That's the fun part... I've had a tube in my side since mid September to reduce the number of stones (or at least their impact).
Last week (Wednesday, the 15th), I did go in and had the thing cut out. I'm recouping from surgery (out patient), it just .... hurts and is very uncomfortable. And apparently, they removed ~50 stones along with the gallbladder ....
Worse yet, is that I'm apparently insensitive to opioids in generally. They have to give me "the really good stuff" to get any real effect... and that is mostly to take the edge off. I don't get loopy, ... I could drive a car safely, etc. It really sucks.
And if you're wondering, yes, it's been why I've been slow to answer inquiries on the forum.
The moral is that if you're feeling any pain in your abdominal area... on the right side specifically and right beneath the ribcage ... it's probably gall bladder related. And get it taken out as soon as possible... (I'm not a doctor, so consult one FIRST)
Christopher, that's got to suck, and I see you're feeling better. that's good news.