Post Edited (eihcet) : 6/26/2008 5:57:49 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (Mami0704) : 6/17/2008 5:01:31 PM (GMT-6)
There are a few links out there to dispute the gallbladder clense effectiveness. I'm not qualified to say if it's true or not, and I believe that in some cases it might even make a person feel better as some of the ingredients do help thin out the bile and get it moving again. Given that, it might actually relieve some of the pain and/or nausea for a while [ if you don't dislodge a large stone and get it stuck somewhere in the process and make it worse ]. Over time, though, the problems are likely to return. Some more info on the science is here: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=93
I've had good luck simply following a gallbladder diet (search and there are a few sites that have lists, basically = avoid bad fat/snacks/sugar/crap). I try and substitute EVOO for butter/fats and eat apples and beets as much as I can tolerate. Overall it seems to have helped quite a bit, but, I'm still not the way I was before all this started, and have accepted that I may never be able to eat crappy without directly suffering again. I suppose that's ultimately a good thing.
I, too, have been quite ill for a couple of years (nausea, sudden fullness, vomitting, constant swallowing because I feel I am going to throw up - all worsens at night with laying down - I sleep with 4 pillows). This has completely taken over my life. I also cannot fly as I get very ill and end up in the ER because I cannot stop dry-heaving. I am mostly constipated and very nauseas right before a bowel movement. I also find a little relief when I pass gas, which is usually very smelly. I have had ultrasounds, HIDA scan, blood work, MRI, celiac tests, food intolerance tests, upper GI, CT scans with nothing. Finally, they did a Gastric Emptying Study and I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis. Also, I did saliva tests which showed my adrenals were pretty much non-functioning (adrenal fatigue). I am on Reglan (as needed) to help the food digest as well as Promethazine for the nausea (I take this every day). Some days are better then others but no day is great all the way. I have gone to a gluten-free, dairy-free diet including no fried foods or ground meats, no caffein, no chocolate. I think the only reason that it helped was I ate less. I am also taking supplements to help with my adrenal, tried alleviating as much stress as possible including leaving my husband and kids for 2 weeks to go home and rest. I wish I could say things were better. I have lost a lot of weight and am so depressed and exhausted. I fear going to bed because I often wake feeling the imminent need to throw up.
It took almost 2 years to get the gastric emptying study done and that was after 3 GI docs. Although it was a momentary relief to have a diagnosis, the treatment options soon proved useless (have done all meds for this). I do have slight, constant pain in my lower right portion of ribs, but, gall bladder has been ruled out via tests - which I have gotten done when I have felt bad.
I have noticed some relief and better sleep with acupuncture (twice a week). This all has cost thousands of dollars, hundreds of hours and much grief. I am continuing researching, seeking care and mostly, much prayer. I am so sorry for all of you who are suffering. The nausea is so debilitating I know how much it affects every aspect of life. Keep pressing on and never give up.