MADSEN'S KIDNEY STONES AGONY
World No.2 Leon Madsen admitted “I would prefer breaking both my legs at the same time to having kidney stones again”.
20 / 01 / 2020, 11:20
World No.2 Leon Madsen admitted “I would prefer breaking both my legs at the same time to having kidney stones again” after enduring his fourth operation of the winter.
The Danish racer had already undergone three operations in November and December – two to alleviate the agony of two cracked discs in his back and another to remove troublesome metalwork from his ankle.
But Madsen has been forced to go under the knife again to have kidney stones removed – relieving a pain he admits was worse than any of his injuries.
I’m confident I’ll be back to health and even back stronger and hungrier than ever to fight for the World Championship.
He kicked off his pre-season training on Sunday, despite still having a catheter in place between his kidney and bladder.
And despite a testing winter, Madsen remains remarkably upbeat and determined to hit the shale racing in the spring.
He said: “I can tell you – kidney stones are the worst thing I have ever had. It’s a nightmare and I have been going through hell.
“The pain is unbearable. It’s the worst thing ever. I would prefer breaking both my legs at the same time to having kidney stones again.
“I had to deal with it for a few weeks because I went in and out of hospital to try and get some medication and see if the stone would go. Then I had the CT scan and they could see the stone was too big to get out by itself. So I had the operation.
“It has been a few weeks of hell for me. I hope I never get it again because it is very, very painful. I’m just very happy the operation is behind me now and finally I can see some light at the end of the tunnel.
“I still have the catheter inside me from the kidney to the bladder and I have to keep that for 14 days after the operation. In nine or 10 days, I am going to get that out. Then everything will be perfect.
“It has been a tough winter with all the operations. Now I’m finally getting better and I’m happy I’m training again and I’m able to prepare for the new season. I really can’t wait to get going and hopefully be stronger and fitter than before.”
Madsen admits it was frustrating to return to the operating theatre for a fourth time since the season ended.
He said: “It has been tough. I didn’t expect to get kidney stones after I’d had three operations. Now I’ve had four this winter.
“It has set me back a little bit in my preparations for the new season. But finally now I can start training again and practising. It’s going to be head down and full focus. I’m going to train very hard. I’m sure I’ll be ready and very fit when the new season starts.
“Having the catheter in is not comfortable at all and it’s also painful. I am still on medication.
“Nevertheless, nothing can happen, so I’ve had the green light to start training from the doctors, so that’s what I am doing. I’m tough; I’m a speedway rider. We can take a little bit of everything.”
On the positive side, Madsen is relieved his latest health issues arose outside of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix season.
He said: “It’s lucky it came now rather than in the summertime during the season. It would be unbearable to lose the championship like that.
“I’m confident I’ll be back to health and even back stronger and hungrier than ever to fight for the World Championship.
“I am hungrier than ever before and I can’t wait to start racing again. I’m sure it’s going to be a good season.”