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Can Paleo make Gallbladder issues worse?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 09, 2012 at 7:12 PM

I had what I believe was a gallbladder attack: at 11pm I woke with extreme nausea and vomiting. My abdomen was incredibly tender and was distorted looking (think, the Worms off MIB) and I was in so much pain. I'm not even sure what I was throwing up.. it was a ton of liquid and red/orange stuff (not blood) and some oil. After puking up as much of the bile/liquid/weirdness as would come out, I started dry heaving. At this point, I noticed a "tear" pain directly under my ribcage on the right. It was incredibly painful, and I began crying to my husband. After another round of dry heaving, the pain was so intense I was screaming and we went to the hospital. I looked at my abdomen and something was POKING OUT at me. It was about the size of my middle finger in length, but went away once my abs were no longer contracted. I was having trouble breathing, and the pain was so intense I just wanted to die. I've given natural childbirth-twice. I'm no stranger to pain, but this was quite possibly worse. My husband even said it looked like this "attack" was harder on me than my second birth.

The docs at the ER ruled out the appendix, but that's all they did for us. THey did mention I was very backed-up baded off x-rays. Since it wasn't "life threatening" they sent us on our way to follow up with my PCP. It seems that things line up well with a gallbladder attack, but I'm just not sure.

Since going strict Paleo 5 months ago, I have developed/noticed IBS-C, FODMAPs sensitivity, Fructose Malabsorption, and I believe I have SIBO as well. I was following the Autoimmune protocol for about a week prior to the "attack" (treat leaky gut anf psoriasis). I also misread the instructions of supplementing to heal a leaky gut, so that day I had 15 fish oil capsules (5 with each meal) and 9 of the NOW Super Enzymes (5 with lunch, 4 with dinner). This was the first day I had tried supplementation. We are wondering if I just had too many enzymes or something.. but they were so spaced out and I used to take a different enzyme brand with no issues.

Since then I have been very tired, and have no appetite. If I force myself to take a few bites, I can general finish a meal. Some things leave me nauseous and in pain (2 eggs and a few spinach leaves) some things are fine (ground beef and a few bites of potato). I still have the pain under my right rib, but it's mostly just a sore/stabbing feeling.

Theories and Information are appreciated!

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on September 14, 2012
at 02:24 AM

Doctors may be lax, but if you have stones, and they give you pain, sooner or later, no matter what you eat, youll be going back to them needing some kinda solution.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on September 14, 2012
at 02:22 AM

You should try and get at least an ultrasound to confirm. If they find stones visually (ie have some proof), they may be forced to do something about it.

Ce2968ab71119c736ba9d83841c5718a

on September 12, 2012
at 01:45 PM

I would trust them about the gallbladder then. I'm curious why you asked a chiropractor. My understanding was they did muscle / skeletal issues?

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on September 12, 2012
at 11:16 AM

Very true. I have seen other docs (my regular PCP and my chiropracter) and both said without a doubt it is the gallbladder. I have continued having issues, but thankfully have not had another "attack " like the one I described. Apparently, hour gallbladder can adhere to other things, which was the case for me, and why it popped out initially. Of course, my Paleo diet (strict Paleo plus autoimmunity) has come into question:)

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Ce2968ab71119c736ba9d83841c5718a

on September 11, 2012
at 01:49 AM

No one should be giving medical advice over the internets. But I ewould suggest finding a new ER to visit. They should at least give you a diagnosis and an imaging of that whatever was sticking out.

Ce2968ab71119c736ba9d83841c5718a

on September 12, 2012
at 01:45 PM

I would trust them about the gallbladder then. I'm curious why you asked a chiropractor. My understanding was they did muscle / skeletal issues?

A32f4fd698034ea9b56c4313ebe69931

on September 12, 2012
at 11:16 AM

Very true. I have seen other docs (my regular PCP and my chiropracter) and both said without a doubt it is the gallbladder. I have continued having issues, but thankfully have not had another "attack " like the one I described. Apparently, hour gallbladder can adhere to other things, which was the case for me, and why it popped out initially. Of course, my Paleo diet (strict Paleo plus autoimmunity) has come into question:)

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on September 14, 2012
at 02:24 AM

Doctors may be lax, but if you have stones, and they give you pain, sooner or later, no matter what you eat, youll be going back to them needing some kinda solution.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on September 14, 2012
at 02:22 AM

You should try and get at least an ultrasound to confirm. If they find stones visually (ie have some proof), they may be forced to do something about it.

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on September 14, 2012
at 12:34 AM

One thing that's known to cause gall bladder issues is to go very low fat, and then introduce fat.

Hopefully whatever you have can be easily dealt with. It might be gall stones, but do your best to avoid having your gall bladder taken out - I didn't know any better and trusted the doc, I now have to use digestive enzymes before every meal.

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