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Re: Chronic diarrhea after gallstones surgery
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Re: Chronic diarrhea after gallstones surgery

I suffered with frequent explosions of diarrhea after having my gallbladder removed in 1991. I was told by many doctors it was irratable bowl syndrome. After eight years of not being able to eat out, and only going out after at least an hour after eating, I finaly found a doctor who didn't think I was a hypocondriac and told me that what I had was called Bile Salt diarrhea.The bile instead of being stored in the Gallbladder and small amounts being realesed when you eat, just constantly drips into the gut and irritates it causing diarrhea. That day in 1998 changed my life, since then I take 2 sachets (one in the morning and one at night) of Questran which contains cholestyramine. I no longer have to carry wet wipes and spare pants wherever I go. In 2001 I was admitted to hospital again I told them the pain was the same as when I had Gallstones before, I was told by the doctors after Ultrasound, cat scan, that there where no stones but as I was Jaundiced they knew something was wrong. Eventually they did an MRI scan which found stones in the bile duct. So if you have pain even years after a gallblader removal don't let them tell you it can't be stones ! I hope this story helps someone realise and fix their diarrhea.

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