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Hello!

I had the gall bladder removed in feb 2014 and i have a lot of concerning symptoms. Has anyone had similar issues that may have a diagnosis or insights to my troubles?

Bowel movements have never been the same.

Anything i eat goes right through me.

Stool is always different. Usually i have about 4 bowel movements a day if not more. It is usually liquidy, yellow, tons of mucous, foul smelling.

Sometimes its really pale. Sometimes its extremely dark. Sometimes its tinged an orangish colour. Its usually liquidy or mushy. Some times its solid/firmer like a regular bm, but it always feels "loose"

I have a bit of abdominal discomfort, like my tummys knotted. 

I have had a noticable increase in back pain as well - lower back hurts and my right side around my shoulder blade. I also get flashes of sharp pain/and or a dull ache in either side of my abdomen occasionally too.

Lastly and this might not be related at all but i have menstruated in 2 months. I am definitely not pregnant, i have checked.

Can anyone shed some light on this for me?

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    Also, im gaining weight like crazy. Heaviest ive ever been sad
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    You should check with your doctor first of all, but what you are describing sounds like it could be lack of digestive enzymes, which you can take at each meal, and gut dysbiosis, which is an imbalance of germs in your intestines.  There are many things that contribute to gut dysbiosis.  Low carb eating with lots of steamed veggies and abstaining from fruits and any sugar or grains might help you find out if that is contributing.  You can google many diets that describe how to get rid of candida, a yeast infection encouraged by carbs, sugars and fermented foods.  Other things that contribute are heavy metal toxicity, antibiotics, infections etc.  Did your doctor ever go over the idea of eating small, low fat meals with you after you had your gall bladder out? They pay so little attention to the consequences, in my opinion, but there are ways to manage those side effects most of the time.  I checked, and usually only 20% of people have long term side effects.  What you are describing is how my mom responded to her surgery and I was afraid it was going to be my fate as well.  So far, I went through some rough times, but adjusting my diet to less grain and no dairy has really helped.  Also, we went to a more 'paleo' kind of eating plan with lots of vegetables.  South Beach is a good cook book for that, but I am also limited in how much meat I eat so I am working from Laurels Kitchen some of the time and relying on higher fat, but less iritating, organic raw nuts.  Generally I have to be pretty careful to avoid anything that makes me bloat or irritates my insides :P that includes some kinds of tea, meat, grains and dairy.  When you mention back pain and lack of menstruation, I think you really should get in for a pelvic ultra sound, and a gyn appointment.  Usually, uterean cancer causes more bleeding not less so probably don't need to worry about that.  Best of health to you!
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    Hi 

    you really need to keep going to your gp. 

    So many symptoms which could be so many things. 

    Often other problems do have bowel problems as a symptom. The trouble is we think this is caused by my gallbladder being removed but it may have nothing to do with it. 

    When you toto the gp don't mention your gallbladder removal just list all your symptoms ...they are easily lead to a diagnosis ....just list symptoms and get some tests done.  I hate to scare but you need to rule out the big c. Easy to ignore symptoms cos u think its its side effects of surgery. Sorry to say it but caught early its curable ..

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    Hi 

    im having some of the same problems with abdominal pain, ive had pain in my "gallbladder" area since i had mine removed in May. Ive been going back to my gp evry month since, and then up until last minth, every week. The pains got so bad and theres no rhyme or reason for it. Ive got an appointment with my surgeon in November so they might refer me to a endoscopy. Ive also got a smallish hard lump in the area.  

    Foodwise ive only really had a problem with things containing olive oil like salad dressings and pesto, i get extremely bad cramps and cant move from the bathroom for a good hour. I was expecting all fatty foods to affect me but it seems to be just oilive oil, though fatty foods do gove me pain in my gall bladder area....weird! 

    If you havent already, id say keep on at your gp dont get fobbed off with blood tests, scans or pain clincics, you know your body.

    best of luck x

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    Hey everyone! 

    Thanks for the feedback much appreciated!

    They never discussed anything with me diet wise except "youll have to find what works for you" i will try a diet change and see what happens.

    I will definitely go back to my gp. I cant deny my gallbladder issue as she already knows but ill make more of a stink if she tries to brush me off with more blood tests. Gyn is a good start. Maybe a gi specialist as well. 

    Best to rule out everything. 

    Thanks again for the help!

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