Gallbladder sludge after pregnancy. Pain from almost anything I eat/drink. Advice please?

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So I have a 7 month old son and since he was 3 months old I have been having attacks of pain, usually late at night/the early hours of the morning. I had an ultrasound which showed no stones as such but a very inflamed/infected gallbladder and sludge. After ending up in a and e 3 times (for progressively stronger painkillers) I have seen a consultant (privately) who has advised that I have my gallbladder removed. So I am waiting for that at the moment.

I have been told that it is at least an 11 month waiting list and at the moment I am living (existing) on a piece or 2 of bread a day and the occasional cuppa soup. I'm finding it really difficult to have enough energy to look after my son (and am still breastfeeding him twice a day) but am scared to eat as if I have the pain (which seems to come from any food) I am either up all night or I have to take tramadol which makes me off my face the following day (and doesn't even work every time). I have lost nearly 3 stone in the last 5 weeks!

I was clinging on to the hope that once it was out things would be better but from reading this forum it doesn't seem like it. Has anybody had a positive experience?

I don't really know what I want from this post but just needed to rant it out to someone who may understand. 😔

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    Hi lived for 15 years with undiagnosed gallstones annual colic vomiting attacks ...constant bouts of nausea from certain foods etc ..

    i found if I ate mash potatoe mashed with light mayo very well  boiled broccoli carrots etc ..and some bisto gravy . My gallbladder settled .after a week of eating this for lunch and dinner ..I would add half fat cheddar cheese ..or have boiled eggs  after the pains settled ..I stopped eating meat, spice, caffeine, etc had no fat ...I found weetabix with skimmed milk was fine...  You can eat steamed fish or boiled chicken etc ...low fat 

    If you follow this awful bland diet easy to digest ...your gallbladder will settle but as soon as you eat anything difficult to digest your stomach will request extra bile from your gallbladder your gallbladder will contract sqeeze and your stones rub together irratate your gallbladder or worse get stuck ...

    i had my gallbladder removed 1 year ago wished I had had it done 15 years earlier feel great ..eating meat, balanced healthy diet ...happy again..

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    Hello. I am 6 1/2 months post partum with attacks since 2 months. I have been taking 500 mg of magnesium for the past two months and it has almost eliminated my attacks after having 3-4 a week. I can eat almost anything again. I get my gallbladder out on monday finally but i will still be taking magnesium after as it helps break down fats, proteins and carbs
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    In spite of some of the side effects, I'm still glad I had mine removed, the pain from gallstones is absolutely excruciating, I would rather have the heart burn/bile reflux and occasional diarrhoea than that pain continuing to take me by surprise!!

    Food wise it's good to avoid things such as chocolate, white bread, biscuits, pasta, fat and spicy foods, that is the sort of diet recommended for people with gallbladder problems, don't over or under eat-overeating can cause the gallbladder to have to work harder therefore increasing the likely hood of an attack and under eating can produce more sludge due to bile being left for long periods of time in the gallbladder!!

    Hope this is helpful

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    I avoid fatty foods and especially cream, cheese and full fat milk. Porridge with a bit of sugar seems to be a good breakfast for me, fills me up and gives me some energy. I eat lots of chicken and soup. Hope you get it sorted soon 
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    Hi

    I just had my gallbladder removed a week ago after 7 months in agony, so understand what you are going through.

    I'm concerned about the fact that you are eating so little but still breastfeeding, which will be using up vast amounts of energy, greatly contributing to your weight loss. You may not be providing your baby with all the nutrients he needs either on a diet of toast. I am a firm advocate that breast is best but under your current circumstances you need to reevaluate your situation.

    Maybe some of the diets others have suggested may help to settle it down, making the attacks less frequent. Maybe you could consider some of the natural approaches to treating gallbladder disease. Things like gallbladder flushes, cider vinegar if you google it you should bring up some information.

    Wishing you all the very best and hope it settles soon.

    Kind regards

    Debbie

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    Thanks for all your replies. Sorry it has taken me so long to reply again. Have been having problems with our internet too.

    I have tried these diets over the last 6 months but nothing seems to make any difference. I mean today I literally had a slimma soup and water and I have just had pain. Luckily the tramadol had now kicked in!

    I'm at my wits end! I know undereating is bad too but I am just scared to eat.

    I have been taking vitamins and my son only breast feeds last thing at night now as he is on solids most of the time and a couple of bottles of formula. It's mostly part of his routine for bed now rather than for sustenance so I'm not too worried about that now. Thanks for your concern though.

    I have started to notice that it seems worse around half way through my me natural cycle, so when I would be ovulating I guess. Is there likely to be any connection there or is that just co-incidence? My surgeon said it was caused by pregnancy hormones in the first place so I thought it may be being affected now? Not that I can do anything to stop it but just wondered...

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      I found my attacks were worse at the end of my cycle and mid cycle when hormones were shifting. Definitely something to keep an eye out for and expect
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      Thanks. I forgot to say I might try the magnesium. are you still taking it now you've had surgery?

      How did it go? How are you feeling now?

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      Yep im still taking it. Surgery went great and I've been doing awesome. All the pain is gone and I've been eating what I like. I get some mild tummy rumbles in the morning until I eat something and still get tired if I do too much but that's all for now
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    I was in the same shoes as you not long ago an there is light at the end of the tunnel! My baby was a month old when I had my first gb attack! Was literally on the floor unable to move or look after my baby nearly every other day! Found tradamol didn't work however codeine to begin with took the pain away completely but made me feel drunk an stoned! After 4 months of eating barely anything the codeine stopped working completely an would take the edge

    Off but still leave me in agony so after many visits from the ambulance an into A&E I was given oramorph which took the pain away completely an made me very drowsy! In the end I was crying every day wasn't leaving the house wasn't eating (luckily bottle feeding) then had my gb removed with 88 gallstones! Had the same pain for about 2-3 weeks after an was panicking thinking I was living with this nightmare forever however after being prescribed some acid tablets from gp I'm now back to normal an can honestly say the last 6 months have been so traumatic! I think I would of suffered severe depression if I would of had to wait much longer as I wasn't enjoying my baby like I should of been or enjoying life in any way! I wish you all the best,

    An also found deep heat an hot water bottles with a cold flannel on your head when pains at its worse makes a big difference! smile x

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    Progress! I had an appointment yesterday with a surgeon and he said he would put me down as a priority as modifying my diet hasn't helped at all, so as it would improve my quality of life so much he put me on their urgent list. Couldn't say how long that would actually be likely to be, but I feel a bit better than someone has listened.

    He said that within about 3 days I would be ok to look after my son again? Is this realistic? He is nearly 8 months old and weighs about 19lbs at the moment.

    How have others who have had babies to look after coped immediately post surgery?

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      My daughter is 7 months and 18 lbs and i was helping tend her the day i got home. I had people in the house to help for the first 8 days and i didnt lift her. She would get moved to the change table or high chair or stroller and i would do the rest. Havent had any issues with lifting her since i started on day 9. The bending is the unpleasant part so i do as much as i can on high surfaces. Glad to hear you are getting in sooner
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