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Gall Bladder Removed? Maybe You Shouldn't Be Eating that!

Updated on April 16, 2012

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:

-red meats,pork
-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!


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      2 years ago

      Hey I had my gallbladder removed november 16th which since then i found out i can eat pretty much anything still the day after surgery i ate fried shrimp hush puppies and french fries and was able to handle it without any problem then another day i ate McDonald hamburgers and fries also i found i was able to eat a thanksgiving feast and todays date is november 30th 2015 and that day on i keep on experimenting to see if there is something that I cant handle so far I cant tell a difference between having my gallbladder in or out it was already functioning horribly

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      6 years ago

      In October of 2011 when I was just 15 years old, just as I was sleeping, I got a severe shock of uncontrollable pain, little did I know I was experiencing a gallbladder attack. I was crying, and twisting my body, hanging my head upside down trying Anyway I could to take away the pain. Finally when I could no longer try anything I was taken to the hospital, tested for hours, the doctors only answer was low iron. Thinking everything was fine I went home, and rested but later that night the same thing happened, and I went to a different hospital to find I had gallstones & sludge in my gallbladder , and the only way to remove it is by taking out the whole gallbladder. Since it was strange I was so young, the doctors didn't feel like it was an emergency (the usual Canadian doctors). so I waited & waited until finally the Pain had gotten extremely bad, and my attacks were happening publicly in front of all my friends, and the gallbladder was just about to burst, but luckily on Friday the 13 of February, there was an opening, and I could finally have my surgery. I was scared, nervous, and excited all at once, and I thought all the pain would be over, but when I woke up from the surgery the pain was excruciating, to a point where I couldn't move or say one word. It took be about a month until the pain went away, and I had returned back to school, but things now have only gotten harder, because I can't eat the food I use to eat & love, and the food I can eat, makes me sick, causing dietary problems, nausea, and vomiting due to other complications with my body. At this point I really don't know what else to do or try.

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      Melanie Bremner 

      6 years ago from Canada

      KT Banks,I am sorry to hear about your medical nightmare but glad to hear it all worked out in the end. I could make your hair stand on end with some horror experiences I have had with doctors and hospitals over the last 40 years. The only reason I still go to a doctor now is because I am a diabetic otherwise, I would be more than happy to only see them every 10 years or more.

      thank you for the vote. I am hoping that with people like us sharing more information on topics such as these that other people can be saved from un-necessary pain. While I agree that medicine and technology has come a long way, there is still such a ways to go for many things.

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      KT Banks 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Very interesting. I voted up, interesting and useful. I had my appendix removed several years ago. I woke up in terrible pain, after not feeling well for several days. I called the Dr. and told them I thought it was my appendix, before I even went in. They made me go through all sorts of test, including a long ultrasound and couldn't find anything. They couldn't understand why I kept saying I was in terrible pain. Finally, the doctor said, "Well, I guess you should just go to the emergency room." So I did.

      Thank God I did. They had about 15 minutes to get me into surgery before my appendix burst. There were some further complications and I didn't get out of the hospital for 4 or 5 days. I lost about 15 pounds, and was sick and weak for almost 6 weeks.

      Medical problems scare me to pieces. I still have a lot of digestive problems, that could be related to my Gallbladder, but I just try to live with it.

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      Melanie Bremner 

      7 years ago from Canada

      sagebrush_mama. Glad to hear you are not having much trouble now. Fatty foods definitely still cause me some serious pain too if I indulge too much. Hope all continues to go well for you.

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      Melanie Bremner 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for your kind words flagostomos. Yes, it can be really serious indeed. Although I don't eat as well as I should, I make it a consistent effort to try.

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      7 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

      I had my gallbladder out in far, I'm not having too much trouble, though an occasional fatty food causes worse pain than the gallbladder attacks did. Not more than a couple of times, thankfully!

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      7 years ago from Washington, United States

      My brother had terrible back pain for a couple of years. The chiropractor told him it was a bulgin disc, but he finally went to the ER and the first DR. correctly diagnosed him with gall stones. My cousin on the other hand was diagnosed with everything from Crohn's to cancer over the course of 5 years, but asked if maybe he had gall bladder troubles after my brother did. Sure enough it was. Gall bladder problems are a lot worse than people assume. Both my cousin and brother almost died.

      My brother returned to the same diet, my cousin did not. But your suggestions are very useful. Sorry you had to experience that!


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