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Low fat for unusual gallbladder issues?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 19, 2012 at 4:36 AM

Okay, so I have some kinda gallbladder infection. Its acalculous (without sludge or stones). So that means its likely either acalculous chronic cholysistitis or sphinter of oddi dysfunction.

I am still waiting for proper scans and treatment. In the meantime they suggested, once again a low fat diet. Ive actually been finding that a high fat, low carb diet seems to minimise related gas, and I can get pain from any type of food, but I am unsure if "stressing" my gallbladder is wise or not.

Going on the notion of emptying/movement, higher fat makes sense. But I am not sure if my gallbladder is damaged, that it makes sense there.

Obviously I wouldn't be reverting to sad, more like some higher carb paleo type diet, but I wondered does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions here than might help me make up my mind?

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on September 19, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Correction: all costs does not include death. Sorry to hear your issues. Turns out there was no reason to remove mine. Doctors in the USA just happen to love removing gallbladders.

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:45 PM

I dont have stones, or sludge, just gallbladder infection with no obvious cause. Its the rarer situation, and possibly to do with functional stuff (like GB muscle contration, or sphincter of oddi). I am on a very carb restricted diet already. That all said -I appreciate your advice VB :)

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on September 19, 2012
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At all costs? I have been sick with intensive pain (I mean intense 9/10) for three months. Ive been on three belts of anti-biotics. Its not getting better, its getting worse. A perforated gallbadder (too infected) can kill you. I dont want to lose my gallbladder, but if it comes to that, I cant imagine it being worse than this...

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:24 AM

Also, avoid removal of your gallbladder at all costs! PLEASE!

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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Milk is an emulsion, so likely anything from it is (that's an assumption).

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Ill sure ill probably end up in the boat of not having a gallbladder at some point. So for reference, what fatty foods are emulsified. You say butter, coconut milk and cream...what about cheese, greek yogurt, even milk? Eggs have lecithin, so I suppose blending any fat with eggs would help..

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:26 PM

Jamie, when I was first diagnosed with gall bladder stones I was put on a low fat diet and lived like that for two years. Then I had my gall bladder out.

What worked for me when I was on a low fat diet was avocados and EVOO. However, I have read afterwords that I could dissolve the stones by using ox bile and also some special naturopathic medicine that does just that.

Weston Price recommends upping your cholesterol (you can read on their website, I do not remember exactly).

If I were you, I would find a good naturopath - I am sure you have them in New Zealand.

Also, have you tried GAPS diet? It is not for gall bladder, but it might help other issues as well.

AVOID REMOVAL OF YOUR GOALBLADDER. I regret doing it. FIND A NATUROPATH.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:45 PM

I dont have stones, or sludge, just gallbladder infection with no obvious cause. Its the rarer situation, and possibly to do with functional stuff (like GB muscle contration, or sphincter of oddi). I am on a very carb restricted diet already. That all said -I appreciate your advice VB :)

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B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on September 19, 2012
at 09:08 AM

Disclaimer: I do not have a gallbladder.

While Robert's response is accurate (regarding certain MCTs digesting easier with less bile salts), in my experience you should start with fats which have been emulsified (coconut & MCT oil are not!)

Butter! It's emulsified and has a fair amount of MCTs. Same goes for coconut milk & cream.
See more in this old answer: http://paleohacks.com/questions/4403/paleo-without-a-gallbladder/14527#14527

Please start slowly with coconut & MCT oil since they are not emulsified or reap some fun digestive issues. Emulsifying it with lecithin helps a lot though! (Do a search on it, and don't be afraid of a small amount of lecithin).

I actually use coconut and MCT to clear me out every so often since, due to no gallbladder, I have a slow digestive system.

GOOD NEWS: Over time my body, without a gallbladder, has adapted fairly well (other than still having a slower pace of movements). I can now eat fats (including pure MCT oil) with only rare issues. Though I still emphasize butter & coconut with my fatty cuts of meat.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on September 19, 2012
at 12:42 PM

At all costs? I have been sick with intensive pain (I mean intense 9/10) for three months. Ive been on three belts of anti-biotics. Its not getting better, its getting worse. A perforated gallbadder (too infected) can kill you. I dont want to lose my gallbladder, but if it comes to that, I cant imagine it being worse than this...

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

(1634)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:23 AM

Milk is an emulsion, so likely anything from it is (that's an assumption).

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

(1634)

on September 19, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Correction: all costs does not include death. Sorry to hear your issues. Turns out there was no reason to remove mine. Doctors in the USA just happen to love removing gallbladders.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:06 AM

Ill sure ill probably end up in the boat of not having a gallbladder at some point. So for reference, what fatty foods are emulsified. You say butter, coconut milk and cream...what about cheese, greek yogurt, even milk? Eggs have lecithin, so I suppose blending any fat with eggs would help..

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

(1634)

on September 19, 2012
at 11:24 AM

Also, avoid removal of your gallbladder at all costs! PLEASE!

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on September 19, 2012
at 05:08 AM

I "think" short and medium chain triglycerides don't need bile to be processed so that may not stress your gallbladder.

Check this out Cholesterol, Phospholipids, Triglycerides and Lipoproteins and Coconut Oil, MCT

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on September 19, 2012
at 05:27 AM

oxen bile and avocadoes, mct as stated above

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