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Date Joined Sep 2011
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   Posted 9/26/2011 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
It's been 38 years since I've had my gallbladder removed and I've been having problems with bile ever since then. It's worse in the morning with the vomiting. I am so tired of going through this. I recently had an endoscopy and colonoscopy which were okay..... although the doctor removed 5 polyps. The problem I'm having is I'm on meds for a heart condition as well as thyroid meds. I was prescribed Questran last week and so far, nothing has changed. I was given this drug about 20 years ago and it didn't do anything then. I'm hoping that this time around, I'll have some success. I've cut out all of the acids, fried foods, etc. and have been drinking more water. Honestly, this is interfering with my work as well as daily living. If someone can offer any suggestions, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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   Posted 9/26/2011 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  38 years is a long time ago since you had your gallbladder removed.  I am wondering if you may have other causes for your symptoms.  You mentioned you are on medications for both heart and thyroid. 
Also wondering why you were prescribed Questran ?  Perhaps a bit more info would help us understand what is going on with you.  We are here to support and share so please do keep posting.

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   Posted 9/26/2011 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for replying. I meant to type Cholestyramine Powder. Sorry. Supposedly, this will help with the bile but I'm not seeing any difference. The one thing that's confusing is before my gallbladder was removed, I was experiencing daily vomiting so I'm wondering at this point if it was even my gallbladder. However, I was only 17 when they removed it and honestly, nothing seems to be helping. I've been diagnosed with "Spastic" Colitis so I'm also dealing with that. I was told to elevate the head of my bed to help alleviate so much bile, but due to three cervical spine surgeries, this is nearly impossible. I'm at the point where I'm beginning to get depressed.

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   Posted 9/26/2011 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Did they want you to take the questran once or twice a day? I started out with twice a day. Also I did notice a difference by manufacturer on how well it worked. I believe I had some from 3 different manufacturers and one didn't seem to work very well. I also used a bit less water when I was having really bad issues. Was quite gritty, but helped some. I also was allowed to use anti diarrhea med also. I tried colestid, it's a pill, and it seemed to work okay.

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