What can you eat after gall bladder is out???

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poco
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   Posted 9/18/2008 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently had my gall bladder out a little over a week ago along with my appendix. Since then it seems I get sick to my stomache after I eat. People tell me you can't eat this or that. What is the low down. What can I eat without tearing up my tummy? I feel like im wasting away cause im hardly eating anyting from being nasuios sp? or diarhea. I hear grean veggies are a no no? I ate some chocholote and that didn't work out so well. Will it just take some time for my tummy to settle down or what? Any advice would be appeciated.
Thanks
Poco
 
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Keriamon
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   Posted 9/19/2008 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Immediately after GB removal, you need to eat lightly and blandly.  D right afterwards is fairly common and there's not a whole lot you can do to stop it except take preemptive imodiums, but there are some things that make it worse.  White starches are your friend right now.  I found right after my surgery that red meat and pork bothered me, but chicken was okay, so that was my meat of choice (lean fish, like tuna, should also be okay).  Pork and beef are both higher in fat and harder to digest.  Even with the chicken (or turkey), you need to stick to white meat only.  Dark is too fatty.  Stay away from fats and caffeine and hot spices (e.g. Mexican food) and acidic things, inluding fruit, fruit juices and tomatoes.  White bread, pasta, white rice and potatoes are all good sides.  Also stay away from dairy products. 
 
Mind you, this bland, monotonous diet only needs to go one for 4-6 weeks, then you should be more or less stabilized, to whatever your body will tolerate or not tolerate, and then you can start adding things back in.  While I'm still mostly a chicken person (was before anyways), I can tolerate red meat and pork fine.  I also can do dairy products and veggies.  Fruit juices and most all raw fruits are out, although tomatoes are okay in moderation and provided I don't already have the start of heartburn.  Caffeine is still evil.  I can only, on rare occasion, have fast food and tolerate it.  Bad fats, such as partially-hydrogenated junk, are still bad on my guts.  Sugar alcohols, from sugar-free candies, are so terrible on me I tell people I'm allergic to them.  Nothing is worse than 1 gram of sugar alcohol except 2 grams of sugar alcohol.
 
What you will and won't be able to eat will depend entirely on your body alone.  Some people are capable of eating anything they want after this adjustment period is over with, while some people are like me and have limitations. 

poco
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   Posted 9/21/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Keriamon,
 Thanks so much for your reply. I was really giving up on getting on. You were very detailed and it has helped so much. I have been trying to stay on soups like chicken and rice and eggs and toast. It just wasn't enough. I am now going to start adding foods to my diet a little at a time till i figure out what upsets my tummy. I know right after the surgery i wanted something chocolate. Big mistake!!! I will try again but in the day time because i had ate it at night and what a mess had happened. People have told me no green veggies but i am going to start adding one green veggie at a time just to see. I ate potatoe chips yesterday with no problem. So I am going to go slowly and try a little of this and a little of that. But your info was so helpful. Thank you so much for helping me! I greatly appreciate it so much!!!
poco
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Treester
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   Posted 9/24/2008 4:53 AM (GMT -7)   

For the initial post-op period, I stuck to things like oatmeal, english muffins w/peanut butter, plain turkey roll-ups (not smoked/honey-maple or anything else yummy; no cheese, no mayo, no lettuce, just the turkey and the wrap), scrambled eggs (my go-to sick food), buttered egg noodles, and things like that.

Once I felt fully recovered from the surgery, I started experimenting.  Everyone has different dietary requirements after having the GB out, but you do have to get through the initial healing process first. 

Good luck!

 


Marsky
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   Posted 9/24/2008 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I would also suggest keeping a food diary/journal. Just an ordinary notebook will do, keep a page for everyday and write every single thing down you eat and drink. Include any medications you have that day as well. After a while, you will begin to see a pattern. Specific foods that irritated your system will jump out at you and you may find that bland foods help you the most right now.

Not sure if this will help you or not, since I'm missing most of my sigmoid and a lower section of my colon (rectal cancer dx and surgery in 1999) along with having had my GB out, I had to go on a low residue diet. I've been on for 9 years now. For the first 2 years or so, I had to be on it 100% of the time. Now I can add foods I couldn't have at first (chocolate, fresh fruit other than bananas, etc.).

A low residue diet saved me from having to live between my master bedroom bathroom and my bedroom. I had about 20 feet between the two and would have 3 bm's during each meal. It was just awful! I had little kids at the time who were so bored and disappointed their mom couldn't take them places as I used to (library storytimes, the park, the pool). I had been eating high fiber (whole wheat products from bread, to bagels, to english muffins) and fresh fruit (berries, pineapple, all were just too much for my gut). I was a real mess. Thought my life was pretty much over at age of 43. Cancer taken care of but confined to my toilet. As I said I could stray as far a chair in my bedroom to catch a little TV before the bm's would start agian (I compared them to labor pains).

Once I went on the LRD, I was a new person. Literally. It took about 48 hours and I had formed stool. Predictable bm's, that I could hold for short periods until I could find a bathroom. I still wore Stayfree thin maxi pads (the long, overnight type because they go way up in the back of your underwear) for added assurance. But I could leave home, drive, go places. I also timed my eating periods too. I ate, then stayed home for a while so I could use the bathroom. In fact I still live this way. After an hour or so, I think I'm done in the bathroom and can leave home.

For example, I work at 9 each morning but I set my alarm for 6:30. I eat a light breakfast by 6:45. This gives my gut time to work out the bm's so I can work later in the morning.

I will never again be able to eat a large meal and then drive somewhere, take in a movie or play or attend a school event (orchestra concert for yet another example). After any meal (even if small), my gut has a rolling, heaving effect and I find it's just best to let it do its own thing now (staying near a bathroom for a while).

I wish you well!

Mary

Keriamon
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   Posted 9/24/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I didn't have a problem with vegetables, although after the starchy ones, I don't eat much of them! LOL. Raw veggies are generally bad on people with IBS, but not having a gall bladder is different. What you have trouble with from here on out are fats (because you need bile to digest them), stimulants, like caffeine (because it can stimulate your GI tract too much) and acids (if you have too much bile, adding acidic food on top of it will do you in). Vegetables are not fatty (if not dressed), are not stimulants (unless they're high in fiber, like beans) and are not acidic (tomatoes are really a fruit). I've never had a problem with broccoli or anything like that, although you might cook hard stuff like that past the al dente stage to start with.

I can tolerate normal levels of fiber, but I do have to be careful about getting too much. To much shredded wheat or blue corn chips will do me in.
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