Many patients list ‘Anxiety’ , ‘Stress’ and ‘depression’ as problems developed Postcholecystectomy . Surgeons refuses to disclose this and many other Postcholecystectomy complication risks as it would expose the truth about likely health risks being recorded as 40% Listen to what patients have to say. See below links to articles on possible causes also.
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Key: Continual bile flowing from liver with out a Gallbladder collection and concentration function presenting when food leaves the stomach is key understanding why so many PCS problems occur. Stomach problems include; Bile reflux, bile gastritis, IBS, acid reflux and cancer of the throat and esophagus.
I’ve had anxiety since I was a child and at times in my life it’s flared up and down but since having my gallbladder removed 3 weeks ago I’ve had severe anxiety and depression and can’t sleep. Anyone else have this?
The other day–I had to go to the er bc I was having a super anxiety attack. I don’t have anxiety. I’m pretty sure it was gb related. I’m 5 months PO. My heart was beating fast, my thoughts were racing and my pupils were dilated. The dr gave me a big shot of Xanax, and it didn’t help! I went home, went to bed and woke up with the feeling for the most part of the next day. I was unable to eat for 4 days–I had no appetite. I’m not sure if it was from sugar, or ham—maybe both in the same day….oh—and I had to pee back to back for these 4 days. Today is the first day I’m feeling a little better. Does anyone else get anxiety like attacks?
TH i have been crying since mine came out 3 months ponbutbialso quit smoking
SS Yes!! It is horrible now.
JP 6 months post op dealing with the anxiety and stress related to this surgery because of an asymptomatic gallstone and a greedy surgeon. Who operated me causing me fear and I wasn’t at the hospital for gallbladder issues. I never knew what the gallbladder was.
TB Anxiety and depression are symptoms of thyroid dysfunction.http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/thyroid-depression…/
Thyroid, Depression and Mental Health – Stop The Thyroid Madness
KY Mine has gotten a lot worse.
SB Yup, I’m in therapy for it, I have severe anxiety and hypochondria so this surgery was extremely shocking for me and I’m 8 months post op still battling post op depression. frown emoticon
KY I have always had anxiety problems. Just since my gallbladder has been out they have been more and more frequent.
SV Probiotics, topical magnesium, vitamin d3, vitamin b and clean eating
I had severe depression after surgery and all that I mentioned above has helped me..I’m now on the paleo diet and much much better
SR I have them every day go hot heart races then go dizzy, just have to get threw it, I’m a year and a half PO
LS I’ve had so many health issues since my gb was out. I know they will pass, it’s just going to take a while. My liver was high for 4 months after removal
TH I get them all the time lately. Last few weeks have been awful. 5 mth po.
HS I had what I called anxiety attacks last mo. Rapid heart beat, churning stomach, usually on an empty stomach. But now, they have disappeared????I’m 6 mo.po now….still have gastritis, and pain. The doc gave me more pills! one for the spasming which is causing the pain, and one that coats my stomach to help protect it from the bile…I’m sure I have bile gastritis now. uggg…I can only eat chicken and only 4 times a week…beans almost killed me the other day…pretty hard to be vegetarian with no GB…
SC I have the EXACT same thing as you, Leah, like we already discussed. When mine started originally I was referred to a psychologist and she told me it was NOT anxiety. My doctor and Specialist both agree, although they haven’t figured anything out yet. The first told me it was my gallbladder, so there has to be some sort of relation now. We’ll figure this one out too. We just have to survive until we do…lol.
CC Last December, my gallbladder was removed. Two weeks later, I started having these attacks under my sternum (the first one woke me up in the middle of the night and I thought I was having a heart attack and begged my husband to call an ambulance). I thought it was related to the removal of my gallbladder, like a stone stuck in a duct or something. I have seen GI multple times, multiple tests. They refererred me to cardiology. I failed a stress test and had a heart cath done, which ended up showing a normal heart. Now they think it has to be anxiety attacks. I have them wake me up in the middle of the night. I have them while sitting on the couch drinking coffee. I have had them twice while drunk. It doesnt make sense to me that they are anxiety related because I am almost never anxious when they occur, almost always the opposite (relaxed, asleep, drunk and happy). So, doctor wants to try Wellbutrin. My questions are: has anyone had this happen to them? And thoughts about Wellbutrin if you have been on it or are on it?
R Again I am ill only after a recent bowel infection all connected to gallbladder removal I think so. Symptoms I never had before removal. 1. Acid reflux. 2. Gastric dumping. 3. Gastritis 4. Shortness of breath. 5.Anxiety. 6. Depression (new). I can put most of these down to how my removal or at least half of them.
C I have an anxiety disorder, and have noticed that since I’ve had my gb removed, I now get anxiety attacks after eating (this never happened before). There’s evidence that your gut health effects your mental health, but all I keep seeing is that they don’t know how this translates to anxiety, nor have I found ways to prevent it. I’ve already cut down on sugar and crap, which yes, has helped, but even with a healthier meal plan, I still experience it.
As for the lack of appetite after the Xanax, that’s normal, to where some weight management clinics have even prescribed it in order to suppress appetite.
S Well gonna be driving hour and 45 minutes to pa hope I don’t poop myself along the way my stomach hasn’t been right since gallbadder was takin out just won’t eat anything intill I get to my moms at 4 sigh hate my body between that my thyroid and severe anxiety my life a nightmare
NA So my gallbladder was removed last july…. but every few months o get some sharp little pains near my ribs on my right side .. they last a few days then go away …. i have a pretty crappy diet so in thinking that may be the problem … has anyone else experienced this … anxiety levels are soooo high.
HS how common is this “anxiety” thing? I felt it three times today…a sudden racing heart, that feels like a panic attack for no reason?HMMM…wondering if that could be a food allergy?
HP I suffer from Panic Attacks during my sleep. Panic attacks have been brought about by removal of my Gallbladder which was healthy and didn’t have gallstones. Surgeon didn’t do any ultrasound or imaging before surgery. Only physical examination done.
Does anyone suffer from anxiety or Panic attacks after surgery? What are you doing to cope with it?
SC Well, I had an anxiety attack and I think that food was the trigger. I’ve had this before with certain foods I ate. Chicken and rice, macaroni and cheese and potatoes. I’ve had it with other foods too, but I don’t remember what they were. I’m totally bummed. I was really hoping that this was one of the issues that would be going away with eviction.
LP I had my gb removed 2yrs ago.. I have frequent bowl movements (sorry tmi) mainly in the morning as soon as I get up then again after breakfast, been coping fine and not finding it a problem… But not sure if it’s too do with anxiety but I am finding it increasing now that when I leave the house, shopping etc,,, I’m finding I need to go quite urgently, this has mainly been a problem since I had my daughter a year ago…
Today I woke with a very sore tummy, and had to abandon our shopping trip to come home, I feel so sore and sick now in bed missing out on visiting husbands grandparents
Anyone else get the same? Anything I can take or just best to visit the Dr…? Xx
SB Does anybody else find a link between gallbladder and anxiety? I feel my palpitations and anxiety attacks have greatly decreased after removal.. and its not the pain factor because i had absolutely no previous gallbladder problems before my emergency surgery. Just wondering..
HP An idiot surgeon Dr.xxxx a Laproscopy surgeon at Nairobi Hospital removed my gallbladder without doing any imaging just based on physical symptoms. No gallstones were found. It was mildly inflamed. Had to fly to India for post surgery complications where I was diagnosed with Bile Acid Malabsorption. Am on Cholestyramine powder to control bile Malabsorption. Doctor in India said it was removed unnecessarily medicine could have healed it. It would have served me rest of my life. Now I get cycles of depression andanxiety and its not nice. Really hate careless negligent doctor. Any latest medical progress in fat digestion would help?
NG 16 months post op. I saw this GI doc in April. He wanted blood tests, ultrasound, colonoscopy and endoscopy. I had the blood tests and ultrasound. I haven’t even got appointment for the others yet. This is the entirety of the GI docs letter to my GP. I have other issues, anxiety and depression, comfort eat a lot. But I’m also on lots of meds which can up your Gamma GT apparently. Why is everything put down to weight? I went to eating disorder clinic but they said they couldn’t help me, I just need to ‘get a life’… I do want all my problems sorted but I don’t have the strength to deal with any of this.
RA I developed anxiety/depression post op as well. There’s a theory out there that inflammation in the body post-surgery can bring on these symptoms. I’m on a low dose anti-depressant medication and that’s helped a great deal, haven’t had any panicky feelings for more than six months.
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I’ve had my gallbladder out for about 3 or 4 years now. And it’s been up and down since. Initially, after my first meal, I was running to the bathroom every morning. Then I discovered that if I eat a tablespoon of something, like chicken, then waited at least 30 minutes before eating my first meal, I wouldn’t have that problem. I wouldn’t recommend a lot of fat for your very first snack, although eating two or three nuts seemed okay for me.
Then recently I began getting severe anxiety. Things that I had put to bed in my mind ages ago began to eat at me. (Before this happened I did clean up my diet for a couple of years but now I’m not so clean so I’m eating more fat.) I think I have figured it out that the anxiety is related to fat in my diet.
So that got me thinking about the gallbladder and the fact that it can’t break down fat like it used to. I did some research and it seems that lecithin will help process the fats. (I wish I’d known about it before I had the gallbladder removed. I would have tried to treat it naturally before they took it out of me.) I tried the one made of sunflower seeds for the first time yesterday. I won’t do the one with soy for two reasons, 1 the GMOs and 2 I know that soy will block my update of my thyroid medicine. And that will cause extreme depression in me.
Yesterday, the anxiety was severe. I was very desperate. I took 1 pill with my evening meal and then realized I should have taken more So I had some strawberries and almonds a little bit later and took two more pills. You need to take it with food, I suspect food with fat, but not sure.
The funny thing about it is that the manufacturer recommends that you take fish oil with it too. I stopped taking my fish oil supplement several months ago because it makes me burp up fish. No fun . LOL but I did take the fish oil last night with my supplement and strawberries to see what would happen. I realized this morning that I didn’t burp up the fish at all.
Today I am feeling so much better and I will continue to try this and hope it works. I bought the Now brand because it’s the only one that I can find in a tablet made with sunflower. It does also say that it should be taken with some other supplements which I did happen to have. But I don’t know that it is necessary.
By the way, I haven’t even fast foods or processed foods in several years. Other than butter, I’ve all but laid off dairy because it makes my joints ache. I still eat gluten though.
I had my gallbladder removed in 2009, I am living a nightmare. I already have panic attacks, tension headaches, and sciaticavdue to an incompetent nurse at The Coliseum Hospital. (ER MALE NURSE) he knows who he is. Gave me a shot the incompetent way and paralyzed me for weeks and I could not get a lawyer in Macon Ga, to give me my life back. Coliseum Hospital administration covered themselves, and the entire staff. Sounds a little shady. I wonder how many cover ups Coliseum are involved in Dr Patel , took my Gallbladder out ad left town right after with no concelltaton with his patient on how to live without AGallbladder Nightmare. Easy way to cover your track . When you knew you messed up someone’s life. Happy with yourself. Oh, I forgot MDS do not have feelings, they just pocket their bank account. Sulute yourselves for killing someone’s life, for the rest of their life. Killers!!!!
We are all in the same boat. Said to hear about your circumstances – very similar to us all. This site was build by victims needing to prove their surgeons were lying through their teeth about post problems being non existent . No post support for patient on how to live without A Gallbladder Nightmare occurs 100% of the time, confirming medical fraud. In New Zealand, surgions go out of there way to block post care support in order to maintain their fraud , carry out on the next victims . Take care Check out nzhealthcarefraud.wordpress.com. Get in touch is you want to do the same to your Coliseum Hospital . Happy to help
I got my gallbladder taken out a year ago. I was having horrible gallbladder attacks that led me to the er. After my gallbladder was taken out, I experienced the same effects. Horrible bowel movements & bad digestion. I ended up going vegan and using lypo gold digestive enzymes. I don’t eat GMO’s. I cook with organic coconut oil & I drink alkaline water. Honestly I think the vegan diet and the lypo gold digestive enzymes are what saves me.
I developed anxiety and depression 2 months after gb surgery. Never had this type of condition before. Trying to find alternative ways/diet to combat this serious issue. Any natural ways to help fight these conditions?
I had mine emergency removal 5 months ago..
I’ve had palpitations at 258 beats a min lasting hours
It kept getting worse.
They said SVT
And even offered surgery
I just knew my body was fighting something.
All my doctors said it was stress
I was swollen
It got so bad I couldn’t work
I researched medications they gave me
Valium Then Xanax the adavan
Also a pill to stop my heart from racing when it does.
Well gallbladder not working was also contracted due to stones.
The gasses they pumped in were not leaving my body
Neither was all the medication
I ended up also severely constipated blocked
And menstral bleeding
I’m convinced the medication was building up causing the server side effects of that medication
The pill for heart a blood thinner causing bleeding
I read somewhere these medications can cause that.
I stayed home on a heating pad which helped get the gasses out burped a lot
Stopped taking all medications
And found how to stimulate the Vagas nerve
Which helps a lot to do so
Videos on YouTube
The body will heal its self
Heart goes into fight mode to do so
Just my observation
I was having heart palpitations every other day
I been home four days and starting to feel released and normal well close
Also Gould gallbladder formula with ox bile
But haven’t tried it
I’m doing probiotics and home made alkaline water for now ..
1/2 cup fresh mint
One cucumber washed and cut up
One whole lemon cut up and a quarter size chunk of ginger peeled
Put in pitcher and fill with water
Let sit over night
Then ready to drink
Drink first thing in am ..
This has been one of the worse things I’ve gone through..
We need to also pray our way through and pray for each other..
Had gallbladder out 4 weeks ago, stomach doesn’t really hurt, but it keeps churning over, anyone else had this?
I had been suffering attacks for years before my gallbladder removal, though in hindsight I believe I had been experiencing symptoms since I was a teen. One hospital I had gone to were incredibly dismissive of me, wouldn’t give me anything for the pain, only took a urine sample and told me they guessed I had acid reflux and sent me home. I knew that wasn’t right so after more attacks, I tried a different hospital in a more rural area. Within minutes of checking in, they had me on morphine, took urine AND blood, and sent me for an ultrasound. It was my gallbladder, for sure. I ended up having it removed but my surgery came with complications. Halfway through, my surgeon stopped and had me sent for imaging. Apparently, it was very diseased and I required a drainage tube. Recovery was difficult and I certainly suffered a depressive episode due to the pain and physical trauma, but it was January and I was shut in, and I felt very lied to. I had been told by everyone around me that it would be a breeze with minimal pain and certainly no tube. No one spoke to me about what it might to do my mental health and when I found myself in physical hell and stuck in place, I went to a dark place mentally. If you’re reading this, please know that I am NOT trying to tell you not to have yours taken out. That tiny organ was slowly poisoning me and I am doing so great, now! It needed to be done, no way around it. But make sure to talk about the mental aspect of surgery before you do so.