minutes. But then the pain passes ..... and on the other side is no pain at all, just tiredness. Like you went a few rounds in a boxing ring, and lost. No, this is not emergency surgery. The docs in the ER told me a happy gallbladder is easier to remove (less cutting) than an angry one. I'm trying to keep it happy, but I got sloppy, hence the attack. Back on guard duty.
A stethoscope on the belly tells a lot. Not that I'd know what it's saying.
 

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I have five in me. My last check up from late July showed continued improvement. When this procedure is performed you can hear the snapping of each one being installed. I had very few side effects after the procedure over the next two months. This procedure really changed my life for the better.
 

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Sorry you're having health issues MrLucky. I hope a solution is soon found.
 

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A little "internal" learning for the masses.

The liver creates bile and stores it in the gallbladder. There it is concentrated. When the body senses foods that have a high fat content it asks the gallbladder to send some of the good stuff. The gallbladder contracts and squeezes the solution into the duodenum (the tube that leads to the stomach). Gallstones can form in the gallbladder and restrict flow. (which is my issue). Moderate eating of low fat foods can regulate this, but I'm told the best action is to remove it as it never gets better.

What are the typical symptoms of a gallbladder issue?

One of the most common symptoms of a gallbladder issue is pain. This pain can:
  • come on suddenly
  • intensify quickly
  • occur in the upper right area of your abdomen, but may also be felt in the upper right part of your back
  • happen following a meal, often in the evening hours
  • last a varying amount of time, from minutes to hours
Other indications that you may have a gallbladder issue are digestive symptoms. These can include nausea and vomiting.
Perfect description. About 15 years ago about an hour before bedtime, I was suddenly doubled over, feeling like I'd been stabbed or shot again. My Beautiful Witch got Scooter on the horn in a panic. He knew right off what was going down.

Herself and I had been on a rather strict and prolonged diet (I lost 60+ pounds in a tad over 3 months!) Scotty was aware of that... and he said,

"The owies will probably go away, but to keep them away, Daddy's got to ease up on the dieting. Losing weight too fast can trigger gallstone production. And he's gotta eat lots of fiber -- anything except the upholstery."

He was spot on, all the way down the line.
 

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How can someone gain weight? I've been pretty much immobile all summer and I don't seem to be pudging.
 

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Have to see the doctor first, and plead my case, which is this coming Wednesday. I'll post detials when I have them. I know this sounds wimpy to you guys who have had more knives in them that a thanksgiving turkey, but I'm not really looking forward to this even with the attacks. I've never had a real, knock you out, cut you open surgery. Not even a broken bone. Nada.
Just a word of encouragement. The laproscophy (SP) procedure I had was a walk in the park. You do not want that bladder to rupture, mucho bad.
Hope everything works out for you.
 

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How can someone gain weight? I've been pretty much immobile all summer and I don't seem to be pudging.
I suspose you don't have main mealtime favorites like chubbos do:

Twinkie salad with Bosco dressing... Followed by ribs n' fries, with a side of refried beans. Dessert: The Five Chocolate Cream Pie.
 

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Try Ensure milkshakes with lots of ice cream. And lots of cheesecake. My sister used them to fatten up her husband between chemo treatments
 

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Have to see the doctor first, and plead my case, which is this coming Wednesday. I'll post detials when I have them. I know this sounds wimpy to you guys who have had more knives in them that a thanksgiving turkey, but I'm not really looking forward to this even with the attacks. I've never had a real, knock you out, cut you open surgery. Not even a broken bone. Nada.
Well... (*snork*) This here piece of meat has had major surgeries -- as in total anesthesia with cutting -- on left foot and ankle, both knees (3X left 2X right), neck (fused 2X), throat 2x (tonsils as a kid, uvula as adult), left arm/elbow, major abdominal (with guts palpated from end to end), left shoulder 2x (dink metal removal, nice new metal 30years later, replacing entire shoulder and part of arm)...

Hellfire, I know I missed a few. Anyway, what this all leads up to is that you have a neato challenge to try:

They will put a drip in you. As soon as you feel a "coolness" in your arm, be SURE you are looking at a clock (they are ubiquitous in these places). STAY concentrated on the clock. I you are really lucky, you will see the clock dissolve Salvador Dali style:

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With better than twenty tries, I hit the jackpot three fargin times. So KEWL!

Oh. And if you miss, you will wake up instantly. There will be absolutely zerio subjective passing of time. Weird.

One more "oh" -- At a pool party one afternoon, my sons got a tape measure out and began adding. I have over five feet of scars. And I walk on my metal-bolted leg without a limp.
 

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This just recently happened to my wife. She was in the hospital for 6 days and took about 2-3 weeks to heal from surgery, but she felt somewhat "normal" again.

She said the pain was excruciating. She said it was like she swallowed a ball of fire.
 

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