I had my gallbladder removed about 2 years ago. Immediately after I developed horrible acid reflux and some milder problems like gas, loose stools and undigested food.
I asked the surgeon about the acid reflux during my check up and she was like "oh you had that all the long you just didn't know it" !!
Anyway, I went to a Dr. like 6 months ago that is also holistic. He had me eat yogurt for two weeks straight and my stomach is like new. The acid reflux disappeared and it was intense before. I know it sounds too easy but it was. He also put me on an elimination diet, and I started with a like-minded nutritionist as well and she took me off of dairy and wheat now. She has also been giving me suplements. She did a hair analysis and wants to another test to look at my metabolism. She also put me on probiotics. I feel gross talking about this but my stool has been a lot better LOL. Darker, more formed.. digested looking. Anyway try and find someone that can help with this. I am really careful about people's credentials... I found a regular doctor and a regular certified nutrionist who have had extra training in holistic health. If you are in the NY/NJ area I can recommend the people I'm talking about.
I found my doctor through a specific website. I can't remember the name now but if you email me I can find it for you. Good Luck!
Also, if you have a latent gene for gluten intolerance, it can kick in (or get so much worse, you finally notice it) after a medical problem. Mine started after a case of adult chicken pox. My mom's started after chemo for ovarian cancer.
Before I went on my gluten free diet I was constantly have gall bladder problems. The worst of it was after eating rich or spicy foods my gall bladder would send a pain through my body that felt like someone had stabbed a hot knife all the way through me. The doctors were going to remove my gall bladder but right around the same time was when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. And after going on the diet my gall bladder stopped acting up. It turned out that the rich and spicy foods would cause extra stress on an all ready stressed system and it would cause my gall bladder to over exert itself and then the pain would start up.
Your gall bladder problems might have been the first signs of the celiac disease or gluten intolerance causing you problems. When it was removed your body became stressed and more sensitive to what you ate. This could explain why you know feel the problems when you eat foods that contain gluten. Your body is reacting with traditional symptoms to the gluten.
I wonder if the food intolerance she is experiencing after the removal of her gallbladder is a coincidence. But who knows? I had my gallbladder removed due to stones at 19 years old. I have never had a problem with any food, but maybe I am the odd one. LOL
My food issues started in my 30's with what I now know is gluten intollerance.
There is this article out there.... http://www.celiac.com/articles/119/1/Gall- Bladder-Disease-and-Celiac-Disease---B y-Ronald-Hoggan/Page1.html Perhps she needs to go get tested.
I did a blog of this today and someone replied about looking into a gluten-free diet. So I am posting this same message here to see what others on this team think.
Blog message: Over a year ago, I all of sudden had left side pain that sometime shifted to the middle then to the right. After several days of it not going away, I went to my primary who's first guess was gall bladder problem. I then had several tests and several specialist appointments, all of which determined my gall bladder was functioning at a 0. I elected to have it removed since I had a dead organ inside me. Since it was removed, I have noticed I do not tolerate (if that is a good choice of a description) some foods that never gave me issues before. I noticed that pizza, any frozen box lunches, fruit, lettuce salad, dairy, rice krispie treats...just to name a few, cause some issues some time later that day. My food reaction isn't always a run to the toilet either. There's mild pain on the left side and center of stomach and also extreme gas ( yes, I have a noisy bottom). I am still discovering new foods all the time that seem to not like me anymore. I am trying to be more aware of what I eat and how I feel to see if there is a pattern or a food group to completely avoid. I haven't had a physical with my physician yet this year to ask him/her what they think. I am thinking I am now developing food allergies or an intolerance since the gall bladder is now gone.
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