IBS Worse After GB Removal

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My IBS is so much worse since I had my gallbladder taken out.

I already take a probiotic but it's stopped helping .

I think I should try digestive enzymes , can anyone recommend

a good one I can get in the UK that works !

I'm looking for one with no Bromalain.

Really dread eating now as I'm always waiting for the pain to start

after any food . Anyone else the same ? How do you cope ?

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    Sorry to learn you're going through this. IBS is a catch-all diagnosis caused by many conditions. If your stools are surrounded by yellow liquid, you have too much bile acid.  The last thing you need are digestive enzymes!  Have you gone to a gastroenterologist?  

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      Hi Lynda . I only have yellow liquid now and again if I get diarrhea.

      I'm usually constipated. My main problem is the pain in my stomach which

      feels burning after I eat or even when I'm hungry . Every food seems to cause

      me pain . I can't eat foods I used to be able to before surgery . I get stomach

      cramps far too often .

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      It's too bad that this is happening to you.  But sometimes people just can't eat the foods that they used to be able to eat.  It seems as if you have lots of stomach acid.  I suggest you get a referral to a gastroenterologist, a specialist who would be better able ti find out what's going on than a gp. xx

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    If you are having diarrhea, have your doctor prescribe Cholestyramine, which is a powder you mix with water and drink 30 minutes before you eat.   It absorbs the bile and stops diarrhea.  Can be a game changer if you are producing too much bile, which is common after gallbladder removal.   The pain can be from the bile (I just had a scope and the doctor removed 50 cc's of bile from my stomach...the two-month constant pain I had been having went away immediately!).   He told me to take Pepcid 20 mg, twice per day (non-prescription) and it has REALLY helped with the pain.   Try the antacids as soon as possible, because it makes a huge difference!

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      I have been taking pantoprazole for a long time , usually one a day

      but my GP said I can take 2 a day so I've started on 2 a day from today.

      I really need something to stop the pain after I eat as it's all the time now .

      My GP doesn't seem to understand how bad this is !

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    My gallbladder has been gone for 15 years but I have experienced extreme pain intermittently during that time.   Generally, it occurs around the holidays when I eat lots of food I know I shouldn't be eating.   From November until last week (February), I have had extreme pain, 24/7 and finally went to Gastro guy and had a scope last week.   As I mentioned before, I had lots of bile that he removed, reducing the pain almost immediately.   I still really believe your pain is caused from too much bile, like mine was, and that taking a high dose of Pepcid or any of the antacids will help you.   Until my scope, I DID NOT BELIEVE THE PAIN WAS FROM INDIGESTION!   I was quite sure something was seriously wrong for me to hurt with the intensity I had.  The Gastro doctor said the pain caused by too much acid can feel like you are having a heart attack and that, indeed, many people go to emergency rooms believing they are having a heart attack.   I am SO much better now that I am taking 80 mg of Omerprazole a day.   That is a LOT, but he thinks I need that for the next month, to get rid of the inflammation that I have from all the acid.   If you can't get any other answer, increase your dose and see if that doesn't help.   It can't HURT.   (They said the non-prescription Pepcid would work the same but I would have to take 4 of the 20 mg pills each day and would have to buy it myself, whereas the prescription is paid by my health insurance.)   I hope you get some relief.   This is such a frustrating disease.

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