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Old 07-10-2004, 01:49 PM   #1
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Anyone have diar. months after GB removed?

I have IBS as long as I can remember. Even as a child. When I was pregnant with my second baby at 30 I developed gallstones. Anyway, due to various reasons I HAD to have mine removed three weeks post-partum. I did not have serious problems right away. However, about a year later my IBS became increasing IBS-D. I was told that if there was a link between removal of the gallbladder and diarrhea it would happen very soon after gallbladder. Does anyone know if it is possible for this to occur and worsen 1-2 years later?

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Old 07-14-2004, 09:54 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Lynda B.
I have IBS as long as I can remember. Even as a child. When I was pregnant with my second baby at 30 I developed gallstones. Anyway, due to various reasons I HAD to have mine removed three weeks post-partum. I did not have serious problems right away. However, about a year later my IBS became increasing IBS-D. I was told that if there was a link between removal of the gallbladder and diarrhea it would happen very soon after gallbladder. Does anyone know if it is possible for this to occur and worsen 1-2 years later?

Thanks,

Lynda B.
Hi there - yes, it's very possible for it to worsen because it happened to me. I've had IBS-D for 20+ years but always able to manage it fairly well and live a "normal" life. However, after GB surgery (in '97), the diarrhea was definitely more predominant, with occasional "accidents." I was only 35 at the time! I figured there was nothing to do but live with it. After Nissan fundoplication (for my GERD) in 2001, I had nothing but diarrhea for every movement and frequent, embarrassing accidents. If I hadn't found this message board I would have been suicidal.

But through this site I found out about bile salt diarrhea and Colestid. Do a search on bile salt diarrhea and see if the symptoms fit you. I can finally live my life without running to the bathroom 5-10 times a day all because of Colestid.

Good luck to you,
Katie G

 
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