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Old 07-06-2008, 07:08 AM   #1
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My name is Ben I am 15 years old I had surgery March 6, 2008 on my infected gallbladder. Since then I have had the biggest challenge with eating. I knew that after surgery I would have trouble eating but not this bad. I'm sick to my stomach everyday and no relief the only relief I had was when I didn't eat for a month. I do have acid relfex disease now from when I do eat and end up vomiting. I'm a big athlete and planning on getting a scholarship for baseball but from being sick on a day to day basis with out getting the nutrition I need that could affect my career with baseball. Is there any kind of diet or food to eat where I can still give my body what it needs. I was thinking about like liquid diet such as smoothies and all but i really need help with this. Thanks, Ben!

 
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Re: Months after surgery and still cannot eat

I'm assuming you had your gallbladder removed though you said you had surgery "on an infected gallbladder." You should have started immediately after surgery on a fat free diet and stayed on it for several weeks. What have you been eating?

 
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Old 07-06-2008, 08:15 AM   #3
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Re: Months after surgery and still cannot eat

I wasn't told I had to eat a fat free diet. I eat small potions when I do eat.

 
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Re: Months after surgery and still cannot eat

WEll, that could be the cause of your problems. You should eat fat free (no milk, cheese, fried foods, olive oil, salad dressings that aren't fat free, greasy food like hamburgers, Mexican food, etc) for about a month after removal. Then slowly introduce fat back into the diet. For example, put one small pat of butter on a piece of bread at one meal. If youu don't have any problems with that, do it twice the next day. But very low fat and slowly as you go along.

The problem is that a small bile duct is left to do the work of the gallbladder. It takes some bit of time for it to learn to funciton properly. If you overload it at the beginning you risk it never learning to take over properly. If changing your diet doesn't help after a week or so, I'd ask my folks to take me back to the doctor. There are several other conditions that this could be but I'd rather not venture a guess until you've tried the fat free route.

 
Old 07-06-2008, 11:55 AM   #5
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Re: Months after surgery and still cannot eat

Sorry to hear you're having such a hard time. I've read that it can take several months, and sometimes a year, to get back to fairly normal. Some people can never go back to their old diets. In my case, prior to GB problems, and subsequent removal of it, I ate anything I wanted, including lots of fat. I'm not able to do that right now. I'm only about 2 weeks post-op. I hope to get back to it tho. For now, I'm eating lowfat, and I'm feeling MUCH better. I agree with the previous poster - stick to lowfat to no-fat, and then see how you do. I did something really stupid about 3 days after my GB removal. I ate a slice of pepperoni pizza, and had a mini-attack from it. DUMB DUMB DUMB. I'm basically eating "safe foods" right now - foods that I know won't affect me in a negative way.

Chicken has lots of protein in it, so you could eat baked or broiled chicken. I'm not sure about things like salad. I think raw veggies are kinda hard to digest, so I'm not sure if they're good for post-GB surgery. I'm no expert on this stuff, as I'm still learning. But I definitely look at the fat in things before I try them. I've started eating one serving of Activia yogurt each day, and I do feel better since starting that, so I'll probably stick with it.

 
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