So, here I am minus gallbladder. I was warned of other things that MIGHT occur, but I will not dwell on them. I have to get on with my life.
No sooner was I without a gallbladder than I realised that it had not resolved the chest pain problem. So what now?
It is a fact that when you present to any medical practitioner, even the paramedics in the ambulance, that the first thing they do is concentrate on your heart. I must have the most examined heart in the world I think. So it was that again, a lot of chest pain and being told to call the ambulance, I again found myself in the Emergency Dept. of our hospital. Finally the outcome, "There is nothing wrong with your heart." I had heard that on a numerous occasions and I replied, "Thank you, but this time I am not going home until someone tells me why I have this chest pain."
As a consequence, there were investigations of the lungs and some other areas until one doctor came and said, "I think you have costochondritis." That sounded so impressive that I was actually delighted to have a diagnosis after all these years. However, learning that "it will go away on its own" was not very convincing as I had already suffered with it for 12 years. Painkillers are not my favourite medicine.
Then the chemist. I was in a chemist shop and he asked me what was wrong. I gave him a brief account of the situation and he suggested Curcumin, the active ingredient extracted from tumeric. It had an immediate impact. I was advised to give it a couple of years to disappear as it had been resident in my chest for such a long time. And now I have added garlic oil capsules which have a similar effect.
Hopefully pain free in a couple of years.