Thanks for the info from those who have been through this. I thought it was odd that my doctor didn't give any diet restrictions also. I am restricted on activity until May 5th, which is my followup appointment. My discharge nurse had suggested that I continue the clear fluid diet and gradually move to a bland diet, for which I am very thankful for! It is good to hear that what I am experiencing is "normal". And I am trying to take comfort in you all's assurances that my metabolism won't be affected. (sorry for the bad grammar!) I kind of figured that deep fried and anything greasy would be permanently out of my diet, because of the loss of my gallbladder. Which really isn't a bad thing! Though I do love funnel cakes at fairs!
Thank you all again for all the responses and giving me some hope!
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51 4/28/10 3:13 P
It is very odd that your dr. told you to go back to eating normally. I had mine taken out 4 years ago and my sister had hers removed just a couple of months ago. The first couple of days were the worst because of the gas pains and the nausea. After about a week or so, I definitely felt better but it took a very long time for me to eat completely normal again. Pretty much any greasy food is going to run right through you, one way or another.
As far as the metabolism, it's ok that you are eating less right now because you aren't doing as much activity. You should have been told to take it easy for a few weeks so your sutures can heal so you won't be able to exercise. You body will realize that it's not burning as many calories so it won't freak out about not getting so many.
You have to starve yourself for days to have any effect on your "metabolism." I had my gallbladder out years ago, and I felt pretty sick for several weeks after. I also developed diarrhea that lasted for years (but they have a treatment for it now.) You'll probably want to avoid anything fatty or greasy for several months until you are completely better.
As a nurse and former gall bladder patient, I can tell you what you are feeling is normal. Call your doctor if: you run a fever over 100 degrees, if you have severe abdominal pain, if you have uncontrolled vomiting and/or diarrhea, or if you have jaundice (yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes). I had my gallbladder out eleven years ago and still cannot tolerate fried foods. I consider this a good thing!
Gradually introduce bland foods into your diet. Try a plain baked or boiled potato, jello, or broth and work your way forward from those. Good luck!
Due to nausea, the only things I ate for two or three days after my gall bladder surgery were bananas, tomato soup and saltine crackers. I suspect the nausea had more to do with after effects of the anesthesia than the removal of the gall bladder, but I don't know. Anyway, it passed after a few days.
I am scheduled for a followup on May 5th. My doctor told me to just resume eating like I was before. I wasn't given any diet restrictions whatsoever, so I am kind of leary of what his advice would be. It seems counter-intuitive to go back to eating normally after undergoing stomach surgery, even if it is laprascopic. Today I am doing a bit better, jello and saltines are digesting okay for now. Along with a cranberry juice/Sprite cocktail. I am mainly worried about my metabolism. Thanks for the responses
4/28/10 12:45 P
Hi! My first response is call your doctor! When I had my wisdom teeth pulled, they weren't healing up the way the doctor said they would but I didn't call right away, I just thought I'd wait it out. When I finally did call, they brought me in, found the problem and alleviated a lot of pain. If I had called sooner, I would have had less pain.
But onto your other question, don't worry about your metabolism. It's only been a few days and it takes longer than that to adjust your metabolism. Just do what you need to do to get better. Can you get down milk? Milk is a pretty awesome food because it has sugar, fat and protein so if you can handle it, add that in. And make sure you call your doctor. : )
Get better soon!
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4/28/10 12:37 P
Hi, I also had my gallbladder removed and was advised to follow a low-fat diet for six weeks. I did feel nauseous the first couple of days but I think it was because I was on pain killers and a medicine to prevent infection. I took the medicine for about 2-3 days and then the nausea stopped and I was able to follow the low-fat diet.
Now, I mostly follow a low-fat diet and don't have any problems. I do eat pepperoni pizza and take-out fast food that has more fat without any problems.
Right now, your body is recuperating from surgery so please don't stress out about weight loss. I'm sure that a couple of days is not going to permanently shut down your metabolism.
I also suggest calling the doctor's office and explaining your symptoms. When are you scheduled to go back for a check up?
4/28/10 12:16 P
I'd agree that you want to talk to your doctor about this. I thought you were supposed to be on some kind of special diet after a surgery like that, but I could be totally wrong. (That's not my area of experise :) So it's best to ask the doc.
Two days ago I had my gallbladder removed because of stones that were causing pancreatitis. I am now home and the doc told me to resume my normal diet. I can't. Yesterday, my first full day home, I managed to eat 1/2 of a banana over the course of the whole day. Every bite I took made me nauseous. Today I went back to the clear liquid diet they had me on before surgery, along with a few saltines. My biggest fear is that I am going to be shutting down my metabolism, which I just got going again after years of abuse! Since December I have managed to lose 19 lbs, and I am afraid that I will start to gain the weight back when I am able to eat normally again. :( I have worked so hard making the gains in my health and do not want to lose those gains! If anyone has any advice I would appreciate it. If you have been through this please let me know how you got through this! Thank you in advance. Janet