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Can a gallbladder sludge cause constipation. I have constipation but have been diagnosed w/a gallbladder sludge?

Can a gallbladder sludge cause constipation. I have constipation but have been diagnosed w/a gallbladder sludge?

Not usually: If the gallbladder is inflamed enough it could cause some difficulty with bowels. You may need to have the gallbladder out but would not expect this to cure your constipation. This problem may have to be worked up independent of gallbladder. ...Read more

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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more


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After Gallbladder attack I have constipation and my Gallbladder feels swollen when I lay down but it does not cause any pain. Never had this before.

After Gallbladder attack I have constipation and my Gallbladder feels swollen when I lay down but it does not cause any pain. Never had this before.

Call your PCP as U: May need to be seen or examined sooner than you think. You don't want pain, as it means you have to go to the ER, and if other signs persist that show you need surgical intervention, then you'll be laid up in the process. So, see your PCP for evaluation, and get in and be examined, and seen. Don't delay! ...Read more

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Can constipation cause some discomfort or swelling around or near the liver or where my gallbladder use to be?

Can constipation cause some discomfort or swelling around or near the liver or where my gallbladder use to be?

Yes. And no.: Constipation can cause abdominal discomfort and swelling. Pain from constipation tends to be more general cramping pain but can certainly be perceived in different parts of the abdomen including the upper right part of the abdomen where the liver is. The gallbladder is small enough that any constipation pain is merely coincidental and not because it was removed. ...Read more

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My gallbladder ejection fraction is only 15%. Would this cause me nausea and constipation?

My gallbladder ejection fraction is only 15%. Would this cause me nausea and constipation?

Yes and No: Low ef on hida suggest gallbladder dysfunction, which may cause nausea, vomiting and pain after meals. Constipation may be a separate issue. Increase fluids and fiber, use laxatives if needed. ...Read more

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Can a gallbladder with no stones only working at 15% cause constipation? My bowel habits have changed and I'm always constipated.

Can a gallbladder with no stones only working at 15% cause constipation? My bowel habits have changed and I'm always constipated.

Not gall bladder: You should take fiber foods (see site below for info). Or you could take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. In either case drink enough water daily so that your urine is colorless.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948 ...Read more

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Will eating alot of corn tortillas cause constapation and crackers also I had my gallbladder out and was eating bland. I am not taking any meds?

Will eating alot of corn tortillas cause constapation and crackers also I had my gallbladder out and was eating bland. I am not taking any meds?

Eat healthy foods: Eat healthy feel better, with fresh vegetables, salads, fruits, plenty of fluids and be active You will be fine and stop eating junk food ...Read more

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Is constipation associated with a gallbladder sludge?

Is constipation associated with a gallbladder sludge?

No: Constipation can coexist with gallbladder sludge, but there shouldn't be a cause and effect relationship. ...Read more

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Is constipation a common sign gallbladder disease?

No: Gallbladder disease usually leads to lose stools, gas, and bloating. Other symptoms typically are nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference between gallbladder pain & constipation pain?

How do I tell the difference between gallbladder pain & constipation pain?

Difficult: To tell without a medical history, physical exam & some tests. Usually gallbladder discomfort occurs a few hours after eating fatty or greasy foods with upper abdominal discomfort & nausea. Constipation can be various cramping feelings with cramps anywhere in the abdomen, not related to eating. Ultrasound tests the gallbladder. History of lack of bowel movement is constipation. ...Read more

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Been having kinda sharp pains in my abdomen area is this just constipation or could be something else? Also, my gallbladder was removed in 07'

Been having kinda sharp pains in my abdomen area is this just constipation or could be something else? Also, my gallbladder was removed in 07'

Maybe constipation: You are correct that often the slowing or hardening of stool passing through the intestine can cause abdominal pain. It is usually temporary. There are many OTHER causes of abdominal pain: ulcer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome, even appendicitis. Work on stool passage (fluids, fiber, activity), consider an OTC antacid (Rolaids) or generic Pepcid, (famotidine) and observe. If persists/worsens, see your doc ...Read more

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I don't have gallbladder from past 4yrs because of this I have constipation problem please help me outof this and I have sinus problem as well.?

I don't have gallbladder from past 4yrs because of this I have constipation problem please help me outof this and I have sinus problem as well.?

Fiber/antihistamine: You should take a fiber supplement for the constipation. It is unusual for post-gallbladder patients to have constipation, usually it causes diarrhea. If the fiber does not help, then be seen by your physician. For the sinus problems, try an antihistamine like Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec. ...Read more

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I don't have gallbladder from past 4years because of this I have constipation problem and from past 1yr I'm suffering from sinus problem too . Plz help?

I don't have gallbladder from past 4years because of this I have constipation problem and from past 1yr I'm suffering from sinus problem too . Plz help?

Fibers and fluids: Benefiber, metamucil, fibercon are all safe for use. Milk of magnesia or magnesium citrate on occasion is ok. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) can be used as well, but more expensive. Increase fluids and keep active. Roughages such as fresh/leafy veggies, fruits are healthy and will help constipation as well. Mineral oil can also be used because it is not absorbed. Not enough for sinus discussion. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there something wrong with your gallbladder when your side and stomache hurts real bad and feels hard. I took Ex-Lax thinking I had constipation this has gone on for 4 days

Is there something wrong with your gallbladder when your side and stomache hurts real bad and feels hard. I took Ex-Lax thinking I had constipation this has gone on for 4 days

Hello, : Hello, I can't diagose the reason for your pain. Severe constipation can be a cause for abdominal pain. The gallbladder is on the right upper side of the abdomen and it can also be a source of abdominal pain. Pain in the right lower abdomen that is severe can sometimes be caused by appendicitis. Pain in the left side of your abdomen can sometimes be related to inflammation or infection of the large intestine. Upper abdominal pain could be due to an ulcer. If your abdominal pain is severe and your belly is expanding and feels tight (hard); this would be a reason to get medical attention. If you have red/ maroon blood in your stool or bowel movements that are black, sticky and malodorous; that could be a sign of GI bleeding. Your symptoms are too non-specific to get a good handle on, but for the above described scenario you would definitely want to be medically evaluated. ...Read more

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Gallbladder was remove 1yrago. No symptoms until now I have the same pain and the same back pain. Constipation and lightheadedness what can it be?

Gallbladder was remove 1yrago. No symptoms until now I have the same pain and the same back pain. Constipation and lightheadedness what can it be?

Get Evaluation: Despite getting your gall bladder removed, can still get more stones. But there are other causes that would require more questions answered and an exam. Good luck! ...Read more

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Gallbladder gone. Sphinter of off oddi dysfunction. Nausea and constipation bad nausea haven't moved my bowels in a month or two and nausea is bad?

Gallbladder gone. Sphinter of off oddi dysfunction.  Nausea and constipation bad nausea haven't moved my bowels in a month or two and nausea is bad?

See GI: It sounds like you need to have your sphincter of oddi fixed by a GI physician who specializes in ERCP. Overall you need to be seen by the GI doctor for evaluation and treatment. That you have not moved your bowels in a month is not a good sign either- please have this evaluated soon ...Read more

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Constipation and Fatty stools after gallbladder surgery 2 weeks ago?

Constipation and Fatty stools after gallbladder surgery 2 weeks ago?

Bowel irregularity: Is common after gallbladder surgery. Constipation often occurs from narcotic pain medication. Stop pain medication, drink more water, use a laxative if necessary, avoid fried fatty greasy foods for a while. See your surgeon for follow up and call them if rhere are problems. ...Read more

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Several days of constipation taken laxatives. Pain around belly button radiating to right side and worsening. No gallbladder?

Several days of constipation taken laxatives. Pain around belly button radiating to right side and worsening. No gallbladder?

Get checked.: Constant abdominal pain for several days needs evaluation today. Crampy pain that comes and goes and is mild is less worrying. Call your doc or go to ER if constant, no bowel movment, fever, vomiting, etc. ...Read more

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Severe pain in right abdomen 7 months after full vaginal hysterctomy. Gallbladder removed 2 yrs ago as well. Feeling of constipation also?

Severe pain in right abdomen 7 months after full vaginal hysterctomy. Gallbladder removed 2 yrs ago as well. Feeling of constipation also?

Get checked: Pain in the right side could be your colon, especially since you say you are experiencing constipation. If you still have your ovaries and tubes it could also be a cyst on the ovary or tube, or a twisted ovary or tube. Also, possible is a muscle spasming in your abdominal wall. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Is new moderately severe constipation, with narrowed daily bm, and right and left side abdo pain with bloating, indicating IBS or gallbladder probs?

Not necessarly: There are many factors here toconsider, how long this has been going on? Was there any blood in the stools, any rectal exam, colonoscopy?, barium enema. Based on these, we can come closer to make a giagnosis. ...Read more

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My abdomen ultrasound shows a 2mm echogenic focus ass't w the gallbladder wall thickening and it's sludging. Constipation problems since 2012.

My abdomen ultrasound shows a 2mm echogenic focus ass't w the gallbladder wall thickening and it's sludging.  Constipation problems since 2012.

Gallstone.: The report sounds like gallstone (echogenic focus and sludge) with some irritation of the gallbladder (wall thickening). If you have a fever, then this could also be infected cholecystitis, which your surgeon should remove. If not infected then you may be experiencing "biliary colic", caused by the gallstone. For constipation, eat more fiber rich foods. See your PMD if symptoms worsen. ...Read more

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Gi says I have ibs and constipation I'm having a burning sensation under my right rib gallbladder removed last year is it from ibs?

Gi says I have ibs and constipation I'm having a burning sensation under my right rib gallbladder removed last year is it from ibs?

Could be: Hard to say for sure, because there is no formal testing for IBS. It certainly is not your gallbladder. It doesn't sound dangerous, and you should ask your doctors if it is appropriate for you to take medication for IBS. At least a trial to see if it helps. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Bf has ongoing rt side intestinal pain aftr meals, occas vomiting, nausea every am, persistent diarrhea/constipation. Gallbladder removed 2yrs ago?

Bf has ongoing rt side intestinal pain aftr meals, occas vomiting, nausea every am, persistent diarrhea/constipation. Gallbladder removed 2yrs ago?

Oddi??: This may be sphincter of oddi disorder though it more likely to be something functional. Other possibilities — pancreatic, gastroparesis, peptix ulcers. ...Read more

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Having upper r quadrant pain under rib cage occasionally radiates to r flank. Have had this off and on for the past year but worsening. Gallbladder was removed 8 years ago. Now also having constipation with occas nausea. Mri only shows 2 small cysts on

Having upper r quadrant pain under rib cage occasionally radiates to r flank.  Have had this off and on for the past year but worsening. Gallbladder was removed 8 years ago. Now also having constipation with occas nausea. Mri only shows 2 small cysts on

Check with your doct: I assume you were saying that you have two small cysts in the liver but those usually don't cause pain. Difficult question to answer in this format. I would definitely see your doctor and see if he/she has any other ideas or treatment options to get to the bottom of your pain. You may need a colonoscopy. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more