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What is bile salt disease? And can it ever go away if properly treated?

What is bile salt disease? And can it ever go away if properly treated?

Yes, if treated.: Bile is secreted from the liver and stored in the gallbladder. After a meal the gallbladder contracts and the bile enters the small intestine where it emulsifies fat ands aids fat digestion. The bile is reabsorbed in the terminal ileum. Surgical removal of the terminal ileum causes bile to enter the colon causing diarrhea. It can also lead to bile acid deficiency and fat malabsorption>steatorrhea ...Read more

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What triggers your body to make bile salts?

What triggers your body to make bile salts?

Genetics: Production of bile salts is one of the many crucial functions of our liver. This is an innate metabolic function programmed by our genes. Bile salts are essential for proper digestion & detoxification. Unfortunately gallbaldder removal interferes with having adequate bile to digest fats, so it may be wise to take ox bile supplements. Certain herbs & foods can stimulate bile production. See comment:. ...Read more

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Can you tell me name of the test to identify bile salts?

Can you tell me name of the test to identify bile salts?

Rarely used...: Here's your reference:
Br Med J. 1979 Mar 10; 1 (6164): 644–646.
PMCID: PMC1598241
Bile salt tests in clinical practice.
K W Heaton ...Read more

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What are the side affects of cholerestamine? For bile salts?

What are the side affects of cholerestamine? For bile salts?

Numerous: Some of the more common side effects of Cholestyramine include mild constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, loss of appetite, weight changes, bloating or gas, and hiccups or a sour taste in your mouth. There are others as well, and if you experience serious ones, such as black, tarry stools, blood in the urine, persistent constipation, or severe abdominal pain, you should call your doctor. ...Read more

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Help can bilirubin and bile salts be the same as bile pigments?

Help can bilirubin and bile salts be the same as bile pigments?

They are not: Bile salts are synthesized by the liver from cholesterol. Bilirubin is a breakdown product of hemoglobin. ...Read more

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What are bile salts (cholestyramine)?

What are bile salts (cholestyramine)?

Bile binders: These salts bind bile and take it out of your system. They can be helpful in some situations. Cholestyramine also lowers cholesterol indirectly. ...Read more

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Is there a way to decrease the ammount of bile salts your body makes after gallbladder surgery?

Unfortunately no.: No. However, the reason you are probably having diarrhea is bile is constantly being introduced into the small intestine and not being completely reabsorbed before entering the large intestine. This causes irritation of the right colon and thus diarrhea. You can bind the bile by taking metamucil and thus decrease the irritation. ...Read more

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Is there a medication I can take to ease the frequency of my bile salts after gallbladder removal?

Is there a medication I can take to ease the frequency of my bile salts after gallbladder removal?

Not required: Even after removal of gall bladder bile salt metabolism will be same most bile salts are absorbed by gut and recirculated.. ...Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed in September. I've been experiencing increased acid reflux symptoms since. Could this be healed by taking bile salts?

I had my gallbladder removed in September. I've been experiencing increased acid reflux symptoms since. Could this be healed by taking bile salts?

Acid reflux: Acid reflux may be a separate problem, more noticeable since your gallbladder surgery. Start with TUMS (calcium carbonate), (calcium carbonate) they are inexpensive and available without prescription. Then get in to see your regular doc, report the results with TUMS (calcium carbonate). You may need a prescription or EGD, (a scope to look at esophagus and stomach). Be well. ...Read more

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Take 6 x625mg cholestagel for bile salt malabsorbtion, doctor wants to increase to 8 x625 is this more than the recommended maximum dose?

Yes: That would be higher than the recommended maximum dose of 3750mg a day. Would expext higher incidence of side effects. Whether a higher dose is more effective, I cannot say. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to workout with weight post gall bladder surgery...It's been 1 week and I feel very fatigued also shoul I now take bile salts?

How long should I wait to workout with weight post gall bladder surgery...It's been 1 week and I feel very fatigued also shoul I now take bile salts?

Activity post gb sur: I would avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activity for at least a few weeks. Any activity causing pain should be avoided. Otherwise, most aerobic exercise should be ok. No reason to take bile salts after gall bladder surgery. Your body will continue to produce its normal bile. ...Read more

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I was told I would not need digestive enzymes/bile salts after gallbladder removal...Why then do naturopaths promote taking them? What is best?

Training: You do not need them. Naturopaths are trained differently and so are thought the you do, though there is no scientific evidence to back that. The gallbadder is like a reservoir only. It only is a storage site. The salts, etc, are still produced and released whether there or not. ...Read more

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I take cholestyramine powder for bile salt diarrhea from gall bladder surg. It has worked for many years. ..Not the past 6 mo. Any suggestions?

I take cholestyramine powder for bile salt diarrhea from gall bladder surg. It has worked for many years. ..Not the past 6 mo. Any suggestions?

See a GI doctor: Your current loose stools may or may not be related to bile salts. Just because you are having this does not necessarily mean that the Cholestyramine is not working. Something new may be in progress. Go get seen and hopefully this will clear up soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

No: Past medical studies did not link gallbladder surgery to colon cancer. Most all of the bile is reabsorbed by the small intestine & returned to the liver, with or without the gallbladder. Excess bile getting to the colon will cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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Which drug reduces blood cholesterol and stimulates the production of bile salts?

Cholestipol: Cholestipol. It's an old agent seldom used anymore. Another more frequently used agent is cholestyramine. ...Read more

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Bile salts (cholestyramine) and pregnancy?

Drugs. Com: Cholestyramine has been assigned to pregnancy category c by the fda. Because Cholestyramine is not absorbed after oral administration, direct fetal harm is not expected. Impairment of absorption of fat soluble vitamins and other nutrients as well as effects of reduced lipid concentrations may be of concern, although the drug has been used successfully during pregnancy.. ..More. ...Read more

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My hb is 10.4 and billrubin and bile acide salt is normal, but I suffer by too much itching all over the body, can u help please?

My hb is 10.4 and billrubin and bile acide salt is normal, but I suffer by too much itching all over the body, can u help please?

Anemia: Iron-def anemia has been associated with itching thus you need to find out the cause for the low hgb level. Otherwise I agree with Dr Hagreb's statements. ...Read more

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What is a strong, clean narcotic for breakthrough pain? I currently have a Butran Patch (5mg) & it's not working. Possibly need a bile duct stent.

What is a strong, clean narcotic for breakthrough pain? I currently have a Butran Patch (5mg) & it's not working. Possibly need a bile duct stent.

Pain killers: What was the butrans written for, who prescribed it, if for cholongitis that is a wrong medicine all together, gi guys are capable to handle it ...Read more

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My mother was diagnosed with a full whipple (bile duct tumor) in october 12. She is well since then (clean cts, pet scan, good analysis), but she constantly has fever. What should I do?

My mother was diagnosed with a full whipple (bile duct tumor) in october 12. She is well since then (clean cts, pet scan, good analysis), but she constantly has fever. What should I do?

Fever: A fever is defined as temperature > 100.4. If your mother has fever for this long of time and given your mother extensive medical history, I'm sure this has been looked into to assure no underlying malignancy (recurrent or new). Please discuss with your oncologist or infectious disease doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any effective ways to use purified water or salt acids to cure cancer?

Are there any effective ways to use purified water or salt acids to cure cancer?

No such thing!: Curing Cancer is not simple. So do not fall into this "Alternative Medicine" trap using unconventional treatments. Seek conventional treatment first. You can find good treatment in most major Cancer Centers located in bigger cities. You can also go to your local Medical Oncologist for consultation and advice. ...Read more

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Does using purified sea salt water, several times a day, benefit healing wounds? This specifically concerns new piercings.

Does using purified sea salt water, several times a day, benefit healing wounds? This specifically concerns new piercings.

Sea water: No matter how long I have been in wound care, there always seems to be an endless stream of new products and recommendations. I think that attention to the conditions under which the piercings are done (sterility of tools, for example) requires more due diligence than dealing with problems afterwards. We use sterile Normal Saline all of the time to wash wounds so if it is sterile, I see no issue. ...Read more

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Sharp pain on my left upper abdomen for 2 weeks, now I lost my sense of taste. I can't taste sugar at all but could taste salt a little. What can it be?

Sharp pain on my left upper abdomen for 2 weeks, now I lost my sense of taste. I can't taste sugar at all but could taste salt a little. What can it be?

Any numbness?: WIth the sharp pain, do you have numbness, tingling, or burning in the chest or legs? I would recommend an MRI of the spine and maybe of the brain to rule out inflammation. These 2 symptoms aren't usually caused by a problem in only one area. Probably best if you see your doctor to get checked out. ...Read more

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I have dull ache in upper abdomen, some back pressure, and some upper chest pain. 30 y/o maile. Endoscopy/Colonoscopy clean in Feb. What can I take?

I have dull ache in upper abdomen, some back pressure, and some upper chest pain. 30 y/o maile. Endoscopy/Colonoscopy clean in Feb. What can I take?

Well, you had a good: Look at the upper and lower gastrointestinal system back in February, but it doesn't sound like you really have a diagnosis yet. This is the highest priority. It's not clear whether your symptoms are coming from the GI tract, the lungs/pleural cavity, or even your heart. Continue working with your doctor to make the diagnosis and implement effective treatment. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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What other type of medicines are out there to help with bile dumping. I'm on cholerystime but get ill nausea from it. Any suggestion s.?

What other type of medicines are out there to help with bile dumping. I'm on cholerystime but get ill nausea from it. Any suggestion s.?

Same or different: Colestepid can sometimes help, same mechanism as cholestyramine. Also, imodium, (loperamide) Lomotil and bismuth can also be beneficial. ...Read more

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What causes green bile?

What causes green bile?

Chemical properties: Biliverdin is a green tetrapyrrolic bile pigment, and is a product of heme/redcell breadown. Biliverdin is further broken down to bilirubin for easier excretion to the outside world (also into urobilinogen in urine-as mild yellow). This compound absorbs green light, thus appears green to your eyes! (put in dard room=brown/black). I think u maybe asking why u threw up green? Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

Bile (Definition)

Dark green to yellowish brown fluid, produced by the liver for digestion of fats ...Read more