Life after Gallbladder Surgery

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That small green sack that looks like some kind of vegetable is your gallbladder, many people hear about gallbladder issues but dont really think twice about it until they themselves are in pain, I know I didn’t. The gallbladder is part of your digestive system it helps to break down fats and excretes bile slowly into the small intestines. If this little guy isn’t working properly then all hell can break lose! Alot of people will have excruciating pain from gallstones that will send them to the E.R, and some will just have a slow or fast releasing gallbladder. Some of the symptoms I experienced was right upper quadrant pain, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, and liver problems. I just had sluggish gallbladder that caused pain, because mine wasn’t working well, so the bile was causing havoc in my liver causing my liver enzymes to elevate, so I was diagnosed with a particle fatty enlarged liver. I remember looking at my blood when I accidentally cut myself shaving and it looked orange, it was the weirdest thing! The E.R doctor told me it was better to get m gallbladder out before it caused more damage in my liver. Skipping ahead to after my surgery, I had major bathroom problems, it was like all the bile that was stuck in my liver was just flowing out of my body! Gross I know, I also discovered what “dumping syndrome” was, because I no longer have a gallbladder to hold the bile, the bile goes straight into the small intestine from the liver causing me to run to the bathroom 20 min after I eat! No one ever told me about this, I also have a lot of pain if I eat anything high in fat and it causes major G.I upsets besides the dumping syndrome. Since its only been 3 months since my surgery I am still learning how to feed myself again, and how to deal with an altered digestive system on top of Celiac Disease. So far I have learned small meals are the best along with Enzymes to help digest and Turmeric, this isn’t at all scientifically proven but it is what I have found that helps me. Let me know if you have had your gallbladder removed and have experienced weird symptoms after.

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