(Closed) Does anyone have experience with “gallbladder disease”?

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 17
9024 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My cousin had to have gall stones removed and she said it was very painful but I guess thats not the same thing as having the entire gall bladder taken out

Post # 18
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i got my gallbladder removed a year and a half ago and have had no problems with any food since.  I went back to work a week after.

Post # 19
867 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Well, this is not going to be a happy story, but I have personal experience with it.

About 15 years ago, my father started having bad abdominal pains.  He would go to the ER and they would tell him it was gas and send him home.

Of course, the pain got worse until eventually a doctor realized that his gallbladder was inflammed and needed to be removed.  They performed emergency surgery to remove it.

However, there were complications from the surgery.  That, and a combination of giving him medication that he was allergic to triggered a stroke.  

What no one knew is that the doctors had esentially rendered his blood, toxic.  As a result, it blocked a calcium channel in his brain.  It took several world renowned neurologists to diagnose him finally with the deficiency, which leaves him at 60% of his original capacity.  He cannot read without it triggering an attack and he has instances where all of his gross motor functions just shut down.  

That being said, hopefully they caught it early and the doctor’s won’t be total morons and your husband will be just fine.

I will say though, it seemed like it took my father forever to recover.  He spent quite a few weeks in bed and lost 40 pounds in the month after the surgery.

Post # 20
986 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

yep…me too.

Had it removed.   Once the attacks start, they seem to be pretty regular until you get it removed.

Post # 21
6262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I agree with OP that he should just get it removed.

I had mine removed about a month ago, since I passed two stones in three days, which SUCKED. They do it laprascopically, and I was back to 90% within a week. I just couldn’t do any really heavy lifting.

The pain from the attacks is way worse than anything that will come after, including the surgery if everything goes well. I don’t have many eating restrictions (the doctor didn’t give me any) but I just can’t eat a lot of really rich food (like ice cream or artichoke dip), which is good anyway, since “I can’t” is a lot easier than “I shouldn’t”.

Also, the scarring should be minimal, and I only had one stich! You can PM me if you want more info, I have all my after care sheets and everything. 

Post # 22
4581 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@UpstateCait:  I want to say it was Feb 2010, but my memory stinks. The surgery went really well and she was back to normal pretty quickly.

Post # 23
2814 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I had my gallbladder taken out a year and a half ago.  Super easy surgery (for me) and I haven’t really had to change my diet at all.  Before the surgery, I didn’t eat any fat.  It was horrible and I lost 30lbs.  It did take me a week and a half to go back to work after my surgery though.  I’m not big on pain.  😉

Post # 24
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I got my gallbladder taken out when I was 14….so 8 years ago. I had always had stomach issues since I was a kid and they could never figure it out. Finally I had a SUPER bad attack and went to the ER and got surgery to get it removed two days later because I had multiple gallstones. The surgery was nothing. I was in and out of the hospital same day. They sucked it out so I have 5 small scars, one in my belly button, one above my abs and three smaller ones on the side of my stomach. I was able to move around within the next couple of days. I never had to do a diet I just make sure I don’t eat super greasy or oily food because I know they just destroy me. Overall, it was definitley worth getting such a simple surgery vs. all the pain of the attacks!

Post # 25
3240 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@UpstateCait:  Happy birthday!

My Grandma had her gallbladder out maybe 12-14 years ago. She has to be careful about what she eats and she had to be a lot more strict right after the surgery; however, as time has passed she limits high fat foods but her diet isn’t as restrictive anymore.  She still does splurge from time to time on her favorite foods-so your husband doesn’t have to have a Reece’s free world. He just might not be able eat them as often or in large quantities. My Grandma is definitely happier with out the pain.

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