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

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Updated July 10, 2014

gallbladder removal is a nightmare!!

I had my gallbladder removed in December 2013. Everytime I eat I either have the runs and stomach pains or I puke up bile. I'm so sick of having to go to the bathroom after I eat certain things. I'm down to 104 pounds before the surgery I was 115 pounds. I still get sharp pains where my gallbladder used to be sometimes. I hope my body can adjust to having no gallbladder, because this is horrible.
—Guest Charlotte

Problems breathing after GB sugery

I had my GB taken out in Aug 2013 now I cant breathe, have problems walking up 6 steps, have to take asthma medicine to breathe and that does not work. what should I do? also got fired from my job because i had to have GB surgery and had to take fmla leave, what is up with that?
—Guest Joy

gb pains

I had my Gb removed in Oct 2008 and I have all the above symptoms, it started out with diary but now it seems like anything i eat causes pains, but here's the thing..... When I had my GB I lost a heck of a lot of weight but now I seem to have gained that back plus more. I cannot finish a meal without running to the toilet and I can't remember that last time a stool of mine was solid. I suffer with bloating and trapped wind and I am constantly exhausted, I don't sleep very well and when I do its because of meds that I take, I hear you guys. I feel useless.
—Guest so glad i came on hete

problems after gall bladder removal

Please make sure they removed every stone. I had every symptom y'all described after my gall bladder was removed july 2013 Dec. 2013 I was rushed to the er and had to have a stent placed in my liver I had jaundice fever was in pain I thought I was dying. To find my surgeon left a stone the size of a I say a hail ball.
—Guest angie

Will I even feel well again

I had my gallbladder removed in December 2013 and am wondering will I even feel well again. My gallbladder was removed open surgery and recovery has been very slow. 11 weeks on and it feels like my ribs have been broken and that someone is twisting a knife jn my back. I had no stones and no gallbladder problems before the surgery. I had the gallbladder removed as there was a lesion of some sort on it. This discomfort is driving me mad. It wakes me up and when you have to do 12.5 HR days at work, I feel run down, tearful and exhausted. I'm going to see my GP for some answers.
—Guest Evie

gall badder removal without symptom

I didn't have any symptoms at all but unfortunately removed the stone is okay the stone removal not having and symptom why he did the surgery because of money $17000 what should I do against the Doctor? some one help me please.
—Guest kim N

sorry! i feel your pain

Had my gall bladder removed 7 years ago. had constant diarrhea for 5 of the last 7 yrs. Have had gas and bloating every day to the point where it is an embarrassment as well as uncomfortable and still have very loose bowels most of the time and can't eat if I have to go out for fear of having an accident which I have done on occasion. I also developed lactose intolerance (which I NEVER had prior and also now have bile reflux. Am very thin and I have no other health issues. Would definitely reconsider having gall bladder surgery if someone had warned me that this would happen. Have tried binding agents as well as PPI's and I only get much sicker with awful cramps and nausea that is only relieved by stopping the meds. Guess it could be something worse like cancer. I try to adjust and keep going and trying natural remedies and experimenting with my diet. Good luck to anyone who has this problem. It is NOT in your head!
—Guest Mary


I have removed my gallbladder going on 3 years now .. hate to say it but I still have pains I wonder I had done the right thing doing ultra sounds shows everything is okay now. now i am feeling pain from last night, going to take some pain killers going to bed at night if i dont want to be waken by the pain. i take sleeping pills that sucks...any way i guess the doctors have our best interest at heart .
—Guest Janet

Use Enzymes

Use Enzymes for digestion. I had my GB out over 10 years ago, very bad, 3 day stay in hospital. Went home with pain pills after a day threw them away. Started with going to the bathroom from morning til night. Couldn't go out to eat because of this. Started on Enzymes and Probiotics and everything is mostly back to normal. Please get really good Enzymes and probiotics ... it will take about two months so don't give up. Good Luck!
—Guest ShirlM


I had my gallbladder removed 16 days ago. Apart from moderate pain and discomfort from stitches really itching felt ok. No loose stools just regular But now got infection in my navel incision. Feel terrible, tired agitated. I'm going this clears up and il be fine.
—Guest Tracie

20 plus years

Had my gallbladder removed in 1991..You never stop going to the bathroom..You will have sharp pain that radiates to chest and neck like a heart attack...If so drink some Organic Apple Cider vinegar in water, it stops my pain in its tracks. Be aware that your blood sugar and cholesterol levels will go up because your body is no longer able to absorb the good fats. Now I have pancreas problems, wish I knew before, but doctor never informed me of the risk.
—Guest KayKay

Problems After Gall Bladder Removed

My Gall Bladder was removed Nov 2013. After two months of being sick and the Dr treating me for anxiety, it was determined I had sludge in my Gall Bladder. Since the surgery my stomach is always growling and I wake with the shakes. I had to back off the Xanax the Dr put me on for the nonexistent anxiety and no longer take it. I can't get past this nervous feeling in my stomach though. If I eat, a lot, my stomach is better for a while but I still wake with a nervous stomach. Any ideas what is going on? I cant function this way and have lost a job because of it.
—Guest gc61

Feeling worse after gallbladder surgery

Had gallbladder removed Dec. 2013. Two days after surgery began to have acid reflex, bloated, nausea, just not well at all. Called Dr. gave me something for acid reflex that caused me to really bad sweats at night that I woke up soaked and wet like if I just came out of the shower. Dr. talk me that this will go away that the body will need to get used to be without a gallbladder. Before I didn't have any bad symptoms, no pain nothing, just nausea and bloated and the stone I had was getting bigger so I decided to have it removed before any complications. I feel sorry I did because now I'm sick all the time, no matter what I eat or drink makes me sick. I also heard through a friend of my that she got her gallbladder removed that she end up with bacteria E-piloti (?). I'm going back to the doctor soon. I feel I need to go to the bathroom all the time, also burping a lot, and lots of gas. Hope we all can find some solution.
—Guest Maggie

Post Gallbladder Removal Symptoms

I had mine removed not even a month ago. The operation was carried out by a doctor working out of Austin, Texas. The worst part about it is I should have known better considering I caught him in the middle of a lie during consult before the surgery. He was selling me on the surgery when I asked him about alternative treatments (I.E: Drinking solutions to dissolve stones). When I asked him of the possibility of that certain method he laughed and said no such thing existed and asked if I had read that in the internet. When I told him that in fact it was suggested to me by my uncles (which all happen to be doctors) he tripped and said "well there is in fact a dissolving solution but he did not recommend it". That should have been my first hint to run out the door but at the time the pain was so excruciating that I am afraid it influenced my better judgment. I have spent well over $10,000 in bills and I am currently still in debt. Worse of all I am still in pain.
—Guest Samuel Quintero

Reasons for Postcholecystectomy issues

Here is a great article that explains a lot of what everyone here describes: http://ibs.about.com/od/relatedconditions/a/IBS-After-Gallbladder-Removal.htm -Hope it helps!:)
—Guest Steph

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