Sorry to hear about your gallbladder problems. Crohn's occurs in the gastrointestinal tract, anywhere from the mouth to the anus (e.g. mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, anus). The gallbladder is not part of the gastrointestinal tract.
Good luck to you, and hope you feel better soon.
Post Edited (pb4) : 3/22/2009 11:45:35 PM (GMT-6)
Bible, I would have to say NO to Crohn's being in the gall bladder but Crohn's can certainly be the CAUSE of problems with the gall bladder.
My situation is a good example. Last year I was in a major Crohn's flare from January - August. I dropped 40 pounds within the first 2 months last year (170 to 130 lbs). As I FINALLY started to feel better in August, I (of course) THEN started having this light burning/gnawing/aching pain in the middle of my breastbone. I thought it was a stomach ulcer starting up. It was really just an annoyance at first. The aching was light and only last for about 30 minutes, then I'd forget about it. And I didn't have it every day. I might go 3 days or 2 weeks without the pain. But by December the pain was lasting longer and coming on more often. So I mentioned it to my GI. He didn't think much of it and told me to pop another Prilosec/day.
By January of this year though, the pain was coming every day for at least 3-6 hours. The pain made me CRY. It made me lethargic; it made me not want to eat. I've dropped another 10 pounds since January because the pain was so overwhelming I just couldn't function well enough to eat or drink...not to mention food would set off my bowels. I was starting to have major, painful intestinal gas and I was throwing up with my bowel movements from the gas pain even more often than normal. 2 weeks into January, I called my GI and RE-told him the same thing I'd told him a month before, except that the pain and situation was worse.
At that time he scheduled an Upper Endoscopy and Gall Bladder Ultrasound. Luckily I was able to get in for the GB Ultrasound that same day. I was certain I didn't have gall stones...but 5 minutes into the ultrasound, the Tech said, "Hey look! You DO have gall stones!" Drat.
Since that diagnosis, I've done some Googling and found out gall stones can be caused by rapid weight loss. I dropped weight fast during my flare last year which is PROBABLY the reason I ended up with gall stones...and I dropped weight fast because of my Crohn's Disease.
So to me, that is how Crohn's CAN affect the gall bladder. I'm sure Crohn's can affect the gall bladder in other ways, too. My uncle is a doctor/surgeon and he says if someone has gall bladder problems (particularly stones that can block the bile duct) and on top of that also has Crohn's Disease, the gall bladder MUST come out. Otherwise, a sick gall bladder can cause major infections in people with GOOD immune systems and since Crohn's patients' immune systems SUCK, we need to get rid of the gall bladder if there's a problem with it.
The Upper Endoscopy has been cancelled and my gall bladder is being removed 2 weeks from today.