Still dealing with issues after gall bladder removal 22 months ago :(

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I have been dealing with nausea, occasional vomiting, bloated stomach, cramping, constipation, pain in the upper right quadrant of my stomach and fatigue. I am still awaiting an appointment with a gasterologist . I've tried zofran didn't help. Has anyone that has experienced this problem tried buscapan or can suggest something I could ask my gp about? I'm from Canada so some medications aren't available that are available in the USA or other countries unfortunately. I'm hanging on by a thread. it feels like I've had a bad stomach flu for almost 2 years. Thanks

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    Hi Cindy42317, I am not from your part of the world but have you changed your diet?

    There is good info on YouTube which is worth looking at about Gall Bladder extraction and I obviously am no Dr but maybe you need Anti Acid medication and I won't bother saying our medication as you will not hear the same brand in Canada.

    The reason I ask about diet is because the Liver is feeding Bile directly into your Intestines now you maybe having Bile issues which indeed cause you symptoms your describing but 22 months is a long time to still be suffering after extraction? Most say in this site, maybe a year after before you are well?

    I believe they recommend small meals but often, so the bile is being soaked up but your Gastro person will tell you for sure whats wrong. So with diet you may well find you can only eat the same thing as when you had the Gall Bladder, no fatty foods, spices etc etc.

    I wish you well soon and maybe someone will give you a better reply than mine.

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      Thanks for the reply Julian. I'm on 2 different types of anti acid meds. One is an over the counter and one is prescription. i tried to get a prescription for buscapan but it is back ordered at our local pharmacies for 6 months and i guess there isnt a replacement for it. Hopefully when I get to see a gasterologist they will have an idea as to what's going on. 😊

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      Are these anti acids helping or making you worse? Are you worse of a night time? If your worse of a night time especially between 9 and 2 it would not surprise me, as this is your Livers time to do its work, now you do not have a Gall Bladder you may well have acid reflux (bile) If your suffering all lower tummy area you may have a sensitive small Intestine but anti acids should help if that is so. Are you able to eat anything without making you worse? Fatigue will always be with you if your system is all mixed up, you may find something like Bone Broth may help, its not nice tasting but it puts good enzymes into the tummy, when I am fasting and I start eating again, I add it to my soup.

      And others in here recommend other types of getting enzymes via tablet form.

      If you have a little heath food shop near you have a word with someone in there but always remember your script meds your taking. Are you eating any Fruits, Banana should be good making sure you chew it well. You may also be like some in here who has to keep to the same restricted diet you had when GB was still in you? Some have it easy after extraction but a lot don't. Also you will know the difference between Irritable Bowel as that will all be on your waist line and it will have you bent over in two!! But as I don't know what it is like without having a GB there, I probably am not the person who should be giving advice.

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      hi Julian, the mornings seem to be the worst but then sometimes I have terrible nights? I have to be careful with potassium ( bananas) as I only have one kidney my other one was removed 2003. the antacids help with the acid reflux but none of my other symptoms unfortunately. I have spoken to people at a health food sore that suggested different supplements. bile extract or something like That and a couple other ones. I'm not giving up I know there has to be a solution!! It's just finding out What?? Thank you for the reply 😊

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      Oh my that really puts pressure upon you only having 1 Kidney.

      You must be really struggling, all I can say with you is that someone comes to your aid and give you help.

      I would assume then, that this is a Liver issue, so all I can do is keep you in my thoughts for the New Year.

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    sorry to hear, keep on with your gps, im not in your country,alot of us wish we still had our gall bladders,im 2 years now with out but i was in agony,they removed all, stomach still feels tight,cant stand any tight clothing,been constipated since,as im not that old dont want to start using laxatives etc, im eating apples and pears,stay away from fatty foods,lots of water, but you are not alone,can assure you, all best,

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    Thanks for your reply Terry. I'm sorry to hear about your gall bladder problems. But it does make me feel good to know some one else knows how I feel. Sometimes I feel like I'm losing my mind. 😦

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      Not good unfortunately! It was 2 years on Dec 16 since I had my gallbladder removed lapascopically. I am still suffering with many symptoms. My Dr had sent a referral to see a gastrologist in April 2017. We live in a small town and the closest specialists are 3 1/2 to 4 hrs away, so we end up with long wait times to be seen by some specialists. I've been prescribed a bunch of different meds to help with symptoms but have had little to no relief. Buscapan is a med I haven't tried but isn't available in British Columbia because it's on back order. Dr may try me on verbizi it's usually for IBS which I don't have but have some of the symptoms of IBS. It's been a long difficult road suffering everyday, tests, appts and dealing with disability. I'd give anything to be well and have my life back!!

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