no gallbladder...need help

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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 5/17/2010 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok so im a 20 year old female and 5 years ago i had my gallbladder removed(i was 15) and shortly afterwards i started having bad diarrhea everytime i ate anything. I have been prescribed imodium and questran and neither of them work.
So i think its up to me and my diet to stop this...i have figured out that if i eat greasy meals or very heavy meals i immediatly have to run to the toilet. there are a few other things i have figured out aswell...i cant eat gravy, cheese, white bread, anything in batter or breadcrumbs, anything fried on pan or deep fried.
I've never had a job because sometimes my stomach is upset no matter what i eat. I also had to give up college and am doing my course online.
What i am really asking is there anyone out there that has the same problems as me and can you suggest some different medication and also some meal ideas...i really need help figuring out what to have for lunch as i have always have a very limited diet so i end up eating bread for lunch so that means that i have to run to the bathroom.
Please help as this is really a problem and the doctors dont seem to be able to help me
Also i forgot that my mam brought me to a diet specialist and she put me on liquid silicea, enzymes and vitamins.....sometimes these things work and other days it doesn't matter if itake them or not.

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   Posted 5/20/2010 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Stay away from soda especially Coke causes diaharrea...
Leslie King
  1984 Tubligation  1992 Diagnosed with Thyroid tumor    
1993 Gallbladder Removed  1997 Hysterectomy  1998 Carpol Tunnel 
 1999 Spinal Cord Surgery for a Anacroid Syst
2001 Lower Lumbar Fusion L4-5  
2003 Sigmoid Colon Resection
 2006 Right Knee Replacement 2005 Breast Reduction
 2008 RE-did the Lower Lumbar Fusion/ lamanoctomy
2010 DX: colonic Inertia/ Pelvic Floor Disorder
2010 Total Colectomy ABD W/O proctectomy; w/Ileosto

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   Posted 5/21/2010 3:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I don't know if this will help , because I am going through my own hell right now.  My story in a nutshell is right below yours.  I am not a Doctor so take my advice with a grain of salt, and always ask your doctors what they think.  That being said, do you experience any pain like you felt just before you had your Gallbladder removed?  If so then do research on the Sphincter of Odi Dysfunction it's rare, but it does happen.  Go to reputable medical websites also.  Then write down any questions you might have, if you think if the syptoms are similar to what you are experiencing.  Go to your GI specialist, also, if you have one. 
about the Diarrhea, a lot of people I hear on this forum take a medication called Welchol and it works for them.  For me it did not do anything, for some reason I did not respond to it, and I can't take Questran either because I throw it up, like just about anything I eat or drink.  For you it might be worth a shot to just ask about this med to your doc's and see what they say.
Thirdly, and I hope you are spared this Diagnosis, but it might be worth looking into.  Look up Gastroparesis and see if your symptoms resemble the symptoms of this disorder.  If it does then ask your Doc if they would consider testing you for it.  If you read my topic I kind of explain what Gastroparesis is, but always ask your Doc, or go to Medical websites.  There are many ways this is diagnosed.  My Doc chose a Gastric Emptying test.  This is done in Nuclear Medicine and is a scan.  They give you a small meal that tasted terrible, and they put a tracer in it and you have finish the meal in about 5 min.  Then you lay down on a scanning table lay still for about 1 1/2 hours.  With this they can get a sense of how fast or slow your stomach is emptying.  The time you want is 60 min.
I hope this helps and I hope I am making some sense, because I just got done vomiting about 22 times in less than 15 min.  an hour and a half after eating dinner so I am dizzy and weak.  I wish you the best, and hope you can have some semblance of a normal life.

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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 6/5/2010 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
to the original poster:

I hope you'll try the cholestyramine ("Questran") again. Your history and symptoms match mine so well, and cholestyramine gave me my life back again. The thing is, when I first used it, I followed the prescription, but the quantity wasn't enough to solve my problem. I asked my doc if I could try doubling the dose, he rewrote the prescription for double the dose, and I suddenly (in one day) had my life back again for the first time in years.

Google "bile salt diarrhea" and see if that doesn't describe you. If it does, and cholestyramine doesn't help (even at a higher dose), then ask your doc if there are other "bile salt sequestrants" you could try.

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 6/14/2010 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
uhm you are describing celiac disease?Anne
unconfirmed crohn's disease since 2000,then confirmed as ''text book case of crohn's'' then it was celiac disease,shortly thereafter it wasn't celiac disease!
Taking pentasa,(prednisone when necesary)nexium,domperidone,prochlorazine (as needed),lomotil

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Date Joined Jan 2003
Total Posts : 212
   Posted 6/14/2010 11:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Doing a food elimination diet/journal may help considerably. Yes, the majority of your symptoms sound like they would be helped by the bile binding medications mentioned. Questran turned my life around. But your mention of certain foods (bread, etcc) also makes me wonder about gluten intolerance (celiac disease)

Try doing the elimination diet first...starting with those foods (one at a time for a week or so) and see if eliminating them one by one starts to make a difference.

When you have a bm, is it mostly watery diarrhea, some small fecal particulates...yellowish green in color. The color will certainly be a give away that bile salt diarrhea is evident...and a bile binding agent, perhaps at a different dosage should help considerably. As another poster mentioned, tweaking the dosage takes some time. What works for one sufferer may not work for someone else. Don't give up....I bet theres a workable solution for you.

Only a very small percentage of people end up with chronic problems from GB removal...about 3%. But I do believe that studes are showing that those that have had lap surgery done seem to have more post operative complications. Either way, it's no fun being part of that 3%! LOL
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