Pain, Vomiting, Frequent BMs 1 month post Gall Bladder Removal
I had my gallbladder removed on March 5. It is now April 6 and I continue to have issues. I have had sever vomiting twice to the point that it put me bac in the hospital for several days to be rehydrated. Now I seem to have more of a problem with upper abdominal/stomach cramps, intestinal cramps, unexplained vomiting over the last few days, and frequent bm's ( In the last 48 hours I have had 6 bm's, which seem to lead to the vomiting as well). Is it something in my diet? They have had me on a low residue diet, and that seemed to help for a while. Now I just don't know. Is my body just adjusting or am I going to go through this for this rest of my life?
I am so sorry you are going through this after having your GB removed. I had my done on March31st. Did you have any other issues or just the GB?
I read somewhere and perhaps you can clarify this that when they put you on a low residue diet it is because you have flare-ups and and when quote from the web...
Diverticulitis occurs when pockets in the wall of the intestine, called diverticula, become inflamed or infected. Fortunately, sufferers can find relief by following a diverticulitis diet. Which is the same thing as a low residue diet. Have you talked to your doctor about your diet?
I was on a low fat diet, low cholestrol diet before surgery, actually put on this type of diet the day I was admitted to the ER for a gallbladder attack. I only had 3 stones. When I mean low fat..I was only eating foods which had less than 1 mg of fat per serving, that is how LOW. I never had dairy, no junk food, only water. Basically before and now after my GB removal I am sticking to my same diet and will slowly introduce new foods. I eat fish, broiled with no seasonings, boiled or grilled chicken...veggies and fruits and that is it. YES..I feel like I am starving, but my surgeon said sticking to the diet is key and certainly any other problems associated with your gallbadder before your surgery. I have been reading before posting to you about your situation and it says alot. I am sure you know best. What is your doctor saying?
I wish I had the answers to why you are going through this, but I hope they find out very soon and you get to feeling better!
Thank you for your reply. I think I may try your diet plan. My surgeon told me that I should be able to eat just about anything, but if it caused a problem not to eat it any mroe (that was real helpful). The hospital put me on the low residue diet the last time I was admitted (about 1 1/2 weeks ago) because they basically could not come up with anything else. They have run every test imaginable and they say they don't see any reason I should be having the problems that I am --- this is very distressing to me.
As for other problems---- at the time they were testing for my gb they also did a scope into my stomach. They found a hiatal hernia and inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis --- i'm not sure of the spelling). They said that none of this would be causing the problem.
Obviously, if my problems become severe again they want me to go back to the hospital.
One thing, have you been checked over again by your surgeon? The vomiting and intestinal cramps sound a little concerning.
I too just had surgery for gallbladder removal on March 24. I went through some days of similar symptoms and I found it was because I tried to start resuming some of the foods I used to eat too quickly and they weren't even high fat foods. They weren't low fat either though. I went to almost a non existent fat diet for a bit and now I am eating a more normal diet that consists of lower fat foods. I find I cannot eat red meat still but i do eat baked chicken, tuna with low fat mayo, lean lunch meats like turkey and lean frozen meals. I also eat a lot of plain rice.
So when I was going through that I thought I would never be able to eat anything with any fat but I am now able to eat some fat. I still have to be very very careful though and cannot eat a lot of fat or high fat. I will end up in the bathroom for awhile if I do.
The good news is things seem to be improving and I hope the same happens for you. I have read before people say their doctors tell them they can eat whatever they want after the gallbladder is removed. My surgeon never told me this. He specifically told me I would have to watch the fat intake. He said I would be Ok with some fat but wouldn't be able to eat high fatty foods.
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