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Microsludge 01-13-2009 01:26 PM

Loose & soft pale orange stool - sign of GB trouble?

I am wondering if a slow functioning gallbladder can cause one to have loose and soft pale orange stools - ALWAYS - regardless of what is eaten. I came down with what the doctors & I thought were "classic" GB symtpoms 2 months ago. Bloating, burping, crampy pain under right ribcage, full after very small meals, no desire to eat, etc. No terrible pain, but general unwell feeling. They did a ultrasound, a CT of my abdomen and an endoscopic ultrasound & came up with ZIP. They were banking on microscopic crystals/sludge, but the EUS ruled that out. The problem now is that while I have no pain, no bloating, desire to eat is up, I have not had what I consider to be a normal bm in 2 months. Any suggestions??? This is getting me down & no, I have never had IBS... I'm worried that it might be something more serious that they are missing. Seems my symptomology is not obvious enough to readily diagnose, nor am I "sick" enough to warrent serious detective skills on the part of the MDs. I am both frustrated & worried... Thanks in advance for your input...

TheNewMrsG 01-13-2009 02:23 PM

Re: Loose & soft pale orange stool - sign of GB trouble?
Check with a GI if you haven't already. Mine told me to stay away from dairy porducts and see if it helped (and it did). Get a Hida-Scan - better to do it and catch a dysfunctional gallbladder before it ruptures. My symptoms were very much like yours - and it would come and go, too. I would get it checked out soon. I have IBS, too, but it seems to be easily managed with the right diet. My primary care docs didn't get it right for several years - definately check with another doctor, preferably a GI. Good Luck!!

Collector167 01-13-2009 05:47 PM

Re: Loose & soft pale orange stool - sign of GB trouble?
Yes, pale and loose stools are very common symptoms of a malfunctioning gallbladder. It apparently has to to with your gallbladder not releasing bile when it should.

The ultrasound does not always show crystals and sludge in the gallbladder. You want to have the GI doc run the HIDA Scan with CCK; this is the true test of gallbladder function.

aqua774 01-13-2009 07:44 PM

Re: Loose & soft pale orange stool - sign of GB trouble?
As stated in a previous thread GET A HIDA SCAN. If you want to fix this change your diet. Or get your gallbladder taken out and still continue with the same problems.

Microsludge 01-19-2009 10:05 AM

Re: Loose & soft pale orange stool - sign of GB trouble?
Thanks for the info. I am scheduled for a HIDA scan this Thursday. My GI & GP have not been very helpful in helping me arrive at a diagnosis. It seems that not having a normal bowel movement for going on 3 months is nothing alarming to them. Total BS! Pardon the pun... In the middle of going back & forth to the GI & GP I scheduled an appointment with a surgeon to explore options if this was indeed my gallbladder. The GI & GP said no to the HIDA scan, but the surgeon said a dysfunctional gallbladder without stones or sludge can cause issues, so he is the one who ordered the exam. I just don't know what to do anymore. I can't stop thinking that something terrible is happening to me & no one gives a s***! Pardon the pun...

Suezer 01-31-2009 11:15 PM

Re: Loose & soft pale orange stool - sign of GB trouble?
Tell them to check you for C Diff, orange/yellow stool is a common symptom. If you have any loose stool or fever let them know this as well.

If you have taken any antibiotics recently, it could have caused all your good flora in your bowels to be taken over by bad stuff called Clostridium Defficle.

Microsludge 02-01-2009 06:15 AM

Re: Loose & soft pale orange stool - sign of GB trouble?
HIDA scan last week demonstrated an ejection factor of 87%. Apparently normal is 35%-75%. Maybe I have been having bile salt diarrhea all this time.
Just a thought. Gallbladder seems to be dumping more bile than is normal & perhaps this has been causing my digestive & mouth issues.

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