My husband is just over 4 months out from his Rny. He's had few issues and has lost very rapidly -- over 100 lbs. We just got off the phone with the on-call doc from his surgeon's practice. After lunch today, my husband felt a significant amount of pain -- around his sternum and radiating up to shoulders. I think he thought something was stuck, though he's not had that happen before and chews very well. It took about an hour for him to feel better, and we thought that it just might have been some anomaly at lunch.
Dinner tonight was terrifying. We went out for Japanese food, and he (as he usually does) made good choices -- some fish that he's tolerated well before as well as some soft stir-fried veggies. He also had one small piece of a sushi roll with rice. Within about 10 minutes of starting dinner, he looked like he was going to die -- not dumping, just severe pain. We packed up the kids and left the restaurant. At some point on the drive home, he said he thought he needed to go to the ER - I honestly thought he was having a heart attack. He was writhing in the front seat. He's a pretty tough guy who hates the hospital/doctors -- for him to ask to go to the ER was really telling.
By the time we approached home, he decided he wanted to go try and throw up -- thought something was stuck. He couldn't vomit. I ran to grab the papaya enzyme that everyone talks about. Then (about 45 mins after the original pain), it seemed to lessen.
The doctor on call told us that it was most likely his gall bladder, especially given his fairly rapid weight loss. We live about 75 minutes from the surgeon's office and I'm a little concerned about waiting till Monday to get him seen. The doctor told him to avoid anything with ANY fat until Monday and to mainly focus on plain food/protein shakes. He's still pretty uncomfortable (3 hours later). Will he be ok till Monday? We have small kids, no one really to help us watch them, and a trip to the ER is really difficult tonight/tomorrow. The doctor said if the pain persists, not to mess around because he may have a blocked duct or something. The ER said it's at least a 3 hour wait...hard to know what to do at this point...
Anyone deal with fast-onset gallbladder issues? Should I send him to the ER solo tongiht while I stay home with the kids?