Before they took my gallbladder out, I would get terrible pains in my abdomen shortly after eating or drinking anything. At first, it would just be like once or twice a year but then it started doing every single time I would take a sip of water. I also started showing signs of jaundice, which is what convinced me to get checked out. They did an ultrasound and found stones blocking my bile duct.
The actual surgery itself wasn't much. I went into the hospital on a Sat, had surgery on Sun. They had to do an ercp on Mon and then I drove myself home on Tues. Even had to stop and change a flat tire on the way. After both procedures, I was able to get up and walk around without restrictions. (except for the IV in my arm)
I was off work for 2 weeks but only because I work at a sawmill, if I had worked in an office or some other less physically demanding job, I could have went back to work the next day.
The first few days after I got back home and started eating solid foods again, I would get short sharp cramps after I ate but they subsided. Then out of no where, about a month after the surgery, I started getting them more frequently and at random times, sometimes they would last for an hour or so. Not constant but in short bursts. Thankfully, that only lasted for a couple of days. Now I still get them but it's maybe two or three times a day usually, some days I get them a lot more but not often.
When I first went back to work, I was put on light duty for a couple of weeks. I would test myself every few days but I would start hurting and have to go back to light work after just a few hours of heavy lifting. And until about 2 1/2 months after my surgery, I didn't feel right. I would still get pains and cramps if I tried to do too much lifting.
Now I'm pretty much back to normal. I just can't eat greasy foods unless there is a bathroom close by so I've changed my diet somewhat, which was for the best anyways.
It was kind of funny, the hospital was full so they had to put me in the first room that became available, which happened to be in the oncology ward. The nurses thought I was the best patient ever because they didn't have to do anything but give me Demerol and check my temperature. Also I slept a lot because of the Demerol, so I guess I wasn't much of a nuisance anyhow.