Post-gallbladder surgery diarrhea.

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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 5/2/2011 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
My gallbladder was removed April 26th. I've had minor diarrhea yesterday and today, but I've heard so many horror stories about chronic postcholecystectomy diarrhea that I'm very nervous. Is diarrhea a normal post operative symptom? Or is this indicative of what I might have to deal with in the future? A pharmacist said that it was normal when I picked up some anti-nausea medication and I do have an appointment with my doctor next week, but regardless I'd still like some more information. Thank you in advance. :-)

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   Posted 5/2/2011 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not a doctor but I did have my gallbladder removed 3 months ago. I doubt that you are experiencing anything beyond normal recovery after your surgery, but it is best to discuss with your doctor if you are nervous about it - Everybody is different!

My surgeon advised me to eat low-fat small meals after surgery and only add foods gradually when I could stomach them. He also advised getting off pain meds as soon as possible, taking docusate sodium if I had to use pain meds, also drink lots of water, and walk,walk, walk as much as possible. Your body needs time to heal itself, but I would definitely discuss your concerns with your doctor. Best of luck to you!

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   Posted 5/4/2011 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my gallbladder removed in 2001. I had post surgery diarrhoea for about a week, then it settled down. I ate a relatively low fat diet and it seemed to stay stable for quite a long time. Over the years though, I've gradually become lactose intolerant and now I can only tolerate small amounts of fat at any one time. The problem appears to be that the gallbladder is a reservoir for bile, which is produced by the liver, and it concentrates and releases the bile into the intestine when needed to help digest fats. With no gallbladder, the bile drips constantly into the intestine straight from the liver. This is what I've been told anyway, and over the last two or three years I have developed quite severe IBS which I keep under control with medication. The best advice I can give you is to eat as low fat a diet as you can. If you have a natural health food shop near you, go in and ask their advice - there are some supplements you can take I think which help with the problem.

Good luck!! :)
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