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post #16 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-19-2016, 07:27 AM
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Re: Lost my gallbladder somewhere..

You don't have to give it up. In my case, I just have to be careful not to "overdo," which is a low threshold now. I had some pizza last night and two beers from a local lovely watering hole down the road from work, and I had the twinges of a little bit of pain. One more beer and it would have been worse, but I also have this problem if I drink a lot of water or have a ****tail and then eat carbs, like rice or bread. Wine doesn't do that to me.

And of course you didn't expect to have issues with your food. In my case, I didn't have it right away. It developed over time. Interestingly, before I had the surgery or even a hint I was having problems, there were certain foods I couldn't eat (boiled eggs in particular); a lot of things wouldn't stay down.

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Yup. But it is true, you still have some irritated tissues from the surgery perhaps. For me, if I eat a lot of carbs, like pizza, or drink beer, I get pain in my left shoulder. It's nuts, but true.
Pain in left shoulder is very common for gut issues. Particularly gallbladder and liver. A gallbladder attack, especially a first one can radiate pain across the chest, between the shoulder blades and down the left arm. That's why a lot of first timers will think they are having a heart attack and it turns out to be gallbladder.

You may not have a gallbladder left BUT the liver still produces bile (bile is stored in the gallbladder but produced by the liver). Which means you still have bile ducts (in the liver) that no longer have a gallbladder to store bile in so it drains off directly into the intestines instead of being stored for later use or disposal.

In severe cases of gallbladder dysfunction or gall stones the bile ducts sometimes need to be reconstructed because of severe dysfunction or tears from stones.

If you are still having problems after initial healing time it's best to have liver function testing done as well as a liver ultrasound or even MRI to make sure those ducts are not inflamed or deteriorating/damaged.

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Oh and a quick fix for a gallbladder attack. Two advil and fenentadine (brand name pepcid, chewables are better).

Fenentadine has a two fold effect. One is immediate and the other is longer lasting ...however too much fenentadine use can cause severe arrhythmia. Hence why no more than 2 pills in 24 hours

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Re: Lost my gallbladder somewhere..

Well, I had a brilliantly better day today... cut out ALL potential acidic foods and went through with a mild discomfort instead of the gnawing pain I've felt the last 4 days... even the output was better.

The book @TeddieG recommended rocked, totally applicable information and @richie33's point to acidic foods made an immediate comfort shift.

In fact, every poster shared something for me to glean information from that gave me a better idea of what to expect or help... thank you so much everyone!
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I did... and I can be patient, just surprised how much of a balancing act it is with foods right now. Don't know why but didn't expect it.
Same with me. Not really much on the web,but this piece from the Mayo Clinic website was helpful as were some of the comments... while some others came from way out in left field,lol.

What's OK to eat after gallbladder removal? - Mayo Clinic

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Pain in left shoulder is very common for gut issues. Particularly gallbladder and liver. A gallbladder attack, especially a first one can radiate pain across the chest, between the shoulder blades and down the left arm. That's why a lot of first timers will think they are having a heart attack and it turns out to be gallbladder.

You may not have a gallbladder left BUT the liver still produces bile (bile is stored in the gallbladder but produced by the liver). Which means you still have bile ducts (in the liver) that no longer have a gallbladder to store bile in so it drains off directly into the intestines instead of being stored for later use or disposal.

In severe cases of gallbladder dysfunction or gall stones the bile ducts sometimes need to be reconstructed because of severe dysfunction or tears from stones.

If you are still having problems after initial healing time it's best to have liver function testing done as well as a liver ultrasound or even MRI to make sure those ducts are not inflamed or deteriorating/damaged.

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Thanks, @CantePe. I've wondered how my liver is faring with all this so I probably need to have it checked, and that's something for Emerging Buddhist or anyone with continued problems after gall bladder surgery to keep an eye on too. I'd read this ages ago but kind of tucked it away, probably in a form of denial or hope that my problems would go away!
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Well, I had a brilliantly better day today... cut out ALL potential acidic foods and went through with a mild discomfort instead of the gnawing pain I've felt the last 4 days... even the output was better.

@richie33's point to acidic foods made an immediate comfort shift.
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