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Help, doctor wants to take gallbladder out!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Hey, I'm 27 years old with celiac disease, I started eating paleo when I found out I had celiac, but I've run into a new problem - my doctor thinks there's something wrong with my gallbladder. I have been losing alot of weight and having alot of trouble digesting fatty meals. I'm going to have a Hida Scan soon (doctor mentioned removing gallbladder).

1) Assuming there is a problem with my gallbladder not functioning... is there anything I can do avoid having it removed?

2) How much fat can I eat at each meal?

Edit: Also want to mention that it does not cause me pain at this time, it's making me nauseous when I eat high fat meals.

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

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on February 16, 2013
at 01:05 PM

Thank you, I have been eating animal fats and taking enzymes. I feel that it is getting worse though, because I am starting to feel some small pains on my right and left side of my upper abdomen.

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on February 14, 2013
at 02:03 AM

I remember feeling so frustrated being sick, too. But I realize it was a blessing. Now I KNOW what it feels like to be sick, and I am determined to choose healthy so that I can grow old and fit, not old and sick. :)

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 14, 2013
at 02:02 AM

Right there with you. I'm a prime example of "what happens if you feed your kid hamburger helper for 18 years." I know that my gb pain started at about 16; I had it removed at 37. And yes, you can do low carb with no gb, or at least I have been able to. You may need to continue the ox bile until your system adjusts. I eat a LOT of veggies, but still my carbs are in the 50-75 (maybe 100 if I eat a lot of fruit) range. Even if I go lower than that I'm fine - right now I just need more carbs for working out.

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

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on February 13, 2013
at 10:45 PM

I can't believe I'm only 27 and I'm a complete wreck. I had a surgery last year to remove an endometrial cyst, which I believe was related to celiac disease. I believe I am a victim of the food pyramid. :(

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

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on February 13, 2013
at 10:41 PM

Yeah thanks RK, I think I'm gonna get the ox bile from Amazon. I really don't want them to take it out. I'm not in any pain yet if I was it would probably be a different story. I did not have any tests done yet, I was simply describing my symptoms to my doctor and we agreed it sounded like my gallbladder malfunctioning. Can you still do a low carb diet without a gallbladder?

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 13, 2013
at 10:24 PM

And have you had an ultrasound?

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 13, 2013
at 10:23 PM

Hey, I just noticed you're the same person I commented on another thread to take ox bile (I thought you sounded familiar). Let us know how the HIDA scan turns out.

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 13, 2013
at 10:20 PM

To help you digest fat: take Ox Bile with meals. This will supplement the lack of bile being produced by your gb. It's cheap, and you should be able to find it at Whole Foods, etc. If not, order on Amazon (brand is Nutricology).

Another supplement I took is called Phosphatidylcholine (also known as soy lecithin). This thins the bile and helps if flow through your liver and gb if your bile is sluggish.

Removing your gallbladder is not something you need to rush into. I had an ultrasound that showed mine was completely full of stones. I also was having tremendous pain with attacks about once a month. But I took a year and half to research and make sure I was doing the right thing for my body. I tried many many many different alternative therapies. I went through 4 different doctors, and 2 surgeons (one surgeon was a arrogant a** and no way was I letting him cut me open!). In the end, I had an attack every day for 3 weeks. I was in bed all day every day with a heating pad. At that point, my quality of life was done, and there was no other choice. But I was happy that I reached that point of no choice - I knew that there was no way to go but forward.

All that to say, I am SO HAPPY I had it out. Once it was gone, I realized it had been causing me pain for about 20 years. I had just gotten used to it. So many digestive pains (constipation/diarrhea, gut pain, gas, burping, etc) just disappeared.

I feared that I would not be able to eat paleo after ... Not only do I eat high fat paleo now, but it is LESS problematic than it was when I had a gb. I take no supplements. I feel awesome.

So all that to say, take your time, get a second (or third) opinion. But if you have to have it out, don't get bummed by all the horror stories on the internet. Some people do have problems, but they are over-represented online.

If you don't have stones, and your HIDA scan just shows poor performance, I would take a while and do lots of research, esp if you aren't in pain.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on February 14, 2013
at 02:03 AM

I remember feeling so frustrated being sick, too. But I realize it was a blessing. Now I KNOW what it feels like to be sick, and I am determined to choose healthy so that I can grow old and fit, not old and sick. :)

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on February 13, 2013
at 10:24 PM

And have you had an ultrasound?

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on February 13, 2013
at 10:41 PM

Yeah thanks RK, I think I'm gonna get the ox bile from Amazon. I really don't want them to take it out. I'm not in any pain yet if I was it would probably be a different story. I did not have any tests done yet, I was simply describing my symptoms to my doctor and we agreed it sounded like my gallbladder malfunctioning. Can you still do a low carb diet without a gallbladder?

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on February 13, 2013
at 10:45 PM

I can't believe I'm only 27 and I'm a complete wreck. I had a surgery last year to remove an endometrial cyst, which I believe was related to celiac disease. I believe I am a victim of the food pyramid. :(

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on February 13, 2013
at 10:23 PM

Hey, I just noticed you're the same person I commented on another thread to take ox bile (I thought you sounded familiar). Let us know how the HIDA scan turns out.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on February 14, 2013
at 02:02 AM

Right there with you. I'm a prime example of "what happens if you feed your kid hamburger helper for 18 years." I know that my gb pain started at about 16; I had it removed at 37. And yes, you can do low carb with no gb, or at least I have been able to. You may need to continue the ox bile until your system adjusts. I eat a LOT of veggies, but still my carbs are in the 50-75 (maybe 100 if I eat a lot of fruit) range. Even if I go lower than that I'm fine - right now I just need more carbs for working out.

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on February 15, 2013
at 03:39 AM

what types of fats are you eating when you eat "high fat meals"? stop eating any nuts, seeds, olive oils, vegetable oils, nut or seed butters. focus on animal sourced fats, think raw dairy, egg yolks(tons of sulphur, choline and lecithin, great for the gallbladder and liver). take some apple cider vinegar before meals, or have a nice bit of red wine vinegar as a dressing on meals.

enzymes!!! get some digestive enzymes! i like solaray brand. look into taking pectin to help soften the stones, there are a ton of stone softening/flushing information on the internet, i dont suggest flushes only because they seem harsh, but definitely having a small shot of grapefruit juice, taking pectin, raw vinegar before and between meals, changing up what types of fats you are eating, taking a lecithin suppliment, and making sure you are having proper elimination, gut flora, blood sugar regulation, etc......are are important. its overwhelming but you can save your gallbladder, espeically if its not hurting right now. mine still makes me nauseous if i ingest way too many pumpkin seeds, etc...but i never have gallbladder attacks because i control what i eat and have worked to promote the overall health of my body through diet and lifestyle

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on February 16, 2013
at 01:05 PM

Thank you, I have been eating animal fats and taking enzymes. I feel that it is getting worse though, because I am starting to feel some small pains on my right and left side of my upper abdomen.

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2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

on March 14, 2013
at 10:19 PM

Update: I had my Hidascan and saw my doctor yesterday. He said my gallbladder is working very well and although he said I'm a candidate for surgery I'm definitely going to pass. He said I don't have gallstones. Eating low carb/high fat seems to be helping it alot! I eat tons of grass-fed tallow. Also got the ox bile and enzymes it helped but I'm getting to the point where I won't need them.

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