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Can you gain weight after gallbladder surgery?

I am a teenage mother, right after i had my son in april, i started having really bad pains in my back chest and shoulders. i went to the e.r and they told me it was in my head that they couldnt find anything wrong!!! Then a few days later i had the same pains and i went to a different hospital 26 miles out of okc. there they found that i had 30 impacted gallstones. a week later i had my surgery weighing in at 123lbs. it has been a year and some months and i weigh in now at 210lbs. Ive tried low fat high fiber working out flax seed, grapefruit, name it ive tried it. Everyone of my teachers doctors and specialits have told me im too fat and to quit eating so much. Ive even tried crash dieting just to lose a few pounds. society is cruel especially for a 16 year old girl. please send me something because i need to show people its really  not me.... email me @ heather_ingram***@****


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Welcome to the world of the obese. As someone who has quite literally lost a whole person's worth of weight (80 lbs) I can tell you it's no fun, socially, psychologically, or personally.

As for weight loss, understand this: you're digesting better than you ever have, and that might be the problem. See, when you have gallstones (or your gallbladder doesn't pump enough bile out for some other reason), you don't digest food as fast, or as well: the food stays in the stomach longer and it's not totally absorbed into your system. As a consequence, when the gallbladder gets taken out, weight increases. That, and there's the little known fact that most people who've had gallbladder surgery just plain eat more/worse than they did prior simply because they don't have their painful, diseased organic conscience to remind them that they shouldn't be eating whatever. Oh, and there's that little "being a mother" part. Unfortunately, nature's against you on this one: you'll pack on the fat. (On the bright side, if it's mostly in your hips then nature's bought you some time.)

In any case, I'm sorry to say there's no easy answer other than the old "eat fewer calories, eat more times per day, and exercise more." Your diet will depend on your body type (and how well you react to certain foods), However, a good rule of thumb for losing weight is "if man made it, don't eat it." That means no breads, pastas, prepared meals, candies, ice creams, etc. Stick with fruits, salads, grass/graze fed meats and eggs (particularly fresh fish), and nothing you wouldn't have eaten with a bad gallbladder (if you even felt pain long enough to spot any patterns.) Strict, I know, but if you can do this 95% of the time then you'll be on the path to much better health. TO get started on this, an anti-inflammatory diet will likely be your best way, because it, by nature, attemtps to eliminate most of these processed fods. Finally, try to see if you have any food intolerances, as that may drive up your weight.

To answer your question, can people without gallbladders lose weight? Yeah, but it, like all weight loss, it's a challenge. The big key here is exercise.

//280 lbs when I was 16.
//324 lbs by age 25.
//Now 28, currently 250 lbs.
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By the way, the key here is DON'T GIVE UP. It may take time, but if you're 16 you still have a LOT of life ahead of you. Big goals are built on small goals, and success usually comes as the result of a lot of failures and a few small-but-key successes.
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TRust me I KNOW what your going through.
I had my gallbladder removed almost 3 years ago and since then I have gained 110 lbs.
Most Dr.'s say the same thing this gnorb idiot said that we need to eat less, fewer calories, excercise, blah blah.
WE DO !!!!! I have done it for 3 years now and I gain an average of 10 lbs a month.
It's nothing I'm doing wrong, I trained for 3 months to run a marathon and guess what ? I didnt lose 1 pound, I wasnt muscle training, I was doing treadmill, and eating only fruits and veggies and still gained weight. No , it wasnt muscle I gained, we arent STUPID people, we know if our clothes feel tighter or the same.
I wish these people and these Dr.'s would just sit down and actually listen to us.
I honeslty wish you luck !
I have been through 3 Dr.'s and they all say the same, eat right and esxcercise, they think we are lying for some reason.
I also had hyperthyroidism in 2003 and lost about 30 lbs then it didnt matter what I ate, I would  gain a pound. They put me on meds and now I dont have it anymore, None of the Dr.'s understand that either because I didnt have treatment.
After I stopped the meds I gained about 40 lbs pretty quick, but then after the gallbladder thing is when it all really packed on and it's continuing to do so, I dont know how to stop it !
And if these Dr.'sa would actually LISTEN and try to help figure out the problem my chances of being healthy again may just happen.
I'm so frustrated about this.
I'm pushing 260lbs and nothing is stopping it
This isnt right !!!!
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Hi there.  Please come and join us in the Weight Loss and Dieting forum.  There are some truly inspirational people there who have lost a lot of weight over time and are keeping it off.  I have struggled with weight loss due to genetics and being hypothyroid (you should get your thyroid tested).  It is a challenge but I have gone from 196 to 180 pounds since June.  

I always thought I ate well and that it was just my lack of exercise that hurt me.  I joined the free web site (I'm going to write it out spaced so MedHelp doesn't delete it) s p a r k p e o p l e  d o t  c o m.  You put in your height, weight and target weight and date and it will give you the range of calories, carbs, fat and proteins you should be eating.  It suggests meal plans and exercise plans but I just use it to input what I eat each day and it calculates what the calories, etc. are.  I use this to help plan my meals and I have really learned portion control and what makes sense.  I increased my intake of beans and lentils and vegetables and am not hungry.  I walk for exercise.  You can do this.  

Also, MedHelp's weight tracker is fantastic.  It really motivates me to see the graphing of what I've done against my target.  The support on the forum keeps me going.  Hope I'll see you there.
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