Hi, I've been on it for almost 2 1/2 to 3 weeks now and it's working wonderfully for me. Although there are some other things I'm doing that may help the meds work better for you. I've posted some other threads this evening, but I'll put up the part that applies to diet here.:
The diarrhea is now gone and as long as I don't eat the wrong things and take my meds, I don't have any diarrhea, and no pain in my back and no pain under my rib cage or along my flanks and no indigestion.
Basically, I went on the general gallbladder diet and do not eat certain foods and I take my new meds daily and I take a beet recipe when I have any pain (which was constant for weeks until 4 1/2 weeks ago when I discovered web site with beet recipe, now I rarely need to take the beet recipe).
The gallbladder diet is basically to not consume any fats (nothing fried or made with most oils (some oils are OK) and to avoid certain foods. So I stay away from all fats (except virgin olive oil & flax oil. A few others are also OK), I don't eat any eggs, no sugar (this is because I'm hypoglycemic, and I've also found that sugary foods, cake, candy, ..basic sugary junk food, will cause me to have diarrhea), I don't eat red meat (I have some arthritis), and don't I eat any dairy (I'm also lactose intolerant). I don't drink any caffeine or alcohol. I mostly drink bottled water.
Also, I take my new meds 2 xs a day and I take my beet recipe as needed and I keep my life calm as possible. As most of you know, getting upset (good or bad) will bring on diarrhea. So now, being calm is very important and when things happen that are upsetting, I take Kava Kava that I get at my health food store, Sprouts. It works very well for me.
After 10 years of diarrhea, a ruined career, loss of friends and family, loss of my marriage, and spending the last 2 years reading and researching day and night to find what I could do to stop my problems, I found the web sites that gave me the keys to end my problems. Approx 3 1/2 weeks ago I found a really great web site that was crucial to relieving the pain and leading me to the Dr. 's web site where I found an explanation and diagnosis my problem and the meds I now take. These web sites told me what would work, what I needed to do 1st and what meds I needed to take and the recipe I need to make and take hourly. ..............
Here's the web sites...gallbladderattack.com (this site give alternative meds/foods to help you get better).I've used the beet recipe and it work great. Also take a look at her starter kit. It looks like it will work, but I'm now on Cholestyramine so I'm not trying it right now, but if Cholestyramine is not working for you, you might want to look her site over very well and if you're already knowledgeable about the gallbladder and how it works, then you'll understand why she tells you to take this or that.
Also after I got rid of the pain with the beet recipe, then I went on to Dr. Habba's site (habbasyndrome.com) and that is where I learned about Cholestyramine. ...This is the point where I started the post above...so just read above and you'll know what I'm doing.
I still am on a very limited diet, but that is really self imposed and I am trying new things daily that I never thought I could eat again. You may need a different dosage or possibly you are eating some things that are causing the meds not to work as well. I'd suggest you go on an all water or water and/or juice diet for 48 hrs (if your Dr. is Ok with you doing that...be sure to ck with him 1st). If you can do that, then most if not all of what ever is in your system that may be causing the meds to not work, will very likely be out of your system.
Then I'd suggest you go on the gallbladder diet..and I'd my suggest you eat things very easy on your system, for another week and see what happens. Things like cake or even white bread or rice will still cause me some problems. So, for me, even with the meds working for close to 3 weeks, there are some foods that are supposed to be OK to eat, yet they cause me problems...everyone is different. You have to very slowly try different things to see what you can eat. Usually I can tell within 24 hrs and if it's something my stomach really doesn't like, I'll be in the bathroom 30 min after I've eaten.
I'm going to get allergy tests because that will really help me know what I can eat. Have you had any allergy tests? Maybe those would help you too. Good luck...let me know how it's going...PS you can send me a message