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

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Updated September 04, 2013

Problems after 10 years

Had pain so sever after eating I would end up curled in a ball unable to move. Ended up in the emergency room and they were sure it was Acid Reflux. Fooled around with ant-acids for a few months, while I did research on the internet. Went to doc and said, not to tell you your job, but I have every symptom for gall stones. One ultra sound later and off to surgery. For 10 years since if I eat anything high fat I had better know where the closest bathroom is. Have never had any pain, it just goes straight thru me. Reading on this and other sites, I have learned this is a common problem. Funny thing is the doctor never mentioned there could be problems like this. I thought there was no hope and I would have to spend my life in the shadow of a bathroom, but now I see some people have had luck with some drugs. Guess it's time to see a doctor again and hope for some relief.

still feel pain

I got my gallbladder removed in October 2013 and I was feeling great for about 1 1\2 weeks and then I started feeling pain in my right side and where my gallbladder use to be. when I wake up in the mornings I have pain in my right side and my stomach hurts every time I eat or drink, even water causes me pain.... And now my back is beginning to hurt these are the same problems I had before the surgery its as if I didn't even have if I didn't even have surgery, but now my pain is 50 times worse.. I'm tired all the time, all I wanna do is sleep...
—Guest Denice


Had gb removed last year had really bad heartburn before operation, also had constipation. now running to toilet after food. all I know is eggs make it worse and chocolate makes me constipated but in general soft stools with food that is not digested plus started getting heartburn again. can anyone explain anything about what's happening please?
—Guest Linda

Gallbladder and Gallstone removal

I have my gallbladder and gallstone removed almost 6 yrs ago, i thank god of everything i never had a problem since surgery. Im doing great.
—Guest wc70

the pain

I had my gallbladder removed 1 year ago. The healing went pretty well, though I quickly learned the importance of acid reducers. Didn't suffer any issues with nausea, thank goodness. So now here I am a year later, thought I had this thing beat, but last night I was woke by my old gallbladder pains! So got up and drank some water, then did my best to get back to sleep curled up in a ball while tossing and turning! I'm now approaching night 2 and still feeling some pain from last night! I can only hope and pray that my pain is from eating a corndog before bed last night.
—Guest suzanne

after gallbladder removal

I removed my gb in the yr 2012. Before that i felt non-cordiatic pain in the left side of the chest such severe pain that i had consulted doctor they suggested to scan the report is ive gallstones in my gb... Now i've a pain in the side of left chest when i sat... when i ate my stomach oozes... i don't want to eat fatty foods.. i consulted a doctor they suggested to live as the life you've lived before operation.
—Guest chandra shekhar

So I am not crazy?

I had my gall bladder out a year ago July and within 5-30 minutes after eating breakfast; I am running for the bathroom. If I eat before 9AM...you can add the throwing up. I am so glad I found this site... finally, I am not crazy. I truly thought I was losing it. I find too much cheese, red wine, or tomatoes...does it for me as well. I have noticed though...stress and anxiety from work add into my issues. So I have to figure out what to do for the rest of my life, uh? Well there is one thing...at least I am not running to the ER, like I was prior to my surgery. That was no fun and always had a physical, emotional and financial cost attached. Not to mention looking awful, feeling awful and throwing up always seemed to attract the most handsome doctors… it was always the icing on the cake for me!
—Guest Guest Debra

keep ypur gallbladder if you can

I had upper right quadrant pain.after a series of tests with nothing showing, doctor suggested have gallbladder removed. Never a stone and function was 53% according to hida scan. Biggest mistake letting them take it. 8 months later feels like something had eaten my intestines.
—Guest tracey

Almost 8 years of digestive issues

I had my gall bladder removed via emergency surgery in Jan. 2006 and was fine, except that literally everything I eat comes back out, almost immediately. I first noticed this about 9 months after the surgery and the Dr. put me on some kind of powder and said to just play around with the dosage and see if it would work. I could add it to applesauce, OJ, etc. I used it for a while, then got to where I didn't have to use it at all. Then, the last year or so, I've had a LOT of stress (new job, family issues) and wham! My digestive issues have come back. The only good thing is that I'm losing weight. However, while eating I am painfully aware of where a bathroom is located and I do my lunch dates at places that are in close proximity to my work (aka, to the bathroom).
—Guest Mandi


i had my gall bladder removed month ago and since then i have awful pain in my shoulder blades and spasms in my chest.
—Guest dee

Problems with food

I got my gallbladder removed after a couple of debilitating and painful attacks. After they removed the organ I felt so relieved that I would never feel that pain again. Changing my diet took some getting used to, but eventually I got used to it. Now, four years later, it's hard to find any food that doesn't give me painful cramps in my lower abdomen. The amount of food I can handle has changed too. If I over eat, even a little, I feel terrible and it lasts for hours. Due to these changes I've lost about 20 lbs, and only eat about once a day. It's rare that I feel normal, healthy and energetic. All of this is very inconvenient, I think I'm managing it well, and I'm glad I will never feel the pain of a gallbladder attack again. I just wish there was something I could do to help my digestive system out.
—Guest Jazz

feeling weak

Its been 3 months since my surgery and i have been in and out of the hospital with numerous things...I'm depressed, i am fighting pancreatitis, i vomit everything i eat or drink, i should mention that i had gallbladder cancer so i had gallbladder removed then a week later i had a liver resection, lymph nodes removed, bile duct cleaning, and a bag hooked to my side..... I don't know if I'm just expecting to heal real fast or if it is getting the best of me?
—Guest kari

gall bladder removed 1971

I got very sick several times, throwing up from the pain, and was diagnosed with everything from flu to kidney stones because they felt I was too young for it to be gallbladder problems. Finally they decided to open me up to take a look and found my gallbladder full of stones and 'rotten.' Since then I have had to be especially careful of greasy and fried foods and I gain weight very easily.
—Guest Jackie

Gallbladder removal april 2012

It's been a year and 1/2 and I'm still get severe nausea after almost every meal. Many days I feel like I have a horrible hangover and I haven't had alcohol in over 10 years. The bathroom has become my best friend. Many times I am running for it. I don't even go out to eat anymore. I never had these problems before they took my gall bladder out. I was 42 yo when I had 1 attack (supposedly) so they took it out. I wish I knew more about it before hand or I NEVER would have let it happen. I will NEVER trust a doctor again without first doing my research. There are alternatives to surgery that are more successful, if your willing to change your diet.
—Guest Stephen

Right under the left sides rib pain

I had surgery Oct 28th 11 days ago and I had my checkup appointment yesterday and I told the dr that I have been having the pains under my ribs on the left side.. He asked me if I was able to go to the bathroom and I told him not really since the surgery so he put me on a laxative and a stool softener twice a day til I get regular then cut it to once a day then finally stop once I am regular.. I started last night and it works to go to the bathroom but I still have this like something is out of place and it slides up under my ribs on the left side and binds up when I bend just even a little... I really does hurt and I don't know if there is really something wrong or will it go away with time. I am thinking calling the Dr again Monday if it has not stopped. Any opinions to help with the problem.. I have to bend and do things I can't just sit straight up all the time or lay flat or stand straight all the time.. Help please..
—Guest Connie

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