Food For Toilet: Life Without A Gallbladder

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Editor's note: this was originally posted a month or two ago on the forums. As you may know, our dear Ms. Shit Volcano recently had her gallbladder removed. I'm posting it now because it's interesting, and because I'd like TSV to post a follow-up so we have the whole story in one place.

What's a gallbladder? PoopReporter Randompoo tells us:

The gallbladder is where bile is stored after the liver makes it. Bile is what your body uses to digest lipids (fats) when you eat. If you eat more fat than the bile your liver is making can handle at that moment (which is usually the case), the gallbladder dumps some bile into your digestive tract to assist in the breakdown of lipids.

With your gallbladder removed, your body cannot handle significant amounts of fats in your diet. Small amounts will be tolerated, depending on your liver's capacity to produce bile. But there is no longer a bile 'reserve' in your digestive system to cope with a big influx of fats. Since bile is the only way lipids can be processed, when the bile runs out, the fats will go through the body more or less unchanged.

Thanks, Randompoo. And now, Ms. Volcano, take it away -- rather literally.


So my pooping adventures have begun. My gallbladder came out on March 8th and now I am adjusting to my new bowels. They're quite something.

Before the surgery, I never used to fart when I woke up. In fact, I didn't vote for "always" in that recent front page poll. But now, every single morning, I wake up and rip ass. Gilbert is usually annoyed.

I have discovered that my body no longer processes fat, toxins, and other nasties that used to leach into my system when I ate like crap. Now when I eat bad, I pay within minutes.

On Tuesday we went to Reno to drop my sister off at the train station. We spent the night at Circus Circus and enjoyed buffets, ice cream, a fancy dinner, and various other not-so-good items. Almost the minute I finished eating my banana split, I heard (and felt) this rather bizarre gurgling in the pit of my stomach. My asshole bulged as if it had to fart, but something told me this wasn't a good idea. I raced up to our hotel room instead and sat on the toilet.

Thank God I listened to intuition. That fart turned out to be a liquid explosion the likes of which hadn't been seen since the Missoula floods 12,000 years ago. Everything landed in the toilet. My melon and bean salad at lunch. The bananas, ice cream, nuts, caramel, and cherries from my banana split. Several chunks of breaded rack of lamb, potatoes, squash, and fresh baked bread. Everything came out almost as it had been when it went in. All in a single fart!

Yes, disappointing as it was to me. I almost regretted not farting in the middle of the casino. That would have made a great story for the front page. But, alas, I'm not THAT dedicated a journalist.

We went to Carson City to do some shopping for our irrigation system the next day. I really didn't have much of an appetite until after we arrived at the motel at Topaz Lake. Then I scarfed down another fruit salad, potato bacon soup, top sirloin steak, and a baked potato with all the fixings. This is what the toilet ate a few minutes after MY meal.

Tonight the pattern of crapping changed. We had a regular meal without all the crap in it. No chemicals. No added salt. Nothing but chicken thighs with a little bit of fat on the side. A few minutes after my meal I had the usual gassy gurgle and tried to sneak a fart. My crack was instantly soggy. I waddled to the bathroom and sat down on the toilet (thankfully discovering my underwear was clean) and farted again. A rain of something hot and greasy fell into the toilet with a sort of SLOOSH! sound. When I got up I discovered that the entire bowl was filled with yellow chicken fat. Nothing solid.

So, with my gallbladder out, my guess is my body rejects anything crappy. Fat and chemicals, as well as other junk, goes right through in a matter of minutes. It makes me shudder to think of all the things that used to be processed right into my body instead of ushered through.

267 Comments on "Food For Toilet: Life Without A Gallbladder"

DungDaddy's picture
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Plus one point for using the word "sloosh."

CaCa Doodle Doo's picture
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You need to check into getting a script of Questran as the "full bodied farts" will get old very fast.

Liz's picture
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I feel so bad for you! I couldn't imagine eating all that just to poop it out mere minutes later! Best of luck to you. By the way...good story!

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_I'm so sorry you have this problem.I had no idea taking out your gallbladder causes this problem.hang in there!______
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dooder's picture
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Very moving. Although, I wouldn't rule out the casino food as the sole instigator. I still have my gall bladder, and I would predictably shoot turkey stuffing out my anus with every trough feeding at the old El Rancho buffet in Vegas.

It sounds like IBS without the guesswork. You may have inspired me to have my gall bladder electively removed.

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Try having your gallbladder removed (when I was 13, almost ten years ago) and having IBS. It's horrible. But from the sound of your story you may have IBS too. Make sure you get that checked out.
Greasy foods will travel faster but I've found that even with non-greasy foods there is always an explosion waiting to happen.

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TSV, What do expect the overall health consequences of Gall Bladder Removal will be for you? Weight loss?

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Geez I feel for ya there. Instantly soggy ass crack is no fun!
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HannaFate's picture

ah, yes... explosive diarrhea. I once lost the deposit on an apartment that way.

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Wow! That's sounds extreme! I think I'd be afraid of actual ass-puke, being able to tell what was what so clearly.
I hope you get into a nice balance of things soon. I'm worried you aren't getting enough vitamins and nutrients....
Thanks for sharing and best wishes for a speedy recovery. What makes someone need to have their gallbladder removed anyway?
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I do hope that you'll be able to tolerate things like walnuts and olive oil and mackerel (omega three fatties for the brain), as someone as wonderfully intelligent as you should be feeding your mind as much good fat as possible. My question, Shitty, is can you take OM3's in a pill or gel-cap form that your body will allow? Is it different from eating food to get this thing?

Do you have to take new suppliments?


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Anonymous Coward's picture

Removed gallbladder = excellent weight loss program

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About as good a weight loss program as having your tonsils or wisdom teeth out.

Let us know if it gets any better, TSV. My uncle just had his gallbladder out (two days ago) and I don't know if he's gotten to the "can't eat ANYTHING cause I'll get the runs" stage yet.

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Kawaiiko's picture

Thank goodness someone else has the same problem as me ... now I don't feel so angry at my digestive system. I've always been a little sensitive to fatty (especially fried) food and removing my gallbladder made it worse -- once it goes in, my tummy IMMEDIATELY starts rumbling & whooosh! It comes out. It's truly gross & annoying. Yet sometimes satisfying and a great way of making sure that I eat healthy.

And alcohol speeds things up ... even if it's "safe" food. We went to a fancy restaurant a couple months ago and the small amount of pate in one of my dishes made me sick for 2 days. Ugh.

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As Dave requested, I can say after almost two months that the problem has calmed down substantially. I am still unable to eat large amounts of oil or saturated fat, but that's not entirely a bad thing.

My ass still reacts to certain foods. However, I am no longer afraid to fart for fear of a technicolored pyroclastic flow. Now I just notice it after eating foods with a lot of saturated fat or chemicals. I will have to shit within fifteen minutes of these junk foods.

It's very interesting to see what foods my discriminating ass accepts, and what it doesn't. Foods that pass the ass-id test are ice cream, cheddar cheese,and most lean meats and fish. Foods that definitely fail are pizza (except the low fat recipe we recently discovered at my house), fatty lamb, and foods with a lot of canola or olive oil (so dressings are out). Oddly, peanut oil does not have the same reaction.

There has been another strange result of having my gallbladder out, and I am at a loss to explain it. I am now slightly allergic to raw onions. The other day I had a curry with raw onion cut up in it and had a full-blown, throat-closing allergic reaction. The strange thing is that it doesn't happen with cooked onion (unless it's red). My only guess is that this has something to do with the changing body chemistry, going from acid to alkali.

I have also developed a rather odd craving for spicy foods. Particularly cayenne red pepper and Ortega chilis. I swear I could eat powdered cayenne pepper right out of the bottle. Again, see the acid to alkali thing.

My farts remain unchanged. Loud, stinky, and hot, though much less frequent (disappointingly) than they used to be. The surgeon said this and my other problems would slowly fade over time, and he was right.

Oh, and Dung Daddy, yes, weight loss has been one of the benefits of the surgery. Subtracting about thirty pounds of baby weight from the equation, I have gone from 240 pounds to 170. Some of this actually started before the surgery, when the gallbladder was severely infected and I was sick. I have lost 20 pounds post surgery.

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CherylSweetie's picture

3 years ago,I had my gallbladder removed!
Every since its been pure hell for me! I regret
so much having my gallbladder removed! After
having my gallbladder removed, I had to have 3 other surgeries, due to my gallbladder surgery.
I had 2 surgeries to remove adhesions and lesions from my insides including my bowels.
I also had to have a procedure done on my bladder from where I had multiple hemorrhages.
I can't believe the shit, I been going through
since my gallbladder surgery! I have experienced unexplained chest pain, back pain, feel very sick at times and I constantly get diarreah. For 3 years, I have feared that I may
possibly die, because I can't get answers from doctors on why I may be experiencing all these
problems, since my gallbladder surgery. My
biggest fear is possibly dying and leaving my
only child, which is 15 years old, without his
mother.My advice to anyone thinking about having their gallbladder removed Don't Do It!
You may regret it afterwards! I know I do!
Your family and loved ones may regret it as well!

Anonymous Coward's picture

As for not digesting fats, have you tried coconut oil? The fatty acids in coconut oil do not require bile to be broken down. It's often given to those who cannot digest other fats.

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Recent cat scan shows my gallbladder has cholesterol stones in it, but it is not full with them. They are silent gall stones - I do not have attacks. I've had my spleen taken out, and my uterus taken out. They are NOT taking my gallbladder for the exact reason you have described - no bile support to break down fats in foods. To prevent more stones from forming, I've switched to a high fiber, low fat, low cholesterol diet and also controlling portion sizes to lose weight. Gallstones are not "stones" - they are balls of cholesterol built up in the gallbladder due to a high fat diet that a fatty liver can no longer handle. I might even try (for the second time) the gallstone flush. Has anyone tried the flush with any degree of success?

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Anonymous Coward, alas, I am deathly allergic to coconut. I actually have been to the ER for coconut reactions.

As things have calmed down, olive oil in SMALL amounts is okay. So is peanut oil. Canola, corn, etc, forget it! The only times I have this reaction now are to extremely oily foods, such as fried foods and other things I probably shouldn't eat anyway.

Saturated and trans fats do it every time. Mono and poly do not.

Cheryl, was your surgery laproscopic or did they actually cut your abdomen open? Was the gallbladder the only problem, or were there other things wrong? Some people don't heal from surgery very well, and other times you get crappy doctors who need their asses sued. There are small risks to this surgery if it is laproscopic, especially if you don't change your diet/health habits afterward (just look at the story). Those risks go up if you had old school, rather that laproscopic removal.

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CherylSweetie's picture

I had laproscopic surgery to remove my gallbladder. The surgeon made 1 incision in my
belly button, 2 incisions in my lower right side and 1 incision in my epigastric region
around the sternum. Before this surgery, I was
having problems with reflux, occasional heartburn,diarreah, nausea and vomiting at times amd I was also having pain in my upper right side.
10 years prior to gallbladder surgery,I had
a complete hysterectomy due to endometriosis.
After my hysterectomy, I had no complications
what-so-ever. After my gallbladder surgery, I
had an Upper GI done, which showed I had a
sliding hiatal hernia.Gallbladder Surgery reports showed,that I also had dense adhesions stuck upon my gallbladder, before my gallbladder was taken out,which lead me to believe that the adhesions could have been removed off the gallbladder, without having to remove my gallbladder itself. The past 3 years
have been one big agonizing nightmare for me.
anyone considering gallbladder surgery should
really consider all options, before having the procedure done. If your taking to the hospital under emergency circumstances, as I was, don't allow physcians to give you medication, while trying to make your decision.
Have family and friends with you, so that you
feel no pressure in making your decision.
Peace to all!! Thanks for listening!!

littlemissdrama's picture

TSV; My gallbladder was removed March 30th and I am laughing because it is as if I wrote your descriptions myself. I thought I was all alone with this post-op syndrome. The first week I was home recovering, I had visitors who brought me candy, flowers and wonderful little get well cards. Not wanting to be rude, I devoured the candy and neatly arranged the cards atop the TV for all to see. Soon after, I felt a fart coming on. I was worried that when it daintily puffed out of my ass, it would be SBD. So, I squooze my buttcheeks together trying to hold it in. ha. You can imagine the look on my face when I discovered that the SBD was the least of my problems. OMG, that's when I remembered the doctor told me that I might experience "loose bowels" after the surgery...of course, he told me that when I was hooked up to the morphine drip and not really in a clear frame of mind. To make the most of it, I've decided It's actually like my very own secret form of bulimia, with no puking or laxatives. I'm enjoying a little weight loss-albeit temporary. Every day gets better, and, I must say, I feel soooo much better without my gallbladder; having an active poopshoot is not so bad.

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I had my gallbladder out on 6/13/05. They told me I had no dietary restriction after the surgery, but if I were to eat fatty foods I'd get the shits and quickly. But that only happened to me ONCE. About a week after surgery I went up to the Wendy's and got a burger. Fifteen minutes later it was gone.

Other than that one episode, I went the opposite way. Constipation. I'd never had a problem with this in my life, and the doctors refused to believe it had anything to do with the surgery. Obviously, I refused to believe it didn't. I know it did. Nothing had changed with my diet or anything else. I never even took the oxycontin they gave me for pain. Nothing changed except that I didn't have a gall bladder.

And I'm not talking about a couple of weeks, either. This went on for a very long time and still happens on occasion. At some point (several months post-op), I began to alternate between constipation and the shits. But the shits rarely happen just after I eat. It's random.

Anyway, when I have the shits it's very strange. It's not exactly diarrhea; it's more like loose stools. But what's weird about it is that these loose stool are mixed in with and even connected by stringy, webby stuff. I don't think it's worms and I do not know what mucous looks like. But again, this never happened before the gall bladder was removed.

I'm waiting on my account to be verified so I can take this to the forums, but in the meantime I thought I'd post here since it seems to be on-topic. Has anyone else experienced anything like this (with or without a gall bladder)?

Anonymous Coward's picture

what do I eat now that my gall bladder is out and I need a real food list because I do also have liver problems, so if some one can help me with this I would really appreciate it and may God Bless you all for the stuff that I have learned so far from this page.

Anjali's picture

OMG....I have my surgery scheduled for Oct. 4th. You guys have me totally AFEARED! Yikes!

Old Pharr's picture

I parted company with my gall bladder years ago. I had and still have diarrhea. Not all the time, but when I do it goes on and on no matter what I eat. I am never constipated. A gastroenterilogist diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome and advised me to use stool softeners and eat a diet to keep my stool soft. May he rot in the same garbage can from which he pulled his "trashcan diagnosis" and lose the hearing he apparently has no use for. Constipation would be a relief.

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Hey, I've been going through the same things as The Shit Volcano! The only thing is, I still have my gall bladder, it just doesn't work. Different problem, same result. I too felt like it was my story. I just ate a salad with raw onions and the pain is awful, so I got online to check it out and found this. Whew! Other people go through this stuff too!

My surgeon told me he could take out my gall bladder, but it wouldn't change the symptoms. He diagnosed IBS and gall bladder disease, and told me my only restrictions on food were what made me hurt-and ice cream. NO ICE CREAM! It's been two years and what I wouldn't give for a pint of New York Super Fudge Chunk.

Sometimes I have to decide if a food-or drink- is worth the amount of time I'll be in the bathroom, or the sore butt that comes with it. If I can't clearly see the bathroom in a place, I won't eat or drink anything. If it's going to get me, there usually isn't time to look for a john.

Oh yeah, one of my biggest poop causers is tap water. Once in a while I will forget and casually take a drink from the tap, and the payment is swift and not at all fitting the crime.

My doctor put me on Lomotil and that really eased the symptoms until they went the other way. I decided I would rather be loose then plugged up. It's too bad those are the only choices. Taking a fiber supplement helps too, but nothing stops the constant running to the toilet, sometimes before I can finish a meal.

Anyway, hope everyone is coping and that someone finds a "fix" for us all the doesn't include NO ICE CREAM.

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I actually did a search through google and found this article. Only because I too had my gallbladder removed, last month. My search wording was, "what happens when you eat fatty foods with no gallbladder." This morning I went out with my husband for breakfast and I ordered sausage, eggs and buttermilk pancakes. I was so good with my lowfat diet until this morning. Now, I'm paying the piper. waaaa!

totherescue...'s picture

Hi,wanted to comment that i also had my gallbladder removed after 7 years of on and off pain in upper right area!!! I also experienced the DUMPING SYNDROME....when a dear aunt of mine brought a deliciuss strawberry cheescake to me a week after my surgery I ate only a little tiny piece and owwwww my lord!!! it was aweful. But, I am a hairstylist and I have supppper clients that I talk about everything toooo and have gotten the best advice!!! do your own research, but I started taking DIGESTIVE ENZYMES and i can eat pretty much anything i want and go to the restroom with dignaty haha!! go to your local health food store and ask for samples and try out a few diffrent kinds to see which work best for u. with this i also started taking probiotics but thats only because i had to take alot of atibiotics before my surgery! trust me .... it has been 3 weeks on the digestive enzymes and i do try to make better choices... but, i have lost 11 pounds .... practically effortlessly. Thanking heavens i felt the need to share this with all of u because i also research alot to find answers the doctors won't share with us because these products are'nt from a pharmacy and they don't profit from them.
hope i could help u
thanks for letting me share this with all of you!!!
totherescue

Too Scared to Eat's picture

To those who don't know, gallbladder removal is done only if medically necessary, not as an choice. I have been sick for years (since 1985) and no one knew what was wrong with me... My sister had her gallbladder out a year ago, and other than the instant pooping after eating greasy food, she is much healthier and happier... A gallbladder attack is one of the most painful things you could ever go through, and I will be happily having mine out soon... I am a single mom of a beautiful 11 yr old girl, and I thought she was going to be an orphan after my last attack... If you need your gall bladder removed, do it... for yourself and your loved ones...

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I can agree with what you all are saying it has been the worse 4 weeks of my entire life. Nothing but suffering i actually taught i was going to die i eat kfc few min later i was having diarreha, vomitting,fever i was told to use amodiun ad it did not help i started to stool blood so i went to the walk-in clinic they got scared and send me to the ER for to much blood in my stool. the er took a x ray found nothing wrong went to work the night came home at 7am rest and and woke up at 11am sweating and vomitting sick like a dog was rush back to the ER they found out my gallbladder was not working i had the operation the next day and still had loose stool when i ate or not i was in pain and drain from stooling so i got food posioning which cause my galbladder to shut down and it was a mess i am never going to eat kfc again and i am still in pain shitting and vomitting 4 weeks later wether i eat or not is this normal any advise i an my way back out to work i need to make this stop help me.

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Too Scared To Eat,
I had a similar situation with my health. I kept feeling tired and having chronic pain. When I'd run, I'd get out of breath. All sorts of things happened starting at about seven years old. Each time I went to the doctor, they did the same thing: check for anemia, check for hypothyroidism. When they could find nothing to explain my chronic pain and exhaustion, they told me I was depressed.

Last November I began to feel a strange pressure in my chest every time I ate. It was always just under the lower right ribs and sometimes was enough to cause shortness of breath, but oddly there was no pain.

In February, I ate a cheese quesadia and the swelling was accompanied by pain for the first time. Not horrible pain, but enough to tell me there was a problem. I had a second bout of pain after some pasta at a local Italian restaurant, this time a little more intense, and actually made my same day doctor's appointment leaning over the counter at the office.

I have only had one full-blown gallbladder attack, and that was during my HIDA scan to see if anything was wrong with my gallbladder in the first place. You could actually see in on the monitor after the radiologist injected the stimulant. Normal gallbladders would empty their contents when stimulated. Mine blew up like a balloon and regurgitated into itself. They decided I'd better remove it.

Once the surgery was done, (despite these few pooping mishaps) I feel much better. No more breathlessness, exhaustion, and chronic pain. I wonder how many people out there diagnosed with depression or chronic fatigue syndrome actually have gallbladder disease.

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As The Poop Turns's picture

My Aunt found this thread for me, I'm so happy! (Never thought I'd be so happy talking and reading about crap, literally) My Gallbladder was removed two years ago. (which I'm glad about, that pain before was the worst in my life, I thought I was going insane with the missed diagnosis) Any who, I'm not sure if my pooping misfortunes started immediatly or not. If it did, I just didn't correlate the two. (I don't think I was told I would have the craps) I do know, I've cut off caffiene including my beloved coffee, I've cut out sodas even caffiene free, I've cut out high fructose corn syrup. Now those didn't cause my butt to pray to the porcelan God, but they did make me feel nausious. What does cause my Ass Prayers are of course fatty foods, spicy foods, and acidic foods especially tomatoes/tomato sauce, I've notice nuts come right back out. Until now, I've actually blamed it on "oh, I guess I'm getting older", or I assumed, especially with the nuts, they were just cleaning me out. Now, I can't tell what every thing looks like as it comes back out, but my poopy does change colors. And, for me, sometimes it happens before I even finish a meal. I think the only "normal" poops I have, is the one first thing in the morning, other wise, it's always either loose, or explosive, while I rock back in forth in pain. I also have not been fortunate in the weight loss department, it's been the opposite. I havnt noticed about Ice Cream, guess I'll have to eat some tonight and find out! (I say I havn't noticed because it happens so often, that I don't always attribute it to a specific food, tomatoes being the first one along with salsa)
Thank you for allowing me to share my shitty comment, I thought I would add to the crap...

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My sister had her galbladder out. I feel sorry for her husband...

Feeling the Poo's picture

I too have gone through the horrific pooping of the missing gallbladder. I feel for ya!

Anonymous Coward's picture

I ate a handful of peanuts last night before dinner. All was well, I had fish and a glass of wine for dinner an hour or two later. When I woke up this morning I felt an urge coming on to poop. I went into the bathroom at work to poop and I had a watery bowel movement consisting of all the peanuts I ate last night as if they had just come out of the can! I have never seen anything like this before! Granted I rarely eat peanuts, does this mean my body cannot digest nuts? Or maybe its IBS?

Araney's picture

i'm 2 weeks post op and have only started down the road everyone else appears to be on. however, tonight, i tried donatos pizza and after eating took some food enzymes that I had been taking pre-op and guess what? no immediate toliet visit for the expected explosion. so I'm going to keep trying the food enzymes to see if they continue to help
if you want to try them, see my website http://www.mynsp.com/araney/index.aspx
other than the poops, i keep experience pain in my right side and my pcp and the surgeon can't explain it any body else?

45 years later's picture

45 years ago, I had the stones removed. Gangrene had set in so too late to remove gallbladder. That did not function and had to go three years later. There is some major pain involved in a gallbladder attack, for those of you who think that we are whining here.

And now I am suffering from severe scar tissue crowding the lungs and heart. But it beats what I would have had if nothing had been done.

I have had what I call the "gallbladderless runs" for as many years as the gallbladder has been gone. Pain in the left side as well. I think stress often affects it. I have managed these bile attacks fairly well as long as I stay away from KFC, French fries, some fruits, onions, lettuce sometimes, and other rich stuff. Carry imodeum. Sometimes live on toast. All this a little difficult with the addition of diabetes.

But here is the kicker: family after me to have the colonoscopy. Well, let me tell you!! This is one of those things that you hope you never have to do again. Not the surgical part. The part where three days later, I still can't leave the house. Doctors do not understand what we go through. There is no instant cure; it is just more shit to live with. I do not think that I will repeat very soon that surgical part. I even took my own tp to the hospital as I knew that institutional stuff is bad. I was shitting up to the time of the "operation" (not really bad), and immediately afterwards. Am down to maybe getting it under control.

Do take a prebiotic complex as I go from one extreme to the other without it. I am waiting to get the colon back to my "normal" soon.

We all have to manage what we are dealt with. Many of us who are whining have to remember that most of the time we are having the lesser of two evils. Would love the spicy food, ice cream, etc. but I will survive better with out them.

And 45 years ago, I started out with the runs before the gallbladder came out.

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I, too, having my gallbladder removed almost 3 years ago STILL have this problem. Everything I eat goes right through me with the exception of maybe Skittles. Most of the time it's an ooze of orange foam that looks like a frothy mix of citric acid and heroine. The gurgling doesn't go away either... it only increases in strength and beastliness. I fear my dining out days are officially over alas... unless I can eat from the Chinese buffet in their restroom. And as far as my morning coffee goes... it's become a morning laxative. I wish I had more comforting words to offer... like, "Hang in there! It gets better." But it doesn't. I'll be praying for your anus.

SuperGluedtotheToilet's picture

28 years old and feeling much older sometimes.

I have endometriosis. Had it diagnosed, then removed (two surgeries within one year, 2005).

Then I still had pain... Sonogram report said polyp. 5 Doctors I talked to all said, "Remove the gallbladder" (third surgery within two years of first, on December 15,2006).
Turns out the polyp was a whole bunch of cleverly disguised stones.

Now, over a year later, I feel as if I have the gallbladder pain again. I'm on the toilet within 10 minutes of eating most things, and I'm just very frustrated at hearing IBS.

IBS should stand for "It's Bull Shit" considering that it's just a name they give your problems until they figure out what's REALLY wrong.

Now, I'm worried that I'll need yet another surgery for stones in bile ducts.

Not to mention the wonderful feeling of Anal Fissures while I'm already experiencing the discomfort of the explosions. (BTW, that's another one my doctor wants to do surgery for...).

I don't regret having my gallbladder out, because I had at least one attack. It was extremely painful. Don't need that again.

I DO regret the way our bodies won't forgive past issues. Getting something one time doesn't always mean you're safe. Sometimes it means chances of another occurrence go up.

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I was searching on Google.com and found this. Its quite interesting what you can learn about the Gallbladder. I found that drinking large amounts of water, quickly, causes you to vomit very much, and cleans out the garbage in your gallbladder that causes the pain. I drank alot of water, and then I probably vomited maybe 4 times, it was harsh, but in the end it was worth it because the pain was gone, and after laying down for a few minutes after the vomiting, it felt so much better, then I was overwelmed with joy. I prayed and thanked God for everything, regardless if I don't like it much. I have an appointment in 2 weeks to have my gallbladder taken out. We'll see how that goes. Good luck to everyone on getting better from the after effects of it. I know for a fact God will help you through anything, if you just ask. He may take a while, but he does help. Anyone that is suffering from Gallstones right now, please be aware, drinking mass amounts of water will help, it makes you feel bad at first, but it cleans your gallbladder out from the garbage you put in, so its worth it. Good luck, I pray that God watch over you all, and protect you. I'm only 23 yrs old, and I know what is best for everyone, and that is God. I am sure that everything will be alright in the end.

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im 16 and thier tkaing mine out >.<

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Kurt F00, when you woke up from the surgery was the top of your head shaved?

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I developed gallstones when I was in college, sometime around 2000 I think.

At the time I didn't know what my problem was, but I'd get these awful cramps in my upper right torso area.

Being reluctant to visit an ER for anything less than a gunshot wound, I ignored the pain.

It got progressively worse over, yes, a year's time. I let the episodes continue for over twelve months until it was too late. And let me tell you... that's some of the worst pain I've ever felt in my life. And it just kept escalating in severity and duration.

Well it finally crippled me one night.

I had smoked a shitload of dank the night before, and I think that may have staved off the event from happening earlier than it would have... But when I came down from my high that morning (4am or so), it hit.

I ran to the shower per usual to stand under the scalding hot water (which sometimes helped alleviate the pain a little for me), and then I started puking. I hadn't vomited during an attack before, and I knew it was probably time to finally give in.

I finished showering, got dressed, and woke my girlfriend at the time up and told her I needed to get to the hospital. Since I was without insurance and funds, an ambulance was out of the question. We called a cab and head to the ER.

They admitted me fairly quickly, and pumped a ton of morphine into me, which really helped with the pain.

At some point during my encore high, they took me to a room where they did an ultra sound or something on me, as if I was pregnant (I'm a guy). And as the doc was doing his thing, he goes: "here we go... There's Mo, Larry, and Curly." He was naming the gallstones as he spotted them.

No problem. They can remove the stones, right? Not in my case. My gallbladder had finally ruptured or something. Over the year it had become diseased and over sized. It had to come out completely or I would probably expire.

At the time I didn't care. I figured whatever it takes to finally end that pain, especially if the consequence could be fatal. Plus, I was super high from the morphine and everything sounded like a shitload of fun.

Fast forward to post op. The doc said I'd healed nicely, removed my stitches, gives me a little pill bottle with a few gallstone souvenirs to gross out my girlfriend with, and tells me he showed all his doctor friends my extracted gallstone: "Because [he'd] never seen a gallstone so severely damaged, enlarged, and abnormal."

Thanks, Doc. Did you make sure everyone also got a good look at my cock during the operation too? (insert abnormally large joke here)

Anyway. I was told that my pipes would return to normal operation pretty soon after my body had adjusted.

Not in my case, it seemed.

It's been many years since that operation, and I still need to take a dump moments after eating. And that's not limited to just fatty foods either. I'm talking anything here.

It even gets to the point sometimes where I have to stop in the middle of a meal to crap, then return to finish eating. It makes eating out kinda unpleasant, being a shameful shitter.

(I like to think of myself as a rogue or stealth shitter. I hate taking a dump in public, but I'll do it if I think I can slip in and out without anyone knowing I was there.)

I guess everyone has a different post op experience with having their gallbladder removed, but this was and still is mine. I haven't been naturally constipated in years.

If I predict I'm going to be going somewhere where public dumping may be unavoidable, I'll load up on immodium or something like that to preemptively shut down my system. (I only do this rarely, however, and don't recommend it.)

And that makes for some really heinous farts too, by the way, until I can finally release the evil that's been building during the sanction.

Nice site. While I've read a lot of articles here, this one led me to register. Really enjoying these stories, and wanted to toss mine in here for shits and giggles.

tl;dr = Don't ignore pain. Morphine is God. Rogue shitters do it from behind.

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you guys are hillarious! i'm having gall bladder problems and wanted to see the outcome and it's pretty disgusting! scuurrrrred

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Nice story, Brick. But I am envious. Your morphine actually DID SOMETHING! They gave me morphine right after the surgery and it didn't do diddly squat. I didn't get high, it did relieve the pain, and I just lay there overnight wondering when it was going to take affect. At least the anti-nausea medication worked, because they had to keep me on that stuff overnight.

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Maybe getting some sort of binding powder could help "slow the flow"--that's what I've been using, and that stuff works almost immediately. (I'm talking next day immediately.) Cholestyramine's fairly cheap, too, compared to other prescription drugs. It's a bit nasty to take, but one scoopful in a glass of water a day has completely changed my bowels. (Mind you, some people must take more and some can take less.) I'm pooping normally after years of problems! (Gallbladder was failing for years, finally died this December, got it out in January. I'm 22.)

That's probably why your body seems unable to digest fat--it doesn't stay in long enough to digest it. Or, at least, that's what I've been told. The body ends up producing too much bile with the gallbladder removed, and then everything just goes to... well, y'know. It got bad enough that I started to have no energy because I couldn't digest my foods well, but my energy is slowly coming back now that I'm on it.

Eventually, a lot of people can get off of the binder--it's just a bit of help that'll give your body the chance to adjust properly.

Hope that helps someone!

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This has been the best read all day.I just came home from my gall bladder operation and am feeling pretty good.But the strange part is I think I have had mild attacks for years and never thought it was reason enough to tell the Dr about it because I always felt like I ate too much and was full to the top.For the last two weeks I was getting crippleing pain on the right side going threw to my shoulder blade,thought I had to shit so I just rode it out and took alot of Norco(I take for a back operation)(8 screws 2 rods)The pain was almost every night for two weeks and I was trying to think of anything it could be but again never thought it was the gall bladder.So I ran out of drugs and the pain was so friggen bad I was up and off to the ER at 1:30am feeling like a big baby cuz I didnt think it was anything serious.Wow was I surprised to find out what it was they had me come back for the ultra sound later in the morning and found alot of stones and wanted me to stay to be operated on, Thick headed me decided to leave with a script of Percoset and I was off and running for one whole day went out all day had a great meal of prime rib got home and gave the dogs a bath I thought I was gunna be fine (I'm stupid) went to sleep around 1 am and by 3:30am I woke up screaming in pain figured I better do to the ER so here I am totally messed up on Dauladid but pain free I went threw with the operation and feel good not great just good 2 hours after I was out of the recovery room I was up walking around looking for a place to have a cig. I was kept a extra day so they could pump me up with antibiotics.Dr. said something about it being infected and swollen. I'm home and just got done the housework and laundry I feel good almost new but a little slower.I figure if I didnt have the Norco I probally wouldnt be moving well but I also believe that moving around alot after the operation helped things along most of the belly bloat is gone and nothing really hurts (thank you Norco) but I do let it wear off to see if I did do too much too fast an all is well.But no poo yet I would love to poo its been a few days since I droped a good one.I have eaten everything I have craved except the exelent meatballs I made I'm so afraid of the fire shits I think I'll wait a few days for that.It has been 2 days since the took that painfull hunk of shit out of me and I'm so glad its gone.That pain was worse than having contractions I atleast cought a break between them unlike the pain of that friggen gall bladder.I think by chance I got a good Dr.and he did a great job as far as I can tell at this point. Hope others can relate to this easy going story and IF anything happens like I have been reading here....I could use to drop a few pounds and learn how to eat better but I probally wont try to eat better until I have to BUT I WILL TRY A LITTLE CUZ I HATE FIRE SHITS AND HATE SHITTING IN MY JEANS.YOU CANT BE A SOCIAL BUTTERFLY WITH A LOAD OF SHIT IN YOUR PANTS.If I get to fart more often even better I love to fart it feels so good when ya get it all out. Thanks for reading this I'll let ya know how it goes after the Norco stops binding me up an the poo starts moveing.Good Luck to anyone who is thinking about the operation just do whats good 4 you.I loved all your Poo stories Thanks......

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I just wanted to say i wish i had the prob u all are having to some degree. although bowl movements are more frequent, its nothing like this for me...gall bladder removed yr and half ago...have gained 32 pounds..and being a former fitness instructor, teaching diet &weight loss etc...am puzzled how i am gaining..not eating bad things, working out and doing all the typical fitness things...but gaining and not muscle. frustrated and puzzled...maybe i should start eating greassy crap to help????

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i suggest you go vegetarian. then you wont have to deal with all those nasty animal fats racing through your system.

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Well.......this thread explains something I have been curious about. I went in one of the bathroom stalls where I work and the
last occupant had not flushed (automatic
flusher at Sam's Club). It looked like someone had opened a can of kidney beans and dumped them into the commode. Must have been someone minus their gallbladder. The beans were mashed together in the shape of a turd.

Something else I have always been curious about is the saying, "he has a lot of gall." I worked in a small custom slaughterhouse years ago and made a
discovery on my own. When I was gutting a cow that had been particularly rowdy it always had a very large gallbladder. When the cow had been gentle and easy to drive inside the gallbladder was always very small. Does anybody out there know anything about this?

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