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I went to Drs for first time pain and didn’t know til see Dr that I had a gall bladder infection. I spent two days in hospital for intravenous antibiotics and then sent home with oral antibiotics which I have finished. Whilst in hospital I had an ultra sound which I was told I have gall stones and will need an op in future. I have an mri for 2nd May so suppose will know more after that. Was told to stick to a low fat diet which I’m doing.

My question is has anyone else stuck to a low fat diet and avoided flare ups before their operation as really want to avoid as I have a holiday in June to go on

Thank you 

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    Hi Susan, I have surgery scheduled for April 24 and have been eating a very bland diet for the last few days. Unfortunately my gallbladder doesn’t need much to become inflamed so I have stayed away from dairy, fried foods, sauces, spicy foods, etc. Sometimes I only eat soup and I feel this little sucker flare up, although not as bad as some other attacks but I feel it. My doctor told me that if it’s something I like to eat, don’t eat it..sticking with that advice has helped some. Good luck
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    Sticking to the low fat diet will help you in minimizing the occurrence  of a flare-up. However, the presence of gallstones in your gallbladder doesn’t guarantee that a flare-up won’t happen. Avoid fatty and spicy foods for now.  I wish you get rid of the gallstones soon. 
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    Hi Susan, my husband has gallstones and infected gall bladder. he had already 2 attacks, first was on feb and 2nd was on march 12. We declined for gall bladder removal as suggested by the medical team. Anyway we went home and try no fat to low fat diet then we did natural flush for gallstone.

    First flush was heaps of look a like stone with dark green inside looks like a concentrated bile, for me its a gallstone. We went back to our GP and told what we did but GP dont believe it. We went back to our specialist but advised to have it removed as specialist dont believe a natural flush, instead advised him to have it remove but we still decline. We carry on no fat or low fat diet which made my husband looking better and belly getting smaller. Since march 12 no pain at all even on his last check up with specialist he didnt feel the pain, hopefully our natural diet and gallstone flush works.

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      Hi Jenevieve

      ​                       Great news for your husband, My question to you is what did you use for the gall bladder flush?

      ​I have just had an MRI for possible gall bladder polyp and am waiting on the results now.

      Thanks

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    I stuck to a low fat diet but didn’t work. Ended up with constant flare ups every few days then a week in hospital on 2 occasions 6 weeks apart needing antibiotics before getting it out. 

    What I will suggest is making sure your insurance company are aware you have gallstones and are waiting for surgery. You may not be covered for any gallbladder related emergency. Better to know that than have it happen and not be covered if you need to claim xx

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    Hi Susan, I had my first attack on Feb. 24th, while on vacation. Came home and went to my GP, gall stones were discovered, also my gall bladder was no longer working. I told my doctor about an upcoming trip i had planned for the first week of April. He told me to eat low fat and have a good time. He scheduled my surgery for April 11th, two days after I returned. I was very careful about what I ate while on vacation and did great. A few times i may have eaten something, maybe dairy, that caused me to feel uncomfortable, like having an upset stomach, but other than that, flare ups were avoided, I believe, by simply watching my diet. I'm post op 11 days now and feeling great! I'm back to eating whatever I want, but since I lost 11 pounds during this whole process, have decided to stick to eating low fat anyway. Have a great holiday and good luck to yousmile

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    I had gallstones and had my gallbladder removed 3 years ago.

    I was on completely no fat diet, flare ups all the time.

    Got to the point where I was afraid to eat anything it was horrible.

    Not sure if you are thinking you may be operated on beofre your holiday but I think it is unlikely to be that quick.

    Take care and keep in touch.

    Hope you manage to have a good holiday.

    Sarah

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    Hi Susan the best thing is to keep to a low fat diet eat small meals too ! I've been having flare ups and waiting to have the flipping gall bladder out had stones stuck in bile duct had them removed by ERCP not been right since , on 3 lots of antibiotics and they have given me mouth thrush now . So like you I have a holiday booked in England because would not get insurance for holiday abroad best of luck 👌💐

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      Thankyou Barbara, yes that’s what I’m doing, just eating low fat, how long have you been waiting for your op.

      I’m hoping my insurance covers me for my holiday as we booked it months before I was diagnosed. Or at worst if I had to cancel.

      What gives you flare ups? 

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    Hi Susan  well it does not seem to be anything that flares it up I eat sensibly all organic veg and meat don't eat much meat just stick to chicken . But mines been going on since before Christmas spent 5 days in hospital because they didn't know what it was then another 4 days in Jan ! since then they decided to give me MRI nothing showed up then ultrasound nothing showed up that  was then . Since had 2 emergency admissions then they decided to give me ERCP fount a stone stuck in. Bile duct had me in again for another ERCP to remove it and they cut my bile duct to widen it  since I had that done felt rotten cramps and not eating another admission putting me on intravenous antibiotics sent home with loads more not good is it and all this being their fault for wrong diagnosis so now till the NHS can fit me in for gall bladder removal I'm in limbo ! the doctor said if I was travelling abroad my insurears would not insure me because you could have have a flare up anytime . We are going to Norfolk so that's ok 👌 I have lost so much weight that I can ill afford to,lose anymore not eaten a nice dinner for months so fed up and I think my family are also .😢All the best 💐

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      When you’re on antibiotics it’s a good idea to have some probiotics so you’re getting some good bacteria in your body too. I found this really helped to prevent thrush after a good few doses of different high strength antibiotics. 

      I know it’s easier said than done but try and eat little and often. It helps not to have a full stomach of food to digest. So around 5-6 small meals a day instead of 3 bigger meals. I didn’t actually lose any weight with gallbladder issues as that’s how I normally ate and didn’t eat much high fat food before the gallbladder started playing up. 

      Have you tried buscopan cramps? I bought some from chemist and they helped a little, so got bigger packets from GP on prescription as sure there’s only 20 in a pack you buy and you can take 2 up to 4 times a day! Also during the day I had heat patches on my stomach and back, then at night had hot water bottle on it. Heat seemed to help a little bit. So maybe a good soak in the bath or standing with the hot shower on the sore bits. Literally tried anything to relieve the pain and nausea whilst waiting to get it out xx

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      Yes I am on antibiotics 4 a day probably for the rest of my life I am now 67.

      So I eat activia yoghurts all the time.

      Also I find buscopan good on 2 4 times a day on prescription.

      I am on 22 tablets a day and recently GP said he could not see anything I could come off.

      Rattling Sarah!!

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      Hi yes Scottie doing the hot pods back and front also taking buscapan too but still get the cramps bad bottom of the stomach had these since having stone out of bile duct and they cut it too to widen it ! i suppose they did that until the NHS can give me a date for removal of gall bladder .Ive lost so much weight I've not eaten a good meal since before Christmas and I did not need to lose it now I am skin and bone .So I am eating lots of home made soup and had  bananas today too ! I've been on 3 lots of antibiotics because think I have a germ now in my colon makes you wonder if they had given it to me in hospital so nearly finished those some I couldn't take due to that making me feel so sickly 😢 I think my husband and family are sick of me too because I am now getting really fed up , I would kill for a nice Sunday dinner with Yorkshire puddings 🙏Thank you for your imput 💐

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      Sarah do you mind me asking why you are on antibiotics for the rest of your life ? I am 69 this year not been ill for years nothing like this I've been in and out of hospital since December misdiagnosed for months now they have fount a gallstone in my bile duct now out since then felt really poorly in and out of hospital once more now they say I have a germ in my colon I've been on antibiotics now for 2 months still no change though still have pain ..So have you had your gall bladder removed ? And have you still got it ? I've not had a decent meal for at least 5 months I am now skin and bone and feeling really rubbish 💐

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