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Bye-bye gallbladder, bye-bye salad?!

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  • sivyaleahsivyaleah Member Posts: 50 Member Member Posts: 50 Member
    I had mine out about IDK, 15-20 years ago something like that. The only food that I had trouble with was nuts of all kinds. Found all of them very difficult to digest so I avoided them for many years. I can eat them now but I limit the amounts. I find even almond milk is an issue, does not sit well with me at all.

    Never had a problem with any other foods, certainly not green leafy foods. Like others mentioned, everyone is different but typically it's high fat foods which are the problems.
  • kingscrownkingscrown Member, Premium Posts: 615 Member Member, Premium Posts: 615 Member
    Had mine out about 8 years ago. Fatty foods make my side hurt pretty bad. Recently per a doctor I’m taking Ox Bile with every meal. It’s a capsuleq and I’m feeling relief. No side pinch. No rushing to restroom an hour later. I’m also taking probiotics.
  • AmyC2288AmyC2288 Member Posts: 386 Member Member Posts: 386 Member
    I had mine out several years ago- I remember in the first few months afterwards I did have trouble with fatty and greasy food- but that faded away and I've never had any additional issues! I think this just depends on the person! There are supplements out that there that may help, but I've never really looked into them.
  • cheryldumaischeryldumais Member Posts: 1,932 Member Member Posts: 1,932 Member
    I had mine out years ago and eat all types of lettuce with no problems but my sister had trouble with iceberg lettuce and not romaine. Maybe try some different types and see if that helps. Also I love shredded cabbage which might work as a substitute for you. Good luck.
  • Jendoeshair07Jendoeshair07 Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
    I just recently had mine removed in Nov 2018. I am still learning what bothers me and what doesn't. I haven't ate a salad yet because I've been told by others that had their removed to be careful. I have however ate things like sandwiches that had lettuce on them and it was a bad idea. I'm not sure if it was the lettuce or what but I'm blaming the lettuce. And as of recently coffee! I have always been a huge coffee drinker. I'm going to get ox bile to try and see if it helps with anything!
  • twdlove89twdlove89 Member Posts: 95 Member Member Posts: 95 Member
    I had my gallbladder removed about 2 years ago, it was badly infected and now I suffer from acid reflux and bloating very easily.
    If I have too much bacon in a day OMG I think I’m dying.
    I’ve been taking digestive tablets to help with not having a gallbladder. I take one tablet with a small meal but if it’s a takeaway or a heavy meal or if I want bacon twice in one day 😂 I have like 2-3. Usually helps
  • scherylboughtonscherylboughton Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member
    I have had mine out since October 2000, thus far I seem to fair well with everything I eat but every once in awhile if I eat something that I shouldn't my stomach burns and is painful- I will say that I sometimes have trouble with lettuce or leafy greens and spicy foods or rather spices in general such as, Ginger, Cinnamon and Oregano but none of it makes me run to the bathroom after consumption. Lord I will never forget the pain that the gallbladder caused....I was literally laying on the emergency room floor.
  • shaumomshaumom Member Posts: 962 Member Member Posts: 962 Member
    Done a fair bit or research on this for personal reasons, but not an expert. But from what I've learned so far...

    ...gall bladder deals with fat digestion, so anything with fats can (but might not be) an issues. Meats, dairy with any fat remaining, nuts, oils, avocado, etc... Or things WITH fats, like salad dressings, breads, crackers, chips, and so on. I know a few folks who went nearly no-fat vegan before they finally felt better.

    ...that said, it does not deal with other kinds of foods, typically, to my knowledge. So if there ARE other food issues, it is very unlikely to be issues from the gall bladder removal.

    So going back to a doctor to get some help is generally a good idea if there is problem with any foods other than fats.

    For example, celiac disease causes certain nutrient deficiencies, and the gall bladder is a common organ that is damaged by it. It can also cause damage to the gut, which can make it difficult if not impossible to digest many foods, not just gluten. So someone can have a gall bladder removed because of damage from celiac disease, but if they don't get the disease diagnosed too, then they are still going to have trouble.
  • chynadoll828chynadoll828 Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
    I'm getting my gallbladder taken out in two weeks so all of this is good to read. I have had the worst attacks and I am now on a strict diet to make sure I don't have another one before my surgery. I've been thinking about what I will and will not be able to eat after it's out but it's so hard to tell since it varies a lot from person to person.
  • Katmary71Katmary71 Member Posts: 4,707 Member Member Posts: 4,707 Member
    I had my gallbladder out 9-10 years ago. I dont recall salad being an issue, I eat a salad with spring greens every day for lunch. Fried foods, on the other hand, are a different story. Last time I had French fries I felt awful. I don't usually have fried foods so it could've been that too.

    My mom has problems with milk products. She had hers out about 40 years ago.
  • pdxwinepdxwine Member Posts: 389 Member Member Posts: 389 Member
    I had my gallbladder removed many years ago. I know what you are experiencing and for me, it has gotten must better.

    There aren’t particular foods that set me off anymore, but I still do know that when Mother Nature calls, I have to answer right away.

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