3x ADCC champion and arguably No Gi GOAT Gordon Ryan (27) has had to deal with a few notable health issues throughout his storied jiu-jitsu career. One of the main issues he has struggled with is stomach problems, including stomach inflammation and stomach ulcers. He has spoken openly about dealing with stomach inflammation that caused him pain and discomfort, especially when training and competing. He has worked with doctors and nutritionists to identify triggers and modify his diet to help manage his stomach issues.
Ryan revealed that he had been dealing with strep throat which had weakened his immune system. The combination of the strep throat and his recent long travel to Abu Dhabi left him feeling under the weather and unable to train at his best.
Today Gordon had a tonsillectomy (surgical removal of the tonsils) and he fixed his severely deviated septum which he had done today:
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He now has released an update where he has announced a relapse in his condition which will keep him away from competition indefinetly.
“Hi everyone- quick update for everyone who has been asking. I’m not sure when I’ll be competing again. When I got back from my Abu Dhabi trip I came down with a severe case of strep throat which ended with me in the hospital because my throat swelled shut. ”
“Doctors also couldn’t figure out how to cure it since no one ever fails penicillin for a strep infection. In all, I did 7 days of amoxicillin and within a day my throat was back to square one. Then, I did 10 days of penicillin and within 2 days off I was in the hospital with my throat swollen shut. In the hospital, they gave me a shot of penicillin and another 10 days of penicillin, which i failed. ”
“Then I switched to 14 days of clindamycin, which worked. So all in I was on over 40 days of antibiotics straight plus a shot of penicillin. During this time I was contagious and everyone were in big camps so I couldn’t even go to training in fear I would infect them as well. In addition, my ears were in so much pain from my throat that I couldn’t elevate my heart rate at all without having them want to explode and getting a pounding headache.”
“So I’ve been completely inactive for a longer time than I ever have since I started training. As expected, my stomach has relapsed pretty bad and my nausea and lack of appetite have re-appeared, so I’ll need to deal with that, but first I’m headed into surgery today for a tonsillectomy and to fix my severely deviated septum. Just wanted to update everyone on what my competition schedule looks like. I’m hoping to be back in the next few months ”