I found out in June of this year I had a very large gallstone. I found this out after a year of stomach troubles and severe attacks. I was referred to a surgeon for a consult on having it removed. The surgeon said that everything would go back to normal after the surgery and I would be able to eat whatever I wanted, etc. I really wish that I would have looked into it further before having the surgery. I have had nothing but problems since. Almost immediately following the surgery, my joints started to stiffen up. Especially the small joints, hands, feet, etc. I kind of brushed it off thinking that it had something to do with the carbon dioxide they used to expand your abdomen in the surgery. I began to worry, when six months later the pain was so bad in my feet and ankles I could barely walk, and the pain in my hands was so bad I couldn't grab a blanket. I have been seeing a rheumatologist now, but still no answers. He says it is definitely inflammatory and put me on anti-inflammatories and treatment for inflammatory arthritis. I do see improvement with the anti-inflammatories, but there's more to the story. Since the gallbladder surgery, I cannot eat anything really without having to run to the bathroom shortly after. My stool is very yellow, and never solid. I keep telling all the doctors that I see, that I feel my joint pain is related to whatever is happening with my digestive system since the joint pain started immediately following my gallbladder surgery. No one seems to be able to tie the two together. I have read a little about IBS, and wonder if that could possibly cause joint pain, and also if it could arise post gallbladder removal? I also wonder if it could be a gluten intolerance? I have had test for RA, lupus, etc and they all came back negative. I was hoping that someone out there might have some suggestions since I seem to be getting nowhere. Luckily the medication seems to help, but I am very frustrated that I still do not have an answer or a solution. Any input is appreciated.