Painful Cramping/Diarrhea after Gall bladder removal.
Four years ago I had my gall bladder removed due to gall stones. From two weeks after the surgery I have had very severe cramping and diarrhea mostly after eating. This usually happens about 5-15 minutes after eating. Usually happens more severely when I eat anything dairy (milk, eggs, cheese, etc), acidic things, greasy food(fast food, tacos) and chocolate, but has occurred after eating things like meat and bread.
The cramping is so severe it also doubles me over in pain and sometimes its to the point where I feel like I may vomit. The diarrhea is usually loose and watery.
I feel i should add that I still occasionally get the same kind of pain as i did from the gall bladder attacks, though its infrequent.
My mother had hers removed years ago and still has the diarrhea and cramping.
Is this a normal after effect of the surgery or something I should have checked out?
This is something that many unfortunately experience after GB removal. You may want to consider starting and staying on a low fat diet to see if that's of help. In many, it can diminish or stop the symptoms you're experiencing. If that doesn't help, check with your doc about using a bile-binding resin such as questran.
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