Too much or not enough bile salts

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Date Joined Sep 2011
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   Posted 9/8/2011 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a little confused, I had my gall bladder removed a few months ago and got the standard "you will be able to eat anything" from doctor and surgeon.
But now I seem to have a lot of diarrhea. I under stand that the gall bladder held bile salts and released them when needed and without it , the bile salts will flow directly into my gi track.
I seem to be getting conflicting information on what may be causing my diarrhea.

First that the constant flow of bile salts is upsetting my system and causing the diarrhea.
Second that when I eat fat since the gall bladder can't supply the extra bile salt needed for digestion it causes the diarrhea.

I picked up a bile supplement to eat with my meals, but I'm not convinced it has helped. I know today it did not.

Thanks for any help or insight.

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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 9/8/2011 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
What kind of bile supplement are you taking?

Don't believe it when doctor's tell you to eat anything you want after having your gallbladder removed! This was certainly not the case for me and I am 7 months post op. I feel a lot better than I did, but far from perfect.

I was lucky, my surgeon understood that you need to eat low fat and gradually introduce foods after surgery, this will give your bile duct time to slowly come back on line. My surgeon also told me that the gallbladder stored excess bile produced by the liver. Without the gallbladder, the bile is excreted into your intestines, thus the diarrhea and irritation. Eating low fat will definitely help, also avoiding red meat and fatty dairy products.

I got a prescription for Welchol at 8 weeks after my surgery. I found it worked, but it was causing constipation, which led to other problems so I no longer take it. Some people get good results from taking Calcium supplements. I have better luck eating yogurt daily, Stonyfield has probiotics in it, also taking probiotics might help you. I also take Citrucel daily, it helps believe it or not with both diarrhea or constipation. Oatmeal, flax, apples will also provide fiber that help to bulk up the stools, just remember to drink a lot of water or too much fiber will have the opposite result.

I guess the answer is to try things out to see how they work, what works for me might not work for you. Good luck and I hope you feel better.

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Date Joined Sep 2011
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   Posted 9/8/2011 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I've got something called "Bile Acid Factors" it was suggested to take it with each meal, i guess the idea is this supplement supplies the extra bile acid/salt you need for digestion of fat.
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