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ImAud
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   Posted 11/13/2008 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone on here have their gallbladder removed? I may have gallstones (pain in my back on the right side and under my right rib..and i've been on pred for since august and of course have crohn's so that increases ur chances of getting them)..i was just wondering if anyone has had problems since their gallbladder was taken out..my dad got his out a few years back and now has episodes of really bad diarrea and well i'm hoping that if i get it out i dont have any problems like that!
21 year old female
Diagnosed with Crohn's August 2008 (hospitalized for over a month right after)
Taking...canasa, rowasa, 6mp, and Remicade every 6 weeks
As needed...zofran, lortab, tylenol 3, bentyl
Weaning off of Prednisone!


Joie1
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   Posted 11/13/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Had mine removed. Not too bad. The episodes of D tend to be caused by what you eat. You may have to go more when you eat oily fried foods. Course, we go tons anyway. That's about all I can say. Other than, I'm so happy its gone since the sensation of a stone is awful and can be very VERY dangerous. I got pancreatitis that was super bad. People can and have died from pancreatitis. Made me in a bit of a hurry to get it removed. Then I guess the Crohns I didn't know I had flared...after that, they removed the gallbladder so my newest scar is about four inches above my belly button and goes all the way down to the lower part of my pelvic bone. A scar is easy...stones aren't.
27/f/CD. 4 CD related surgeries: 2 resections, 2 JP drains, 3 NG tubes, many absesses (including the one my most recent surgery scraped off my ovary) and fistulas.
Currently trying to figure out hip and knee joint pain.
Have lost in these surgeries: appendix, 8 in. intestine, R fallopian tube, gallbladder, 10 in. intestine
Dx'd: February 2007.
Pentasa (and much mental screaming)


Jen77
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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I had mine removed about 7 years ago. Mine was in bad shape, so I'll never regret having that done! However I do have "bile salt diarrhea" from having too much bile dumped in to my system now. So I take a powered medication every morning, does wonders for it.

The surgery wasn't too bad, I was out trick or treating with my son in a few weeks.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!


Nanners
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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I had mine out in 2002. I do not have the bile salt diarrhea some can get.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.


Jen77
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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Wanted to add that it's true, not everyone has this problem. My Mom had hers out last year and is perfectly fine, no diarrhea issues. There is a lot of people who do get it though, and some doctors are unaware of the problem it seems. Took me a few docs before I found one that understood it and could treat it for me.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!


spookyh
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   Posted 11/13/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my gallbladder out in 2003. It was pretty easy. I have 4 small scars, because they did it by laparoscopy. Within a week, I was doing really well. After 2 weeks, I was pretty much back to normal. At 4 weeks, I was considered 100%. I've never suffered from diarrhea because of it. Constipation is my problem.

ImAud
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   Posted 11/13/2008 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks everyone for ur input! makes me feel alot less freeked out :)

21 year old female
Diagnosed with Crohn's August 2008 (hospitalized for over a month right after)
Taking...canasa, rowasa, 6mp, and Remicade every 6 weeks
As needed...zofran, lortab, tylenol 3, bentyl
Weaning off of Prednisone!


Keah
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   Posted 11/13/2008 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
My GB was removed 12 years ago after a 4 month period of severe abd pain and D. It turned out that my real problem was CD, but that wasn't suspected until 3 years later, when I got really sick again.

I had no real problems with the surgery. Although my GB was relatively healthy, I did get relief from the awful CD flare as a result of the surgery. I had intended to ask my surgeon to remove my appendix, but everything happened so fast and I didn't bring a list of questions/issues, so I forgot. During the surgery, they always take a good look around and when they tried to find my appendix, it was hidden behind a massive pile of adhesions. The incision from my belly button had to be extended so they could cut the adhesions loose to make sure that I didn't have appendicitis too. Once they could see it, the appendix looked nice and healthy and since there was technically no consent for an appendectomy and no acute reason to remove it emergently, they left it in.

The surgeon was convinced that I had previously had appendicitis and warned me that eventually it would recur and I'd need surgery. When I went to the ER 3 years later, the OR was all booked to remove it. There was however enough time to get a CT scan done and that's when they found that my appendix was still healthy and my pain was caused by an inflammed terminal ileum. Huh! That was almost 10 years ago and the Docs are still arguing about whether or not I really do have CD. Thank Goodness they still giv eme Humira for my joints or I'd be in real trouble!

Oh yeah, I have never had any real problem with Bile Salt Diarrhea even though that can be a problem for people who have had GB removal. In the event that this should happen there are meds available which can stop it. Truth be told, I'm glad mine is gone. At least I'll never have to worry about a stone blocking the GB off and abscessing, like my Dad did. His bad GB nearly killed him and caused a whole lot of pain both before and after. I also prefer my 4 small scars to his 12 inch long scar!
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spookyh
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   Posted 11/13/2008 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think my gallbladder needed removed either, and that the ER doctors were just looking for a simple solution to my abdominal problems. Nevertheless, I'm also glad it's gone. It seems most people have problems with them eventually, so it's one less thing I have to worry about.

Ne Ne
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   Posted 11/14/2008 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
ImAud,
they took mine out thinking it was the cause of my D . I told the Dr I want in with D and I came out with D . I then found out I had crohns. I have'nt had any problems from mine being gone.


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Dx June 07 Crohn's take asacol 2x3 a day ,lotrel for HBP , omeprezole for stomach , potassium , one a day crohn's & colitis therapy , calcium & Vit D , lomotil for lose stools , tramadol for pain , started humira in Feb 08 on 1 shot a week, vit-B 12 shots , crestor,
Dx Bipolar May 08


randynoguts
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   Posted 11/14/2008 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
1987.. never regretted it.. so painfull with all the stones.
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AKTeach
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   Posted 11/15/2008 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Had mine out in 2002.  It was a quick, smooth surgery and recovery, no regrets.  My gallbladder disease was diagnosed with the HIDA scan.

Jen77
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   Posted 11/15/2008 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah mine was full of stones, and VERY inflammed. I couldn't drink a glass of water without sever pain. I didn't have my Crohn's diagnosis at that point, so I had some hopes that was my problem all along. But I just ended up having both problems. A bad gallbladder, and Crohn's.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!


cindywchrones
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   Posted 11/15/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   

I had mine out in 04' emergency old style surgery no laser for me..I always recommend to have it done before you can't get the new laser procedure..I really had a rough time with the bile salt diarrhea..I mean it was bad enough just from the CD..but the pain & sickness and my gallbladder started to abcess so it was necessary..CD you are prone to gall & kidney stones which I have been subject to both unfortunetly..I was not informed of bile salt diarrhea..so when I got home with diarrhea so bad it just ran out of me making it necessary to wear pads was rather shocking..I was on anti-spasmotic & anti-cholergenic drugs for awhile but it finally righted itself..

Cindy

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