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MBUCHANAN9
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2/18/13 11:24 A

Thanks for all the advice!

And, Russell, I have to wait because I have no family doctor. The family doctor I was seeing has left town and she's not giving her patients to anybody. There are also 1500+ people on a waiting list for a family doctor. The only other alternative is the walk in clinic or the er. Neither of which I'm keen to visit. That's what happens when I live in a small town where doctors come because they're international and they have to serve in small/rural/remote/northern locations for 3-5 years before they can go wherever they want. Not all of us have similar access to family doctors.



RUSSELL_40
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2/18/13 9:16 A

Two things I want to talk about. I had my gullbladder removed in February 2011, and eat 60-80% fat diet with no issues. My doctor laughed when I asked if I had to eat low fat. Maybe it varies person to person, but I have more of an issue with greasiness than overall fat. I can enjoy macadamia nuts, eggs, cheese, and lots of meat, but sometimes if I do not drain my ground beef enough, I might get stomach upset. Other than that I am fine.

Second of all, your doctor's office sucks. I call today, I see a doctor today. Why would anyone wait? If you are in pain today, and your doctor won't see you, get a new doctor. It would be different if you had a cold, but you are in pain. your doctor should make room for you.



DIETITIANBECKY
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2/18/13 7:41 A

I agree with giving 20-25% fat (that would be the lower end of your SP fat range) a try for a week or so. Monitor yourself. Do you have pain on this amount?? If things settle down--good! If not---see a doctor.

Becky



NAUSIKAA
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2/18/13 3:44 A

Yes!!! Always perfect your diet before seeing a doctor about diet because it can take a long time to get in to see someone, and being able to show up with printouts showing exactly what you eat over a period of time can be very valuable. Most of the time the doctors will give you canned info but if you can show them that you are eating perfectly then they have to give you specialized advice. And you never know, by perfecting your diet you may end up avoiding the doctor altogether. Go to 20-25% calories from fat and see how you feel - maybe you'll be fine. Then you'll just be doing what the doctor would have told you to do in any case.

(Because all he's going to say, unless you can prove you only eat 20% calories from fat, is "eat less fat.")



MBUCHANAN9
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2/17/13 10:10 P

Thanks Becky! I guess I'll have to go sit in the walk in and see what they say...is it worthwhile to try to get my diet under control first before I do it?




DIETITIANBECKY
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2/17/13 7:26 P

I looked at your SP nutrition tracker for the past few days. I see that many of your days you have a fat intake of 60-80 grams daily.
This is not low fat, in fact this is 35% of your calories or more coming from fat.
Do contact a doctor.
Do take your food records.
See what he/she suggests.

SP Dietitian Becky



NAUSIKAA
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2/17/13 4:03 P

I had my gallbladder removed in March 2010. I still have to eat a low-fat diet. Fried foods are almost completely off limits - I can have ONE bite. In general though foods salmon and peanut butter do not bother me. It's more the "heavy" and "unhealthy" fatty foods that are a problem, although cheese bothers me in more than small quantities. I never got pain (not even before I had it removed) my symptom was always terrible nausea, which I still get if I eat too much fat, but I have noticed it has improved markedly over the past several years. Some foods exacerbate it and some don't so I just gravitate toward the ones that don't bother me.

My father had his gallbladder removed maybe 45 years ago and he says that it takes about 10-12 years for things to normalize, at least in his experience. Since he told me that, I expect I have another 7 or 8 years to go.

As far as my daily fat intake goes, I average 39g of fat per day which is 26% of my calories. This might even qualify as "low fat" , I don't know.



WHOVIAN85
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2/17/13 4:01 P

Thanks for getting back to me, and hope you can get a hold of your dr about your stomach pains.



MBUCHANAN9
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2/17/13 3:50 P

I think it varies by person. I know that if my fat gets too high, I feel it. I have a friend who has had it out who is like your friend. My mom is like me.



WHOVIAN85
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2/17/13 3:35 P

My best friend just had her gallbladder recently removed, when I asked her if they put her on a special diet because of her surgery she said her dr. Said she could eat the same foods as she usually does. She eats burgers and fries and in my opinion not the healthiest choices. Do all patients who've had their gallbladder removed told to reduce the fat in their diet? I'm just curious is all.



MBUCHANAN9
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2/17/13 2:59 P

Thanks for that...but it's a tough thing to do since my doctor is leaving, and I'm behind at least 1500-1600 people to get a new family doctor. Plus, the walkin clinic is VERY busy...but I'll make an effort.



STDWYNWEN
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2/17/13 2:50 P

Hi MBUCHANAN9

You should contact your doctor if you're having pain.



MBUCHANAN9
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2/17/13 2:31 P

Hello y'all,

I've got an issue I'd like some help with.

I had my gallbladder out in October of 2011. After the recommended healing time, I started adding fat back into my diet. It went well for a while, but now...let's just say that I've gained a lot back that I had taken off when I was on the ultra-low-fat gallbladder diet.

I've also been having some issues with fat digestion recently. If I'd still had a gallbladder, I think that the attacks would have been VERY painful--as it was, the pain has still been kind of bad.

I know that I can't have as much fat as I used to, but I still want to be able to have things like peanut butter and salmon and oil & vinegar salad dressings--and yes, chocolate and chips every once in a while. I just can't seem to figure out how to balance them out.

Any ideas? How low should I be aiming for at first? Any ideas?



 
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