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Readers Respond: Have You Had Digestive Problems After Having Your Gallbladder Removed?

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Updated July 10, 2014

I had my gallbladder out 9 years ago

My diet has changed radically little by little because of it.I am able to eat rice, but most other grains cause me digestive problems like cramping , fruit is a problem too along with most nuts, the list goes on and on. Over the years I have been accustomed to this diet and it seems to only be a problem when eating out . restaurants that caters to non dairy and gluten free diet are becoming more popular. my stomach can still bloat up when I am careful. :-) l have lost weight on this diet..

After Effect Blues

I had my gallbladder removed 7 months ago. At first I had the normal after surgery symptoms, some pain discomfort, and not being able to go back to my regular diet right away. But, now I still have them my family thinks I'm just complaining and getting the stomach bug. But, I will eat one wrong food and have to run to the bathroom with horrible stomach pain. I will get sweating and dizzy too. My back and ribs will hurt a lot. This makes me anxious, I'm still in school and work a lot, I don't have time to go to the bathroom every hour. I'll stay up all night with the pain and sickness too, which makes me worse the next day. Help!
—Guest Ally

Annoying pain

I'm female and had my gallbladder removed about four months ago because I had gallstones. I had a lot of pain before the operation and afterwards, I had relief for three weeks. I was recovering fine from the stitches and then suddenly I took a stabbing back pain in the middle of my back. Later,it started on my upper sides under my arms. I thought I was finally free from that awful pain from gallbladder disease. Now,I went back to the doctor who operated on me and I had to get a ultra sound done. Nothing is showing from the results and I have to go back and talk to the doctor again. The doctor did mention that I had sludge down there and I'm wondering if there's a medication that can control the sludge or to get rid of this sludge build up? I hope that's all it is and nothing to serious because the pain I'm experiencing now is constant and I have to take Aleve every 8 to 12 hours for relief. I'm careful what I eat and drink and I exercise.I want to be pain free without pain medications.
—Guest Peg

Incisions not healing well

It's been just over two weeks that. I had gallbladder surgery. I had massive stones and sludge for 19 yrs that I know about. They were discovered during an u/s when I was pregnant. They wanted me to have it out while I was pregnant, and now that I've had the surgery, I can't imagine anything more barbaric to do while pregnant! I'm sure I would have lost the baby. Over the yrs I had terrible stomach & acid reflux issues, and of late, it got worse. I had a renal u/s April 4th, & am convinced the tech dislodged a stone (I've had the u/s's for 4 yrs & never had a problem). ten days later. I was in the ER after vomiting & having chills. I had acute pancreatitis & they kept me off food & drinks for 5 days before they could operate. Still showed no choleocystitis! After the surgery, I had terrible incision pain & the naval incision bled & oozed. It had a horrible smell too. I was back in the ER with an infection. Incisions still ache & lots of pain, gas, bloating & some blood in stools.
—Guest Denise

Pain after Gallbladder Removed

18 years on from getting my GB removed - still have chronic abdominal pain and digestion problems. Now developed severe pain in my back between shoulder blades. I have been shocked by the amount of people I have met who continue to suffer many years after getting their GB removed. For a so-called straightforward low risk surgical procedure there are way to many people suffering post-surgery. Not good enough NHS!!!!
—Guest Tiv

gallbladder pain 4 years after removal

I had my gallbladder removed 4 years ago.I still have pain on my right side.Now I'm starting to have green bowel movements.I have been eating a high fat diet. Gonna change my diet hope it helps'
—Guest sam

help me

I had my galdbladder removed 7 months ago and I still have diarrhea. It is so embarrassing I can't eat anything I stay in the bathroom. Sometimes if I am not at home I can't hold it in.My kid's see me always having a stomach problem. I am taking nexium and IMODIUM NOTHING is helping me.It seems worst now then before. I am going to see another doctor I hope he can help me I just want to go to the bathroom as a normal person.
—Guest Cheryl

Acidophilus works

I too had my gallbladder removed, a year and a half ago now, and I also experienced IBS. Take a Probiotic or just plain Acidophilus that you can get at any health food store ,Wal-Mart, etc. It is easy to find, cheap and it is amazing. It takes about 3-4 weeks to affect your system but it works!
—Guest angel


I had my gallbladder removed in July of 2013 & for the last few months this pain has become so awful it's scary!! I get the same pains, but every day! I wish I would have NEVER got it removed, I can handle the pains every 2-3months! But everyday around 3ish, I get that uncomfortable feeling and it makes me shaky and nauseated. I have no insurance anymore & I need HELP!!!! Please share any remedies!!!
—Guest Gloria

Pain years after gallbladder surgery

I had my gallbladder removed over 4 years ago. I still have problems with fatty foods. I never know when I will need to be in the vicinity of a bathroom. Since October 2013 I have had 3 episodes of severe pain under my right ribs with the pain radiating to the back along with nausea. Each episode has lasted from 1 to 2 wks. Unable to function and lying in bed helps the pain some. I have had ultra sounds, cat scans, x rays, and a mri, seen 3 different specialists. All tests were normal. Last appointment with GI doctor I was told there is a possibility that a stone may have remained after my surgery. I wonder why I didn't experience any pain over the last 3 years if a stone is the possible problem? Doctor wants another CT scan with contrast when the pain comes back. Like the others commenting, I also wish I never had my gallbladder removed. I didn't have any pain, just stones & the surgeon recommended surgery. Now who knows what other procedures I will have to endure.
—Guest Eileen

time travel would be nice

Coffee Colombian gets rid of constipation after .gb surgery
—Guest Honda

@spin moove

I agree... I had my gallbladder removed 2 yrs. ago and since then i have felt better overall. The only time i have a issue is when I consume spicy or high fat foods. For those having bloating, abdominal swelling, hernia, or consistent diarrhea. I am puzzled because I wished I would have done this procedure sooner instead of taking protonix 40mg for 3yrs which was recommended by my primary at the time . I asked questions and seek'd a second opinion, I was informed a bacteria called h-pylori which causes digestive infection,issues. This was eradicated with 3 weeks of 2 different antibiotics prior to my gallbladder removal. This may or may not be the difference in my outcome opposed to others but again I am "blessed" I am grateful for meeting my surgeon and firing my primary at that time. hope this helps someone,somewhere!!!
—Guest bg

5 years Gallbladder Free

I had my gallbladder removed when I was very young 5 years ago, young being only 12 years old. I'm 18 now and I still have stomach problems. I get nauseated, headaches, diarrhea, anxiety....most recently I had constipation for over a week almost 2! What does this mean!!?
—Guest Morgan Alise

Great Experience

I am sorry some people had bad experiences. I had my gall bladder removed about 5 weeks ago. In the hospital at 10 a.m. and out at 2:00 p.m. I had pain for the first 5 days and then I was running around with more energy than before, skin became clear and best of all, I can eat anything I want. Bowel movements are better than they were before. My only complaint is a little pain in my upper abdomen before eating which is probably a little gas. Only bit of advice I can give is to check out the surgeon that will be performing the operation and if possible choose a location with a good reputation. So happy I had the surgery.
—Guest sladysuep

has to get better

I had my gallbladder removed a week after my appendix. My docs found the problem only 2 months after pain began. I lost 25 pounds in those 2 months because I couldn't even tolerate water. 7 months later I have had attacks that send me to the ER and puts me in bed for days. I wake bloated and go to bed bloated. I have these pains that come all of a sudden and last about 3 minutes then Im fine. I become so dizzy and nauseatted till I must lay down(lay down till you feel better n take your med). I can't really suck in my tummy like I could previously and Im small. Some days I cant eat because of the bloat and pain and I can barely pick up my skinny two year old some days. If I take my medication from my doc. for the pain and nausea and lay down with no interruptions just lay down for 30 min. I feel a lot better. i now have to go to sleep when my body says so I want feel terrible the next day. My doc. said it may be a blockage and Im scheduled to see another specialist hope this helps.
—Guest hhhh

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