How long does diarrhea last after gallbladder removal? Please answer!
I had my gallbladder out on the 13th. Almost two weeks ago. Last week, which was the first week after surgery, I was constipated from the pain meds, then I took two dulcolax and had diarrhea almost everyday up until Saturday. Which is odd because I took an Imodium last Friday night but still had watery bowels Saturday night. Since then I've been ok. I had my first bowel movement since then today. It was normal and soft (sorry gross) but not a lot.
Last week everything I ate went right through me with cramping. Since Sunday I've been eating more........turkey sandwiches, grilled chicken, brown rice, bananas, even some fat free ice cream and I've been ok...yesterday AND today I had a ceasar salad with creamy dressing, cheese, and buttery croutons, and it hasn't given me diarrhea. I also drank coffee this morning, two big cups, and some fiber one cereal.
Is the diarrhea pretty much over with then? Because I go back to work on Monday and I am nervous, even though I've been good since Saturday.....I hear some people have diarrhea the rest of their lives after gallbladder removal, but if it's been since Saturday for me without any, this is a good sign right? I went to the doctor yesterday for my post op and they told me diarrhea could be permanent. I SURE HOPE NOT. But then they also said it just takes time for your body to get used to not having a gallbladder. I am scared the diarrhea is going to come back! I've been ok, just a bit gassy.
Any thoughts? Anyone experience this? I know everybody is different. I would love to hear some experiences similar to mine.