Heya! I have been reading a lot of your post about fiber so I have a question for you. I had my gallbladder removed September 5th of last year and things have not improved. Everything I eat goes straight thru me. I have no life now because I can't leave my home to go shopping or out to eat because I get sick. Do you think fiber would help me in any way? If so which kind and are the pills just as good as the powder? Any information you can give me would be of great help. Thanks!
Unfortunately, it is quite common for people to continue to have problems following gallbladder removal and it is due to the fact that bile is still being produced and is just sitting around the intestines rather than being processed. I have fogotten the name of the drug, but a lot of people find that an anti-cholesterol drug is helpful in 'mopping' up the extra bile that is around that is causing pain and diarrhea. Why not ask you doc if you can try it to see if it helps?
Either Metamucil of Phyllum husk is good for extra fiber. Metamucil is water soluble and is safe to be taken on a daily basis and is helpful in diarrhea or constipation.
Like Sarah said when the gallbadder is removed you don't have the organ that regulates the bile flow for digestion. It flows when you don't need it. The bile is suppose to be absorbed in the last part of your small intestines--- the ilium but if it reaches the colon ---it'll produce diarrhea---big time. I had my gallbladder removed but had no problems.
The presciption drugs that are used to lower chlesterol by absorbing bile is --Questran or Colestid. They are not absorbed but are pasted with the stool and in a normal person they will cause constipation. It will solve the problem you're having. These drugs also not only absorbs the bile,reduces chlesterol but also vitamins and minerals---so you may want to increase your intake. Talk to your Doctor about this!!!
If you have read my messages ---you know I think everyone should take a water soluble fiber supplement. It just makes your GI system function properly.It cleans and regulates. The diarrhea you've been having also depletes your body of important nutrients. I hope you're doing OK.
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God Bless---Harry<p>[This message has been edited by Harry (edited 04-24-2002).]
Hi, braidrunna. I whole-heartedly agree with Sarah and Harry. I've increased my fiber and calcium too, but these did not control my diarrhea. I now take Colestid (2 pills every a.m.), and for the last 2 months, my life has been GREAT! I have not had 1 episode of explosive, urgent diarrhea; all my stools are formed or soft-formed. Sorry to be so graphic, but if you've read any of my other posts, I was deperate to find some relief. I have now with Colestid. I also had my gallbladder removed, and know that my "D" worsened after that time 5 years ago. Things were better for awhile, but then got really bad again after anti-reflux surgery 1 year ago. Colestid has given me my life back. I also eat the Metamucil wafers for fiber, and take calcium supplements, which have helped others with "D", but didn't work for me, until I added Colestid.
P.S. Sarah - how are you doing? You've been great about responding to some of my posts in the past, and I see your posts too, and am wondering how things are going for you with your IBS? Did the charcoal work? Or am I thinking of the wrong Sarah? Take care.
Hi, again. I've had NO side effects from the drug - I think the only side effect it's caused for some people is constipation, which in my case is no problem at all. Actually, I've had no jitters or sleep problems from it; I think the only thing I've noticed is that it does cause gas, so I pass gas quite often. Oh well - at least I'm not running to the bathroom. As far as cost, I have medical insurance, and my co-pay for prescription drugs is only $5.00, so I have no idea how much it really costs. I'd pay anything for it however, because of the relief it's given me. Good luck and keep me posted on your progress!