Posted 1/31/2011 9:22 PM (GMT -7)
Yes, gallbladder removal commonly causes chronic diarrhea and foul oily stool. The excess bile is excreted into the stomach and can cause diarrhea, much in the same way that heartburn can. I have not personally had my gallbladder problems, but I have relatives that have, and they have been stuck with similar problems you are experiencing. Some people even get chronic nausea following gallbladder surgery. Choleocystitis(inflammation of the gallbladder) and gallstones can also cause bouts of diarrhea and other digestive distress. However, right upper quadrant pain and rib pain do not confirm a problem with your gallbladder. Ask your doctor about having an upper abdominal ultrasound or a HIDA scan to measure the function of your gallbladder. Do not use herbal remedies, but eat a healthy balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and grains, but stay away from red meat and greasy food. Liver and gallbladder cleanses cannot treat inflammation, infection or rid gallstones. Changing your diet may also be one of your best treatments of gallbladder issues. Talk to you doctor before self diagnosing any illness.