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.

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@cim37343

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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Hi there, I don’t remember now, all,I can tell you was that i took 2 packets for about a week then one and took flora urgent care probiotic also. What I do know is that I took an entire box as I have one box left. It does not taste very good and I was about to quit too. I think that is when I switched to one packet a day. Sorry I can’t remember but it was over a year ago. Also it can yellow your teeth so rinse your mouth good. Maybe it doesn’t work for everyone but 5 or 6 days is not really enough for anything to really work. I took it as I had my gullbladder out and about 6 months later started with diarrhea. I wish it would work for you as I don’t wish that problem on anyone. Let me know if you try again. Don’t forget the probiotic too. Get a probiotic that has to be refrigerated.

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@nancykeenan

Hi there, I don’t remember now, all,I can tell you was that i took 2 packets for about a week then one and took flora urgent care probiotic also. What I do know is that I took an entire box as I have one box left. It does not taste very good and I was about to quit too. I think that is when I switched to one packet a day. Sorry I can’t remember but it was over a year ago. Also it can yellow your teeth so rinse your mouth good. Maybe it doesn’t work for everyone but 5 or 6 days is not really enough for anything to really work. I took it as I had my gullbladder out and about 6 months later started with diarrhea. I wish it would work for you as I don’t wish that problem on anyone. Let me know if you try again. Don’t forget the probiotic too. Get a probiotic that has to be refrigerated.

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Nancy Ok. So you took one entire box. That helps. He is taking a probiotic called Align but it isn’t refrigerated.
Thanks!

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I have used align didn’t change anything but my friends doctor recommended align ….it just doesn’t have as many things in it. When you run out get Renew Life ultimate flora…yes I took one entire box just checked to see and I have one box left. Hope he goes back and tries it again…let me know. I think I mixed mine in a small I glass blender. I hated it but oh well it was worth it for me.

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@nancykeenan

I have used align didn’t change anything but my friends doctor recommended align ….it just doesn’t have as many things in it. When you run out get Renew Life ultimate flora…yes I took one entire box just checked to see and I have one box left. Hope he goes back and tries it again…let me know. I think I mixed mine in a small I glass blender. I hated it but oh well it was worth it for me.

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Nancy, Thanks for the advice. I really appreciate it!

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No problem! I also used physillium, which was recommended by the health food store….think I took that just before the cholestraymine. Didn’t think there was a difference. Good luck! Hope I helped in some small way….keep me posted. When I go to my gastro doctor, if he tells me anything different I will let you know. Be safe….

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@nancykeenan

No problem! I also used physillium, which was recommended by the health food store….think I took that just before the cholestraymine. Didn’t think there was a difference. Good luck! Hope I helped in some small way….keep me posted. When I go to my gastro doctor, if he tells me anything different I will let you know. Be safe….

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So kind of you. Thanks again!

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@cim37343

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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@cim37343 no special diet but do try to stay away from greasy food. No will not be on Budesonide, only if the microscopic colitis rears its ugly head again, then I would take it for the prescribed time.

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I had a 3 day run of excruciating pain last week that turned out to be my gallbladder. I went to the ER. It seems my gallbladder is enlarged without any stones, a few cysts in my liver. All my lab was within normal limits except lipase so I'll find out about that when I see the GI doc on Monday. The pain passed. I know not to eat fats and I haven't had pain since then but very little appetite. I had been losing weight thinking it was because I had cut out sugar as best I could and began to come as close to vegan as possible and also I had experienced a big weight loss when my first son died then again when my husband died. I graze around on food and take in what I am able focusing on foods with nutritional benefit and fiber since I am always plagued with constipation that nothing really helps. I have had short periods of BM regularity/normality and it sure is nice to go daily then my body goes right back to a form of "distress" which is what it feels like to me. This has gone on for years and I have blamed it on the traumatic life I have had since 2007 and before. I have been through the death of 2 sons, 2 husbands have died, my home has burned completely, both parents died, backing before 2007 one of those sons was unable to be found for 12 years while husband #2 had cancer. I always thought my body was reacting and it likely was. The very beginning of my GI symptoms was way back. I remember the exact day in 1982 when I was 29. I was with my sons second grade class on a trip to the zoo. I ate an apple. I felt doubled over with pain the size of that apple in the center pit of my stomach. That is the son who died in 2007 when he was 32 y/o. So I ask myself which is which? Mental, emotional, physical? It has all come downhill to physical which is a piece of cake compared to the grief. (and yes, I do have psychological help – the question I am always asked)

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@donnacarp

I had a 3 day run of excruciating pain last week that turned out to be my gallbladder. I went to the ER. It seems my gallbladder is enlarged without any stones, a few cysts in my liver. All my lab was within normal limits except lipase so I'll find out about that when I see the GI doc on Monday. The pain passed. I know not to eat fats and I haven't had pain since then but very little appetite. I had been losing weight thinking it was because I had cut out sugar as best I could and began to come as close to vegan as possible and also I had experienced a big weight loss when my first son died then again when my husband died. I graze around on food and take in what I am able focusing on foods with nutritional benefit and fiber since I am always plagued with constipation that nothing really helps. I have had short periods of BM regularity/normality and it sure is nice to go daily then my body goes right back to a form of "distress" which is what it feels like to me. This has gone on for years and I have blamed it on the traumatic life I have had since 2007 and before. I have been through the death of 2 sons, 2 husbands have died, my home has burned completely, both parents died, backing before 2007 one of those sons was unable to be found for 12 years while husband #2 had cancer. I always thought my body was reacting and it likely was. The very beginning of my GI symptoms was way back. I remember the exact day in 1982 when I was 29. I was with my sons second grade class on a trip to the zoo. I ate an apple. I felt doubled over with pain the size of that apple in the center pit of my stomach. That is the son who died in 2007 when he was 32 y/o. So I ask myself which is which? Mental, emotional, physical? It has all come downhill to physical which is a piece of cake compared to the grief. (and yes, I do have psychological help – the question I am always asked)

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I think you would greatly appreciate the therapy you would get with a therapist that specializes in trauma. You have had more than your share.

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Fortunately my therapist is just that. I am also in a group which I really like. Nothing really helps when it comes to the loss of a child and in my case 2 of them. I learned after the first it is a matter of getting used to living without him. I am not there yet with the second son. One good if there is such a thing is that my daughter has let go of her meanness. I mean real meanness and bullying. My first husband of 17 years (father of all 3) died 2 days before son #2 and it seems it took his death before she could "come to". I can't say that I fully trust that she will not bite anymore and I certainly tread lightly since she too has lost much but maybe now she can recover herself. I know this isn't exactly the purpose of this GI blog but our body system is all connected. thanks everyone

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@donnacarp

Fortunately my therapist is just that. I am also in a group which I really like. Nothing really helps when it comes to the loss of a child and in my case 2 of them. I learned after the first it is a matter of getting used to living without him. I am not there yet with the second son. One good if there is such a thing is that my daughter has let go of her meanness. I mean real meanness and bullying. My first husband of 17 years (father of all 3) died 2 days before son #2 and it seems it took his death before she could "come to". I can't say that I fully trust that she will not bite anymore and I certainly tread lightly since she too has lost much but maybe now she can recover herself. I know this isn't exactly the purpose of this GI blog but our body system is all connected. thanks everyone

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@donnacarp You are seeking appropriate care but you are dealing with an enormous amount of grief and loss. Below I have linked our Grief and Loss group. You may want to take a look at previous and current discussions or post a new discussion if you aren't finding exactly what you are looking for.

http://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/loss-grief/

Connect is a place to give and get support.

Would you also be interested in the Mental Heath and/or Depression and Anxiety groups?

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