Feeling not so invincible

For the last month or two I’ve been having some pain when running.  It feels like a stitch but it always happens immediately after starting running and is always on my right side at the base of my rib cage.  Also over the last few months I’ve had some other symptoms… general aching in my lower abdomen, and rather mysteriously I seem to have developed some lactose intolerance in the last 2 weeks.

For a while I thought it was just a mix of the running/and need to do more core strength exercises, mixed with a lingering cold.  But since the symptoms haven’t seemed to be getting better I decided to do some research.

I never took any Biology courses in high school, so I had to brush up on my basic anatomy.  One look at the chart and it was immediately obvious what the problem likely was.  The gallbladder is located exactly where my pain is, and the symptoms match exactly with what would be expected with gallstones. — pain in the upper abdomen right beneath the rib cage and sometimes in the upper back.  Plus the digestive weirdness would match with that.

Reading through other people’s experiences and it seems that a lot of people get really severe pain as a result of gallstones.  And the popular fix is to just get a day surgery to remove the gallbladder.  Luckily my situation is not that severe.  And all I need to do is change my diet slightly.

So I’m not invincible anymore.