had gobladder remove

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can anyone give any advice i had my gobladder remove in january everything went ok but when i came home i have been sothering with pains in my stomach and going to the toilet at least 4 times a day i been to a@e today with pain i had blood test done and everything is ok i'm having a refferal back to see the specialist does any one have the same problem as me as getting me down this has been everyday since i had the operation

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    Gallbladder removal can trigger IBS.  Stomach surgery can disturb other organs surrounding it.  Ask for an endoscopy, colonoscopy, CT and ultrasound to rule out other causes.
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    Hi Anthony I had the same issue as you After having my gallbladder surgery but this problem sort itself out. It's very common this problem because the body is trying to adapt to the fact there's no longer a bile reservoir. I had stomach cramps for many months and diahrrea and had to watch everything I ate for at least a year after surgery. It will get better you just watch your diet and be patient your body will eventually adjust and things will be better.  Drink plenty of water as going to toilet so many times can severely dehydrate you. You could also try a good probiotic to restore good bacteria in your gut. I did that gradually felt much better. All the best

     

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    Hello,

    Have you hread about 'dumping syndrome'?? (it does cause pain, frequent bowel movements after every meal)

    It's a frequent complaint after gall bladder removal, as if the 'gastrocolic reflex' was faster post op.

    Some cholesterol lowering medication seems to treat it.

    (I am sure you heard about 'no bile storage' and diet after operation, introducing fat very slowly therefore to avoid those kind of digestion problems.)

    'Dumping syndrome' does tend to go away over time (1 or 2 years post op).

    All the best!!

     

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    Hi Anthony. There is a prescription med called colestyramine that is likely to help you. its a bile acid sequestrant. if too much bile acid reaches intestines & is not recycled back to gallbladder it causes awful stomach ache, diarrea - particularly after meals - urgency & rectal soreness. even though you have no gallbladder now its still possible to have bile acid malabsorption (bam) as your body still produces bile acid for digestion. i have a gallbladder but was diagnosed with bam in 2015 after the above symptoms continued when my colitis was clinically under control (biopsies ok). I take questran sachets (colestyramine) daily 2 in morning, 2 at night & this dramatically reduced symptoms within a couple of weeks of starting. Bam can be diagnosed with a simple non invasive sehcat test at your local hospital.I would definately ask your gastro specialist to look at this possiblilty urgently for you to help put you out of your misery - I know how you feel- I couldnt go anywhere for fear of toilet problems. If this is what's causing your symptoms - its so easily treated with this medicine. You can have it in a capsule form, but I chose the sachets you mix with water as they have slightly lower time contraints on them than the capsules (you must take any other meds 1hr before/4hrs after or they get "stuck" in your system). I call it my "sludge" as it looks a bit like wallpaper paste - it tastes like junior disprin if you are old enough to remember that! It's fine, you get used to it, & a small price to pay twice a day to control a horrid condition. It is often overlooked in people with bowel disorders like colitis, IBS-D (i have both as well) & crohns, but as many as 30% of patients with those conditions also have bam. if you have any more questions, please ask. Hope this helps you xx
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      Hi Anthony. you sometimes have to try different doses to get the right result. When i began them I started on 1sachet am, 1 sachet pm. Not enough & stomach ache worse. I went upto 2 am/1 pm, better. when i started doing 2 am/2pm much much better in terms of pain/diarrea/frequency/urgency. & I remain on this dose now. do make sure you follow the time constraints of all other meds/vits 1hr before or 4hrs after - even headache pills etc. if you take a gulp & its a bit lumpy swish it in your mouth before swallowing to break it up a bit too. good luck to you. xxx

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    I had the exact same problem, I had my gallbladder removed in 2012, hoping that was me going to be pain fee, pain started again the next day, and like you I had a flare up of already diagnosed IBS, however since then been diagnosed with diverticular and fybromyalgia. Good luck, your going to have to speak to your consultant, now four years on they found one of my bile ducts had been damaged and no one will take responsibility. I'm left with constant pain and unanswered questions.
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