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Re: Help! Had gallbladder surgery and doing awful due to ibs, anyone else....

Re: Help! Had gallbladder surgery and doing awful due to ibs, anyone else....

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Posted by LNAPE on October 27, 2000 at 10:00:43:

In Reply to: Help! Had gallbladder surgery and doing awful due to ibs, anyone else.... posted by Gallbladder surgery blues on October 15, 2000 at 00:02:53:

: I had gallbladder surgery about nine weeks ago and have been so sick since. I felt better with my disease gallbladder which was only functioning at 14 percent, but I didn't have no stones. Diseased due to replacement hormones. I had nothing but stomach problems, especially ibs problems. Mostly with my ibs before surgery I just had constipation, only had loose stools when under stress. Now I have loose stools all the time, am on a bland strict diet, helps, but once it starts it is hard to get it to stop. Have lost about 25 pounds since surgery. My stomach stays sore, especially if I am having loose stools, or if I having normal bowel movements, will still hurt around the belly button area. Has anyone else had this problems and when does it go away or just get some better? I been told that it will get better, might not get competely better, but better than what it is now. Ii had two weeks of not having problems and then wham right back. Now I just so stressed out from the problems, so that is not helping at all. My stomach just gurgles, rolls, feels like bubbles in it, flutters, is this ibs? like I said mine was only minor ibs until this surgery. Why don't the doctors tell you that this can happen? I felt better when I had my gallbladder in me, at least I knew that the awful attacks I was having would eventually go away. I had to go to a tummy doc and he said that 30 percent of gallbladder surgeries turn out this away and my ibs was making mine worst. Any suggestions or advice or just info on others having this problem and getting better would be greatly appreciated.

Calcium is an OTC supplement we all do not usually get enough of. No Rx needed to purchase this.
When you take calcium about 40% of the dose gets to the bones the rest is eliminated in our waste. The calcium goes to the intestines and soaks up excess fluids and binds them together and they are gotten rid of in our waste.

This is a process that can be continued by taking the calcium carbonate on a regular basis thus giving a more formed BM.

There is calcium carbonate which helps us with diarrhea and there is calcium citrate which is more easily absorbed by the body.

A lot of the calcium supplements contain a 2 to 1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. Magnesium is not helpful for us with diarrhea only causing more in most cases.

The dose to take is different for everyone. I must take 3 a day one at each meal and it does not make a difference if I take it before during or after just take it regularly.

The most success has come for using any formula of calcium supplement that is like Caltrate 600 Plus with Vitamin D and Minerals in the purple and white box.

I hope this will help anyone wishing to try it and I am always here to answer any questions for you. I have a lot of feed back form many users.

There are other things to consider. If you take any other meds check the side effects and also check with the pharmacist to see it taking calcium will interfere with you other medications and how you might take them.

The only side effect is at the beginning of taking the calcium you may have some gas or indigestion but this usually goes away soon after taking a regular dose for a few days as your body adjusts to the added calcium.
Starting with 1/2 tablet doses with each meal will lessen this problem and it may be enough to control the diarrhea attacks without making you constipated. Constipation can be a problem so be carefully not to take too much.

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