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After Gallbladder removal

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 18, 2009
  • 01:49 AM

I am a 27 year old female. In Aug 08 I had my gallbladder removed after several attacks. Afterward I was told that I could eat anything I wanted. About a month later I started experiencing what I think is dumping syndrome. Almost immediately after eating I have to go to the bathroom. My stools since the surgery have been mainly pale yellow and watery. I may have a regular bowel movement every month or so but pretty much it's diarrhea all the time. With this type of diarrhea I experience severe cramping. But there is also pain in my upper abdomen right below my ribcage that radiates to my lower back. I hardly ever feel like eating because either I'm nauseous or don't want to feel the cramping that inevitably comes with eating. I have lost 30 lbs and feel weak all the time. My father passed away from pancreatic cancer so of course I had the doctor check out my pancreas and they also checked my thyroid..everything was fine! For about a month now I've started getting these red spots all over my body. They are on my legs, stomach, breasts, back and arm. None on my face so far. They do not itch and do not cause any pain. They are flat and the biggest one is the size of a pencil eraser. Then last weekend I had a few drinks which I hardly ever do (mind you the doctor or surgeon never said I couldn't drink) and ever since I have been in a lot of pain in my upper abdomen (more so then I have had before) and the diarrhea is getting worse. Even after I hadn't eaten anything for 24 hours I was still running to the bathroom every 30 minutes. I can't even stand or sit up straight because the pain in my abdomen is worse if I do. Like I said before I hardly ever drink (maybe once every couple months) so I don't think that is the problem but maybe this time it made whatever is the problem worse. And everything I find on the internet points to liver problems but I do not have yellow skin or eyes. I'm tired of going to the doctor and they dont know whats wrong with me. So if anyone knows what could possibly be wrong I would appreciate you letting me know. I dont want to sound like a worry wart but with the recent change in the pain, diarrhea and now the skin problems...I'm very concerned. I plan on seeing my doctor on Monday but still would like to hear other people's thoughts.

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  • I am a 27 year old female. In Aug 08 I had my gallbladder removed after several attacks. Afterward I was told that I could eat anything I wanted. About a month later I started experiencing what I think is dumping syndrome. Almost immediately after eating I have to go to the bathroom. My stools since the surgery have been mainly pale yellow and watery. I may have a regular bowel movement every month or so but pretty much it's diarrhea all the time. With this type of diarrhea I experience severe cramping. But there is also pain in my upper abdomen right below my ribcage that radiates to my lower back. I hardly ever feel like eating because either I'm nauseous or don't want to feel the cramping that inevitably comes with eating. I have lost 30 lbs and feel weak all the time. My father passed away from pancreatic cancer so of course I had the doctor check out my pancreas and they also checked my thyroid..everything was fine! For about a month now I've started getting these red spots all over my body. They are on my legs, stomach, breasts, back and arm. None on my face so far. They do not itch and do not cause any pain. They are flat and the biggest one is the size of a pencil eraser. Then last weekend I had a few drinks which I hardly ever do (mind you the doctor or surgeon never said I couldn't drink) and ever since I have been in a lot of pain in my upper abdomen (more so then I have had before) and the diarrhea is getting worse. Even after I hadn't eaten anything for 24 hours I was still running to the bathroom every 30 minutes. I can't even stand or sit up straight because the pain in my abdomen is worse if I do. Like I said before I hardly ever drink (maybe once every couple months) so I don't think that is the problem but maybe this time it made whatever is the problem worse. And everything I find on the internet points to liver problems but I do not have yellow skin or eyes. I'm tired of going to the doctor and they dont know whats wrong with me. So if anyone knows what could possibly be wrong I would appreciate you letting me know. I dont want to sound like a worry wart but with the recent change in the pain, diarrhea and now the skin problems...I'm very concerned. I plan on seeing my doctor on Monday but still would like to hear other people's thoughts.when the gallbladder is removed, sometimes there is an intolerence to fat. it can take a couple years to get the digestive system back in order. remember, this gallbladder has been part of 'team body' for 27 years. now the rest of the body is working without it. while the gallbladder isnt needed, the other team players may still have a hard time getting into the swing of things without their teammate. as for the red bumps, it sounds like an unrelated issue, like a skin condition called psoriasis. it can flare up pretty bad during high stress. if this digestion problem is causing you alot of stress (and it sounds like it is) you may be experiencing a flare up. go to your doctor and ask about it specifically. i hope this helps. good luck!
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    • January 24, 2010
    • 01:02 AM
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  • Missy, in response to your pains after the removal of your Gallbladder you're not alone. I have been experiencing the same exact problem after my gallbladder was removed. I was so concerned that I had a major stomach infection because like you my watery, diarrhea very bright yellow stool was nothing like I had ever seen before. I went back to my surgeon and he assured me everything would take a while to get back to normal. Of course, what I was experiencing was NORMAL to them. I even went to a stomach specialist, she found nothing wrong internally other than a Hiatal Hernia and Acid Reflux. It's been one and a half years since the removal of my gallbladder and I'm still experiencing lots of stomach discomfort and pains. Especially if I have any alcoholic beverages. Like you, I'm not a regular drinker and never had the horrible pain effect after drinking alcohol until after my gallbladder was removed. I ended up in emergency a couple of times thinking my Pancreas was in a lot of pain....or something...liver? I never found out what the cause of my horrible pain really was as I ended up leaving the emergency room before being seen due to a very ridiculuous long wait. Then I remembered I had a half glass of red wine the night before with dinner. I drank a lot of water to cleanse myself, advil and waited for it to pass. You're right, my surgeon never told me I couldn't drink alcohol either. Stay away from alcohol as much as possible. If you're still having diarrhea spouts also stay away from greasy, fatty foods and really try not to drink caffeine if posible. Remember, alcohol and caffeine will also dehydrate you. Not good when you're constanly going to the bathroom. Drink lots of water and eat small meals at a time with snacks in between. Now through lots of research of my own, asking lots of questions to other people with the same problem and getting advice from health professionals. Here is what I have found that really helped regulate my system. You really need to check in to taking some Digestive Enzymes and Probiotic Acidophilus. Once I started this regimen I immediately felt better, could eat just about anything, and my ....are you ready for this? My stool is back to normal. I wish someone would have told me this very important piece of information sooner. You can find this producs at your local health food and vitamin stores. Go to a specialty store where the employees or owner is very knoledgeble about the products. Ask questions and let them know what you're experiencing. I tried Biosalts first for my digestive enzymes and it was too strong for me. I switched to a brand named Mega Diegestive Enzymes with pancreatin 10X by (NSI) Neutraceutical Science Institute. The Probiotic Acidophilus I take is by "American Health" Natural Blueberry flavor in liquid formula. This formula has Billions of organisms (guaranteed) by the company. It's worked great for me and my daughter. If you do not have a local health food/vitamin specialty store near your area. I recommend vitacost.com. I buy all my vitamins, digestive enzymes along with many other products I've tried and never have been disapointed by the service or quality of products for the price. Lowest prices I've been able to find anywhere! Once your body starts to regulate, you will notice that you don't have to take the digestive enzymes everyday. Now I'm down to taking the digestive enzymes every so often depending on what I'm going to eat or drink and it really does help. I should be taking it everyday....but I also don't want to totally depend on products for the rest of my life. I believe in giving my body a break from the products to see if it's helping or not. By the way, stay away from fish oil as that made me worse. I can now take the liquid orage flavor Omega 3 fish oil but not everyday. If you take vitamins...you may also want to consider switching to liquid vitamins. Remember, everything you eat your liver and pancrea will have to work harder in order to help aid your digestive system in breaking down the foods. Like the other person said "these are your team players". Liver and Pancrea will release some digestive enzymes naturally, but it does not in most cases produce enough to keep up. Do not overload them with junk food or fatty foods and preservatives are the worst. I also drink protein shakes occasionally and I juice in between with fresh fruits and vegetables for a more balanced nutrition. I noticed a lot of vegetables no longer get broken down like they used to. If I don't take my digestive enzymes vegetables go through me in whole! That's when I started thinking "how much nutrition am I really getting when everything is going right through me". I'm sure you've wondered the same thing and I hope that my advice will help you along. Good luck and when in doubt always seek a professional's advice.
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  • I am from Canada. I had my gallbadder removed in nov 2010. I have been experincing phantom attacks tooooo worse one's after drinking. Diarhea everyday, and before surgery I'd go day's with not being able to go. My doctor's treating me for an Ulcer, and if that doesn't help she wants to investigate more. I just finished the 2 week treatment she put me on a week ago. And today I felt like an attack was starting but it wasn't Severe. And subsided almost instantly. I'm hoping that's all it was I haven't tried to drink since she said ulcer's. But if not maybe I'll try those probiotic supplements......
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