Gall bladder removal with Crohns

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   Posted 9/30/2011 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband needs to have his gall bladder out but we are concerned that he may have more diarrhea. He already has serious diarrhea everyday.

Has anyone with Crohns had their gall bladder out and did you experience more diarrhea?

Thanks for responding.


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   Posted 9/30/2011 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had my gallbladder removed and no I do not experience more diarrhea. I did at first until my body adjusted to the changes. Hope that helps some. Hugs!
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Crohn's Disease for over 35 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, Folic Acid and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!

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   Posted 9/30/2011 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
When I first had my gallbladder out, I was told I couldn't eat high fat so I switched diets and was pretty good with my D.  I don't recall having it bad.  Over time I found I can tolerate the fat and that has not affected me either. 
Without the gallbladder, the body can't process fat as much which is what would cause the D.  Everyone is different so he should go easy and experiment first.  He shouldn't worry right now..just relax and heal up from the surgery.

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   Posted 9/30/2011 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   

I had a horrible experience. I had bile salt diarrhea along with major inflammation. I knew something was wrong when I got home and it was running out of me with no control. I had about a year of that. I would have to near a bathroom within 30 minutes after I eat as well. Eating fatty or spicy food set me off like no other. Not everyone has this kind of reaction, I had blocked ducts and a major infection setting in when my surgery was done and had to be done non-laser..


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   Posted 9/30/2011 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I had surgery about a year ago and it was the easiest of all my surgeries! I did have increased D after surgery, but it went away pretty quickly. I just gradually added food until my system could handle it.

Some people have lots of D after, and have to be really careful what they eat, and others have no problems after surgery.

I was just glad to get mine was causing pain.

Good luck to your husband! I hope it goes well and he's feeling better soon :)

Crohn's since 1997
Surgeries: 2 Bowel resections, appendix & gallbladder removed
Pulmonary Emboli & Pneumonia 2009
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Prozac, Calcium, Vit D, Aspirin, B12 shots

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   Posted 9/30/2011 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Seems to be very common to have CD and lose your gall bladder. Mine is gone. I don't know how to tell if the D is worse or not. I seem to be able to eat normally, at least for a CDer. If it has to go it has to go though so listen to the dietary advice above and good luck to your guy.

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   Posted 9/30/2011 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my gall bladder removed back in 99 it had no effect on my CD at all just helped all the heartburn I had been having
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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   Posted 10/1/2011 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Had my gallbladder out four years before they diagnosed my problems as Crohn's. It was probably unnecessary surgery. Doctors and patients kept telling me that I'd feel fantastic after the surgery, but I felt miserable; when I told my GI doctor and my surgeon that I'd had no change in my symptoms, they didn't want to hear about it.

Took me another four years to get diagnosed--and then I needed an emergency resection. I've had bile salts diarrhea ever since, even when my Crohn's is in remission--and even though I've always been on a lowfat diet. The only thing that's helped is a small daily dose of cholestyramine--which means that I still have terrible mornings, but feel better (and don't have to run around desperately searching for bathrooms) in the afternoon and evening.

So yes, you can have lifelong effects from having your gallbladder removed--at least, if you have it removed unnecessarily. If your husband's doctors are certain that he needs this surgery, maybe he'll feel better afterwards, and maybe (like some of the people who've already responded) he won't ever go through what I've been going through for the past 12 years.

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   Posted 10/4/2011 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my gallbladder removed.  At first I did have more D, but dr said that was normal after gallbladder surgery.  After a few months and things settled I can't tell a different from before.  D says with gallbladder gone fried stuff will make D worse - that was the case for me to start with with CD.

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   Posted 1/30/2012 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
 @Nanners if your joints are going crazy you may want to try Azulphadine instead of asacol. My arthritis doctors kept on telling me but I was skeptical, but after hearing it multiple times from different doctors I switched and it helped me a lot. Though for sometime I had to take methotrexate also later on I stopped and it didn't matter. The joint pain is reduced a lot.
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