“This thread is remarkable. I had my gallbladder removed in 1984, and started experiencing periodic severe abdominal pains about a month after the operation. Pains were very severe, generally lasting five to ten minutes. They told me this was unusual, but apparently from looking at these postings it isn’t as rare as they made it sound to me.

Long story short, testing was inconclusive but over the next ten years the episodes became more infrequent. Even today, I’ll have an occasional episode, but whereas I used to have perhaps 100 a year, now I probably have about 5 episodes an entire year.”