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I have severe diarrhea after gallbladder removal. Questrin and whelcol helps for a short time but still have major problems with diarrhea?

I have severe diarrhea after gallbladder removal. Questrin and whelcol helps for a short time but still have major problems with diarrhea?

Bile diarrhea: After gallbladder removal or ERCP sphincterotomy bile enters the upper intestine more freely. Bile can be irritating to the intestine and colon in some people and you may be one of those sensitive to bile. Questran (cholestyramine) is a bile binder and usually manages this type of diarrhea. You may increase your questran (cholestyramine). Okay to check with your surgeon and GI doc about this problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Is it normal to still have diarrhea issues 7 years after gallbladder removal?

Is it normal to still have diarrhea issues 7 years after gallbladder removal?

Something else: It's likely something else... Recommend checking with your internist and getting a referral to a GI specialist.... Could be a inflammatory disorder... ...Read more

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Bile induced IBS after gallbladder removal?? True?? Best med for diarrhea cholestyramine after gb removal ?

Bile induced IBS after gallbladder removal?? True?? Best med for diarrhea cholestyramine after gb removal ?

Yes but will resolve: After gallbladder surgery, some people have ongoing abdominal symptoms, such as pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea (postcholecystectomy syndrome). Following cholecystectomy, bile which was once stored in the gallbladder and released only after meals, now flows continuously into the intestines and cause irritation. Cholestyramine absorbs bile, but these symptoms will often resolve over time. ...Read more

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Gallbladder removed 3 years ago. Still chronic diarrhea with anything I eat or drink even eating healthy don't help. Now hemorrhoids. Any idea?

Gallbladder removed 3 years ago. Still chronic diarrhea with anything I eat or drink even eating healthy don't help. Now hemorrhoids. Any idea?

"Cure" for diarrhea: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), ; duration. The "cure" depends on diagnosis. ...Read more

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Chronic diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, doctors ruled out lactose, celiac, had a stomach scope, gallbladder removed. Need suggestions dr is dead end?

Chronic diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, doctors ruled out lactose, celiac, had a stomach scope, gallbladder removed. Need suggestions dr is dead end?

University center: If you have not seen a gastroenterologist yet, then you should consider going to an university center or something like the mayo clinic to get an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is diahrrea a natural thing after gallbladder removal?

Is diahrrea a natural thing after gallbladder removal?

Common: About 20% of people will have diarrhea (early on) especially after eating fatty food. The gallbladder's function is to store bile and deliver it to the intestine to absorb fats. Most people w/stones have lost this storage function prior to its removal and don't miss this function. For those that do develop diarrhea, many eventually adjust or they may take bile salts by mouth to compensate. ...Read more

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I have had chronic diarrhea since gall bladder removal almost two years ago..Is this normal? Will it ever stop?

I have had chronic diarrhea since gall bladder removal almost two years ago..Is this normal? Will it ever stop?

Help available: Very rarely patients develop diarrhea after removal of gall bladder. One of the causes is thought to be alteration in reabsorption of bile salts from the gut. If so, there is a medication you may want to try. It is called cholesteramine. Your doctor needs to prescribe it for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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


Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Gallbladder Removal (Definition)

Gallbladder removal is just that. Surgical removal of the gallbladder. Technically known as a cholecystectomy, it is usually done laparoscopically with small incisions and is one of ...Read more