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wen4003
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   Posted 11/9/2007 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt,
 
This actually was an issue brought up in another post but wasn't really answered.  So I'm coming to you to see if you might know the answer.
 
When someone has their Gall Bladder taken out, does that person start having problems with diarrhea?  I had mine taken out about 15 months ago and I have had bouts of diarrheas since then. 
 
But now with all these meds that I'm on it's gotten REALLY bad.  In fact when I took my daughter to the nurse practitioner this morning, I tried to get in to see my doc for a minute to talk to her about this.  But she was super busy and didn't have time to see me.  So I explained what's been going on to Heather's NP and she is going to talk to my doc about it and call me to let me know what I can do about it.  It's gotten pretty bad for me, I don't eat much to begin with because I just have no appetite and when I do eat it just goes right through me within minutes.  Other times I'll have a full day of it and not have eaten anything at all, just drinking water to help me from becoming dehydrated.  This happen 1-2x week.  Immodium doesn't even begin to touch it - I've tried.  So I will wait for the doc to call me.  But I was wondering if you knew about the Gall Bladder part of it.
 
Thanks for your help Kitt and hope you are doing okay with everything.
 
Wen
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olivia of course
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   Posted 11/9/2007 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   

Wen,

I know you posted for Kitt, but I saw this and couldn't help myself.

I had my gallbladder taken out in 2001, and have experienced bouts of diarrhea, but not all the time.  It took over a year, for my body to adjust to the surgery and for things to get better.  It takes some people longer before things calm down.  But in your case it has been  going on for a long time, and I think you should contact you Dr. asap and make sure eveything is alright.  It a good thing that you are drinking lots of water, that will keep you hydrated.


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   Posted 11/9/2007 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Wen,

Hi there.  Good info from Olivia :)

You may have the following problem causing your diarrhea.

Postcholecystectomy syndrome (PCS) sometimes occurs when abdominal symptoms develop after surgery to remove the gallbladder (cholecystectomy). Between 5% and 40% of people who have the gallbladder removed may experience this syndrome. 

Symptoms of postcholecystectomy syndrome may include:

  • Upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Gas, bloating, and diarrhea.
  • Persistent pain in the upper right abdomen.

You can ease diarrhea by taking the medicine cholestyramine. This is a Rx med prescribed by your physician. References: Glasgow RE, Mulvihill SJ (2002). Surgical management of gallstone disease and postoperative complications.

Gentle Hugs to you.

Kitt


 
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wen4003
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   Posted 11/10/2007 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Olivia and Kitt, :-)
 
Thank you both for the input and information - it's very helpful.  I do have a call into my doc for next week, hopefully I can at least talk to her and see what she wants me to do.  I don't have much of an appetite any way, probably from the med - but when I do eat it goes right through me.  It's almost not worth eating at all.  I'll keep drinking lots of water (it's about all I drink now, not much of anything else).  I'll let  you know what the doc says.
 
Thanks again ladies - you are always so helpful.
 
Luvs ya,
 
Wen  :-) :-)
Agoraphobia, Barrett's Esophagus, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Panic/Anxiety Disorders, Restless Leg Syndrome, Severe Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea, Social Anxiety and PTSD
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 11/10/2007 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Wen

Drink the Gator Aids or whatever your choice is as you need the electrolytes for your body.  Some examples of electrolytes are sodium, potassium, chloride, and calcium. Electrolytes are primarily responsible for the movement of nutrients into cells and the movement of wastes out of cells. Electrolytes can be lost when someone has diarrhea.

Ok, off my soap box. J J


 
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