... diarrhea. Have had chronic IBS for years and my gastro said it may take a long time for my system to recover. Meantime, my weight just keeps dropping (weighed 144 at surgery - 128 now), and I avoid all foods with fat. I am afraid to eat at times actually. Anyone relate to this nightmare?
Been taking Colestipol since gallbladder removal 11/03/11, and still have massive problems with?
Question posted by scoobysnackn on 14 Dec 2011
Last updated on 26 February 2021
I was told that the eruptions were due to the gallbladder being removed and I was one of the lucky ones who would have these eruptions because it was no longer there to do what the gallbladder does for digestion
I was told that colestipol would do what the gallbladder did for digestion but that was not true
It just has a side effect of constipation???
I also have had 4 bowel obsstructions so my doctor took me off of anything with constipation for a side effect. Miserable
My Gall Bladder was removed a year or so ago and I have this problem as well. The colestipol pills did not work for me. It was hopeless as I couldn't manage work or take appointments as I felt I had to stay near the bathroom. After trying the pills my Dr. Gave me cholestyramine powder that you mix in water and drink. At first I took this 3 times a day. Now I take it only one time a day and I am 100% regular. I can do everything again. I golf alot and without this I wouldn't have a quality of life. You all need to try this. I hope it helps as I know how you feel.
I just had my gallbladder removed and I stay in the toliet .Dr wants to put me on colestipol I have read some reviews that say u gain weight is that true cause I just worked really hard to lose 40 lbs and don't want to gain it back help ..
I too have these problems and more. Does anyone e have the episodes of gas up in your chest and you feel like you are going to die. It feels like the pain you get after surgery and it gets in your shoulders and chest
Hello, I know this question was posted a long time ago I have only just found this support group so hoping you are feeling better and hopefully have things sorted out . I also have severe IBS and anxiety for over 30yrs now and still find it difficult to understand that they can't find a cure. I had my gallbladder removed 6yrs ago and have bile and acid reflux terrible nausea and pain no end to it. I sincerely hope that you are feeling better.
I had gall bladder surgery back in 1984 & have suffered with diarrhea problems since. I have been on digestive enzymes that I buy from health food or vitamin stores & take one with every meal and this regimen has made a difference in my life. I no longer feel bloated or gassy after ANY meal and if I eat something extra rich I just take an extra capsule and all is well in the world. Recently I started on colestipol at the suggestion of my doctor & I hate it. I have been on it for several weeks now and it has given me insomnia (which I already suffer from because of menopause, but made it WORSE!), anxiety & extreme drowsiness or fatigue. Yes, it has controlled my diarrhea problems but at what expense?I am going back to my digestive enzymes & get some sense of normalcy in my life again!
Hi and yes I've been going through the same challenges... Even fruit and veggies cause diarrhea is been sooooooo very frustrating
Yes, except I couldn't take Cholestipol--I threw it up within minutes of taking it. Your surgery is actually fairly recent. It took me 3 months to get back to a regular diet, and still, if I eat too much fat (like my fave grilled cheese on buttered toast ), the IBS gets activated. And I understand being afraid to eat. Right now, with my condition, I only eat after I'm home for the day. I don't recommend this, its just the only way I can avoid wearing Depends during the day. Its a balancing act. Can you take a tiny amount of fat free or low fat food at a time, say 1/4 cup? I only ate chicken broth and spelt bread for a long time after gall bladder surgery. That seemed to work OK. These are a mishmash of experience and suggestions. I hope some of it is helpful. Best to you, Grace.
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