... 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?
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.
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!
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.
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 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
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