Gastroenterology Community
31.7k Members
Avatar universal


I had my gallbladder removed 3 months ago.  The pain was very light (felt fine the next day).  I hated the attacks I was having which before I knew what they were caused me to go to the ER a few times.  My gallbladder didn't have stones when they first checked it, the dr's said it didn't eject enough bile.  By the time I had it out it had a few stones in it but wasn't even working when it was removed.  So I guess there was nothing I could have done anyway.

I will say that things are still not super easy.  I have constant diarehha (sp?) and I have had several spouts of severe vomitting which I thought to be the stomach flu.  I was told after my 3rd one that it was probably the lack of gallbladder.  The last vomitting episode was after 2 slices of pizza and 1 cupcake.  I'm not a big junk food person, I eat fruit and vegtables every day, eat mostly whole grains and don't drink soda's at all.  So to just want to munch on a few slices of pizza and have severe stomach problems as a result is a definite downside to the surgury if you can help it.  

I'm heading to the doctor next week to see if there is something I can take to help the stomach problems.  The biggest issue it that I am still nursing so there is a limit to what I can take.

Best wishes to everyone!

This discussion is related to Abdominal Pain after fatty foods-Post gallbladder removal.
3 Responses
Avatar universal
You probably are not processing fats as well as you did before the surgery, hopefully for just the short-term. I know that's a tough pill to swallow, but you may have to very, very slowly introduce fatty foods back into your diet and see what happens.

Unfortunately, no one really knows whether or not it will change. Some people can happily eat fatty foods again, while others are unable to.

Avatar universal
It still might be to soon to eat fat like that. I have the same problem, still have my gallbladder and I would get very sick if I ate that. There is something they can give you to help process the fat. Ask your doctor. I can't remember if it helps with diarreah or constipation after cholecystectomy.
I know it sucks,
377306 tn?1203434503
Everybody is different.  I had my gall bladder taken out February 27.  My biggest fear was digestive issues post surgery. Everything has been going pretty much as the doctors said it would. In the past week I've eaten pizza, Indian food, Thai food, Ice cream.  And today I had Mexican food.  I took it easy the first week, crackers, oatmeal, stayed real bland and low fat, but I am just about eating normal now. No real problems so far (knock on wood).

If you think that you may still be having problems with fat, try taking bile salt tablets with anything that is higher in fat.  I actually have been taking these for a couple of months now, before and after surgery.
Have an Answer?
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Learn which OTC medications can help relieve your digestive troubles.
Is a gluten-free diet right for you?
Discover common causes of and remedies for heartburn.
This common yet mysterious bowel condition plagues millions of Americans
Don't get burned again. Banish nighttime heartburn with these quick tips
Get answers to your top questions about this pervasive digestive problem