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My son had gall bladder surgery and amputation of part of his right leg due to diabetes the first part of October and is still having issues with diarrea and vomiting.He does not know what is causing it, I feel he eats too much food in one sitting and the wrong kind of foods. He drinks a lot of tea and water and uses artificial sweeteners . I am going to research to see if I can find something natural that he can take for the disentary.I feel for those of you having issues from your surgery, I had it when I was 16 yrs. old but didn't have any problems.

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    Hi Sally, 

    Sorry to hear your Son has gone through with so much at once.

    and also you at 16having your GB out that was awful.  I had mine out

    a little ove two weeks ago and I am miserable. I can not eat. My doctor told

    me to go on a fat free diet. I never read the labels of what I bought I have not had a regular meal in weeks. my last one was at a restarant I had fish and chips and i thought I had food poisoning. I tried everything at home for 3 days then I called the er and they said we can not tell you over the phone i drove mysel there when i got there i was white as a ghost they thought i had a heart attack so many tests admitted for 4 days and the surgeon came in and said i am taking out your gaulbladder in the am   he told me it was horrible infected sludge what ever that is blocked at the ends. I am sorry that your Son is going through this. I have a stomache ache so bad i can not eat. they said eat small portions of fat free foods. I had toast and could not get rid of my pain so i went to the store and got my cats

    food then i was going over to get some food like soup or broth or something for me i could not stand straight i came home instead and just made it to the bathroom. You say he eats alot well they told me little portions till you get use to it  i am going to lie down i really hardly ate anything for over two weeks. toast or gingerale i did get some 98 percent fat free turkey breast from the deli it was not that bad. then someone told me to cook a few potatos in broth and mash them no butter i did that it was good till later when my stomache started again.I put a hot water bottle on my stomache it helps a little good luck to your son and let us know how he is doing. good luck 

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    Hi Sally - I have not had the surgery yet, but I am so sorry for what your son is going through.

    ​From all the reading I have done, I would advise that he asks the doctor for advice - these digestive issues can settle with time, but as he is diabetic, best make sure there is no infection etc. There are meds that can help bind the bile and reduce the looseness if he does have any bile acid malabsorption when tested.

    ​Also people report that taking regular probiotics and fibre supplements can help, and eating little and often and keeping the bad fats to a minimum until things improve . Others use digestive enzymes to good effect. Artificial sweeteners are controversial but they may cause looseness in larger amounts.

    ​I hope he can find some good advice and also keep his blood sugars level through this. Best of luck.

     

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    Given the extent of the diabetes, your son probably has "diabetic gastroparesis".  Smaller more frequent meals might help. I am not an expert on the treatment options but it is treated with drugs or gastric pacemaker.  Please bring this up to his physician who should do a gastric emptying study, or perhaps try a treatment to see if it works.  A doctor should also make sure there is no infection causing the problems first.  

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