VERY recent gallbladder removal - D problems continued since before the surgery

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amylock
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   Posted 4/7/2008 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
 
I am SO glad to have found this forum...
 
I am a 34 year-old female, one child....  I had my gallbladder removed 5 days ago.  Yes, I know my body needs to adjust.  HOWEVER, my gallbladder was overactive/spastic, so I was having D all the time before surgery and this was supposed to help (still hoping it will). I didn't know about the bile-D until researching since I have had nothing better to do.  It sounds like the exact issue I have had off and on for 6 years (which I think would make sens if my gallbladder was overactive all this time) - was diagnosed with acid reflux and IBS at that time, 6 years later it's really my gallbladder.
 
I am already thin - size 2 and 5'7"- and have been losing more weight since my last attack - about 4 weks before the surgery.  Originally the anesthesia constipated me (probably only the 2nd or 3rd time in , but as of 3 days after surgery the D is back.
 
Is it safe to try the Caltrate this soon even if this is temporary? I would like to eat outside  of my house again!
 
Please help!
 
Thanks...
 
Amy

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   Posted 4/7/2008 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi amylock, welcome to the forum! I hope you are recovering well from your surgery. Are you taking any pain medications right now? How much D are you having now that you're five days post-op?
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amylock
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   Posted 4/7/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   

I am only takng maybe 1 Vicodin a day (it was making me feel nauseaus the first couple of days so I switched mostly to Tylenol). I am healing pretty well - I was able to get up and down myself on the 3rd day and the pain is very tolerable. The CO2 gas was the worst of it I think.

I have probably had the issue 3x per day the last 2 days - doesn't matter if I eat low fat or not. Just have to run to the bathroom right after eating.  I bought the Caltrate a couple of hours ago.  Took my first 1/2 tablet.  I just ate pasta with little sauce for dinner. No issues thus far.

Thanks for the help!

Amy


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   Posted 4/8/2008 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
My diarrhea didn't go away after I got my gall bladder taken out; it just got less painful and a bit less unpredictable.

I don't see the harm in trying the Caltrate if you are off the pain medicine that constipates you. If you're still unable to control the diarrhea well in 6-8 weeks, ask your doctor about Welchol; that's what I'm on and it works. I think you and I had the same problem, because I seem to have more bile than I need.

amylock
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   Posted 4/8/2008 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I am seeing the surgeon for a follow up on Monday the 14th, and am supposed to see my GI doc in the beginning of May.  Not sure if I want to wait that long.... I am supposed to go on vacation (which was cancelled due to surgery) in early May. I can't deal with this forever...
 
Started taking th Caltrate last night - 1/2 a tablet 3x/day.  I am going to wait the 3 days, but I think I will need to increase it.

Keriamon
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   Posted 4/8/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I didn't have any problems with just popping two calcium pills at a time everyday, but some people it does cause heartburn or indigestion. And, of course, you never know right away how many you might need, so you might constipate yourself taking a lot at once (in my case I had D so bad at the moment that nothing could constipate me anyways).

amylock
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   Posted 4/8/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like me.... I have probably had the C problem 2-3 times in my life - and it was associated with surgery or being pregnant.

Keriamon
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   Posted 4/8/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually, I used to have some problems with C before the gall bladder went bad. Even after that, I had to be very careful with Imodium because a full dose would constipated me terribly; I can't have more than 1/2 a pill at a time. But for whatever reason, I went through a very bad spell before I found the calcium and I had diarrhea so bad, I was taking two and three Imodiums a day. That was just an insane amount for me.

amylock
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   Posted 4/8/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow... Sounds like you went through a lot.  I'd honestly rather have the C issues - but that is speaking from inexperience.

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   Posted 4/9/2008 1:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Ugh, I had my first real C experience a few weeks ago after being on a massive amount of painkillers for a week after complications from a spinal tap. I am the diarrhea queen, so this was pretty much unheard of. At first I was excited that I wasn't a garden hose. After two days, though, I was about to lose my mind. Ultimately had to do a Fleet enema because I ended up IMPACTED. It was HORRIBLE. I would rather go through 239487 colonoscopy preps than have another impaction. Probably just because I'm used to having diarrhea now. I find the variation in all of our perspectives very interesting!

Let us know how you're doing, amy...
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