“I recently (6 months ago) had my gallbladder removed and about 3 months ago started having really intense reflux. My GI doc says that he has seen a lot of cases in which people start having this complaint after having their GB removed. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this?
Prior to my GB surgery, I had no issues with reflux whatsoever. My endoscopy was clean too. Right now, I’m having pretty much 24/7 reflux with really bad globus sensation. I’ve been started on prevacid 30mg once a day, which seems to be helping hit-or-miss style. I have intermittent nausea too, but my main worry is that I’m doing damage to my esophagus…. At this point, I’m just worried that I will have to deal with this problem the rest of my life! Any suggestions would be welcome.”
I had my gallbladder removed in September, I’m 19 so I used to drink a fair bit being young and whatnot. The reason we can’t drink much anymore is because your liver takes over the job of your gallbladder managing bile and fat digestion, and drinking on top of this gives it too much work. I get an attack when I drink too much, particularly heavy drinks, I can’t drink port or lager but I can manage one alcopop or a glass of cherry sourz and coke!
“and I thought I was going Crazy! I’m glad I’m not..
dj.. I had my gallbladder out in Sept.. and I still look pregnant.. my doctor says everything is fine..
I suffered for a year with Reflux and pains and waking up in the middle of the night doubled over followed by hours of diahrea before I finally cut out everything but tuna, parmasan, speggetti sauce and pasta and a little margarine it was the only thing I could eat and not get sick. And sometimes even that made me sick if I put too much margarine or if I ate a brand of sauce that wasn’t low fat.. after 9 months worth of tests and specialists .. upper gi.. ultrasound.. ucg.. a scope down my throat they finally checked to see if my gallbladder was functioning properly.. and
bingo it wasn’t.. by then my cholesterol had sky rocketed!.. (which my surgeon said was common)
but I still have the problems with the reflux and heart burn and live on prevacid.. I’m going to try the whole husk psyllium like
Cynthyia recommended. my doctor said try citricell but it didn’t help..
I wish I was losing weight like some of you are though.. I’m gaining like crazy.. I recently found something at vitamins.com that said prevacid inhibits the absorbtion of Vitamin B, which boosts your matabolism.. so I’ve tried adding vitamin B to my diet as supplement.
in the mean time I still have to eat a very low fat diet.. or I end up sick again”
I have made the biggest mistake of my life. I had my gallbladder removed, which I felt rushed into by the surgeon, because I had polyps (very small). For some stupid reason I listenend to his bad advise and got it removed. I feel TERRIBLE!! I’m experiencing terrible digestion problems, which I never had before. I have taken enzymes, etc. all to no avail. All of this is a result of the gallbladder removal. Is there such a thing as a gall bladder transplant? I can’t live like this…I would definitely have it done. I know this may sound drastic to you (but not to me)…live in my shoes for one day and tell me how drastic it really is. Share this:Facebook Twitter ..Member Comments (8)
“ive had lots of digestive problems, (understatement), had nissan surgery for reflux. taking about every drug for motility or acid, carafate, cytotec, reglan, aciphex, ect ect ect.
Nothing has really worked for me, I basically live on white rice, green beans, some boiled potatoes, a little shredded wheat cereal with rice milk. ive had trouble eating ever since taking two back to back rounds of doxyclycline, and then taking tetraclycline for H Pylor about five years ago.
Now ive got fatigue, Hypoglycemic, I have to eat every few hours, No fat at all, and even still i get the acrid taste in my mouth and stomach swells a bit.
A new doctor i just went to, ran a lot of the same tests ive had throut the years, Hydascan, xray’s, poo samples, blood work ect. the only thing wev veen able to pinpoint as unusual is the fact that my gallbladder, although it has no stones, its ejection fraction is 97 to 99 % every time. The doctor said he had never seen one do that.
Im scheduled to have it taken out next week, with the hopes that it will aleviate some of my symptomes. Ive taken lots of medications that usually will help at least some people, only it really didnt change things for me. Nothing has worke, even the nissan surgery for reflux, a computer chip in my throat said I had no acid, yet i still get sore throat, and acrid taste.
the swelling and such was going on prior to the surgery. only thing is my bathroom frequence has went up since having it. in fact the nissan surgery has really done nothing but make me feel farty allllll the time. kinda makes it hard to be social, i told one of my friends, that “”everytime you look at me i m holding in a fart LOL””, sad fact is, its true.
I didnt have digestive problems prior to taking the antibiotics, but a few days afterwards, I ended up getting a stiff neck, a tingling sensation between my shoulder blades, and an awful horrible gastritis stomach that just will not resolve itself no matter what i do.
if anyone has heard of removing a hyperactive gallbladder, please give me some advice on this, i just cant imagine how it would be if things got worse for me. and the surgery kind of scares me.
appreciate any advice, this is my first post. ”
On dexilant now and not as much pain in stomach. Had gallbladder removed 25 years ago. Had hpylori at one point, also have had adhesions removed that caused total bowell blockage. But unlike others I have gained weight 15 pounds. I quit smoking over a year ago thinking that was causing the hoarseness and cough. Diagnosed with bile reflux four months ago. Was told to lose weigh but I eat small portions and I am still gaining. Spicy foods don’t bother me nor does garlic or onions my triggers are coffee , chocolate, popcorn, pork, lunch meats and alcohol. Leaving off the alcohol does not bother me. But giving up chocolate is horrible.
” I had my gall bladder removed exactly one year ago. I put on all the weight I had lost before my surgery. I had a physically demanding job, and a toddler. I could barely drink alcohol without severe discomfort. I was actually vomiting before my surgery, too . I was feeling bad but looking quite trim.
Now I moved to a cold climate, drink and eat whatever. I’m not feeling fit but trying to change that. However, This bulge in my stomach is not normal. I know how I look at this weight cuz I’ve fought weight all my life and this “”spare tire”” is frighteningly round and out of place. Thanks,Jacki M. (Portland Or)”
Hi yes I feel the same way especially going to the bathroom. I’m bloated and definately feel like my sides are a big spare tire. I also feel that I have the pain on right sometimes. I just had mine out in Febuary. But I have a question for you. Does your right side of your lower back hurt you? I keep thinking that my bowel has something to do with it. I don’t know if their something else going on.
I know exactly what you feel. I have upper right inside my rib cage radiating to my back pain. I also am experiencing acid reflux symptoms but I don’t have gastritis, ulcers or over active acid. Just pressure on my abdomen. And now the pain seems to radiate to my sternum and chest. I feel like my heart is beating faster. I have to really push for my bowels to work every other 3-4 days. This is just crazy. My bowels worked just fine before my gall bladder removal. I feel like there is something in my throat all the time. I can’t eat very much but I don’t seem to be losing any weight!! Am I out of my mind. I’m scheduled for a CT scan so maybe it will reveal the tissue growth. If it is this growth, then what?!
I too, suffer from Bile Reflux after my gallbladder was removed 18 months ago. I don’t seem to be getting any better. I have constant burning everywhere. I’ve tried many things but nothing seems to work.
To Brendil – I don’t have diarrhea but I do have the reflux into my throat. I have been told I have excessive bile in my stomach and it feels like it runs all through my intestinal track. I don’t know if it really is but it burns all over. I do get some right side pain and pressure also. How long did it take to notice that the Bentonite Clay was working? I have taken some but mabye not enough. I””m afraid to take the Welchol as I don’t have diarrhea and I’m afraid I will get constipated.
I’m also afraid to try a liver flush in case it makes things worse. I did not have stones or sludge, just thick bile and slight inflammation. I seem to be afraid a lot
Any other thoughts or suggestions?
I spent 8 mos of pain back in 1997 with every test showing normal normal normal–my surgeon finally agreed to take my gall bladder since I had a family history of problems..One week later I returned for my follow-up to be informed “oh yes your gall bladder was chronically diseased—by the way I removed a benign tumor from your liver too”…..Are you kidding me???!!! I have since spent every day of my life in pain…same area…I’ve gone to doctors and gone thru umpteen prescriptions and pain therapy—nothing has worked. I, like everyone else have the dumping syndrome—but I accept that…no problem I’ll deal with it , as long as someone can tell me what the heck this pain is still from. Sometimes I get the sweats, low-grade fever, and pain like I still had my gall bladder, sometimes it even feels like a swollen lump forms under my right lower rib….It hurts worse when I lie flat, and especially after large meals. I’ve been doing some research into chronic pancreatitis, and fear this could be my newly formed disease…Information shows it can be caused from prior gall bladder problems which can cause damage to the pancreas…Unfortunately I have very little faith in doctors since they never knew what was wrong with me before until they cut me open and actually found something. Has anyone out there developed chronic pancreatitis after gb surgery??? Any “real life” input would be greatly appreciated before I go back to doctors.
I had my GB out on 5-30-07. It was done laproscopically. Instead of an overnite stay I was in hospital 3 days with intense pain during the whole time. I was told the pain was from all the air that was pumped into my abdomen for the procedure. The pain continued for another 3 or 4 days after my discharge from hospital. I was on heavy doses of pain meds while in hospital and came come with lortabs to help manage the pain. Finally, all the air has left my body and I don’t have to deal with that any longer. Now however I have other issues to deal with. What to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, etc.. I have tried no fat, low fat, fat and it all causes great gas pains especially when lying on my left side and the gas migrates into the area where my GB use to be and the pain is extreme. I do not know if it is caused by what I eat, how much I eat, or when I eat. Some days I JUST DO NOT EAT and that usually feels better in the long run. My weight is down to 135 from 165. All this started about 3 1/2 months ago and I am just about at my wits end. It is good to read that for some life eventually gets back to normal. I am trying to identify with those individuals and press on in hope that I can one day join their ranks.
Hi, I had my gallbladder out 14 yrs ago and just recently had an ERCP with exactly the same symptoms. I feel like my chest is on fire no matter what I do I am on Nexium 2x a day and just had an scope with bipsy and showed that I have a hiatal Hernia. I have also taken reglan helped a little but very its bad for you with the side effects etc. They just put me on questran for bile reflux which he is calling non-acid reflux saying it is bile.. Now he also thinks heart which when I was in the hospital the end of Aug. they worked me up and found nothing wrong with my heart. He said sometimes it could be a false negative. Hi, yes I did have stones in my common bile duct . I went to the ER with severe chest and stomach pain and my GI doc told me to go and the tests that they did showed that I had pancreatitis which was caused by the stone even after all thoses years with the gallbladder removal. I seem to have never recoved from all of that since Aug. 2008. They did all the heart studies and found nothing I am at my wits end too. I am on a very low fat diet and try to eat very small meals. I am not sure why I have this but with the new medicine that i will try tomorrow we will see if it helps. If it does than maybe it is from BILE reflux and not acid since I am taking the nexium 2x daily. The GI doc thinks that is what is it. I can’t wait to see if it works.
Gall bladder removal is NOT a way to lose weight. As a matter of fact it makes it harder to lose weight. You are hungry often because you don’t digest nearly as much. The writer is correct, you move food through very quickly, but it’s not fun, it’s horribly painful and can be seriously embarrassing….especially if you can’t get into the bathroom quickly enough. There are supplements you can take. I have not taken any, but since my weight continues to climb I am starting to look into them. My body has not been the same since I had my gall bladder removed and seriously, I wish someone had told me that there are better ways to get rid of galls stones than removing your gall bladder. It’s too late now and now I am paying the price, every time I ea – See more at: http://www.poopreport.com/Techniques/food_for_toilet.html?page=2#sthash.gcGWorFd.dpuf