Post # 1
A week or two ago I wrote a post about a bunch of joint pain that wasn’t explained by any blood work and my rhematologist is now looking at a connective tissue disorder of some sort. She wants to put me on prednisone for a month.
However, I just had an appointment with a surgeon because I also have gall stones. He wants to take my gall bladder out, which I’m fine with, but I really need to try and make it until December because I just started working part time teaching at a community college. He advised me not to take the Prednisone because steroids can hinder healing (and I’m a diabetic, so that’s strike two), which would be risky if I need to have it out in a hurry.
Does anyone have any diet tips for me so I can try and keep the stupid thing in for a while? The doctor told me to eat extremely low fat. But what does that mean. My meals for tomorrow add up to about 21 grams of fat total – is that still to many?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Post # 3
I wouldn’t bother buying anything from the site, but check out:
From the site:
Do not avoid all fats unless you are in attack or close to attack mode. Even then, a small amount of the flax oil in the beet recipe can be helpful. Fat-free and low-fat diets can be a cause for gallbladder problems as well as too much of the wrong fats. The body needs fats. Use omega 3 oils like flax or hemp. These are both delicious on salads. Cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil is also recommended. Use with vinegar or fresh lemon juice.
Some of the stuff on there appears to be BS (like the coffee enemas), but the diet info seems reasonable.
I vaguely recall being taught a bit about the gall bladder years ago. It stores bile and excretes it when needed. I think a bit of fat it ok, but you don’t want a fatty meal, or a fatty food by itself. It’s slightly similar to your sugars, since you’re a diabetic. You still need sugars or carbs, but you don’t want a sudden increase. If you’re going to eat some avocado for example, make sure you’re eating something low in fat with it. I could be wrong, so I would recommend checking out some more resources and even discussing it more with your doctor or a registered dietician.
Post # 4
Thank you so much for the advice on the diet, AB!! My “attacks” aren’t really all that bad…just some side pain where the gall bladder is. That’s why I’m hoping to be able to last two and a half more months with it when school is out. If anything, maybe this will help me get back on track with my weight watchers!
Post # 5
No grease. Howwever, you do need to watch that a stone doesn’t get stuck and cause more problems. Then that becomes emergency surgery.
Post # 6
Definately follow a low fat diet, and ask your doctor for the signs of the stones causing a blockage – in which case you should go to the er. I managed to postone getting mine removed for a few months to make it more convenient for my employer, but that last month was tough. I had a few bad attacks though – one I probably should have gone to the er for, but it was the first and I didn’t know what it was.