I just read your entry and I felt like I was reliving what happened to me 15 years ago. I, too, had my gallbladder removed, and I felt that same bloated feeling afterward. That was due to the gas the doctors pump into your abdominal cavitiy so they can get a good look around in there while they’re performing surgery. It will go away- for me it took about three weeks before it was totally gone. In the meantime, it was uncomfortable and annoying, and I felt really gassy. It does get better. I felt really good for about 6 months post-surgery and I, too, felt like I could eat anything. Then BLAM!!! All of a sudden, on day I had diarhhea 5 times! I fely like I was going to die! I thought I must really be sick, like I had the flu or something. I stayed home from work th next few days, and I was fine. Over the next few months, it started happening more frequently, which lead me back to the gastroenterologist who did my surgery. I asked why this started happening and was there any connection between no longer having my gallbladder, the food I ate, and why I kept getting these HORRIBLE bouts of diarehha. He said no. I knew at that time there WAS a connection because I had already started some research on my own. I went to several more doctors, who were also NO HELP, so I kept researching and researching. I found that 30 percent of people who have their gallbladders removed have food issues and other problems afterwards. Sadly to say in my case, it took me almost EIGHT years to get my problem under control, but happily I did. In my case, and it sounds like in your case too, my body can no longer process the gluten in most foods, such as wheat, oates, barley, rye, malt, (most grains) and casein, the protein in most dairy foods. I have bordeline Celiac disease, which is what I just described. Because my ballbladder is gone,and you too, the liver now has to take over the function of the gallbladder, and it doesn’t do as good of a job. The gallbladder used to gradually thoughout the day squirt small amounts of bile to help digest food. The liver, on the other hand, does a dumping action, which means large amounts of bile are released a few times a day. You can see were this would not be as effiicient. But, that’s what we have to deal with. So, because of that, our bodies now can’t digest and process foods as well or as easily, OR AT ALL, which is where the problems come in with any food with gluten or casein in them, which is HUGE (a few examples-bread, pasta, ketchup, mustard, salad dressings, milk, ice cream. yogurt, cheese). I, too, for years thought it was a lactose intolerance issue- it’s not- it’s the casein in dairy we can’t process. (It’s also not the fats; I thought that too at first) Anyway, like I said, it took me EIGHT years of my own research, with no help from doctors, to find out what was wrong. I suggest you see a specialist in Celiac Disease so they could run the special blood test and do biopsies of you intestines to see if you are Celiac prone. If you are, then you nedd to be on a gluten free-casein free diet. I have done this for the last 5 years and fell SO much better. Believe me, knowing if you have that problem is better than not knowing, because then you can properly deal with it. I now eat only gluten free-casein free foods. It can be done. It is a life-long issue since there is no cure currently, but to be gluten free means I am no longer damaging my intestines, and the food I can eat is properly processed. I wish you all the best, and I hope you don’t have Celiac Disease, but I would get tested if I were you.