I had the same thing happen to me. I had gallbladder removed and still episodes of horrific pain for many years…finally had several bouts of pancreatities….went to mayo clinic and had the ercp and sphincterotomy, it has been 10 months and finally pain free!!!!
Just want to thank everyone for taking the time to post. I thought there was something else wrong with my stomach and that the gall bladder surgery was a mistake or that i was misdiagnosed. If so many people have this bloating issue, then I guess I’m semi-normal 🙂
“It’s really helping me to take digestive enzyme supplements (get a good one with at least 5 different enzymes) with meals. They help breakdown foods so they don’t stick around in the stomach long enough to cause reflux. For me cutting out dairy, sugar, wheat + coffee has made a world of difference. Sounds like a big deal, but you actually have a lot more energy cutting out those foods so its worth it. Some people really benefit from bile salt supplements at meals as well.
Make sure to get plenty of monounsaturated fats in the forms of avocado, olives, olive oil, almonds, cashews, coconut oil. These fats are easier for your body to digest (less bile is needed) and you need them to absorb fat soluble vitamins like D, A, K + E -plus they’re good for your heart, have been shown to reduce breast cancer in studies and actually signal your body that its okay to release stored fat! ”
2010 I had my gallbladder removed because it was not functioning correctly. Since then I have had ongoing chronic pain on my right side thru to my back as well as nausea and vomiting. I have been put on cymbalta, lyrica, and noratriptaline, none of which have helped. I have seen specialist after specialist, had stents put in the common bile duct and pancreatic duct, which did not work. Since i have fibromyalgia the Dr.s blame this for my pain, but I didn’t have this constant pain before the surgery. I have fought to maintain a normal weight for the past 2 years and only the noratriptaline helped with that. The Dr.s are now sending me to a new specialist because they cant figure out what is wrong. Meantime i keep missing work because of the vomitting and the Drs are considering putting me on a med that has side effects of parkensons disease. My husband and I are fed up with all the tests and drugs. They have wiped us out both emotionally and financially. Looking back I wish I had never consented to the gallbladder surgery and just dealt with the occasional flare ups.
“Hi had the biliary scan done and have been diagnosed with sphincter of oddi very common after gallbladder removal may have had it all along only had gallbladder out because it was disfunctioning.
Now using a angina spray when I have an attack which helps now waiting for a gastrophy and colonscopy and then will decide whether to have the stent put in to open up the muscle.”
I had my gallbladder out on February 17, 2000 and was okay for the first couple days or so. I went home with a catheter and ended up with a urinary tract infection. The catheter was in for five days. I took Cipro for the infection and this made me very sick. I stopped taking it and went back to the doctor. My urinary tract infection is gone but now I have started with diarreha after eating, and I mean stuff without fat. Yesterday I ate plain pasta with vegetables and today ate fat free cream of rice with skim milk and a banana, both times had diarreha. Crackers are okay, so is Jello and Sherbert. But if I eat anything heavy it goes right through me within 20 minutes of eating. I don’t think Im absorbing the nutrition and am very nervous about this. Ive lost a lot of weight and dont want to get sicker. What should I do? Is anyone else having the same problems.
“I am 47 years old. I hAD GALLBLADDER surgery 7 yrs. ago. I too
have the dumping thing. If i eat chinese food…I run to the
toilet before I finish eating. Or for that matter most anything
with fat in it. No matter how small amount of fat. It has gotten better over the years. Not as much urgency as it was at
first. At first I had absolutely no control!! I had a few acc-
idents to say the least. So I have and had to be careful of what I ate in public. I have learned to “”listen”” to my body too. As soon as I feel churning or pressure, I look for a toilet. Recently a GI dr. prescribed COLESTID. I am anxious
to try this. He is starting me on 1 gr. a day. Good luck all! ”
Sound similar to my issue. Had GB surgery 8 months ago. Have the same pain in right side . Like yours mine isn’t sharp pain but a feeling like something is being twisted or pulled then I get awful bloating until it takes my breath away. All this occurs only when standing and/or walking. Pain sometime go into lower back when it’s the worst. The longer I’m on my feet the worse it gets. When I sit down or lay it subsides. Had Catscan, ultrasound and tons of blood work and doctors don’t have a clue. I keep telling them its scar tissue but they won’t do anything because they can’t see it on the test. Im at wits end.
I had my gall bladder out three weeks ago, seen the surgeon 10 days following the op and he was happy that all went wel. Five days after seeing him i started sufferng sever pain in the upper back am not impressed at all! I feel a bit better after reading all the other posts my hubby keeps telling me to go back to the doctor he thought i might have had a chest infection, but now I see that this is probably related to my op. I know they removed my gall bladder but never said whether or not they removed the stone that was stuck in the bile duct. Have a follow up appointment with own GP on friday hopefully he can give me some answers. Night time is the worst for the back pain it keeps me awake off and on all night. It feels like averything has siezed up. Hope things are on the improve for you all.
I too had my GB out in July 2008. I have gained 20 pounds as well. It does not matter what I do I just keep gaining weight. I went to my doctor and he said the weight gain has nothing to do with my gall bladder. I also have pain in my lower right back. I hope someone can figure out what is going on with us. I least I know it is not in my head like my doctor has told me.
“Hi, I read your post and found it extremely helpful. I had my gallbladder removed about 5 years ago and i also still suffer from pain under my rib on the right side. I am so frustrated. i’ve gone to the dr several times and even the emergency room and they can’t ever tell me what the problem is. I am going to the dr again today because I can’t stand the pain any longer. I have also been extremely depressed. I thought once the gallbladder was removed, the pain would be gone too. now im wondering if it was even my gallbladder that was the problem…….
I too have this pain on my right side and it feels like it is in my rib cage,and goes into my back,and shoulder!! It hurts so bad…prevents me from normal everyday chores,and tending to my children!! It all started after I had my gallbladder removed….So much for that huh?? Now I have worst pain then I had then..it is awful!!! Then on top of that..now I am having problems with bowel movement being normal..at first I thought it was from my pain medication for my back,neck,and arthritis…but I think it is more than that now!!! There has to be something they can do other than going in every so oftn and removing the scar tissue…..My doctor hasn’t said that it was scar tissue..he claims its a muscle…but I beg to differ!! Well I wish all of you luck,because let me tell ya…I feel your pain!!!
I am so sorry for you and I know this post is late but I just found the site and so many of us suffer with this condition. Drs only treat it one way surgery or PPI’s. Recently I read that when you are not digesting all your food in your stomach some particles go to your colon and cause inflammation. The inflammation sends messages to your stomach to make more acid to help digest better and this can create a ph imbalance or GERD or both. You might want to try a digestive enzyme to relieve the work your body is trying to do, it helps especially, I would think those of you who do not have gallbladders to aid in the digestion. I cannot say it fixed me entirely but it cut down on the number of severe attacks I was having. The most important things are not to lay down after eating. Don’t even bend over or exercise, just sit upright calmly for about 2 hours. If that means watching a movie or sitting outside watching nature or writing letters whatever just let the food break down and keep the valve to your esophagus closed. Good Luck
Hello, I’m 34 and had by gall bladder removed in Feb 2009. Since having the surgery, I get diarrhea with everything I eat no matter what it is. My surgeon gave me Whelchol. I was prescribed 6 pills a day but do fine with 3 pills in the am only. It’s actually a cholesterol medication but works wonders for intestinal issues. No more diarrhea!!! So side effects. They only way to see if your body has adjusted is to skip the medication and see what happens. So far, I still need the medication and I’m wondering if I will always need it. I’m just thankful it is available and I have a normal life again.