Chronic Cholecystitis and weight gain

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I was diagnosed with Chronic Cholecystitis in June of this year but have not had my gallbladder removed yet. I can't eat much at a time and what I do eat is: vegetables, fish, fruits, and sometimes poached eggs. No dairy, no grains, and no prepackaged foods. I drink water or tea. I workout regularly, although I've had to change up some things due to right side pain. I take digestive enzymes, probiotics, and green tea extract. They help with the digestive symptoms that I'd been having. I am in constant pain with severe nausea though and avoiding fatty foods does nothing to lessen it. I was at a healthy weight. Then suddenly 2 months ago, I gained 40 pounds. It's all in my belly and I look pregnant when I'm not. Nothing I do will make the scale change, not even not eating at all. I'm really frustrated and starting to feel depressed. Does anyone else have or had this weight problem with their gallbladder issues? If so, what did you do to lose the weight?

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    Kasia4

    well I really don’t see how that weight gain is even possible on that diet to honest I’m baffled ?

    but just to let you know I had the very same diagnosis as you and my gallbladder ,

    ‘then became gangrene and full of puss ,

    i ended up having emergency surgery and was near to death 9 weeks ago !

    good luck and I wish you all the very best.

    the weight gain I’m baffled as I lost 63 lbs and I tried my hardest not to lose weight !

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    If your doctor did an ultrasound, call and ask if you have fatty liver disease.  If you do, your liver has become unable to digest fat and is instead storing it in your body...
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      Lynda.

      hey Lynda I’ll give you a laugh as I know your switched on.

      my partner had a private ultrasound last week and was told she has mild fatty liver disease ok so I told her to now go to her gp primary care provider here in the uk, and tell yr go that as a result of the finding you would like a fibrescan performed.

      so she did today !

      her go looked at like she was bonkers , shook his head turned to her and replied !

      listen to me I’m am a doctor, I don’t know what your thinking, or imagineing but their is no such thing as a fibrescan what on Earth are you talking about I’ve never heard of such a thing !!

      lol and he is the Queens gp ?

      and she replied ,feeling now stupid and unsure of my information passed to her re fibrescan.

      well ok, so how do we treat this fatty liver as I’m very worried,

      ‘to which he replied ,

      ‘well to be honest , so many people have fatty liver, we really don’t treat it !!

      ha haha ha ! 

      Can you be leave that !

      thats the patient educating the doctor who is to ignorant to even learn .

      and the queens gp !

      no wonder so many people here in the uk have fatty liver disease , as if so many people have it our doctors don’t treat it lol.

      i said , so many people have cancer too , so does he just simply not treat it as so many people have it !!

      if that’s not negligent , I don’t know what is lol.

      theirs no such thing as fibrescan of the liver though Lynda.

      my god what chance do we have here when a doctor , who gets paid £132,000 a year don’t even know what a fibrescan is ?

      and it’s been available on our nhs for the last four years ,

      ‘and he’s the queens gp lol

      GOD BLESS THE QUEEN she needs it.

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    I absolutely had this problem. What did I do to lose weight? Had my gallbladder removed! 

    In truth, it was removed because I had advanced cholescystitis and the symptoms were unbearable. Quite frankly, I consider weight gain among those symptoms. Before my gallbladder was diseased, I’d weigh 19-21 pounds lighter, and once I had the surgery, quickly returned back to my old weight (despite getting to actually eat again). My destended abdomen was definitely the reason for most of the weight gain, but my legs and lower back seemed swollen too. 

    Doctors never seemed to confirm that my weight gain was a response to the disease; just brief comments that it must have been related (at best). I am certain it was.

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