My husband began having frequent diarrhea nearly a year ago. He also has lots of very foul smelling gas. The stool is also foul smelling and floats. The problem has gotten worse in the last four months. The diarrhea occurs several times daily, and he's lost almost 35 pounds.
When he finally saw a doctor, the doctor thought he had diverticulitus (he also did blood tests to rule out cancer). He prescribed an antibiotic and ordered a lower GI. The lower GI came back normal. He stopped the antibiotic and prescribed Lomotil which did absolutely nothing. The last round of tests included blood tests for liver functions, an upper GI, ultrasound and stool sample for parasite testing.
His blood tests for liver function came back "not normal" (sorry, I don't have any more information right now - I wasn't at the appointment). The upper GI was normal. The ultrasound showed sludge in the gallbladder. The stool sample came back negative.
Now, the doctor is saying that the sludge in the gallbladder is affecting the liver which is causing the diarrhea. He wants my husband to have his gallbladder removed. I'm sorry, but that simply doesn't make sense to me. I read lots and lots about diarrhea AFTER gallbladder removal, but haven't found anything about it causing diarrhea.
Does anyone have any insight or a source I can consult to get information?