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A 32-year-old female asked:

hi doctor i would like to ask, i had my gallbladder removed last year december and would like to know that since i have been having diarrhea and loss of appetite. can that be caused by the lack of the gallbladder?

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Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Yes it can: About 1 in 10 people can develop Bile Acid Diarrhea (BAD) after their gallbladder is removed. This is caused by too much bile entering the small intestine. It can be treated with medicine called bile acid sequestrants (colestipol, cholestyramine, etc). See your Dr because this medication can interfere with other medications you may be taking.

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A friend gets a severe pain on her lower right side of her abdomen and her tongue feels numb. What can this be? Her gallbladder was removed 3years ago

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Neither: If it's a stone not much but medication and passing the stone will help. My condolences.

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