“Hello! My husband had his gall bladder removed in Oct. 2006 at the age of 31. He has had the normal adjustments to learning what he can and cannot eat. He has dealt with that well. But, there is one aspect of “”this new life”” that he is having a hard time with.
He has had a hard time finding anything to drink (alcohol). He has tried wine, beer, vodca, rum, and not keen on trying anything else right now do to the aftermath. It either gives him acid reflux or nasea/vomiting and sometimes both. The last bad episode was when he tried the voda. He was able to have 2 regular drinks, and then he was abliterated. He then sobered up by being up all night vomiting. Before his gall bladder was removed he very rarely got drunk. He is 6′ 3″”, and it normally would have taken alot more than 2 drinks for him to be abliterated like that, so it barely ever happened. We have just always enjoyed having drinks together every now and then. Now, it’s never. He tries, but then he dearly pays for it. The vodca situation was the only time he actually ended up getting inebriated, all of the other times he just gets so sick.
Has anyone else had this problem? Do you have any recommendations? Or should he just stop trying all together?
“my name is danielle. im 22 and i had my gall bladder removed when i was 18 due to it being infected.
since then i have gained 40 pounds, and i cant fit into any of my clothes. also i developed ulcerative colitis. i’m so active, i go to the gym every day, run 5 miles a day and i only eat fruits, veggis, yogart, fish and ill have some fiber like oatmeal. and no weight is coming off, i just keep gaining 🙁
i was wondering if you maybe have some advice for losing some weight? specific diets? any suppliments? any advice would be awesome. im depressed, i feel like im just going to end up being huge by the time im 30″
Gained 29 pounds after gall bladder surgery too – female in my 40s. I ate the same as before the operation as after and am hypothyroid but I had a handle on that weight wise.I have bitten the bullet and am doing an online slimming plan but the most I lose is 21b per week but I put 41b on in 5 days after a wedding extended week-end do and it has taken me 4 weeks to get 31b of that weight off again.I think that strict dieting is the only way for me to get to a normal weight. I was one stone overweight before surgery and looking forward to getting that off after surgery.Instead I put on over 2 stone on afterwards, mostly on the top part of my abdomen and have some cellulite on my upper arms for first time ever.Doctors say eat what you like – I think don’t – follow a diet reduced in fat, sugar and carbs I think with lots of fruit and veggies and drink enough and exercise. I can still have some little treats but in my case I can forget a blow out on holidays.Weight does put pressure on the joints and exacerbate back problems which started when I was at my heaviest weight so I think that sensible dieting and strengthening the core muscles – yoga should do it, as the only way to go – no contest.Good luck with it, you are not alone.
OMG, thank goodness for this information… i was beggining to think i had pancres or liver problems!! i had my gallbladder taken out when i was 6 or 7 from galstones and i jus recently turned 21 and i get this SEVERE pain in my upper right hand of my abdom. right behind my ribs. no real hangover thou.. weird, just that pain, which is really hard to deal with when i get drink a little to much. lol
In response to distended stomach and discomfort around the waist: I am 27 and had my gallbladder removed by Laparoscopic procedure on 3/3/00. I have always been healthy, eat healthy, workout often, and lean! It has been a bit over a month and I have put on a small amount of weight (for no apparent reason, never ate a fatty diet or poor diet in the first place) and get a sore fattened gut by the end of the day, depressing. Could it be that the Laproscopic procedure (cutting in the tummy) is the cause for this ? My family, husband, doctor etc tell me the same thing “just be patient”, easy for them to say. We have to live with the discomfort. I have this new gut, an ugly purple belly button, burping and gas, can’t eat too much or it hurts. I am so thankful that the ER found out what my pain has been for the past 6 months, but I just want to look and feel back to normal again. I am somewhat discouraged after reading that many of you have been this way over a year after surgery, but thankful that I am not alone. Please don’t get me wrong I am so very thankful to GOD that it was nothing more than the Gallbladder and that I am alive to talk about this, but I also don’t understand why this would happen to a young, health conscious, and lean person? I have turned into a depressed person in one month and should be the opposite! Will my shape/body return to it’s previous size ? Anyone else in my boat? Or, want to email to ***@****
i WENT INTO THE HOSPITAL FIVE MONTHS AGO FOR CONTINUIOUS BELCHING AND BLOATING STOMACH WHICH MADE ME HAVE PANIC ATTACKS BECAUSE OF THE GAS MY STOMACH WAS MAKING IT WAS HARD FOR ME TO BREATH…. THEY DID EVERY TEST ON ME IN THE WORLD TOOK MY GALLBLADDER OUT TO THE TUNE OF 95 THOUSAND DOLLARS… STILL HAD THE BELCHING EVEN WORSE AND FINALLY ENDED IN A hOSPITAL FOR MENTAL EVALUATION.. THEY PUT ME ON MEDS FOR PANIC DISORDER AND A ROUND OF PROBIOTICS i WAS ABLE TO LEAVE THE HOSPITAL AFTER FOURTEEN DAYS… BUT NOW MY LIFE IS SO MISERABLE BLOATED STOMACH BOWEL MOVEMENT AFTER EVERY MEAL GAS SO BAD ALL THE TIME UNABLE TO BE IN PUBLIC. I USED TO EAT ANYTHING I WANTED AND NEVER HAD ANY DIGESTION PROBLEMS i HAD BEEN ON AN ANTIBIOTIC TWO MONTHS BEFORE ALL THIS HAPPENED AND IT KILLED ALL THE GOOD BACTERIA IN MY STOMACH….. ANY IDEAS?????
“Hello, I had my gallbladder removed almost 3 1/2 weeks ago. I was doing pretty good and now I have a sharp pain every once in a while under both left/right rib cages. Any thoughts….. Spleen/Liver inflammed?? I can so far eat a lot of what I used to. I have a BM everyother day. I’m afraid to move sometimes with this pain though. Sad Thank you! 32 year old Female
Gall bladder surgery made a mess of me. It was done laprosocopic 5 punctures including belly button. Swollen creepy stomach, painful to eat; can’t eliminate for dAys until it becomes liquid. Stomach growling and cramping, hot to touch. Been back to surgeon he has no remedy but said I have surgical clips and maybe that is the problem see your gastro. Bad taste in mouth, dryness white tongue, loss of enamel on teeth. I think sepsis is settling in as it has been 8 months and they think I may have depression (who wouldn’t ) Other doctors don’t want to give further tests. Never had endoscopy when a symptom I was having was lack of taste and appetite . After surgery veins protruding thru out body, vascular doctor said weak vein valves and multiple spider veins including face and stomach. Loss of hair, dryness from head to toe , lack of muscle tone and strength. I force myself to eat than have bouts of pain. Heart doctor says increased fluid around heart. Dry throat, cracked ulcerated lips. Does anyone have some direction?
I have had my gall bladder removed 2 years ago.I havent had any problems after that operation.But lately I have been experiencing a few problems.Like problems going to the toilet because i have been constipated.Yes a little weight around the tummy and hip area, while the rest of my body is absolutely fine.I have also been experiencing Bad breadth even after brushing my teeth.its most embarassing.I have been to the dentist and rest assured its not my teeth.So now I have to go back to meet the Gall Bladder Specialist to do a few more tests to check for any abnormalities inside my tummy.I am keeping my fingers crossed its nothing serious.However following a strict diet could do the trick.
“I had my gallbladder removed in February and was told no restrictions, however, they “”advised”” to watch out for foods that cause discomfort of any kind, then, avoid them. I found the following list did not work for me for about 8-10 weeks following surgery: wine, dairy, tomatoes, animal fat (lean meats okay), large meals – no matter what the content. After a few months, I re-tried tomatoes and spicy food with success. I switched from wine to an ocaisional light beer, switched from dairy milk to rice milk (which I like better), and can tolerate a little cheese (e.g. on pizza, or sprinkled on foods) with no issues. I think the point is that your body needs some time to adjust and its asking you to listen very closely while it does. If you continue to have digestive problems however, do not hesitate to return to your doctor!
I think the extra bile just dumps into your stomach. I had my GB removed when I was 26, eighteen years ago, and I still have problems. I know where every bathroom is in town! It doesn’t matter what I eat or don’t eat, I have diarrhea daily, complete with cramps. The last few years I’ve begun waking in the night, usually closer to morning, vomiting. I’ve wondered if this might be bile reflux? Unfortunately, I’ve just learned to live with this, as disgusting as it is! 😥
“I too had my gallbladder removed in 1991, along with a VERY large ovarian cyst on the right side. I had the easy surgery (which they said would be easy, and I would be back and walking and WORKING in three days)…I had the laproscope surgery. I will never forget the day I left the hospital. I left, got driven home by my mother, and every pothole in NY made me incur so much pain. I NEVER had stomach issues before that, except vomiting water and pain in the center of my chest which wrapped around my back. All classical symptoms. It took me six months before full recovery. I had it out when I was in my mid thirties. My aunt, maternal, had hers out too, left the hospital the day after, and was able to drive and come to my fathers funeral. She was then, at the time, 83. Everyone is different. (thats for sure)…
I too hurt when I eat. I get packed with gas, and if I eat foods that are too rich, including butter and even steak (too heavy to digest), I get deathly ill. The doctor first decided to do a CT scan to make sure there were no gallstones stuck in the bile ducts. I seem to always have to go in for those CT’s, as there are times I am in pain…its been so long since the surgery. My endoscope test revealed some type of sores which led them to do further testing. They found out I had a wheat and gluten allergy, (Celiac), then were astounded I had Crohn’s disease, Diverticulitis, IBD and more.
I started to more research on my family history. Mom’s side…all had, appendectomies, ulcers, fistures (narrowing of the colon), and a few of my cousins, very young, have ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s. Fathers side also…the same. I feel for you, and you are surely NOT complaining. I took a medication called Aciphex for a few years to control the pain in the center of my chest (it too felt like heart attack pain, and I can only count the times I wound up in the ER thinking I was having a heart attack), but now I am on Prevacid, which works nicely. I try not to take it all the time though, as it stops your acids, but we sometimes need those. Also, btw, I was always healthy UNTIL that surgery…I always ate huge hero’s PILES on the mayonnaise, ate steak galore…now I am lucky if I can keep my diet in tact. It is so hard to even eat sometimes, and also very depressing.
Your concern of the pain on the right side is concerning me, as I had that for a few years, and that was due to my Crohn’s disease. I never had an exact diagnosis, until I was so desperate that I called the Cleveland Clinic and drove 9 hours alone to try to get help. I still however, like yourself, always seem to have the pain on my right side. They keep saying it could be an appendix issue, but it is not. You may either want to find another Gastro doctor if you feel that you are not getting the results you want, or if you are not getting relief. If you don’t mind me asking, how do you tolerate dairy? Fats? Also, every time I ate, LIKE you, my pain on the right hand side (like now), hurt…do you have abdominal swelling too or just the pain on the right side? I started to get abdominal swelling last year to a point that people thought I was 8 months pregnant…I was highly embarassed, would not wear my nice clothing…I wore big shirts and empire waisted tops. Let me know if you have the bloating as well after you eat. Mine is going down now, but that is because of the Celiac diagnosis. My doctor told me “”no, you don’t have it,”” even though my titers from the lab were Celiac elevated, so I went elsewhere for a stomach biopsy. I just worry for my son, 22, but thank goodness he has no symptoms…yet.
Your pain is identical to mine…side pain (did you check your kidney with a CT scan?) Just curious, as you would get a horrible gnawing on your right side as well. I was just informed I have a “”multitude of 5mm kidney stones in the right kidney”” which too, is causing my pain in the side…so I have to make sure I drink, until they can decide how they will treat it. I just found out they are calcium, hopefully they can blast them. Another trait that is on both sides of the family. I can swear that I have been blessed with both issues from my mothers AND fathers side.
I understand what you mean about the esophagus “”pulling pain,”” as I get that also. I went in for an upper GI series, but they keep saying there is nothing there. Also, the lump you are getting in your throat could be either a VERY bad case of gastric reflex disease (treatable with prilosec) but you’d need to have an endoscopy done…I too get the choking as well…being you have had so much on your plate with the surgery, I think too, like me, you are suffering from a little stress. I don’t know your age, but I am also in the menapause phase, and I get that a lot. It is so hard to determine, but the lump I do get. It happens when I eat things that I am not supposed to eat, but when I am stressed, I get it also. It feels that the food will not go down, and it is also a choking feeling. Doctors cannot find anything, and are contributing it to stress. I understand how you feel, and when you don’t g get the answers you want, it makes matters worse, which will in turn do this to you…so any issue you are in fact having, is going to be magnified x 3.
MRI’s don’t lie…did you have contrast with your MRI? I can’t…I am allergic to the iodine, shellfish, and the IVP dye, also the dye they now have, the non-ionic dye, but they used it on me for my kidneys and they almost killed me. Not sure why, but all my tests were done w/o contrast.
I won’t have my tests done locally…I go to a place in Connecticut for ALL diagnostic tests, and they are always right and picking up on things…their machinery is VERY good, and they use 64 bit scanners and send me home with my images on a CD rom…they do not do that where I live in NY, so the two hour drive is most worth it.
I would suggest, that you listen to your body…if you feel you are not quite right, I would seek a second opinion…sometimes you just have to. I did not long ago and found out that I was a medical mess…but in a way, I am glad, because although I have a lot of bad days, at least I know that I was taken care of at a GOOD medical facility.
If you have any more questions, drop me a note…Teri
“WOW…I FEEL your pain. I am 49 years old….had my gall bladder removed 2 years ago May. Since then, I have not had a “”normal”” bowel movement and sometimes even to the point of urgency. I have gained significant weight around my mid section and lost the “”cute””, as Ive been told, butt that I USE to have. Its EXTREMELY depressing. I started walking 3-4 miles a day and have been doing this for over 4 mths. YES, I have lost weight but my tummy (and spare tire effect) is still there. Don’t know if it was due to the gall bladder removal or just my age catching up to me but it certainly started happening just after the removal. If you find anthing that helps out…please let me know. I just wanted to let you know you aren’t the ONLY one experiencing this.
i had my gb removed july 08 and ive had chronic diarreha and abdominal pain sence its to the point when i go somewhere i have to locate a bathroom before i cbetter or what to doan do anything.does anyone know if it ever gets