Had quite the weekend. Our son was married on Saturday and on Sunday I started experiencing the same kind of pain that proceeded my surgery for an intestinal blockage which led to my cancer diagnosis. So I feared the worst.
Was relieved to hear I had a big ass gall stone blockage. So after an ERCP on Monday, I had my gall bladder removed on Tuesday.
Anybody else living without their gall bladder? I am curious about dietary changes youíve experienced etc. My situation is unique because Iíve already had a bowel resection and Iíve had to change my eating habits for that, Iím just wondering how much more my eating habits will be effected.
Thanks in advance.
I could never eat spicy foods anyway with or without the gallbladder. These days I eat pretty healthy, low fat, lots of veggies and fruit. A lot of people say they don't tolerate foods high in fat without a gallbladder, but I have really noticed no diffrence when I decide every so often to have a burger or something.
I would say it probably depends on the person. I personally have experienced little to no difference in my eating habits, while I know some people that are bothered by certain foods. I would say if you are already eating pretty healthy due to the bowel issue, then you shouldnt have many issues going forward with what you can eat.
If you find that you are having digestion issues try supplementing with a digestive enzyme that will aid digestion.
sorry this happened, especially after all you've been through, but am obviously happy that you had a good outcome.
My late father had his gall bladder removed in 1977 or 78, and lived about another 30 years. I don't recall him changing his diet, but perhaps you should consult with a nutritionist to be sure. The Internet probably also has great information.
Congratulations to your son and daughter in law!
Echo the congrats to the son and daughter-in-law.
I went down for the count at work working the line one night when my gall bladder went nuts on me. I was miss diagnosed with ulcers and had me on med's for that when it was the gall bladder and stones. Felt like a knife carving into me when it flared up finally went gangrene and that was it for me ER then operating table.
In regards to diet fatty proteins will give you issues and believe me you will pay for them in bathroom visits. I am a carnivore big-time so I pay often but avoiding red meat & pork products if you can will be beneficial. In all honesty I have not had any issues other than not avoiding those two.
Spicy food I have no issue's with and i'm a chili head. With that said eat light the next few weeks and avoid all fatty foods.
Talk about bad luck, you should have seen the doctors face when he realized I was the patient for the consult and not my mother who went with me for the visit.
Honestly Iíve had minimal side effects, if any. For the first couple months after I remember having issues if I went too long without eating and would get stomach irritation from bile build-up. Similar effects with overly fatty or greasy foods. However that more or less subsided after about a year, probably as the body adapted to life without the gallbladder. Today I have no restrictions and donít even realize itís gone.
Iíve also been a two time winner of partial bowel obstructions, likey a result of the laparoscopic for the gallbladder. So I feel you on the intestinal fun. That has easily been the worst and only side effect for me.
Your comments echo what Iíve read. Itís just more comforting to hear it from family, if you know what I mean.
After 10 days I was back eating normal.
The first 72 hours was awful. Couldn't go bathroom and the cramps we're god awful. It was the night we played the cowboys. Awful pain. Next day finally went and it's been good since.
and also had gangrene in my gallbladder. My doctor told me that I would have died within 48 hours if I had not gone back to the ER. After removal, I pretty much don't have a problem with any food EXCEPT for the fake butter many restaurants use when they make breakfast. I can eat just about anything, but if my wife wants to go out for breakfast, I will be running for a bathroom almost immediately after eating.
Just to further illustrate my point, I just finished my work day, and am eating a bowl of chili, made spicy with habanero, and it isn't bothering me at all. (although reading about Ralphie May has got me thinking, but that's a different health issue altogether)
I hope you are feeling well NC Giants, just watch your fat intake at first, and you'll be fine.
bigblue1124, where are you a chef in NC? I love the restaurants in triangle, and try to check out a few whenever I visit my sister in Durham.
A few years ago. The pain was awful so u was glad to get it out.
I have trouble with spicy food sometimes, and greasy foods like pizza. Nothing crazy though.