SparkPeople Gall Bladder Banter Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=15921 For those of us who struggle with gall bladder problems, find the support and suggestions you are looking for here. SparkPeople Gall Bladder Banter Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=15921 Post Surgery Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x57388351 Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I had my gallbladder removed exactly one week ago. I feel pretty good, though I do find I tire a little faster than normal. <BR> <BR> I was pretty active before surgery, so I'm bummed to be limited to just walking for now. How long until others were able to do more strenuous activity (running, biking, weights, etc)? Fri, 4 Apr 2014 20:16:29 EST Has anyone else lost weight since surgery? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x56703016 Hello, <BR> <BR> I was on the right track losing weight until I lost my gall bladder. Now no matter what I do I have slowly been gaining all my hard earned lost weight. <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing without their gall bladder? Has it affected your weight loss? Sun, 9 Feb 2014 00:29:09 EST Status updates! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x56449006 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to check in on this inactive board. I had my gall bladder removed in April 2013. Since the surgery I have found it increasingly more difficult to lose weight. No other issues since the GB was removed. <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing and for those of you that are also having more difficulties losing weight, what are some successful habits you have found? <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 23:38:32 EST Surgery Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x50276585 I signed up for this group when I had experienced several gall bladder attacks, and wanted to give anyone who may be interested an update. I had my gall bladder removed five weeks ago and the surgery was about what I expected. I had to stay overnight because I felt quite a lot of pain and they wanted me to be on stronger meds. I was able to walk a bit after the surgery and rested as well. The next day I was home and though the meds controlled the pain, I was very tired and not hungry at a... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 01:33:12 EST Hello from England http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x46655046 Hi, my name is Laurel. I had my GB out by keyhole surgery, about 12 days ago. I'd say the op went pretty well, though I had to stay in the hospital an extra day because I was unable to urinate after the op and needed a catheter to let the urine out. I think that was a reaction to the anesthetic, but after about 8 hours, I was back to normal. I am still pretty sore at the belly button incision site, but not too bad. I am having fairly normal bowel movements, just a few looser ones. I seem to... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 02:50:07 EST I'm going for surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x45814743 I'm meeting up with my surgeon on Friday to fix a date for my surgery. Looks like I've been lurking around too long without going for surgery and now it's come to the point where I really have to take it out because whatever I eat is causing me an attack. I really don't like living with pain. I hope to get the surgery done soon so I can get back to life without pain. Wed, 4 Jan 2012 09:29:36 EST What to expect after surgery? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x45650489 Hi everyone. I'm thinking of surgery. Those of you who have had surgery, can u pls tell me what to expect? Can u pls share your experiences and how u are coping currently. Thank you. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 07:14:40 EST To the people with gallbladders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x45566252 How are you coping? Are there some food that you absolutely can't eat? Any vitamins or supplements you're taking that's helping you? Please share. Sun, 18 Dec 2011 21:37:27 EST 24 hours + after surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x44765863 And I'm doing fairly well. I was wheeled into the OR at about 11:30 am yesterday morning (Monday), and woke up in recovery just before 2 pm. They let me go home about 7:15 pm or so, with a prescription for Tramacet. <BR> Today, I've been fairly sore, especially in the abdomen, and a bit in my back, which I guess is normal. I'm expecting to feel better tomorrow. <BR> I've been able to keep all my food down, which is good, but I haven't tried much in terms of meat, etc. <BR> My main concern ... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 23:17:37 EST Surgery prep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x44590206 Hello all, <BR> <BR> My gallbladder surgery is scheduled for October 24th--FINALLY. I've been confirming details with the hospital, and they keep insisting that I do not have to do a bowel prep the day before. My mom, a nurse, is insisting that I DO need to have one. From what I've heard, I probably don't want to do one if I don't HAVE to do one. <BR> <BR> My question is--who do I believe, my mom or the surgeon and the hospital? Fri, 14 Oct 2011 17:20:15 EST waiting for surgery... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x44382748 I am new to this group, and new to gall bladder problems. I have had 3 attacks in the last two weeks, and will finally see my doctor on this coming Thursday. Emergency room doctors and nurses are helpful, but I really want to stop having these attacks. I have had an ultrasound done, and lots of blood work. I am eating as close to no-fat as possible, I think. I just read on here about avoiding gas causing food, but I am not sure what they would be other than the obvious - I don't eat bea... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 10:09:29 EST SERIOUS HELP NEEDED FOR A FRIEND! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x43388939 This is what he wrote to me today when I asked if I could share his story to try and find some help: <BR> <BR> "Share away. i have been diagnosed w pancreatitis and ibs and they took my gall bladder. last dr. said it wasnt pancreatitis. been to e.r. every 5 or 6 months for pain in abdomen nausea and vomitting. no diet has helped yet. <BR> <BR> Main symptoms are at the start of a b.m. They include pain and excessive nausea. I think the pain actually causes the nausea. Sometimes to the point ... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 18:26:27 EST ercp july 3 & gallbladder removal july 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x43204599 Preparing to have stent removal surgery tomorrow. .have lost 20 Pds since surgery. ..glad to have found this team Tue, 26 Jul 2011 13:53:05 EST New here.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x42766242 I'm not new to Spark but new to the team. My name is Bridget and I'm married with 2 kids. My mom, younger sister, Aunt, Grandma and one Uncle had their gall bladders removed (3 were stones, 3 were 'diseased') Well, here I am getting ready to have mine removed for stones. I first had pain when I was pregnant with my 2nd child. My OB said he believed it was gall bladder but there's nothing he could do while I was pregnant. Then after I had Mollie I didn't have too many problems... until re... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 15:19:24 EST Had surgery April 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x41339038 I've been having what I now know are gallbladder attacks for well over a month now. First one woke me out of a dead sleep. I assumed stomach virus, ate too much, body is adjusting to new way of eating yada yada. I have always had stomach issues, my whole family does, just ate a lot of Tums or Pepto Bismo. <BR> The pains I had this time would not go away and were really bad. Friday I ate chicken divan for brunch. The pain started. I just kept doing my regular things. About 6 pm me and DH went... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 11:27:18 EST Stent Removal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x40526343 Hi team, <BR> I had my stent removed a week ago. <BR> <BR> I had surgery on Dec 20 and the stent placement on Dec 26. On March 3, they finally took it out.The stent was put in 6 days after my gall bladder was removed, due to a blockage in my liver. I was back at the hospital in Feb due to spasms.I had been to the docs three times in relation to pain and the spasms. <BR> <BR> The stent was causing the spasms m although NONE of the docs would confirm this at the time. Since I had the sten... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 10:14:02 EST gallbladder surgery 9 days post op http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x39886615 I had my gall bladder removed 8 days ago, because i had gall stones and pancreatitis, which the doctor thinks is related to the gall stones. Is it normal to have internal bruising after a laproscoptic operation? I'm trying to figure out which foods I can eat or not eat without causing more problems. My general practitioner only said to avoid greasy foods. I guess he assumes that the whole problem is, like everything else bad that can happen to you, due to overweight. I seem to feel little bet... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 09:50:32 EST Supplements Vitamins? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x39319148 What are good supplements and vitamins to take? Thu, 20 Jan 2011 16:55:59 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x39299149 My name is Kelly and I have a low functioning gall bladder. I went through all the test for them to tell me that it functions at 22% but that isn't enough to have it removed. I deal with a lot of nausea to the point if I could throw up I would feel better. I have finally come to terms that I need to change my diet so I don't feel sick anymore. I am not really sure what to eat? Are there any websites to go on? Thanks for the help! Wed, 19 Jan 2011 21:09:38 EST Hello from Canada! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x39001392 Hello all, <BR> <BR> I just decided to join this forum. I was on SP a while ago, but forgot about it and so had to rejoin. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with gallstones about 3-4 months ago. It was hard to get a diagnosis because my symptoms weren't "ordinary"--no shooting pain on the right side, etc., etc. But I was diagnoses and referred to a surgeon. He told me he wanted me to lose about 15-20 more pounds. I carry my fat around my stomach, and he wanted to be sure the laprascopic (sp?)... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 23:41:35 EST New to team and frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x38883545 I'm Julie, 42, married with 3 kids. I've been on SP for several years. I have been having gall bladder problems since Sept. I've been scheduled to have surgery twice and both times had it cancelled because we do not have the down payment the hospital wants (and of course, they don't tell you that until the afternoon before the surgery). I was scheduled for tomorrow and I was so glad because I hurt and am nauseated all the time. Any suggestions on how to relieve some of the pain and nause... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 18:45:56 EST eating and losing weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x38871952 I have found that I can eat anything - nothing bothers me, having NO gallbladder. I eat 6 small meals a day and I am losing weight - 13 pounds. I think it is a bad thing - find out more when I see my doctor tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Does any one have input for me? <BR> jean Tue, 4 Jan 2011 11:22:37 EST I don't want to have it out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x38832340 OK people, I have less then 2 months before I see the dr and she has already told me it's comming out. <BR> I feel fine and all I get from aeting some maybe not so good things is a little discomfort and some burping and kahmmm winds .... Is there ANY way I could DO SOMETHING in this time to avoid the surgery and cure the gall bladder by myself???? Mon, 3 Jan 2011 06:54:13 EST I am recovering http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x38738852 Hi all - I had my gallbladder taken out on Dec 20. I developed leaking issues and had a stent put in on Dec 26. <BR> I am hoping to get better each day as I learn to "rethink" everything I know about nutrition, now that I have to change my diet again. <BR> Glad to have found this team. <BR> jean Thu, 30 Dec 2010 13:43:56 EST 7 weeks post op http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x38663493 Oh My what a difference it has made getting that gall bladder out. I'm happy to say that I can eat anything and about the only issue I've had is a little bit of running back and forth to the bathroom when I over indulge but hey, moderation should be the key anyway! <BR> <BR> My GB was functioning at 6% so this was pretty much a no brainer for me. The surgery which was laproscopic was very easy and recovery was quick as well. <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone out there struggling with GB pro... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 17:50:56 EST Had a new ultrasound after 6 months http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x38129225 My gall bladder attacks started a months and a half after I begun my life style change. Found out about the problem after the first ultrasound in june. It showed sand in my gall bladder. As of lately, I had no trouble at all. Ate everything I wanted and had no pains. Sometimes I'd feel a little, hardly a mention's worth of discomfort after a meal. I thought, something could have changed and the sand may have cleared on it's own. So, this morning I had a new ultrasound done. <BR> The dr looke... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 06:49:20 EST Day Three Post-Op http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x37891349 And I'm doing well. I'm getting up and down pretty easily now and I've had no nausea since I've been home. The only problem so far has been constipation so I'm going to start adding in the veggies and fruits. So far I've been eating hot cereal, toast, soups, lean cuisines, low fat crackers and low fat cheese. I've not taken any pain meds so I know the constipation is not from that but probably from everything down there getting use to the gall bladder not being there. <BR> <BR> Any sugge... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 15:43:03 EST Recovering from gallbladder surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x37820795 42 year old male from Alberta, Canada. I had my gallbladder removed a week and a half ago and am recovering nicely so far. I don't miss the gallbladder attacks and am happy to be eating meat again, but am having to adjust to the new, limited amounts I can eat at any one sitting. <BR> <BR> I had spaghetti with three meatballs last night and I've been up and in a fair amount of pain for the past two hours while the meal slowly grinds its way thru my system. Yuuuuck. <BR> <BR> Hello to everyon... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 03:32:25 EST DIAGNOSED WITH POLYP IN GALL BLADDER!! HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x37766498 HELLO, <BR> <BR> I HAD A SONOGRAM DONE A FEW WEEKS AGO AND THEY FOUND A POLYP IN MY GALL BLADDER TOOK THE RESULTS TO MY SURGEON WHO SAYS I SHOULD NOT WORRY BECAUSE ITS VERY SMALL AND NOT CANCEROUS! I DID SOME RESEARCH ONLINE AND TURNS OUT THAT IF THEY ARE A CERTAIN SIZE THEY CAN BECOME CANCEROUS BUT MINE IS VERY SMALL!! <BR> <BR> I HAVE SHOOTING PAINS IN THAT SIDE BUT HE SAYS THAT IF I CAN DEAL WITH THEM I SHOULD NOT DO THE SURGERY BECAUSE IT BRINGS MORE PROBLEMS LIKE ADHESION'S WITCH I ALR... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 10:12:00 EST Taking a Poll http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x37727302 I'm scheduled for gall bladder surgery on Tuesday, Nov 9. No stones just a gall bladder that is functioning at 5%. Lots of nausea, pain in my shoulder blades and ribcage, tired, constipation off and on. I've been on low fat for 3-4 weeks now and it has helped some but if I go over 15 grams a day, I pay for it. <BR> <BR> The question is: If you've had your gall bladder removed, are you better or worse? <BR> <BR> Thanks. <BR> <BR> Deb Thu, 4 Nov 2010 09:38:41 EST Itching after gall bladder removal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x37582568 I had my gall bladder removed on 10/6. I was on Tramadol for pain for a little over week. I stopped taking it because the itching was worse than the pain and I was covered in hives. It's been more than 2 weeks now and I still itch all the time (but the night is the worst) and I'm starting to think this is not from the Tramadol. Has anyone else had this problem? Does it go away? I'd really like to sleep instead of itching all night long or knocking myself out with Benidryl each night. Thu, 28 Oct 2010 01:53:59 EST New to gallbladder problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x37100539 Well, I had my first attack on Thursday night and my second on Saturday after dinner... I guess the first one wasn't just a one-time stress-related indigestion thing. *Sigh* <BR> Ultrasound scheduled for later this week. <BR> <BR> I'm not happy about the prospect of having my gallbladder out. I've been doing research online about dietary changes to keep the gallbladder calm, and it looks HARD... I've never succeeded with a vegetarian or no-fat diet before! Not ever. But having an organ remov... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 12:19:27 EST Hi, I'm new and trying to stay positive. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x36504027 Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm 36 and was diagnosed with gb inflammation, stones and sludge this week after being admitted to the hospital. I am waiting 3-4 weeks for my surgery to see if the inflammation will go down so the surgery will be safer. At this point I am sticking to a brat type diet, Bread, Rice, Applesauce, Tea but supplementing with fresh fruits and veggies and pre-cooked chicken breast strips. My biggest problem is getting enough calories per day. I am trying to eat every 2 hours and keepi... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 19:19:45 EST Thank you, team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x36289769 I looked for you when I had a problem and you were there for me. I was not afraid of the surgery and recovery because of the good advice I got from you. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 10:14:23 EST Thank you, team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x36289736 I looked for you when I had a problem and you were there for me. I was not afraid of the surgery and recovery because of the good advice I got from you. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 10:13:10 EST Hi. Must recognise - I have an illness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x35975136 Hi! <BR> I have come to a halfway as far as losing weight oes and I am still in the obese zone. :( <BR> I have lost it in 3.5 months. They say it may be the cause or the trigger to developing gallbladder problems. <BR> I am very fresh in this. The foods that I am alowed to have are .... OMG! <BR> I have tried to eat like before only to have it backfire as a 6 hours pain right there at work! <BR> I refuse to belive I could be sick and I just kept eating like before PLUS adding chocolate for t... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 05:06:22 EST After Gallbladder Surgery did you have Hot Flashes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x35503773 Ok, hope I am not odd. But I am having Hot Flashes like crazy and no period yet after the surgery. Has any had this problem? <BR> <BR> Just curious! I know I will get normal soon. Mon, 19 Jul 2010 16:46:13 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x35372486 I'm Lisa and I live in Massachusetts. I've been dealing with the symptoms of gall stone attacks since I was 19 years old. People are usually shocked when they find out I've been self-managing this for almost a decade now. I kept losing my health insurance for all sorts of reasons and I'm mortified by surgery. <BR> <BR> I tried it all - low fat, vegetarian and even vegan diets! These all worked with certain degrees of inconvenience. What really sucked these past few months were attacks brough... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 00:47:57 EST New From Michigan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x35277341 HI! Just found out I have to have my gb removed. Went to ER on Monday. I can't get into the surgeon until Monday. Ramona Thu, 8 Jul 2010 10:52:52 EST Newbie in Kentucky http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x35197382 Hi All, <BR> I have been newly-diagnosed with gallstones and an upcoming consultation with a surgeon. I've never had surgery in my life, and my only hospitalizations were with my 2 kids, who are now grown. So, I've been fortunate to have been very healthy. I've heard that this is a simple surgery, and a couple of my coworkers had it and recovered quickly and very comfortably. I will be anxious to get to know some of you and to trade stories. I have no idea what to expect, at this point. Sun, 4 Jul 2010 11:14:16 EST purrz. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x34675758 hello SP! i'm just starting out here, trying to remember how everything works and starting to try to improve my health. i'm really hoping i can stick with the changes i've been making, and see some sort of progress. it's good to be here and i'm excited to change myself for the better. :3 Tue, 8 Jun 2010 18:36:26 EST purrz. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x34675727 hello SP! i'm just starting out here, trying to remember how everything works and starting to try to improve my health. i'm really hoping i can stick with the changes i've been making, and see some sort of progress. it's good to be here and i'm excited to change myself for the better. :3 Tue, 8 Jun 2010 18:35:42 EST I had mine out and now I can't eat anything! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x34468131 I had a really bad stomachache in early January, I went to the ER and they told me that I had several huge gallstones and a ruptured ovarian cyst. They doped me up with morphine and sent me home. I am on state indigent care pending a SSA decision. When they went in on March 8th, my gallbladder had attached itself to my liver from the weight of the stones and since they had gone in laproscopically and had me under heavy anethesia (because I tend to start coming out of it early) they went ahead... Sun, 30 May 2010 04:14:48 EST Just got home from surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x34307597 Hi everyone, <BR> I had my Gall bladder removed 4 days ago, after much research I choose to have the surgery, but now that I'm home and slowly recovering I'm finding my family is having more trouble when my new diet then I am. <BR> <BR> I lose count of how many times I day I have to remind my partner and he's family "I can't eat that right now, I may not ever be able to eat this or that like I use to." <BR> <BR> Please anyone who has had the surgery and been though this before please I'd l... Sat, 22 May 2010 08:30:03 EST Hello and soon to be goodbye gallbladder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x34269901 Hiya, Im a 37 yr old mother of two. Recently found out I have an unhappy gallbladder after a fun trip to the ER. I have quit drinking and am eating almost fat free, but ARRRGGGHH. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to reading up some more about others' experiences. Thanks <em>213</em> Thu, 20 May 2010 12:03:40 EST Gall Bladder Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x33527290 Hi All, <BR> <BR> This is my first post EVER on Spark People. I am really excited there is already a group in place for Gall Bladder issues. <BR> <BR> I am waiting to have my surgery done. After a week in the hospital most of the time to get a gall stone removed and then to wait for the docs to communicate with one another....the 2nd ER doc to take care of me finally said "eat no/low fat only" and I found another website www.gallbladderattack.com that has helped me with what kinds of ... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 17:48:56 EST Not convinced I will need surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x33341020 I had what I believe what a gallbladder attack about a month ago. Recently I had a complete abdomen u/s and got a call that I appear to have gallstones. The u/s report stated my gb appears abnormal, has some vague densities with shadowing suggesting a stone filled gallbladder, and it is contracted. Ducts are normal and all else appears normal. <BR> <BR> I have an appt with a surgeon in another month and I am going to do all I can to educate myself before this meeting. <BR> <BR> I only... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 14:34:54 EST So happy I found this team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x33269873 Hi guys- I too have no gall bladder. Such a small organ to wreak such havoc in my body... It was removed in 05 after I took dexatrim for a week. Too fun. My digestion has never been the same. <BR> <BR> Anyway- working on losing 150. down 20. LONG way to go, but I am loving sp. I look forward to chatting soon ;)Liz <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Apr 2010 13:38:00 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x31765803 My name is Marci and I've just joined this team. For the last couple of years, I've had occasional pain below my right ribs - nothing major just a strange little pain. Asked my Dr. and he didn't seem to think it anything to worry about - maybe a pulled muscle between ribs. I really didn't think much about it. That all changed this weekend. I woke up Saturday morning about 3:30 knowing something wasn't right but not sure what. Wondered briefly if I was having a heart attack. Shortly after that... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 13:07:43 EST Question for those who have had it removed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x30844974 I am scheduled for a consultation to have my gallbladder removed on the 21st. I had a severe attack on Jan 1st that lasted 4 hours after having multiple attacks ever since I had my daughter 1 yr ago. This attack sent me to the ER. When they did an ultrasound of my gallbladder I had 29+ stones the biggest being 3.7 cm. I have 2 questions for you. <BR> <BR> 1) My Dr. on call said I would HAVE to have it removed.. Has anyone ever had it NOT removed with that many/large stones? What did you do ... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 23:46:05 EST Hello team.. as I say goodbye to my gallbladder. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x30789305 My name is Heather. I have been married going on 5 years and have a beautiful little girl who is 1 named Makayla.I am scheduled for a consultation to have my gallbladder removed on the 21st of this month. I have suffered for a while but after a 4 hr long attack I went to the er to get checked out. Turns out I have 29 stones they can count the largest around 3.7 cm. I hope I cant find support here :) Tue, 5 Jan 2010 12:34:17 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x29985006 I had my Gallbladder removed just over a month ago, feeling pretty good now and lost 27 lbs. Just wanted to share my accomplishment! <em>224</em> Thu, 26 Nov 2009 23:37:48 EST Hi Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x29232414 Two weeks ago, I went to the emergency room and ended up having my gallbladder removed laproscopically. They sent me home to recover, and a few days later, I was back in the emergency room. This time, it was a gallstone that they missed when removing the gallbladder. <BR> <BR> Since I've been home from the hospital that time, I've been doing much better overall. However, I've started to experience sudden, debilitating diarrhea every now and again soon after eating a meal. <BR> <BR> I'm join... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 02:36:16 EST It CAN be done!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x28736749 It can’t be done <BR> <BR> <BR> Somebody said it couldn’t be done, <BR> But he with a chuckle replied, <BR> That “maybe it couldn’t” but he would be one <BR> Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried. <BR> <BR> So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin <BR> On his face. If he worried, he hid it. <BR> He started to sing as he tackled the thing <BR> That couldn’t be done. And he did it. <BR> <BR> Somebody scoffed: ”Oh, you’ll never do that, <BR> At least no one ever has done it.” <BR> But h... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 12:34:22 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x27497096 I live in Missouri with my husband of 26 years, on a cattle farm and love gardening, computer, crafts and reading. <BR> <BR> I was in pain for a long time, thought I just pulled a muscle. <BR> <BR> My gall bladder was removed two weeks ago and I am still trying to get back to normal. The incisions were stapled and very painful. <BR> <BR> I am still nor sure what all I can eat, but am trying to stay away from fatty foods and dairy. <BR> <BR> Glad to have found a group, where I can get advi... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 12:02:08 EST A great resource for EVERYBODY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x22590345 I just started having attacks recently, but after more research, I have realized that a lot of my digestive issues (and surprisingly, even things like HEADACHES) may be due to my GB. Awesome. <BR> <BR> I found this website and it has been remarkably helpful, for everything from trigger foods, to things to do to help the pain of an attack, to supplements that help both before and after surgery. The products on the site are too expensive for MY budget, but worth looking into. <BR> <BR> <lin... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 16:32:22 EST Symptoms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x22322978 What symptoms do you have with gall stones? I'm scheduled for an ultrasound, but I'm sure I have them. <BR> I feel so tired, I get pain under my ribs on the right side going towards my back and right shoulder blade. <BR> I've cut out all fats from my diet so I would avoid the pain, but now I've been feeling nauseated after eating and heartburn. I've basically been eating fat free vegetarian. It usually doesn't feel to bad in the morning, but by afternoon I'm tired and feeling mild pain, an... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 18:00:14 EST The right to get Angry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x21567376 I had my gall bladder taken out about 2 years ago. It disrupted my life very badly. <BR> I had the first symptoms 4 years ago when I was in my first year of university. I was constantly feeling tired and I just had a feeling that something was not right in my body. <BR> I started to go to the doctor on regular occasions from then on. I knew something was wrong. <BR> I had just met up at that stage with my current boyfriend. We were out in one of the student local watering holes when I suddenl... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 04:27:52 EST Hello. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x21469221 I'm new to the group. I had my gallbladder taken out 1 1/2 years ago. I had one stone, the size of a hen's egg... I have gained over 20 pounds and am finding I'm having problems eating certain foods. I am trying to do anything natural that I can to help alleviate the indigestion problems. I tried a liver cleanse this weekend that I found on the internet. It made sense to try since I had one gallstone removed, there must be more left in the liver. It seemed to work well, and I had my fir... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 20:16:15 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x20311694 Hello. I was recently told I had a some what bad Gall Bladder, among with other things(Diverticuli and Acid Reflux), and decided to join this team. Each problem has foods to avoid, so I've had to deal with that. This has caused me to change my diet, and I've lost about 40lbs, so I guess that's a positive out of all this. <BR> Thanks for reading my post, <BR> Keith Tue, 18 Nov 2008 15:38:52 EST Hey y'all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x20287291 I just had my gall bladder out a week and a half ago, and I'm feeling much better, although still a bit sore. One of my sutures has decided it wont stay together, so I've already had to go back into the ER to have to redone. <BR> <BR> As far as eating, I was sick with the GB disease and an infection for over four months, so I pretty much didn't eat at all for months and dropped weight rapidly. Right now I'm pretty happy to just have an appetite back. <BR> <BR> I did discover that soy che... Mon, 17 Nov 2008 19:46:05 EST new and. . . not necessarily improved http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x19466263 Just wanted to introduce myself... I started having problems with my gall bladder about a year ago and am going to have it removed at the end of this month... any post surgery suggestions? Sun, 19 Oct 2008 13:30:43 EST New Memeber http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x18751618 Hello everyone, <BR> I had my gall bladder removed Thursday. Unlike some of the people who described previous problems with their gall bladder, I had no idea that I had stones. I was pregnant and my baby is now 8 wks old. The problems that I did have with my stomach and back were associated with the pregnancy. One time I went to the hospital and they told me it was braxton hicks. Now that my gall bladder is gone, I know that the pain I was experiencing was the stones. The ER doctor told... Tue, 23 Sep 2008 23:38:36 EST Hey Ya'll http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x18576001 Hey everyone. I have just started my weight loss journey. I have had gall bladder issues for about a year now. At first they (the doctors) thought it was just a slight infection but about 3 days ago I found out that I have a 2 cm. gall stone. The doctors have said that its a bit strange that there is only one and that it is quite big. But they will not take it out emergency because it is not infected and then I cannot afford to get get it taken out outpatient. And there is my story! Wed, 17 Sep 2008 22:28:40 EST Not sure it's my gall bladder just yet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x18456242 Hello everyone... I'm just beginning to think there's something wrong with my gall bladder. I've been describing my symptoms to friends in the medical field and they believe it is. <BR> <BR> About a year 1/2 ago I had three pain attacks within a 2 mo period. I had no idea what it was and they lasted about 30 mins. All I could do is lay on the couch and pass out. Nothing like it since. <BR> <BR> Then about once or twice a month I would get a burning sensation across the bottom of my ri... Sat, 13 Sep 2008 21:50:24 EST Wondering if anyone else had/ has this problem... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x18425126 I had my gallbladder removed a little over a year ago and recently started having pain in my stomach and bad diariah. The doctor thought that it could have been IBS, but before completely diagnosing me with that wanted to go and EGD. I went for the EGD yesterday and the stomach and esophagus looks good, except that I have a lot of bile in my stomach. I have lots of pain in my stomach it's like a burning sensation mostly but I also get almost a stabbing feeling sometimes, I belch a lot, and ha... Fri, 12 Sep 2008 13:42:20 EST Hello...I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x17591447 Hello all.. <BR> <BR> Last Aug I started having pains on my right side under my rib cage. I shrugged it off even though I really should have went to the ER right away. I don't remember coming home from work that day and everyone at work said I was pale, sweaty, and wide eyed dazed looking. <BR> <BR> I instead waited a week to go to the doc and told them my side hurt every time I had my salad with olive oil. They started me with some blood tests and ultra sounds. <BR> <BR> Ultra sound did... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 21:39:52 EST I think I may have found relief? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x17468561 I got my gallbladder out on March 25, 2008. Since then, I've noticed it's worse in the mornings. When I have breakfast I have to go to the bathroom immediately after (which is usually as soon as I get to work) <em>39</em> . If I don't eat, I feel dizzy and nauseous until I eat. I've gained about 17 pounds since the operation! I feel really bloated almost all the time and it doesn't matter how much I eat, I'll feel really full and uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> I work with some chiropractors. ... Thu, 7 Aug 2008 16:35:09 EST Does removal of Gallbladder result in Acid Reflux? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x17391392 I've had my gallbladder removed now for about a year and I'm not having any of the diahrea problems that most are having; actually my bowel problems improved after getting my gallbladder removed. Before my doctor thought I had IBS and now my bowel movements are pretty normal, although sometimes if I get into really fatty foods I'll get diahrea. BUT I found afterward that my heartburn increased rapidly and intensely. It was so bad at one point I couldn't even function. I'm currently on an acid... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 11:24:06 EST Lots of Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x17391089 I'm a newbie to the group and have been really looking for a medium like this to discuss my concerns about gallbladder removal. Around Christmas time 2006 I had several very bad attacks from passing stones and stones lodged in my bile duct. I ended up in the hospital for a week with pancreatitis as a result of the gallbladder disease and had to wait 2 weeks for the swelling to subside so they could remove the organ. As of January 2007 I've been gallbladderless and am doing relatively fine. Tue, 5 Aug 2008 11:16:06 EST Newbie to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x17144647 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Sandra and I live in Canada. Here's my story :) <BR> <BR> When I was almost in my last trimester of my first pregnancy I started to get these horrible pains usually later on in the evening. At first I had thought they were just Braxton Hicks contractions and would try to just wait them out. At the start they would normally last about 5-15 mins for each attack. <BR> <BR> Gradually I would start getting an attack about once a week and then it became more frequen... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 17:37:20 EST Gallbladder surgery that never has been the same . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x17120315 In March of 2007, I had a bout of stomach pain and then I had it again. It lasted about 45 minutes. Of course, I tried drinking a little of aloe vera juice and tried eating tums to take the pain away. Someone told me to rub my lower stomach area at which did make it a little bit better. Then again in April at which both times I was out-of-town. Then at the end of May, I was at home. In the afternoon, my stomach started feeling weird, so I slept a little while I was waiting for my daught... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 03:01:49 EST Where do I go from here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x16986702 I was recently diagnosed with a "diseased" gallbladder. I'd been having symptoms ever since I was pregnant with my last baby, but no one ever though anything until they started getting severe! I am still exclusively nursing so they can't do surgery until after I wean(which I'm not willing to do for awhile). <BR> I'm trying to figure out what to do and what to eat! I'm so tired of chicken, it's unreal! The dr said to stay away from red meat, green leafy vegetables, oils, fried foods, dairy (in... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 17:30:30 EST the day my life changed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x16926655 The day I was aware that things had changed was December 10, 2006. I woke up near dawn with the worst stomach ache I'd ever had in my life. I had severe pain in my abdomen, upper right side, right shoulder and behind my breast bone. I couldn't get in to see the doctor, so I went to the emergency room at the local hospital. I could barely walk and was in obvious pain. After having an abdominal x-ray, the ER nurse told me I didn't belong there because I was just constipated and that the ER... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 02:49:03 EST wont remove gall stones until i lose at least 50kg http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x16675585 hi i am suffering from back attacks from these little stones. doctor won't operate until i lose at least 50kgs. does anyone have any ideas or was anyone my size when they had them out <em>303</em> Mon, 14 Jul 2008 02:38:02 EST Keeping Gallstones in check with "liver flushes" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x16528038 I too get a lot of gallstones- most people do, but they are also made by the liver and not just the gallbladder. <BR> I do what is called a Liver Flush - it involves epsom salts, olive oil and lemon juice. You can find recipes by Googling the info. There are several different ones, and different protocols. Doctors will never recommend these, but they work, and the ingredients are super cheap, and you do it at home. <BR> No side effects or damage from doing it, and you really feel bette... Wed, 9 Jul 2008 00:39:07 EST GB Removal this Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x13609115 Hey everyone - <BR> <BR> I moved here to Texas in January, and since then my stomach had been bothering me a lot. Nausea, "rotten egg burp". About 6 weeks ago it got really bad. Sunday nights I would start feeling ill and my back would act up (right between the shoulder blades). Monday I would spend vomiting. Then I went to my diet of Saltines and Ginger Ale. By weekend I felt human. <BR> <BR> It repeated the next week. <BR> <BR> Then, 4 weeks ago, after one frustrating night with ... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 18:32:17 EST GB Removed? Problems-Watch Out for Food Allergies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x11923051 Hi Everybody. I wanted to share a bit of my story. Following two mild gall bladder attacks I had a large one at 5 AM on October 30, 2005. Four dozen gall stones later, a handful of which were blocking the common bile duct causing my liver to go toxic, an emergency same day gall bladder removal surgery, and I thought I was back to "normal". <BR> <BR> For the most part, I was fine, or so I thought. 4 months later, I became very ill. I have had a number of complications from this surgery. ... Sat, 2 Feb 2008 21:52:07 EST Gall Bladder's= Evil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x11766292 My story is very much like Harmoniee's story. I was in highschool, my senior year or one of them...anyways, I had had minor gall bladder attacks before, especially when I had too much chocolate. Nothing like that though. <BR> I found out very quick, unfortunately, how much gall bladder disease runs in my family. <BR> <BR> But you were lucky Harmoniee, my doctor and a surgeon took SEVEN MONTHS fighting over whether I had an ulcer or gall bladder. My doc insisted it was my gall bladder becau... Tue, 29 Jan 2008 06:00:48 EST My post gallbladder experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x15921x11156085 Hi, I did not even know I had gallstones. One day my back hurt so bad my daughter took me to the ER. I had a huge gallstone, they said it was in a pocket fold (or some such place) so it didn't show symptoms until it was almost golf ball size. They kept me in and removed my gallbladder. NOW: I have put on 20+ pounds, have embarrassing gas moments, and "fluid" bowel movements. These are symptoms that were suppose to be before the gallbladder was removed! not after! My problem is that my primary... Thu, 10 Jan 2008 06:35:54 EST My gall bladder story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x10453668 Towards the end of my first semester of my Sr year of highschool I started getting really sick and I didnt know why. I never had any trouble with my gall bladder before and I dont remember ever having any textbook attack. <BR> <BR> The first week in October it struck with no warning. I was sick for weeks, vomiting constantly. I was still living at home with my mother and she swore that I was pregnant! She finally brought me to my family doctor and he thought it might be my gall bladder and s... Thu, 6 Dec 2007 12:44:41 EST I'm getting a second opinion.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x10453489 I had my follow up with the surgeon yesterday, and I'm getting a second opinion from: a surgeon out in town, the OB at Pitt in Greenville (they specialize in high-risk pregnancies), my OB here, and a nutritionist. It's amazing what they do for you when the doctor you see is a monster!!! <BR> <BR> Y'all, he called me stupid for getting pregnant, and almost recommended I get an abortion. He stopped himself before he even said the word, because he saw the look on my face, but his conversation... Thu, 6 Dec 2007 12:34:05 EST Just joined too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x10432212 Hey, I just joined the team. I just had my gallbladder taken out august 31, so I hope to help in any way that I can. <BR> <BR> Cheryl Wed, 5 Dec 2007 11:03:33 EST Hey I Just Joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x15921x10431249 Hey <BR> I have had gall bladder issues since this past March. <BR> I am also a hypocodriac (is that how you spell that?) so when I started getting the pain, my husband thought it was all in my head. When I started sweating because of the pain he believed me. LOL Anyway, the doctor in the ER said it was an ulcer. <BR> So 7 1/2 months later when I was still having the pain I went to my family doctor and got my gall bladder out within 2 weeks. I just got it out the end of October. Wed, 5 Dec 2007 10:24:11 EST