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I just had my gallbladder removed in emergency surgery, and told to be on a low fat diet. I want to do well, but I know we need some good fats, and heard bad things about low fat diets. Any help and suggestions would be very appreciated.
I agree that fats are needed. My mother ate moderately after her emergency gallbladder surgery and never had any more trouble.
You could try a lecithin supplement with meals with more than a touch of fat in them. Lecithin helps to break down fat.
Thank you so much. I will try the lecithin to keep on hand. I'm just 6 days from surgery, and eating moderately..so far-so good. No digestion problem yet, just getting all the poisons out of system from all the drugs from the surgery.
Hello Karen, I'm pretty new here and haven't suffered with what you are going through, but I love this site. There is so much information, and best of all, it's from people that have actually had the ailments, and tried the many different types of remedies. Here is a link I found regarding the gallbladder removal. I hope it has something helpful to you, Denise:
Thank you very much for your help!
You're so welcome, let me know if you have the chance, how things are going for you!
What seems to bring on my gall bladder attacks are: hot melted cheese, heavy creme, spicy mexican food, hot chocolate.
Best remedies: organic apple cider with apple cider vinegar, warmed up but not hot.
1 apple grated and mixed with 1-2 inch grated ginger root. (Both grated with a micro-plane grater)
20 drops of peppermint oil in warm peppermint tea.
Use one of these combinations but if you don't feel much better you can try any of the other remedies.
I recommend the grated apple-ginger in addition to any of these remedies.
Fried foods seem to be my big trigger. But, I have found that when I feel an attack coming on, usually within thirty minutes of eating, I can drink two bottles of water, quickly, and it will greatly reduce the pain and it will eventually go away all together. Short of that, I don't eat much in large portions.
I had a gallbladder attack that put me in ER, but I declined the surgery because I want to heal myself and keep my parts, so have been doing research. I found and explanation for why coffee is helpful to prevent gallbladder problems, but not after:
"Coffee induces cholecystokinin release and gallbladder contraction, which may explain why patients with symptomatic gallstones often avoid drinking coffee. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10499460
I found that my attacks were brought on my a combo of stress (huge!!!! ), not drinking enough water, and eating a large meal late in the evening with lots of salad and dairy fats, my favorite combo. Too hard to digest. Under advice of a naturopath I take lecithin, vitamin C, fish oil, and GB 6 which is a chinese herb blend. I ditched dairy and coffee and drink green tea, which is a calmative, and I have been symptom and pain free for a year. And, I'm healthier than I've been in ages. My GB was the canary in the coal mine for me. I find that stress really triggers spasms. If I feel spasms coming on, I sip a little cider vinegar in juice, and I take a percocet which my primary doc prescribed in case of attack. In addition to helping with the sudden onset of debilitating pain, it has muscle relaxing properties that can help calm the spasming before it gets full-blown.
Yes, I agree cutting dairy seems to work. I take Vits C D E along with lecithin depending on the meal. I have capsules and the granules. I also take flaxseed, milk thistle granules mostly daily which helps the liver too.
Chocoloate, dairy and fried foods seem to be my triggers – and eggs although if I space my poached egg meals out I seem to get away with it. I only drink almond milk now (rarely skim milk unless I have to).
Plenty of leafy greens and veg, ginger and ACV is good too.
I came across this site when looking for feedback on something I discovered by accident. I too have to watch fats in my diet because of gallbladder pain.
Recently I began having plain yogurt in the mornings mixed with a little honey (for flavor). I have been amazed at the positive impact it has had on my digestion and my gallbladder. Hope this helps.
Can you tell me what type of foods trigger the gallbladder attacks? This is all new to me. Any thing helps I am not sleeping at night:(
Kelly, when I still had my gallbladder and was having much trouble and pain with it the things that triggered it were, overeating period, too many combinations, things like chocolate. What gets it going is when what you are eating needs bile to be digested so the gallbladder tries to squeeze some out. When its full of stones this hurts.
Really simple food and not a great deal of it was best.
By the time I had mine removed it was so miserable that when I woke from sugery I told my doctor “I feel better now! Just waking up from anesthetic and all! ” It was so much better just to have the pain gone. I have not experience any bad effects from losing it, compared to how rotten I felt before losing it.
This will be quick… When I was pregnant the first time I was so afraid of getting stretch marks I eliminated excess fat from my diet (i.e., no butter on my toast, no mayo on my sandwich for lunch other than what was in the potato salad or tuna salad… The bread was dry). At night I had horrible gallbladder attacks. I later read that the gallbladder needs fat to contract. So, it seemed the timing of my attacks made sense. I didn't eliminate excess fat with my second one. I had no more attacks. BTW, I have no stretch marks. This may not be for you because I don't know what else you may be eating, which will make a difference, but this is what I learned and thought I'd share.
Hi guys, I also suffer GB attack. I’ve been this situation for about 5years. The pain occurs 1-3days, and it is very painful everynight. When it gets better I feel im so tired and hungry but I don’t want to eat because it may cause another gb attack
I suffer from gall bladder pain (I guess they are called gall bladder attacks) and have tied the pain to oily food and also nuts. I take the apple cider vinegar in apple juice as prescribed on Earth Clinic whenever I get an attack, but it still takes a few days for the pain to go away. Eliminating fatty and oily foods during this period is essential to healing.
Dieting is a real problem for the gall bladder and juicing veggies is just the low fat type of diet to cause cycling of your OWN body fat into a real bad attack. I used the cabbage soup diet to lose 60 pounds a few years back and I recall a few friends losing their gall bladders to that diet. I knew how to do the gall bladder cleanse and every second week I did the diet(1 week a month) I would do a GB cleanse. I still have my gall bladder and only when I veggie feast do I have attacks now.
I have a sluggish gullbladder with no stones. I have had this problem for years and what I found is lettuce was causing most my attacks. After I stopped eating lettuce I don't have as many attacks and they are rarer than when I ate lettuce. I am now going to write down what I ate before every attack and see if there is a common link. Some say dairy products too can cause you problems. Next attack I will try the ACV and apple juice and add some baking soda in the mix for good measure. Thanks your site is awesome.
Keeping the bowel moving is a key to stop the liver/gallbladder system gettting congested; probiotics, raw food, healthy fats, fibre such as psyillium, inulin, kefir etc. Chlorella can help normalize bowel function, and gut ecology but should be introduced slowly, and may require the help of digestive enzymes.
Artichoke extract can help, five days on followed by two days off.
if nuasea or an attack develops, lay off fats and oils for a few days, take plenty of water and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Choline bitarterate each day in body temp water will help, especially with nausea.
A Cacommile or choline bitarterate retention enema follow by swedish bitters will help. some people do 3 enemas within 36 hours, but dont forget to drink plenty of water, fibre, moderate amounts of healthy food and probiotics.
got to normalize bowel function as priority. if constipation is present or you alternate between that and loose fatty pale stools the liver is struggling and will do so as long as bowel function is poor.
some people find a castor oil pack with hot water bottle on it, – over the gallbladder/liver area for 30 mins gives relief AFTER an enema has been given.
do keep well hydrated, especially if using enemas.
Keep a food diary is key in possible finding the issue. I plan on keeping my gallbladder. I had right quadrant pain. My MD did a full work up blood tests, ultrasound abdomen and HIDA Scan nothing. The MD suggested a colonoscopy just to be on the safe side. I’m a vegetarian so now I’m eating only one meal a day with small snack like an orange or apple, I eat like kicharee, rice and stir fry or banana smoothie with powdered vitamin drink and I’m fine. If I eat heavy late meal or anything sugary like chocolate, sugar french fries I’m in trouble. I really believe that there is an infection in my gallbladder so I’ve been sipping ACV all day since it is antiseptic and see if this clears the infection. I’ve also added lecithin to my diet.