Back to work after gallbladder removal

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Its been 7 weeks since my emergency operation to remove my gallbladder after it ruptured and i ended up in intensive care. The thing is im having trouble with my diet everything im eating is going through and making me sick, snd im having a lot of pain in my scar as i had open surgery as they couldn't do it keyhole. I want to go back to work but i don't feel im ready i was off for a year last year with kidney problems that ended up with me loosing my kidney april this year, which i think i went back to work too soon.

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    Hi, Kelle, if you aren't physically ready, you're not ready.  You've had major surgery, and it can take a lot of time to recover from gallbladder surgery!  It's different for everyone!  

    You say that everything is going through you.  Are you having diarreha?  If so, you might have bile acid malobsorption.  Your doctor or a gastroenterologist can give you a prescription that stops that. 

    If you want to know more, let me know.  Best of luck to you!

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      Okay, if you have bile acid malobsorption, you will have excess bile in your stools.  Bile is a bright yellow colored acid.  It burns during excretion.  Your gallbladder acted as a valve to measure out the bile produced by your liver.  Now that your gallbladder is gone, bile drips constantly into your small intestine.  

      Excess bile is usually absorbed at the end of the digestive process by a mechanism involving a hormone.  Some people do not create that hormone.  As a result, the bile remains.  Lots of people diagnosed with IBS-D lack that hormone.

      There is a powder called cholestyramine that people who have excess bile can take.  The cholestyramine is a resin and it absorbs the bile.  Your gastroenterologist can prescribe it for you.

      I know all the above because I don't have a gallbladder, and before it was removed, I had excess bile, and I was diagnosed with IBS-D.  

      I hope this helps!

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      Great!  I hope they help.  I mix them with 3 ounces of water and 3 ounces of organic papaya juice.  I like papaya juice the best, because it's a little grainy.  It masks the grainey texture of the cholestyramine smile  I take mine at bed time.  

      Let me know how you do! xxx

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