I had my GB out 16 years ago and have suffered IBS for many years, I found that taking acidophylus (natural bacteria like the one in the Activia yogurt) and changed my milk to Rice Milk has helped me A LOT !! I had stopped eating many foods and thank heaven for my Dr. who recomended these changes, I’m eating many things I couldn’t before. But in general somethine to avoid the most is the skin in meats and fish, fried foods and acid tomato sauces; I leave these for a once a week ocassion… Good Luck!!
All of your symptoms sound very familiar to me. I had my gall bladder removed in 05 and found out i had over 70 stones! the surgery went well but about a year ago i started getting pain just like my gall bladder attacks- pain where my gall bladder used to be, severe back pain around my right shoulder blade, vomiting, sore muscles and extreme tiredness. I have seen nearly every dr possible it feels like from a gyno, neurologist, urologist and at the moment i am seeing a gastro specialist. Any tests i’ve had done have come back fine- i don’t have any new stones forming in the bile duct and no adhesions. I still get an attack at least every month and it always takes me a week to get over it. the dr suggested i go get a blood test done when i have an attack but my liver function is always fine.
I thought i must of been the only one with this problem as the doctors have no idea what to do next!, is there any other tests anyone has been through to figure this out?”
“Wow, I guess I’m lucky. I had my gallbladder out in emergency surgery December 29th, 2006 and haven’t had much trouble since (at least related to the gallbladder/loss of the gallbladder)….unless I eat rich fatty foods. But I’m lactose intolerant and have always had digestive problems anyway. The difference since the surgery is if I eat more than a small amount of something super-rich in fat I get horrible stomach cramps and “”have to go to the bathroom”” immediately.
Since we all probably should avoid rich, fatty foods anyway I don’t mind that side effect. It helps keep me from eating bad things.
To those that have different pain, the kind you’ve all been describing in this thread….did do you have surgical staples inside you? Could they be irritating you and/or giving you some kind of reaction?”
“Nessie — if they don’t find anything, ask to have your VitD/Calcium and pth checked. I have also struggled for 3 years. Have had 2 CT scans, 2 abdominal ultrasounds, a pelvic ultrasound and an MRI on my back. Had the same right abdominal pain that sometimes feels like it’s in the front and sometimes feels like it’s in my kidney area. They never found anything in any of my tests. They may look at you weird with the request for the above blood work but it could be something entirely outside your abdomen. The pain was my predominant symptom until this summer when it morphed into other symptoms like nausea, sometimes bad diarhea (diarrhea), ,insomnia, feeling hot – esp at night, and more. I finally found that many of my symptoms had to do with elevated parathyroid hormone which kicks in if your Vitamin D goes too low. Vit D deficiency is apparently a worldwide epidemic….but more especially among women my age (57). But…hopefully the ultrasound will tell you something and you won’t have to go down this long road of no answers like many on this site. Good Luck!!
I had my gallbladder out ages ago and began having gallbladder attack pains. Stones in the duct were ruled out after being admitted to the hospital a couple of years after the surgery. I saw a gastroenterologist a year or so after that who basically gave up on trying to find out what was causing my attacks. A couple of years later, and after several more attacks I began researching it on my own. Low and behold I cam across sphincter of oddi dysfunction. Thank goodness, it seemed I found the answer. Then I took it a step farther and upon further research found that in some instances, to initiate an attack, a painkiller substance would be given to the patient, which would cause a reaction that brought about an attack. Knowing this I was able to retrace most of my instances of attacks and found that they were all during periods when I was on pain medication for whatever reason. Even cough syrup with codeine seemed to cause this. My problem is that I can’t seem to get a doctor to understand where I am coming from with this. Recently, I was rushed to the ER due to an auto accident. I told them over and over in the ER that pain medicine would cause me to have a bad reaction. But I was in so much pain from the accident they wanted to at least try. But no sooner had they given me the shot I began feeling agitated and within a few minutes I was having a full flown attack – all in the middle of a CT scan. I have been searching a hoping that I can find me a doctor who can back me up on this and help me determine if my findings are legitimate and if there is an alternative pain medicine I can specifically ask for in the hospital if something like this happens again. I am supposed to have a couple of surgeries but I have been putting them off because of fear of the pain and fear of having an attack. Is there anyone else who can trace their attacks to taking pain meds?
“I had my gallbladder removed on March 31, 2009 (a year and a half ago) and I struggle with lots of problems. The number one problem is my weight gain. I have gained about 20lbs since the surgery. I am very active and I eat a low fat, healthy diet. I eat all natural and organic foods. The weight that I have gained is in my stomach. I have NEVER had belly fat before and it is very upsetting. I am up three sizes in my pants and my waist is up to 32 inches.
I also am having problems with my disgestive system. It seems like almost everything I eat goes right through me. I have diarrhea, stomach pains and cramping, and sometimes vomitting. I have had a colonosocopy and an upper endoscopy but the doctor did not see anything abnormal. He is making it seem like the removal of my gallbladder has nothing to do with these problems. However, they started after the surgery.
Also, my energy level is very low. I feel tired all the time. I am only 30 years old and do not have kids but I have trouble staying awake during the day. I am not sure if this is related to the lack of my gallbladder or not.
Oh wait, I’m not done yet, since the surgery I have also developed acid reflux, and breathing problems that could be asthma. I am on advair. I have trouble walking up steps, running, and long distant walks. It is a terrible feeling when I have to ask my boyfriend to slow up or take a break with me when we are walking. This could be contributed to my 20lb weight gain.
In conclusion, I wish I could find help. I want my old life back again. I wish I never had my gallbladder removed. It was the worse decision of my life. I should have dealt with the pain of my diseased gallbladder. Maybe that would have gone away, not like these problems that seem like they are lifelong. 🙁
I had my gallbladder removed about 2 months ago. I have been experiencing liquid diarhea after meals followed by sometimes extreme weakness. This passes after about 30 minutes. I am currently seeing a gastroenterologist who has done some stool testing just to rule out. I have not recieved those results yet. HE told me I could experience these symptoms from 6 months to a year until my liver can regulate the amount of bile it secrets in the stomach. I had started using a fiber supplement that I thought was working now it is not. When I get relief I will share it. In the meantime I am going to mention Questran to see if that will work for me. Bye for now.
Hi i had my gallbladder removed surgically January 2006 and i find that if i eat too much fat then i have pain on the right side and feel bloated and i get the runs if i eat too much fat aswell so try and stick too fruit and veg. boring i know but i have lost weight and feel much better.
So glad to have found this sight, after worrying that maybe something very serious was wrong with me. I had my GB out 6 weeks ago. Was sore for about a week, and then made a great recovery. About two weeks ago I started experiencing loose, frequent stools and about once a week I have tremendous stomach aches that last for about 15 minutes, usually followed by a BM. I am going to my regualr doctor tomorrow, but I feel relieved to hear that so many others have experienced similar symptoms.
“It’s been 1 and 1/2 years post cholecystectomy and I still have a sharp pain on RT upper quad and RT flank pain.They have suggested the same issue with adhesions but I think the staples that is about 5-6 of them tends to rub against my costophrenic nerve and liver and biliary duct and no surgical procedure can take care of that.They have suggested visceral manupitation (sort of like deep tissue massage that can relif it or perhaps pain management clinic that can pin point the nerve).
You see removal of a gall bladder can be even done by your neighbor’s kid but complication takes a real surgeon to fix that.That’s why I should have researched and look for a good surgeon than a neighbour’s kid.If you catch my drift. There are so many butchers out there graduated from internet universities that you would not know who is who especially if you ened up in ER. Needless to mention that physicians are like gangester and watch each other’s ASS and would not admit to screw up. Don’t let any other MD to cut you open and do the fishing expedition.Take the more natural way!”
Hi folks….like a lot of you I too had my gallbladder removed back in Sept 2005….since then I have gained 60lbs+ and don’t know why….I’m very active and work out everyday but I just keep ballooning……I’m at my wits end….please help!
“I too have pain everyday from having my gallbladder removed 5 years ago. I have been thru every test possible and they cant figure out whats causeing it. Im due for a check up the 6th and plan to address the issue once again with my family doc. I can only describe this pain as a burning sensation to the outer skin and very tender soarness on the inside, with sharp knife like jabs and frequent feelings of pressure like a pregnant woman feels when her baby’s feet get up under the rib cage (only this isnt a joyful feeling this time). THeres a sensation of pressure pushing out. Like a ball or a fist rolling just under the muscle from left to right on the upper right section of my abdomin where my gallbladder used to be. Often I have felt like the man on the alien movies expecting a small alien to pop its head out and hiss at any time. Im trying to paint this with humor because I have already shed a wash of tears over the pain today and the stress and feeling of hopelessness that haveing this pain daily for 5 years has caused me. I cant go out to eat with me friends unless its close to home. I have been treated for IBS which turned out to be a mistake because the meds caused me severe upset stomach. I am allergic to dairy so i always watch my intake, Im forbidden to eat even a tiny speck of lettuce because it causes so much destress to my system that I’ve missed work over it. I just want an answer as to what i might could do besides eat pain killers for the rest of my life. Even water makes me hurt. Sometimes your mind just gets so wrapped around the pain that you cant focus on anyhting else, not condusive for a full time job. Just praying that some where some one will figure this out and relief can be an obtainable thing instead of everyone saying sorry your out of luck. I probably would have kept the gallbladder had i know this was going to happen. Atleast then the huge stone in there that was twice the size a normal gallbladder is was a reason for the pain.
“So my pooping adventures have begun. My gallbladder came out on March 8th and now I am adjusting to my new bowels. They’re quite something.
Before the surgery, I never used to fart when I woke up. In fact, I didn’t vote for “”always”” in that recent front page poll. But now, every single morning, I wake up and rip ass. Gilbert is usually annoyed.
I have discovered that my body no longer processes fat, toxins, and other nasties that used to leach into my system when I ate like crap. Now when I eat bad, I pay within minutes.
On Tuesday we went to Reno to drop my sister off at the train station. We spent the night at Circus Circus and enjoyed buffets, ice cream, a fancy dinner, and various other not-so-good items. Almost the minute I finished eating my banana split, I heard (and felt) this rather bizarre gurgling in the pit of my stomach. My asshole bulged as if it had to fart, but something told me this wasn’t a good idea. I raced up to our hotel room instead and sat on the toilet.
Thank God I listened to intuition. That fart turned out to be a liquid explosion the likes of which hadn’t been seen since the Missoula floods 12,000 years ago. Everything landed in the toilet. My melon and bean salad at lunch. The bananas, ice cream, nuts, caramel, and cherries from my banana split. Several chunks of breaded rack of lamb, potatoes, squash, and fresh baked bread. Everything came out almost as it had been when it went in. All in a single fart!
Yes, disappointing as it was to me. I almost regretted not farting in the middle of the casino. That would have made a great story for the front page. But, alas, I’m not THAT dedicated a journalist.
We went to Carson City to do some shopping for our irrigation system the next day. I really didn’t have much of an appetite until after we arrived at the motel at Topaz Lake. Then I scarfed down another fruit salad, potato bacon soup, top sirloin steak, and a baked potato with all the fixings. This is what the toilet ate a few minutes after MY meal.
Tonight the pattern of crapping changed. We had a regular meal without all the crap in it. No chemicals. No added salt. Nothing but chicken thighs with a little bit of fat on the side. A few minutes after my meal I had the usual gassy gurgle and tried to sneak a fart. My crack was instantly soggy. I waddled to the bathroom and sat down on the toilet (thankfully discovering my underwear was clean) and farted again. A rain of something hot and greasy fell into the toilet with a sort of SLOOSH! sound. When I got up I discovered that the entire bowl was filled with yellow chicken fat. Nothing solid.
So, with my gallbladder out, my guess is my body rejects anything crappy. Fat and chemicals, as well as other junk, goes right through in a matter of minutes. It makes me shudder to think of all the things that used to be processed right into my body instead of ushered through.”
Sever hair loss, excessive sweating and now H pylori and bacteria antigens due to removing my gallbladder 7 years ago. 7 years of changing my life style and resisting the time that im in right now, hoping and wishing I would figure out my autoimmune symptoms cause. I have finally put the pieces together by exhausting all avenues and information I’ve researched. But I feel extremely alone in all this, I think it has contributed to depression and anxiety, along with the medication I have taken since a young adult for a sleep disorder…and instead I am looked at with the idea I don’t handle life and stress, hence the hair loss and excessive sweating. I actually feel like I have fallen to the western medical system and my voice can’t be heard. I’m simply suffering from the wrong choice and this is how my body is reacting. It’s aging fast, my hair color says it all. I am far too young for this. I feel like Im sick from the inside out. I am clearly not digesting properly no matter how I try to adjust it. I have no support, and Im reaching out to anyone who is compassionate to try and assist me. I have sold my car, I am in debt from all the effort I tried putting into resolving this. I am living just to survive…macular degeneration, period. This isn’t in my head, what this is is poisoning me from my gut