Gall Bladder Removed? Maybe You Shouldn't Be Eating that!
A few years ago I had my gall bladder removed. It was a long painful process to determine that my gall bladder was the culprit after all. Many of the symptoms of gall stones are similar to other disorders and issues. I was given medication for lactose intolerance, acid indigestion, and a few others that I can't even recall anymore. When it finally was discovered that it was
gall stones, the stones were not only too big to be lasered out but parts of my gall bladder itself had started to calcify making it non repairable. So, out came the gall bladder.
If you have ever experienced the wracking pain of food trying to process and pass through an area where it can't, then you know what I am talking about in regards to watching what you eat. The only pain that I have ever experienced that was worst than that was giving birth to my second son with no pain meds! Excruciating, ongoing, sweating like crazy, rocking back and forth striving to get any comfort you possibly can, and just praying that it will all be over soon before you pass out! I endured these outbreaks at least two or three times a week before my surgery and it wasn't until I realized that if I passed on eating certain foods, my pain could be alleviated somewhat.
Plan a Healthy Menu
Once I got my gall bladder out, I thought it was Heaven! But I soon realized as well that your gall bladder is an important part in your digestion. There were still foods I could not eat because of my body's inability to process them properly. I love rich foods. But these types of foods can create a serious build up of bile in your body and with no gall bladder, this can be a serious issue.
Foods to avoid:
-any fried foods
-eggs and diary products
-Fruit juices are a killer, although a small amount of apple or grape juice may be tolerated.
-Caffeinated drinks like pop and coffee or tea is a big no no(this was one of my biggest things, I used to drink more than 6 XL Teas with 3 sugar and 3 cream before all of this)
-Alcohol drinks or even carbonated items can put a serious cramp in your day.
Foods to Eat Instead:
-foods high in fiber like grains and lettuce
-vitamin rich vegetables and fruits like tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, grapes, carrots, avocados
-Omega 3 fatty acids such as salmon, and flax seed oil can help you in small quantities
It can take up to 6 weeks before your body will start to regulate itself and get back into proper working order after your gall bladder surgery.For 40% of all people who have their gall bladder removed, they can still suffer from bloating, gas and discomfort when eating the foods listed above. Try changing your eating habits and eat five smaller meals throughout the day so your body can have a better chance of coping with any bile that is produced.
Life doesn't have to change drastically after gall bladder removal but just remember that poor eating habits were probably a contributing factor to your loss in the first place. Take the steps to eat healthier now and your body will thank you for it!