My concern, however, is that although the digestive issues haven't been that difficult to deal with (loose bowel occasionally depending on what I eat), I've experienced a steady decline in energy and have noticed some other physical changes, mostly relating to normal functioning . . . lower energy levels, accelerated aging, and decreased cognitive abilities (compared to before the operation).
If anyone can please provide some information concerning how this operation might affect things such as hormone levels (since as I understand, as a novice, hormones are dependent on proper fatty acid synthesis and that removing the gall bladder may affect this process) or nutrient absorbtion, it would be much apprciated. Also, anything you can offer regarding nutritional or dietary adjustments for post surgery patients would be great. Are there any supplements, etc., available that will replace the nutrients lost due to this surgery?
I just want to live normally with the energy levels back to where they were before, or at least close to it. Have a lot left to do with my life.
When the liver is weakened we feel exhausted and without the energy, so this could be your problem. Maybe you should have your liver checked. Weak liver can also cause problems with digestion.
However, problems with digestion could be due to slow bile delivery. Although it is slow delivery, it is continuous and this may cause loose bowels.
I have been avoiding fatty foods and refined carbohydrates even after the surgery. I continued eating foods high in fiber, fruits and vegetables, proteins and haven’t had much problems with digestion.
Maybe you could see a doc, have blood work done, see if you get any results from there and then have your liver checked.
after consulting a nutrionalist I found out that my system was already functioning as if my gall bladder had already been removed. pressure on the liver and the rest of the digestive system causing low absorbtion of nutrients from my diet.
Because of this, I have been learning how to eat healthy and avoiding fatty food, white bread and anything that likes to get stuck in the tracks. Ive lost a lot of weight during this and keeping up with a new rythmn of diet has been exhausting sometimes. but the difference to the pain i used to have is incredible.
My concern is that this general low energy result from a diegstive system under pressure still continue well after surgery. Ive had so many alternative therapists advise me NOT to have it out and to dissolve it (tho i think its too big for that). It is something that is considerably affecting my quality of life, not having the energy to do all the things i want to do. Im only 24 and i feel like and old woman. My question is; are you happy with having your gall bladder removed considering the effects in the long run?
I continued with the old diet because I was afraid that my metabolism would slow down because of the slower bile release and I didn’t want to be stuck with bloating, gasses and diarrhea. I did have some diarrhea occasionally at first after the surgery but not anymore.
I would choose to get it out again if I had to. Dissolving stones won’t prevent them from appearing again because they will, it is a well known fact. If you decide to dissolve them, you have yet pregnancy to go through (if you haven’t already), menopause and gallstones are related to hormones, so you are at risk of developing them again.
Considering you have so many problems with your gallbladder now and the gallstones, I reckon you would do much better without it. Then again, I am not a doctor and can’t say what it would be best for your individual situation.
My vitamin D levels were so low that the doctor had me take a supplement of 1000 IUCs, 400 is the average adult dosage. After doing a search I found that vit d helps the body ingest calcium among other things.
After taking vit D for a few months, I've noticed my skin is tighter. My joints do not hurt anywhere what they did. My nails and teeth feel stronger and whiter. My hair does not look old, dry and brittle.
I haven't had but a little bit of discomfort in my stomach. Now I just have to figure out how am I going to lose the 50 pounds I've gained. It seems my metabolism is shot it does not matter what I try to lose the weight. I went from a size 7 to to 14 and I'm so frustrated. If anyone has any ideas please, please let me know.
I had my g/b out 7 years ago. I have persistant diareha. You would think with all the pooping I do I would be thin, but nooooooo. I have gained weight. A couple of years ago I had a coloscopy and everything was fine.
I am very excited about the Questran andI am goping to call my doctor today. I do find I do much better on a high protein diet but nothing takes away the diareha. I wish someone had told me there would be these dramatic side effects sooner. I have probably spent thousands on Immodiam AD.
It was kind of unexpected, I suddenly got horrible 'heart burn' one night that persisted for five hours before my husband drove me to the hospital.
When the doctor did the scan and showed me the gall stones I couldn't believe it, I was only twenty and I had always heard that Gall Stones/ Gall Bladder removal is for elderly people (No offense).
None the less, they removed my gall bladder ( which was filled with fifteen pellet sized stones).
For months afterwards I couldn't do the type of excercise I was accustomed to. Running especially, my innards felt like they were shifting everywhere.
I've noticed that I am often drained of energy now, and that I've gained weight.
Before, I had a very good metabolism, and now... I gain weight over any silly thing.
Its very disheartening.
But, thanks to this forum, I have an idea of what it is that is causing it.
( I hadn't even thought about the bile thing)
Luckily, I haven't experienced the loose bowels or intolerence to alchohol.
This constant fluctuating weight thing is kind of bothering me though.
A lesson this whole ordeal has taught me?
Lots of water.
The Doctor said if I had maintained a recommended 8 8oz glasses of water a day, my Gall bladder would've been fine.
Hopefully nothing else fails me :-)
Finally one night at 3 in the morning I went to the hospital and I wasn't going to leave until someone told me what was wrong with me and low and behold a nurse, working that night shift, asked me a few questions and told me it sounded like I had gall stones. A quick scan of my tummy and sure enough I was full of stones.
However back then they gutted you like a fish to remove the gall stone, and I've lived with a 7 inch scar right down the middle of my stomach. But problem solved, or so I thought.
Wrong - and this is the problem and I think I'm hearing the same thing from people on here.
There is no follow up treatment to clearly explain to people the long-term effects of having one's gallbladder removed. You've heard a lot of them here, but with time they do get worse. I've managed through them and have had a pretty normal life, but my digestion system is not what it should be, and as one gets older it does get worse. I've recently began having serious stomach pain, which the doctor says is irratiable bowel symdrome. It probably is, but I have no doubt it also has to do with the fact that I've gone 20 years without a gall bladder.
I have no had prolems with gaining weight, but I have had unusual displacement of where the weight ends up...i.e. skinny legs, more fat around the tummy, and just feel bloated almost every time I eat.
Do not let any doctor tell you, especially if you are younger, that having your gallbladder removed won't affect the quality of your life. That is a lie.
However, you have to do what you have to do, and my gallbladder had to go.
I think the medical community really needs to start focusing more effort on the long-term effects of living without a gallbladder, and give people more information on how to deal with your diet after it's removed.
I was meant to go for keyhold surgery but ended up with a huge 12cm scar across the bottom of my ribs (apparently my gall bladder was so infected it was hard to remove by keyhole - sure .....). But I still wear a bikini, it is my reminder of how bad I treated my body in the past.
I am angry at myself for not listening to my body around 20 years old when I had my first gall bladder attack, not knowing what the attack was I ignored it then it didn't happen again for another year or so, but then it got more frequent, then unbearable attacks.
I wish I could tell teenagers/adults my story, don't drink and don't eat lots of fast foods because it does catch up on you. Until late teens I was very active outdoors and happy, then partied hard in my late teens/early 20's and not eating well and not resting enough and definitely not exercising enough.
After my gall bladder removal I definitely felt a lot of relief internally but have struggled to keep my weight down and has taken quite a few years to find out what works better for me.
I recommend to anyone who has gall bladder removal - it happens for a reason, your body isn't being treated properly! So - exercise, do relaxation, eat more veggies and fruit and protein, less dairy and definitely no fats and minimize alcohol, your body it telling you something! I think there is no excuse that you feel bloated and putting on weight, I have lived it and know that you can put on weight easily so just look after your body, it is a gift.
I get a sore/tired feeling where my liver is (under the right ribs) when I am needing some rest or not eating properly/stressed! I find that is my sign to slow down (I have 2 young boys!) and remember to look after myself because it just gets worse and worse and I can catch any bugs going around or get cranky easier.
I hope my story helps someone! :-D
I have lost a 21lbs and feel so much more healthier.
I realize i'm only a month in, not really long term but this has allowed me to change my lifestyle, having gained weight due to gall stones. A definite turning point!
i am a bit different then the replies I have been hearing. I had an eating disorder for 5 years and that caused the multiple gallstones. I got it removed over a year ago and I haven't had any distinct discomforts. I produce bile atleast twice a day and I am so much better then I was before the stones. I conquered my disorder and I am hearty and healthy now. I am the same size as I was before and I have worked to eat slower, (as the removal of the gallbladder does shrink your appetite) and therefore shrink my appetite. I do some form of work out everyday and I have to say life is great. Of course, it does take more work, of course, BUT, it has only made my self respect grow and my health sky rocket.
The only reason I camer here today was to check up on the whole alcohol thing and see how it affects the liver. I want to be cautious in that area.
Thanks and best of luck!