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Gallbladder ejection fraction

I have been having stomach pain/nausea and diarrhea for the last couple of months and it has been getting progressively worse. My doctor ordered a HIDA and it showed that my gallbladder ejection fraction of 8.4% which is abnormally low per the report. I have lost a lot of weight due to diarrhea after eating, and not wanting to eat because of it. My doctor said he wanted to try and slow the diarrhea down before removing my gallbladder because the diarrhea can get worse sometimes when you remove the gallbladder. So I'm trying to figure out if the diarrhea is because of my gallbladder ejection fraction and if ejection fraction of 8.4% is enough reason to remove the gallbladder and fix my stomach/admonial issues. All my other test have been normal. I also belch and wake up during the night feeling nauseous and with my stomach making lots of noisy, but no constant specific pain in the gallbladder area. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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A low gallbladder EF means that your gallbladder is not functioning properly at all, the low EF can cause exact same symptoms of a gallbladder attack... I myself did not have diarrhea before or after the surgery, mine was nausea, vomiting, pain.  Do you take Fibre supplement?  You should try taking this every morning, my surgeon and GI recommended 2 metemucil capsules every morning... Some people do have issues after the surgery with diarrhea and or constipation.  So best to follow the doctors orders, is this a GI doctor telling you this or just your family physician?  Might be a good time to be referred to a GI/Surgeon to find out more info about if this could be causing diarrhea etc.
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Thanks Cdngal. No I don't take the supplement you mentioned. I thought I shouldn't take any bulk, since I have diarrhea. Yes, It is a GI doctor and he is sending me to talk to a surgeon. I feel like I need to vomit at times, but haven't yet. I'm nausea and feel sick to my stomach, weak feeling and diarrhea shortly after I eat. All my other GI test have been normal. Also I have a tight feeling in the chest area and néed to loosen my bra, but not sharp pain. The GI doctor did say that the gallbladder can cause the diarrhea, but I haven't heard others say anything about diarrhea. I'm just trying to put it all together and make sure the surgery will help since this has been going on for a couple of months. So you didn't have intense pain in the upper right side before your surgery and how are feeling now? Thank for your feedback.
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Hey oh i definately had the intense pain in my upper right side, but I also had the tight chest feeling like something squeezing around me was terrible.  Yes probably best not to take anything until you talk to surgeon...when do you see the surgeon? My symptoms all went away about 10 days after surgery and feel alot better now... every now and then i get some mystery pains in my gallbladder area and lower right side but i am soooooooo much better i was sick fgor 7 mths vomiting, pain and nausea lost 40lbs (that i couldnt afford as i only weighed 140 lbs.) I am glad i had it done... i didnt have diarrhea before though so dont know if you will after i know some suffer from that for few months after..
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Wow, 7 months and 40 lbs that's a long time and a lot of weight lost. I've been doing this for 3 months, which seems like forever and have lost 12 lbs - currently weigh 119. I have an appt next Thursday with the surgeon. Thanks for sharing. It helps to hear from others with similar issues :)
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Good luck, let us know how it goes.
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You said that your symptoms took about 10 days to go away, during that time did you feel better than before the surgery and were you in much pain right after the surgery?
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I was not in alot of pain after the surgery...I only took the pain pills for 24hrs and stopped on my surgeons directions... I always have bad reaction from anesethtic so made me really sick and got dehydrated, and vomited alot...thats why took me 10 days to get better as it wasnt until 4 days later i met up with my surgeon in the ER to get IV fluids.  After that i was on the road to recovery... if i didnt have the bad reaction like I always do i would have felt alot better about 48 hrs after the surgery... make sure if you have the surgery, you get up and walk around alot, it helps with the trapped gas and the healing.
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