Some people experience ongoing digestive problems after they have undergone a cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal). Has this happened to you? Share your story regarding how your digestive system was affected by your surgery. Did your stomach problems improve or worsen? Did you find yourself dealing with new symptoms? Tell your tale and read about the experiences of others.
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5yrs after gallbladder removal
- It has been 5 yrs since my Gallbladder removed. Had very few issues until after the removal but each month my problems get worse! I weighed 130 prior to surgery and have a hard time maintaining barely 100 lbs. for 3 yrs it seemed like just red meat made me have to " rush " to the bathroom immediately. After eating, now it is so bad I hate eating out, I get severe lower right side pain immediately after eating almost everything, knowing I better get to the bathroom within moments after or I will have an embarrassing moment. I have had 5 upper, Lower GIs done (had h-pylor) twice. Dr. said I was protein intolerant though it happens with much more than protein based foods. Have tested neg for celiac, chrohns ect... Finally my IM Dr explained, that the bile needs a binding agent, and even though many people can adjust without a gallbladder some people never will. I just started on cholestyramine, it is a cholesterol powder, but used as binding agent. Will keep you updated!
Gallbladder removal Sep, 2012
- After my recovery period, I began to feel some nausea and dizziness. (I also had an infected hernia that was done same time as GB.) I am still having very bad days and see some swelling on my right side. I also have pain there. Any help please?
- —Guest Iris
- I had my gallbladder removed in jan 2013 after weeks of attempting to deal with what I believed was very bad indigestion (I didn't have time to mess about seeing a doctor, as us mums say) until the pain was unbearable.. I was taken in and observed with medication for 12 hours and ten had surgery to remove gallbladder, they said the pain was too strong for it to just be that so removed gall stones from My bile duct too. Since having the operation I get pain as if its either THAT time of the month or as if I'm badly constipated.. This occurs 10-30 mins after eating and I have to rush to the loo... But I am always loose.. Infact I've not been solid since just before my operation.. It's really messing up my day to day living as I feel if I do not rush to the toilet I may have an accident. I've not yet been in that predicament but think its a matter of time. I have to plan where I will be be soon after eating and it's really bugging me as its affecting my time with my kids.
- —Guest Amanda
I know where all the bathrooms are.
- I had my gallbladder out fifteen years ago the day before Christmas. I ate too much at my work party. I had pain on my right side and threw up for four hours. Before this if I would eat a high fat meal i would get a slight pain on my right side, I thought it was gas. i called my Mother up at 2 in the morning because she had her gallbladder out and she said it was on the right side of the body. I went to the emergency room and they took it out. This is really weird, if I eat in an air conditioned room and go out in the heat of summer, I will have to go to the bathroom right away. Same as if it is winter and I eat in a warm house and go out in the cold, I will have to go. I don't have any kind of pain at all but I surely go a lot!!!
- —Guest Candy Harris
Gallbladder surgery July 2012
- After years of lower back pain and abdominal pain and being diagnosed with water and kidney infections I had a scan which showed up gallstones , ended up in hospital due to pain and jaundiced July 3rd had operation on the 7th. On the 8th told it hadn't worked and stone was left in duct, stent fitted and on morphine still in lots of pain. Went on to have two Ercp which didn't work. on the 28th Aug 2012 had major surgery, left with bile drain for 6 weeks but hoping all the pain was over. 13 months on I am still so ill, on Bufen, buscopan, gabapanten and zappain, regularly go to the pain clinic which is no help other than to prescribe pain relief patches. GP held my hand and said there's nothing they can do!! Asked for second opinion which said the scarring was so vast after second surgery that there's nothing they can do, offered pain relief injections 5 weeks ago heard nothing since. The symptoms are upper and lower abdominal pain, diarrhea, tiredness, nausea, and now depression - help!
- —Guest Helen
gallbladder issues post surgery
- i had gallbladder removed march 2012 fantastic as i thought but issues soon showed ... constantly running to loo everything that went in came out fast (all within 1hr) pain as soon as ate or drink anything even water caused pain ...so therefore stopped eating and drinking whenever away from home ...finally referred to hospital....10 mins with doctor and he said yes well know issues ( my own gp dismissed having my gall balder removed being the issue) he has given Questran Light 4g twice per day for 1st week then to increase by 4g finally having 4 to 6 per day. as this is a bile catcher (that's docs words )and should stop the issues im having ...hopefully this helps ...Take care x.
- —Guest alison
had it through out...
- Had problems throughout my pregnancy. got it out 4 months after having her and having my liver and pancreas infected. still can't eat anything with a gram of fat and if it does I was on the bathroom floor all night.
- —Guest Liz
The pain will never go away
- I had my gallbladder removed in April 2010, I was 33. It took doctors months to figure out what was wrong with me, meanwhile I lost 50 lbs & developed pancreatitis. I had three gallbladder attacks to where i had to call 9-1-1 because i was in so much pain i couldn't move! Ever since then I have had numerous issues with my digestive system. Sharp pains where my GB used to be, especially when i eat certain things like seeds or grains or anything dairy. Constipation which led to hemorrhoids. Gas. I often feel like I need to either throw up or have diarrhea even though I don't. This has been a nightmare that I have accepted as a life change. Doctors will tell you that you just have to live with it. So for many of us we just have to realize that the pain will never go away :(
- —Guest Kali
After gallbladder removed
- Friend of mine had to get her gallbladder removed but now she cant keep anything down she eats. Always feel nauseated and vomits most of everything she consumes.. What causes this?? Because something isn't right.
- —Guest Jae
I feel like I've lost my freedom
- I am a strong cancer survivor and I was doing wonderful until I started getting severe pain in my right side after 4 months of pain the doctor said I needed surgery for the gallbladder so they removed it but ever since I've had pain all the time like there still there but how could that be if they removed the gallbladder not only that I wake every day and vomit and have nausea all day I feel like I have lost my freedom I can't even leave the house without worrying I'm going to vomit in front of every one in public :(
- —Guest Kakes
removed 6 yrs ago and still suffering!
- I had mine removed 6 years ago because I suffered severly with gallbladder attacks which mimic a heart attack. About 6 mths. to 1 yr I started not being able to digest food, had horrible bowl movements, cramps, and chest pains. Now it is only worse, I vomit often, I suffer every time I eat. I'm tired all the time. I so worried that I have bigger problems now. But reading everyone else's story here confirmed that I'm not the only one, now we just have to figure out what to do. I've been told to get the bile out of the body that the liver produces, nexium can help, go to gallbladder surgery.com...good site. We need to take a digestion enzyme, bile salts, choline, and few others. The info is out there on the internet, you just got to search.
- —Guest Tired of suffering
- I now have cealic disease, morning nausea, bloating, tired feeling, nervous all the time.
- —Guest jen
- I had my gallbladder out in November of 2012 I was only 15 at the time. For the first few months everything was fine. But now, whenever I get up in the morning I have a horrible pain were my gallbladder was. Usually when I eat something it goes away but now it's gotten to the point were even eating something doesn't help. I'm only 16 and this is a lot to deal with right now.
- —Guest Miah
Gallbladder stolen from me.
- Had some bad Mexican food just could not hold anything down went in to the ER , first mistake they gave me some killer drugs made me pass out next thing you know I wake up without my gallbladder .... March 28th 2012 4 days later I got married hell of a way to start on top of that am diabetic type 2 am 36 years old my weight is just under 168 am 5'11 . Took longer to heal , the one problem that I have now after they took my gallbladder out massive amounts of gas. I can't eat any thing with out clearing a room/ building works great for clearing a line at the store.. can't eat bacon , pork , diary products , nuts , grains , greens I have not found something that won't make me explode. Like I said its well over a year doctor said give it some time.... BS
- —Guest tony
Gall Bladder removal
- I had my gall bladder removed in March 2013 following severe pain in December (for Xmas) and 3 lots of antibiotics. Op was meant to be day surgery but had to have full open surgery after they found that my gall bladder had imploded around stones. Had hematoma and so had wound healing problems as well. Doctors do not tell you anything it is all trial and error. It is now September 2013 and I am still experiencing tummy problems. I have wind, indigestion, feeling sick and runny tum probably every 10 days. I do not eat dairy, I have very little fatty foods, I only have the one coffee a day and no red meat. All this helps slightly but still have bouts of gb pain, abdominal pain, wind and indigestion. Buscopan is helping me sleep. I also see a nutritional therapist. Getting fed up with feeling unwell and moaning about it. Anybody have any other advice?
- —Guest Karen66