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Had my gallbladder removed 5 months ago and I am having issues with constipation and explosive diarrhea. Anyone experience the and if so how long does it last?

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    It's been 15 years since my gallbladder was removed and I STILL get diarrhea from time to time!   When that happens, I have a prescription for Cholestermine.   It is a powder you mix with water and drink twice a day.  It WILL cause constipation if you take when you aren't having problems.   It was a game-changer for me!   I have to be very careful what I eat, particularly anything fatty.   When your gallbladder is gone, bile "drips" into your stomach and the gastro guy just did a scope on me and removed 50 cc's of bile from my stomach, which was causing so much pain where my gallbladder USED to be that I thought I was having a heart attack.   I am now on a prescription of omerprazole 40 mg, which is time-released antacid to help get rid of the bile and cure the inflammation.   You can buy it over the counter...Pepcid 20 mg, but it isn't time-released.   Good luck.   Some people get away with eating most everything, but many people have to be very careful after this surgery.  

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      I take the questran to mostly when I go out to eat. I am afraid of taking pepCid since that can have so many negative side affects. I just wish this would get better. 8 can handle the pain n acid but the diarrhea is becoming a big problem.
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    Hi Terri

    I also had my gallbladder removed 5 months ago my experience is constipation is likely caused by medication and the explosive diarrhea your body adjusting.

    I've had a few bouts of it caused by too much bile going into the intestine as bile goes directly into the intestines once the gallbladder is removed and the body naturally removes it that way. This is how it was explained to me by my surgeon and I was warned about it pre op.

    I eat a normal diet including fats dairy etc and any diarrhea I get now is very rare and unrelated to a particular food.

    Best Wishes

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      Hi Snowred,

      I am also experiencing acid in my stomach, gas pains, and pain in my upper abdomen. I take the questran n it seems to help the diarrhea, but makes me feel bloated n constipates me. I hope it is just my body adjusting because this is causing me to take time off of work n really have no social life. I go to c a gi in a couple of days so I am hoping he can help.

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      Hi Terri

      I hope you get some answers from your specialist.

      I don't have any acid indigestion or pain anymore I had bucket loads of both before my op. It's miserable.

      I do sometimes get bloated still mostly it ties into me not eating often enough. I just have days when I rebel against regular eating, I've never been good at regular eating thing.

      Best Wishes smile

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