Long-term effects on no GB; can't tolerate starchy foods!

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I'm about 4 months post op now and I've gotten on pretty well, much better than I thought I would. I can even eat extremely fatty foods like peanut butter in reasonable amounts without much effects. 

However, one thing which Ive noticed is an intolerance to certain starchy/high carb foods. Potatoes give me unbearable sharp pains all over my abdomen and backside, so I've cut them out completely. Recently I've noticed another culprit; beans. I get very gassy and bloated after them, and they aggravate my pain where the GB used to be. 

Sometimes bananas also unsettle me but I can usually tolerate them much better. As I said the pain comes on from mostly starchy, heavy foods. Is this a normal condition post OP that will get better over time, or is it likely something else unrelated to my GB op? 

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    I'm only 2 weeks post op and have no issues eating anything however I am aware that it is common for certain foods to still aggravate and cause pain. I was recommended to reintroduce food slowly and over time as your body still needs time to adjust to not bein able to store bile. I risked it as there are so many foods I haven't been able to eat I've been a bit naughty. I'm already bored of chips . So I would say things that seem to irritate start doing portion control and only have small amount occasionally. For some people it take 5 minutes for some people it can take more than a year.

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    Hi I have found same thing but can solve it ! I have an air fryer (tefal actifry) ... I cut potatoes into chips (fries), soak them for 30 minutes under water, rinse off. This removes lots of starch! Dry them by tea towels, put in air fryer and add one teaspoon of rapeseed oil. The result is delicious chips and NO pains! It took me ages to discover this, eating potatoes without doing this hurts! Hth
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      Thanks for the suggestion. I heard similar things regarding beans, soaking them overnight releases most of their anti nutrients and makes them more digestible. I used to do this before and can't recall any problems, but I haven't had time to soak them recently. I'm going to try this method one last time with the potatoes as well, hopefully it helps me tolerate them. If not I'll have to cut them out, which is fine but I'm just curious why they're giving me pain, I'm thinking it's likely a developed allergy. 

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    I started getting sick to my stomach back on June 18,2017. I had nausea,diareah,dry heaves. I felt with it all until the 25th of June then went to the ER. Two hours later they sent me home with what they said was a viril infection. The next day an ambulance took me back to the hospital with the same symptoms only five times as bad. They admitted me for registration and uncontrollable blood pressure.
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    Food intolerance is a seperate issue. Look up FODMAP at Melbourne University for the science around it. Use the method of elimination and reintroduction to determine which of them is causing your problems. You can happily eliminate your gallbladder from the equation already.

    Rob

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    I am 5 nights post op and I am surprised by this post. I had a potato last night for dinner no issues. Have you tried rice? Because I have had rice too without a problem. Just hope this trend continues for me.

     

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      The problems I've been having have come on very slowly months after my surgery...as I said I was very good in the early days after surgery despite just losing an organ. It seems that food intolerances have come on later. I too was able to eat anything I wanted right after surgery, even potatoes and beans, but no more!

      I had the same reaction today after eating millet...it's a starchy, thick grain similar to rice. It gave me a lot of bloating and pain after eating. I then tried white rice for my next meal and even though I overate, I felt no pain or extreme bloating, which makes sense since white rice is stripped of most of the starch.

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    Yes mine came on a while after like that, had no intolerance troubles before gallbladder symptoms
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