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I hope it's OK to join the group. I've been reading here for a while and can't find a group here in the US. I had my gall bladder removed about a month ago. I had been feeling ill for about 3 months with digestive issues but since I've had IBS for years and wasn't having pain, just lots of discomfort, indigestion, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and rapid weight loss, , my doctor and I didn't suspect gallbladder until I had an attack which sent me to the ER where tests were finally run. I was scheduled for surgery, but a more severe attack brought on surgery sooner than expected.
I had read here that it takes some people a long time to recover digestive function, but I am dismayed at my lack of at least some progress. I still have daily diarrhea, sudden, unexpected, watery and exhausting. I was having symptoms of malnutrition (I am very fat so to become anorexic and malnourished virtually overnight was really odd). I became afraid to put anything solid in my mouth. I had a very sore tongue and mouth and my gums were so tender I could hardly chew anything. My lips were cracking and my mouth was splitting on the sides. While these symptoms having improved somewhat, they haven't gone away.
I am so tired all the time, no energy, trying to eat some protein everyday, chicken, some rice and applesauce, but mostly no appetite to speak of and everything seems to go right thru me. My husband is getting very tired of hearing me complain about my bathroom problems. He is older than I am (I'm 61, he's 82) and he's having to manage the entire household chores by himself. I'm scared that I'm putting too much physical responsibility on him (we have an older home which needs up-keep, lots of snow this year so tracking of sand, wet, and so on, and 4 cats). He has to do my laundry and make my bed and do all the shopping. I just don't have the strength.
My doctor gave me a medicine to "bind" the bile which I am taking but if I take it as directed I become so constipated that I end up having bleeding hemorrhoids and can't eat or drink anything. My stomach is bloated all the time and there is a constant gurgling feeling in my upper right abdomen where I guess the gallbladder used to be.
I'm sorry to be so graphic about all of this, but there is no one around me who really understands these conditions. My surgeon says "It will just take time for your body to adjust" and my doctor gave me the bile binder and a friend told me about bile salts but I'm afraid to try them because I've read that if they aren't balanced correctly, the side effect can be diarrhea. I feel that I am losing most of my quality of life, being virtually housebound the last 5 months, becoming weak, mentally confused, overwhelmed easily, constantly tired, and unable to be away from the bathroom for any length of time.
I know there are many others in the group who are facing similiar problems. I don't expect any answers--right now it just helps to be able to speak the truth about this exasperating situation. I'm angry and frightened that I'll never get my life back and all over some tiny little organ.
If anyone has managed to listen to me whine for this long, thank you for your patience. I do feel a bit better having vented in a place where people know how it feels. I wish you all good luck and better health!!
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