i had my gall bladder out 5 weeks ago and have never felt better! my taste buds have changed completely and i can no longer bear the smell, taste and texture of red meat yet now love fish which i hated before. i have had no problems with my weight, in fact it has only been 3 months since i was diagnosed and i have lost 3 stone, half a stone of which has been since my op. i dont have any problems with diorreah either at the moment. in my opinion its important to watch food intake as the body cant digest food very well, and watch the amount of food too, avoid fats and red meat and hopefully like me having your gall bladder removed will be a positive experience. four women in my family have all had their gall bladder removed and to be honest its only the ones who came out of hospital and started to eat anything and everything that have had any problems.
“HI I TOO HAVE HAD MY G B OUT JULY 06. , I HAVE HAD BOWEL PROBLEMS EVER SINCE I THINK THEY CALL IT( DUMPPING ) ITS JUST LIKE BILE. I AM NOW ON QUESTRAN LIGHT, THE DOCTOR AT THE HOSPITAL GAVE IT TO ME, I HAVE TO TRY IT FOR 3 MONTHS. IT’ NOT ALL GOOD ,SO I AM GOING TO TRY DIET. MAY BE ELIMINATE FATS, IT’S WORTH A TRY.
GOOD LUCK TO EVERY ONE ELSE WITH THE SAME PROBLEM. WHY WERE WE NOT TOLD OF THE SYMPTOMS, AFTER G B REMOVAL.”
im 21,male. i had my surgery a little over a year ago. one day i woke up and couldn’t move had a horrible fever and had to call out of work. later i went to the doctor where i sit in the worst pain in my life (at the time anyways) waiting for almost an hour i thought it might be related to a tick bite but nothing came back i had many test up until the hida scan which showed no stones but showed my gal bladder was only releasing pressure at 20% normal being about 80 and surgery required at 30-35. i had my gal bladder removed a little afterwards, the pain only got worse i told my doctor and he said that i should probably exercise had he actually read my chart he would see that i lost over 50 pounds recently due to work and my lack of appetite from the pains, i was a cart pusher for a popular wal mart in my area that was under staffed so i had more then my fair share of exercise up until happened, i had cat scans and multiple blood test for nothing to come back and a year later im still having the pains worse then before my surgery but no one can tell me whats wrong with me, i was 20 when i had the surgery about to turn 21 a few months after, im now 21 about to be 22 and i just sit or lay down all day, as soon as i went back to work i quit on the first day back without 2 weeks notice because i just couldn’t take the pain with the job and heat, a few days before waking up that day i had a heat stroke in the parking lot and threw up but was fine until 2 or 3 days later. sometimes i think ill never be healthy again. i never had much going for me but my health and now ive lost that too. if i weren’t a christian i would’ve killed myself by now and still sometimes struggle with not wanting to because i can’t even go to church regularly anymore because of this. i just want my life back and im sorry to spill my guts here but this is the first time ive seen so many people going threw what i have and hope someone could help me get my life back
Greetings, All. I had my gallbladder removed via laproscopic surgery less than 2 months ago. My life has been a living hell ever since. I have had just about every complication you could have. During removal, the gallbladder broke apart and gallstones scattered around. First, I got an infection. Then, I had a bile leak which had to be repaired with an ERCP. The ERCP was done with a scope down my throat to insert a stent into my liver to stop the bile leak. One of the complications from the ERCP is pancreatitis. I got that, too. Pancreatitis is a nightmare. Nausea, vomiting, severe pain and cramping and a week in the hospital were the result. After the ERCP, I have to take Creon and Carafate before each meal so I can eat without vomiting. I am still very nauseated after eating or drinking anything. Another ERCP was performed to remove the stent. Unfortanutely, I woke up in the middle of that procedeure while the scope was going down my throat. That was very, very unpleasant. While removing the stent, the suergon found the cystic duct is blocked by a gallstone. I have to see a general suergon on Tuesday, Nov 3rd to arrange more surgery to fix that little problem. He already told me he would have to open me up to remove the stone and repair anything else that may be wrong. I can expect to be in the hospital about a week. I have used up all of my sick days, vacation days and personal days at work. Lucky for me, my health insurance covered all but $50.00 of the $26,000 + hospital bills. I have not yet figured out how I am going to pay my bills next month. If I had this to do over again, I certianly would not have done it. I would have waited until it attacked me. Who knows, maybe I would have been hit by a bus and killed before I needed the surgery. About me, I am a 48 year old white male who works part of the day inside an office helping customers and part of the day outside performing tests. I weigh 298 pounds (yeah, I’m fat, but not as fat as I was) and am diabetic. I am sure these factors contributed to my woes. If you need to have this surgery immediately, GET IT DONE! If it does not bother you now, leave it alone. Let it be known that I am NOT a health care professional and what you are reading is my expreience and opinion. Do not put off this surgery for a minute if it is threatening your life. Living with problems beats the alternative. God Bless You and I hope everything works out for you. Chris…
I had my gallbladder removed june 25,2007 two months after i had my son. I have gained 70lbs over this short amount of time.. I eat leaner and i run track play softball and soccer. people are telling me that i eat to much fat. i am a 16 year old mother and people in society are cruel. can any one tell me why i am gaining so much weight?
My gallbladder was removed in 2005 after my daughter was born and i have had problems off and on ever since. I have had this constant pain on my right side now for months and I am going back to the gastro doctor to see if something is going on with scar tissue or something worse. I cant do anything, including exercise which is something that i really enjoyed doing. They are saying that its possible that my scar tissue has caused the problem or possibly an inflammation of the pancreas
“Hi. It’s called post-cholecystectomy syndrome, and I have had it for 14 years now. This is what is happening: You gall bladder used to store bile and squirt it into your intestines when you eat a fatty meal to aid in digestion. Now, without a gallbladder, the bile trickles out at a constant rate. This can cause irriation to the intestines, especially if there is no food there (like overnight). Then as soon as food or fluid hits the now irritated system, it causes pain bloating and diarrhea.
It usually has nothing to do with WHAT you eat. For me, some days a sip of water will set it off. But hormonal cycles and stress can make it worse. I’m worst when stressed and right before my period… and heaven forbid if I’ve got both at the same time!
Now what to do about it? Keep stress to a minimum. A couple months ago, I heard of a recent study showing a drug that is effective for this, but I cannot remember what the drug was or where I even heard it. I don’t have time to research it now”
“So I had my gallbladder removed about 3 years ago and 6-8 months my sister-in-law had hers removed as well. We both had the same symptoms that are basically just a whole lot of digestion issues. For the first time ever we have both had hemorrhoids, nausea, more diarrhea than we care to remember, cramps, and intense hunger pains when we go too long without eating.
It does such that we will probably be dealing with digestion issues for the rest of our lives but life after isn’t too terrible. Reality is most people with gallbladder problems didn’t eat good food prior and don’t eat good food after. I have noticed that when overall my diet is better the symptoms so lessen a great deal but do not go away. Oh yeah, i think the strangest thing is how often i poop. I poop like 4-6 times a day now, instead of one large movement a day it is just every time i go #1 i go #2 as well.
So the take home message is avoid surgury if you can, but if you must then eat better and remember that IMMODIUM is your friend!!!! :-)”
I have the same problem. I had my gallbladder removed on March 26, 2009. I have gone threw many test. They found out that I have acid reflux and a hiatel hernia. Maybe you should get that check just in case. I know my dr told me nothing greesy or spicy for the first few weeks after my surgery that was all i had as far as food restrictions. I still throw up and have pains and its very annoying. I hope that helped.
“i’ve been a long time reader on the boards, and posted a few times too. if anyone has read my posts, you know my story. for those of you that don’t, here’s everything in a nutshell:
went on a “”diet”” in may 2007, starting at 5’3″” 123ish. by august 07, i was 113 lbs. i did it the unhealthy way, and didn’t even really realize. i wasn’t very aware of nutrition and whatnot, and i exercised a lot. i got mono in august 07, and dropped down to 100 lbs by november 2007. got diagnosed with gallbladder disease in december 07. had gallbladder removed in may 07, @ 108 lbs. all of this weightloss was due to what i believe was some sort of ED. i struggled for about a year with ED thoughts, and was very, very sickly looking. i still struggle with ED thoughts today.
now, i am 120 lbs. i don’t know HOW this happened. i went on a cruise in september, and that helped me to regulate my eating and start eating normally again. i am happier; i look healthier — but i don’t fit into ANY of my pants. not even my pants from before all of this. i have always been a 00/0. i eat decent – it’s not like i’m sitting here eating burgers and fries 24/7 – i NEVER eat those foods. i’m used to a relatively low-fat diet because of the gallbladder disease. i feel like all of this weight went directly to my stomach/thighs. i think my body is ‘comfortable’ at 120, which is why i shot up so quickly. i mean, just 2 months ago i was 110. i gained 10 lbs in 2 months? crazy. needless to say, i feel pretty crappy about myself. i don’t fit nicely into any of my pants. i bought tons of 00 jeans/shorts, and none of them fit me anymore. i know it’s not realistic to fit into a 00 my entire life, but i have ALWAYS been a 0, and i’m struggling to fit into those now.
i don’t know what i’m doing wrong. i eat pretty healthy. i exercise regularly. i don’t know what to do anymore. i cried about this last night .. i just really don’t know what to do anymore.
i have a more updated picture of myself in my gallery (i’m on the left with the shorter hair). i definitely look so much better; but i just don’t feel good about myself and the fact that my blub hangs over my pants now. i have been wearing sweatpants more and more :(i actually have terrible IBS which began after my surgery, so i go to the gastro doctor pretty regularly. i have to get a colonoscopy on march 2 along with some blood tests, which are going to be testing for celiac’s and my thyroid functions as well. i’ll see how those go, and raise the issue to him as well as my gp. thanks so much for all your help.”
If you no longer have your Gallbladder there are certain protols you have to follow to help Ill Health. You have to use Cholacol which are bile salt to break down the foods and liquids you still desire to consume. And most importantly you have to treat the scars, ortherwise you will have a life time of unknown illness that Doctors will try to treat with drugs and more surgury and eventually say there is nothing else we can do for you Medically, Chiropractically, Acupuncturally, etc.. After seeing thousands of patients, that has to be the most come thing I have Heard when listening to you in my consultation. If it not out let’s keep it. If it out let’s not lose any more organs, decrease the meds and learn how to have a fun and happy Life. 😀 DrVince ***
A year & 1/2 ago I had my gallbladder removed in an emergency operation; I was also told at the time that my liver enzymes were abnormally high. I also had anemia for ten years; finally had a hysterectomy but the anemia continued. Now I have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I am connecting the dots now.
Just to let people know that it appears to be a common issue after the removal of the gall bladder. I had mine removed ten years ago and have had problems ever since, I was referred to a specialist and had a liver biopsy this only resulted in fatty tissue being diagnoised. I have my own theary about the pain I wonder if it can be stones still being produced and getting stuck in the liver duct causing the pain and it easing once they have passed through. I am not physically sick but can feel sick and have medication for acid I get a burning sensation in my stomach and also a feeling of emptiness in a morning. I have learnt to live with the discomfort I feel after such a long time and find if I eat bread and other foods with carbohydrate in them I get a bloated feeling. I have stopped drinking diet coke and I feel alot better I now drink carbon water if I want a fizzy drink but not too much. I have recently moved to France and the bread here doesnt cause discomfort like the bread at home and I think that preservatives in food may cause the problem to be worse as their is no preservative in fresh french bread. I have learnt to live with my problem and cut out foods that cause problems. I havent lost weight like most people but that is because I love my food and still eat well. Other things that cause problems is eating tomatoes, chocolate, alcohol, cakes, and spicy foods. If I cut these out I am alot better, I did have a period when I had dioreeah but also I have had constipation I did think I had irratable bowel however I do believe all my symptons are due to my gall bladder removal. It is reassuring to know other people have the same problems and that I am not on my own. ”
“I am so relieved to have found this discussion, I had my gall bladder out a year via keyhole surgery and get this pain every 4-6 weeks, sometimes more often.
I was up all last night with the pain and every doctor says it is nothing!! I feel like crying when I realise i will probably just have to live with this for my entire life?!
At least I know there are other sufferers and its not just me! :)”