Uncontrolled diarrhea after gallbladder removal surgery: Any advice?

Posted by jfperrone @jfperrone, Aug 22, 2020

After a very painful event I had surgery to remove my gall bladder. Surgery took 2.5 hours. Follow up seems ok except I have uncontrolled diarrhea. I am living on imodium . I am weak as a baby with no aid in sight. The doctors offer no real help except telling me what to eat or not. Any similiar experience or advice.

If you have C. Difficile, Immodium will make you much sicker. Have the cytotoxin test, its the gold standard for detecting C. Diff. Florastor is the probiotic yeast that fights it and you can take it while taking antibiotics. But to fight C. Diff, will need strong antibiotics like Vancomycin. A family member had this 4 times. A Mayo doc ended up giving them Rafaxamin and that had no side effects and really helped until they could get a fecal matter transplant. Have a trusted love one help you research this. It sounds so odd but it is a lifesaver. Never give up. You deserve good health.

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Hi Everyone, My husband had his gallbladder removed 5 years ago. His gastro doc put him on Colestipol 1GM and said to take one tablet at noon and 2 if he still had the diarrhea. That doctor recently retired and his replacement has continued the treatment. It seems to work. If he doesn't take it, he gets really bad diarrhea. Good luck.

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It's probably bile acid malabsorption. Is your stool yellow? Try taking psyllium.

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@bumble81

It's probably bile acid malabsorption. Is your stool yellow? Try taking psyllium.

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not yellow at all. More like brown mud. Sorry for being so explicit.

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@jfperrone

It's now about 3 months since the emergency removal of my gall bladder. I am still plagued by bouts of diarrhea. I was told early on that i should drink those sports drinks with electrolytes (which I have) and take probiotic pills (which I have). Since I have not seen any noticeable improvement I'm wondering if I should continue or in fact are these pills and drinks making things worse. I'd appreciate any ones input with similar experience.

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I too had trouble with diarrhea. It started a year after it was removed. I tried everything. Finally I took a powder mixed with water and drank it. It was called cholestyramine resin brand olestra. You can only get it by prescription. I took twp packets twice a day and then cut back to one a day, along with a good 50 billion urgent care flora probiotic that you have to refrigerate. It was gone before I finished the first box, never to return……it is worth a try for anyone who is still having that problem.

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Thanks for the info. I just saw my Gastro. Doc and he made the same recommendation. pharmacy just called, it's ready.

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Good luck hope it works. Need to take that probiotic too. Keep me posted!

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hi– i had an ileostomy in january, 2018. it was reversed in may, 2018. I've had uncontrollable diarrhea for a long time. i take diphenoxylate atropine about 3 x a day. but I still have diarrhea .

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Ask your doctor about cholestraymine. You need a prescription….I had the bowel problem. Too. Was afraid to go out. I found this drug on my own and doctor said he would give me it. Took 2 packs a day mixed with water or orange juice along with a flora probiotic, then took one a day and viola it stopped. Never came back. Try it Hope it works fir you!

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@lucky1038

hi– i had an ileostomy in january, 2018. it was reversed in may, 2018. I've had uncontrollable diarrhea for a long time. i take diphenoxylate atropine about 3 x a day. but I still have diarrhea .

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@lucky1038 I did not have an ileostomy but have had diarrhea for 4 years and also took 8 diphenoxylate a day and still had diarrhea. Went to Mayo in July and had an endoscopy and sigmoidascope. Found I have microscopic colitis and they put me on Budesonide. Been taking as prescribed for 8 weeks w/2 to left and now have normal stools.

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@nancykeenan

Ask your doctor about cholestraymine. You need a prescription….I had the bowel problem. Too. Was afraid to go out. I found this drug on my own and doctor said he would give me it. Took 2 packs a day mixed with water or orange juice along with a flora probiotic, then took one a day and viola it stopped. Never came back. Try it Hope it works fir you!

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Nancy, my husband was given this drug but only took it 5 or 6 days and was discouraged and stopped it. How long did you take two packets a day? One packet?

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@suzanne2

@lucky1038 I did not have an ileostomy but have had diarrhea for 4 years and also took 8 diphenoxylate a day and still had diarrhea. Went to Mayo in July and had an endoscopy and sigmoidascope. Found I have microscopic colitis and they put me on Budesonide. Been taking as prescribed for 8 weeks w/2 to left and now have normal stools.

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Suzanne glad to hear you have your problem solved. Are you on a special diet or do you avoid certain foods? And also will you be on Budesonide for ever?

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