For 4 years I thought my pain was acid reflux. Finally on 2/26/05 I hurt so bad I went to the ER. A CT scan confirmed a bad gall bladder and a packed bile duct. Surgury was early the next am (it was almost midnight when i went in). I had a 4 1/2 Hour surgery and was told I'd be off work for 6 weeks. I was in the hospital for a week and only off work for one additional week (total time off 10 days).
BTW - I just had a chopped beef BBQ sandwich w/ a slice of onion and a hot pepper for lunch (did I mention that i washed it down with a cup of coffee?). I feel great!