Drinking & gallbladder pain

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Hi I wondered if anyone is having the same problem as me. I finding it increasingly difficult to drink enough during the day. I am not one of those people who gulp back bottle after bottle of water. I really only drink when I'm thirsty. I've noticed my pee is darker, but also realised that I need to drink more water. Can anyone suggest how I drink more any tips? My consultant advised that it's vitally important to drink more water when you have gall stones. I would be grateful for any advice. Equally I would like to know what other people consider 'safe' foods to eat with gall bladder pain.

Thanks Kazz

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    Hi kazzbow

    I never heard that about drinking lots of water with gallstones. Stick to plain low fat food and avoid eggs, red meat, sausages, bacon and all the usual fatty foods and dairy too. I had my gallbladder removed over 6 months ago and it's been hell ever since with diarrhea nausea and vomiting. Drink as much Apple juice as you can as it softens the stones and apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon 3 times a day in warm water. Also stones are usually caused due to excess hormones in the liver so take milk thistle to detox your liver which will also get rid of any excess hormones and may help getting rid of the stones. Don't have the op unless it's a life or death situation. Good luck. X

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    Hi Kazz,

    I am like you used to only have a drink with a meal. I now drink 1 large glass of cranberry juice and have a mid morning and afternoon drink. Have you tried the herbal teas you can get some lovely ones and they are refreshing in the hot weather.

    I still eat sausages, mince, crisps, icecream but will only buy the very low fat ones. You need to check the amount of fat in them as they all vary but there are some really low fat ones in the shops.

    I love my deserts and have  being enjoying having meringue, low fat icream, fresh stawberries and a squirt of low fat cream for tea. Jelly is also very low in fat.

    Everyone is different so you have to find out what triggers you. I found that branflakes for breakfast was giving me problems and now eat shredded wheat which I am fine on. Certain fruits can also give me tummy ache, it's a case of elimating things from your diet and is a slow process but once find out what to avoid  you will start to have more days when you feel better.

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      Thank u Anita I will try I think you're right it's a process of elimination. I can't eat bacon tomatoes or bananas, no fried food, and some spices foods set me off too. The consultant advised to eat plenty if green veg aswell as it helps with digestion 

      k x

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    This has always been an ongoing battle for men I just dont enjoy drinking and don't seem to get thirsty that often.  I have had a few kidneys problems (which unfortunately is inevitable if you don't drink enough)  and so have had to force myself to drink.  When I am working I just fill up a bottle and sit on my desk and its a constant reminder to drink,  that seem to work.  I am not good with plain water so squeeze lemon or lime juice into it. I did fall into the trap of drinking fizzy drinks, which wasn't good, so back to good old water and juice. 
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      Yep I think you're right, I will have to force myself. I'll try the bottle on my desk and may add some squash in aswell. Thank u x
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    I too have problems drinking plain water.  It does seem a bit ironic, doesn't it?  I have found that fizzy water is fine though, so try seltzer water or club soda.  No added calories.  Seltzer has less sodium.
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    If you have dark urine, it has nothing to do with gall bladder, check you liver functions just to be safe. Try to remove you gall bladder to stop the pain.  Drinking more water does not make you urine lighter. go to a doctor and check you liver functions. It is just a simple blood test.  I will tell you what safe food to eat since I have been dealing with this for over 13 years. NO- Junk Food, Sweets, Fats or eating out.  Six small meals a day, 8 cups of water and no meat, just chicken.  By doing that you will give your gall stones a beak and you pain will get less. If after you do that and still have a lot of pain, than it is time to get rid of the gall stones.
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    Safe foods to eat with gallbladder pain are low fat foods.

    Some people have problems with spicy food but I never did.

    As for drinking water, I too know I do not drink enough. If I drink it when I feel I don't want it it makes me feel bloated.

    I think the trick is little and often.

    Sara xx

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