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Re: Getting rid of my gallbladder
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Re: Getting rid of my gallbladder

Hiya 73074,

I understand your frustration and the relief you feel after getting rid of your gallbladder.

I suffered 23 gallbladder attacks before relenting to the knife at the tender age of 23. They found 23 Gallstones in my gallbladder. I had also turned yellow and was constantly miserable and in pain before it was removed. I suffered from infection due to prolonged gallbladder disease and frequent attacks, and so it took me longer to recover from my operation than one would expect from such a young person. These conditions passed after I healed, 5-6 weeks later (open surgery).

I also experienced the relief and freedom of being able to eat anything I wanted, whenever I wanted, following the surgery.

3 years later, I developed environmental allergies. Andreas Moritz pointed out that this is a common occurence and time frame. I also developed Arthritis in my hands and in one of my knees. Auto-immune problems are related to stones in the hepatic system and can occur even after the gallbladder is removed, because the stones come from the liver. At about the same time (around age 26) my migraines, which I'd had since the age of 16 (a sign of gallstones) suddenly became much worse - more frequent, more painful, and accompanied by nausea; all the "halo" symptoms which accompany migraines became more pronounced. Migraines are sometimes caused by Gallstones or hepatic stones.

Since it takes about 8 years for stones to grow to the size where they become symptomatic, I guess I started developing them around age 12 (the year I started eating fish I caught from the Great Lakes - which sometimes contain flukes). My gallbladder attacks started just before my 21st birthday. So the migraines, which I'd had since age 16, may have themselves been directly caused by (and so been an early symptom of) stones.

For years after my gallbladder was removed, I rejoiced, as you do, in my newly appreciated freedom to eat anything. But I gradually noticed that I still felt pinpoints of pain under my ribs on the right side. This was a puzzle, as surely, with my gallbladder out, I shouldn't still have gallstones! The pain points were small but definitely noticable. After finding this forum, now I understand that these points of pain were caused by stones and possibly liver flukes, which I had until recently (or possibly still do, I just haven't seen any recently).

After reading Andreas Moritz books on flushing and rejuvenation, I've learned that people who have had their gallbladder out often develop diabetes later in life. The reason? Their gallbladder is no longer there to give the correct amounts of concentrated bile to the intestines during digestion, particularly after fatty meals. The liver continues to make bile, but it is not concentrated to the degree which is most efficient for digestion of meat and fat, and it doesn't react as well to the presence of fat in the intestines. Since bile is released at a steady rate, the liver doesn't experience the miniflushes that occur with the presence of a gallbladder, which tends to draw more bile into it after it empties following a fatty meal. So the bile in the liver gradually becomes more and more stagnant. The pancreas, which makes many digestive enzymes (along with insulin), takes over as much of the burden of digesting fats as possible, but eventually it can wear out, with the result that diabetes has a strong possibility of developing.

So, now I really regret having my gallbladder removed. If I knew then what I know now...

I agree, it is a pain having to flush from time to time, particularly for people who are more prone than others to develop stones. However, now I have to undo years of damage because I did the obviously correct thing at that time - I had my gallbladder removed. It was do that, or die, and I didn't know any other way. Now, I am happy to be able to take charge of my health, and I choose to be healthy. I also choose to do something to prevent ill-health in years to come. I am researching ways to support my pancreas and spleen, and ways to reduce the burden so these organs need less support. Yes, it is uncomfortable, annoying, aggravating, and sometimes expensive, but it's worth it.

I'm glad you voiced your opinion. Your opinions are important and are shared by many people. I also shared your opinion until recently.

Good luck!

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