Anyone else had their gallbladder removed?

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Joylu
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   Posted 5/6/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my gallbladder removed about a year or 2 before UC.  The surgeon said back then that I may have "minor" problems needing to go to the bathroom after eating certain things, or too much.
I used to take Immodium before going out, and all was ok.
Now that I have UC, I am sitting here wondering how much I am blaming on the UC that may be from the lack of a galbladder. 
Has anyone else here had their GB removed?
 
Ulcerative proctitis. On Asacol 3 3x a day, and Meslamine enemas nightly.
 Now on Hydrocortisone suppositories for 2 weeks.
 
Urgency is still my biggest problem.  rarely have D, but extreme gas and urgency at any given time.


quincy
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   Posted 5/6/2009 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi....no, haven't had it removed, but it's interesting what you would ponder.

I'm wondering if maybe bile salts....there's a product that I can't remember that some have used to help the diarrhea.

Would digestive enzymes help you out?

q
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Joylu
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   Posted 5/6/2009 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Quincy, I don't know what those are. Can you explain?
Ulcerative proctitis. On Asacol 3 3x a day, and Meslamine enemas nightly.
 Now on Hydrocortisone suppositories for 2 weeks.
 
Urgency is still my biggest problem.  rarely have D, but extreme gas and urgency at any given time.


quincy
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   Posted 5/6/2009 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll do some searching to see if I can find it....
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


quincy
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   Posted 5/6/2009 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I had it wrong....it was Questran I was thinking of....it's a bile salt sequestrant which absorbs excess bile salts/acids.

This question/answer article explains it well...maybe that's part of your problem at this point since you don't have a gallbladder.

http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/diarrhea-after-gallbladder-surgery.html

q

 


*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Joylu
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 362
   Posted 5/7/2009 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks Quincy. I will read it now.
Ulcerative proctitis. On Asacol 3 3x a day, and Meslamine enemas nightly.
 Now on Hydrocortisone suppositories for 2 weeks.
 
Urgency is still my biggest problem.  rarely have D, but extreme gas and urgency at any given time.


kops2da
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Total Posts : 2865
   Posted 5/7/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   

Had my gallbladder out about 5 years now.  I still have problems proceessing fats and stay lowfat diet because of that.  My "symptoms" got better getting rid of it - the pain under my ribs, etc. (I have one huge stone and inflammation bad).  I have found that it is hard sometimes to decide whether symptoms are UC or digestive - IBS, etc.  There is where WHAT I eat makes a difference.

ElaineNY


 
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008   Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred. No mesalamines!!
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. - upped prenisone to 25mg. on my own (bleeding returned) - 6MP - 50 mg. 2/28/2009 
75mg. 6 MP added on 4/8/2009 - waiting for CBC and Prometheus tests
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.
 
 
 


kc70
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Total Posts : 112
   Posted 5/8/2009 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my gallbladder out just under a year before my UC diagnosis. I have often wondered about a connection too, and when I researched it, what I found that made the most sense was that people with colitis might be more prone to gallbladder issues. Which got me wondering whether my colitis was "lurking" for some time before it really announced its presence with authority, and the gallstones were a byproduct of something else going on. I'm sure my tunnel-visioned GI would pooh-pooh that unscientific theory, but I believe all the body systems are connected, so, proven or unproven, relevant or irrelevant, I'm sure these problems do not exist in a vacuum.
39 year old woman
Diagnosed October 2008

location: Vancouver, BC

Current meds: 40 mg Prednisone, 50 mg Imuran, low-dose antibiotics (Cipro). First Remicade infusion April 6/09.

Failed meds: Asacol, Pentasa


VerM
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 101
   Posted 5/8/2009 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   

There is a girl in the IBS forum who said for that issue to take Caltrate 600 with Vit D one tab with each meal for a few weeks and that solves that problem...  Check it out might be on page 1,2,3 of IBS forum, they all talking about it.

 

-V

 

 

 


I will not be passive.  I will fight until I win.


VerM
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Total Posts : 101
   Posted 5/8/2009 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Found link check it out

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=26&m=1389843
I will not be passive.  I will fight until I win.


UP09
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   Posted 5/10/2009 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my gallbladder out 2 years ago. I knew that I had stones prior to that, but they were "silent" until they made their presence known with a vengence. At that time, I had also been experiencing upper digestive problems, food would sit heavy in my stomach - especially meat (disproportionate to the amount eaten). After the gallbladder was removed, I felt really good for about a year. So I thought the digestive problem was related to the gall bladder. When I started having bleeding nearly a year ago, which turned out to be ulcerative proctiits, again my upper digestive system caused problems and I had canker sores during this whole time. The doc says the two problems (UP & upper digestive) are unrelated & I'll be having an endoscopic exam in a couple of weeks to see if there is an obstruction, which is the theory at this point. Interestingly, but loosely related, I have been on azathioprine since February and I have started growing additional scalp hair, which had been thining for several years (no family history of hair loss - my brothers have more hair than I do:( . Some forms of alopecia are due to faulty immune systems. So maybe for me the hair loss was like the 'canary in the mine', an early sign of problems with the immune system. Anyway, just some thoughts on the matter.

Jjc2007
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   Posted 5/11/2009 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with UC at age 16. At age 27 I had to have my gallbladder removed. It was totally infected and non functioning and so painful. My GI indicated that people with UC having gallbladder issues was not uncommon.
diagnosed with UC in 1962
regualr meds:
Asulfadine (500mg tablets, 6 daily)
Folic Acid
Zantac as needed
open heart surgery in 2005 for removal of aortic root aneurysm

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