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#1 kelowna52

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 02:42 PM

Hi all, I read a message from a previous post about Gall bladder Surgery. I believe it was Ann that said she had trouble after she had her Gall bladder out. I was wondering if you could get back to me. My Gastro doctor has suggested I consider getting my Gall Bladder out because of the reflux, bloating and gas and IBS sypmtoms. He did say that one of his patients had a problem with Diarrhea after her surgery. He did a few differant tests on me and said that my Gall Bladder was only funtioning at 30% and normal I believe he said was around 70%. I f anyone else here has had this surgery I would appreciate any info you might have. Thanks again.

Jackie S.

#2 Tammy

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 05:02 PM

kelowna52~~ I had this surgery earlier this year. My surgeon did tell me that often times after the gall bladder is removed it frequently causes diarrhea. Like you I also have IBS and have not noted a big change in stool habits since my surgery. I had a few complications myself but I also have an adrenal deficiency from damage to my pituitary gland. All in all I would say that the surgery went well, and I am not suffering half as much as I was. It is a pretty routine surgery and usually done laproscopicly so there is minimal invasion, just a few small incesions. What is the cause of the decrease in function, did he say? I hope this has helped you some, keep us posted!

Best wishes~~ Tammy

#3 Sheryl

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Posted 20 September 2007 - 01:18 AM

Hi Tammy, I also had my gall bladder removed. Just about 25 years ago. The old fashioned way. I did have loose stools from that time on. No matter what I did or ate my stools were the same. Until I got diverticulosis / diverticulitis I was never given any medication to solve the problem. Now, with the scleroderma problems I am on a medication to help rectify that problem. I don't have a gall bladder, but I have the gas and the bloating and the stomach pain and reflux of sclero. So, I don't think that just by removing your gall bladder that you will get rid of those problems. Maybe, it will. I have all the bloating and stomach pain still. I just don't have the loose stools because of meds. I guess if you aren't having severe problems with your gall bladder then I would wait until it isn't functioning at all. I was rolling around on the floor in severe pain when mine was causing problems. My stomach and back and chest were in constant turmoil I couldn't eat any normal meal without percussions. I had to have mine removed. If your doctor thinks it might bring you relief then you will be the one to decide if it is worth going through the process now or possibly having it done at some future time if it becomes necessary. This isn't helping you make a decision, I know. But, sometimes being to aggressive too soon isn't good either. Take your time and think about it. Sheryl
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Posted 21 September 2007 - 03:39 AM

Jackie,

I had my gallbladder out in '95. I had the laproscopic surgery. I was shoveling mud in my yard 2 days after surgery, which was stupid of me, but I felt that good.
I have had some diarhea issues afterward, and some foods really bring it on. But I know some people that don't have any issues after having thier's out. So don't go into this with the stress of thinking all of the bad stuff is going to happen to you. Just like having a baby, every experience is different. You'll have your own story to tell when it's over, and it won't be like any one else's. Good luck and positive thoughts to you.
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Warm and Happy to you! Vee

#5 barefut

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 06:46 AM

Hi Jackie,

I had mine out in May '05. I did have loose stools for about 6 weeks after surgery. Incidentally, my surgeon told me that, that is also a side effect of Prilosec. (?) I have learned it is also a side effect of scleroderma! :lol: I did not have my sclero diagnosis at the time of my gallbladder surgery.

The surgery itself really was a piece of cake. I would recommend it if yours is giving you trouble. I had intense burning pain in my upper right back and had a few "attacks" that were unbearable. I also suffered with a lot of nausea - still have nausea but not gallbladder related I'm sure. I had a bunch of gallstones. 3 different doctors told me to not mess around, just have it removed. Glad I did

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#6 kelowna52

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 05:50 PM

Thank you so much for all of your advise, this does give me a lot to think about. I guess it really is hard to say if Scleroderma is causing the problems or the Gall bladder. I guess I might just wait a while.

Jackie S.