A shocking 750,000 gall bladders are removed every year, just in the United States of America. Few of the patients of this procedure, if any, are given proper instructions on what to do afterwards. They are typically told to go home and continue life as normal, and to consider cutting back on their fat intake.

If you are reading this, chances are that you already know you were given bad advice. It’s easy to understand why: surgeons are not nutritionists. They spend years specializing in a task learning how to remove a compromised or gangrenous organ without harming the patient.

You wouldn’t want a surgeon operating on you who spent half as much time cutting bodies because he spent the other half studying digestive balance, just as when you consult a nutritionist you want to make sure they spent their time studying proper nutrition and not removing organs with a scalpel or scope. Those people cutting out your organs and telling you how to take care of yourself afterwards probably still have their gall bladders.

It would be nice if they teamed up, but the reality is that it is not practical. After all, providing you came through the procedure with flying colors, so what if you have diarrhea, or you are getting depressed, or your sex drive and performance have taken a dive? There are drugs for that, right? Be happy that you are not dead!

You already have enough crap to deal with in your life, literally and figuratively. Let me save you some time, money, and frustration.

My book/blog will help supply you with proper knowledge based on real science and experience from real people who have gone through it, experienced the reality of the nutritional side effects, and have triumphed over them. It is written primarily for you who have had your gall bladder removed. It may also be helpful to you who suffer from gallstones or generally uncooperative gall bladders, and are considering surgery or other treatments.

While by all means not a completely exhaustive compendium of digestive biochemistry, the book should provide you fairly good coverage of all things gall bladder related. Nothing there is secret knowledge, and most can be found for free on the internet; I am just trying to save you time and torment by filtering out the garbage, compiling everything in one place, and explaining how your guts work in simple and understandable terms so as to aid your return to normal bowel function. I suffered long enough looking for answers; now you don’t have to repeat my misery.

New things I learn and come up with will end up on the blog. If you have any subjects you are curious about or would like to see researched (or if you have research to share) please let me know. There is a bizarre lack of good information for gall bladder patients and if we all get together with our findings, we can all have better lives.

Some rare souls do not experience any noticeable problems after their gall bladders have been removed. I am not one of those lucky ones. If you are reading this, you are likely equally unlucky, and you want to know what to do to fix things.

There is hope– read on!

I lost my gall bladder in 2006. Yes, lost. As in “had I been presented with any possibility of keeping it, I would have done so.”
I searched for many years in vain for the source of knowledge that would return my digestion to normal. None exists, until now. Which, frankly, is fascinating considering the number of people who are surgically separated from their gall bladders every year.

Granted the side-effects of a missing gall bladder are not immediately lethal, and “grumpy” bowels are semi-tolerable, but life does not need to be that way. You CAN improve things, with the proper knowledge and a little bit of effort spent getting to know your new digestive system.

Not a single one of the gall-bladder-less people I have met in my research were given proper nutritional information, counseling, not even the slightest of warnings from their doctors about the inevitable and ongoing post-surgery symptoms.
The doctor who removed my gall bladder told me I didn’t have to make any adjustments to my diet. Was he ever wrong! Well, I didn’t have to make changes to my diet, but I wouldn’t like the results either: vitamin deficiencies, chronic and urgent diarrhea, gas, bloating… The fact of the matter is that you will have to make some adjustments, because without your gall bladder, no matter how healthy you think you eat, you are not getting the proper digestion and nutrition you need. I am not a doctor, but you do not need to be one to understand this stuff.

The good news is that the nutritional deficiencies and bowel-related unpleasantness are easy to counteract through diet, affordable over-the-counter nutritional supplements, and/or non-drug prescription dietary additives, which makes the lack of doctor-patient information/support all the more shocking and frustrating.

This book/blog is an attempt to fill the informational void– what works, what doesn’t, the chemistry behind it all (broken down in layman’s terms) and how to properly compensate for your new underachieving digestive system.

Since all things in the gall bladder world result in digestion (or not-quite-digestion), we will spend some time discussing our excrement. There’s just not an easy way to do this without sounding like a stuffy academic, so I shall attempt to make it humorous. This should not only break the ice, but help you remember key points in the gall bladder function, proper digestion and nutrient absorption, what we need to do now to ensure good nutrition and manufacture of high-quality poop that you will be proud of once more.

  1. Becky says:

    After 3 months of literally “running” in desperation I searched the internet, stumbling upon your book. After reading it cover to cover it is nice to know I’m not alone!
    A nutritionist has helped a little in the past week, but armed with this new information I feel even stronger!
    Thank you
    Gotta Run =(

  2. Teri says:

    Hi Jeremy,

    Just finished reading your book, so glad I found it only 5 months into my gallbladderless life. I have some questions for you…is this a good venue?


    • J.Bernal says:

      I’m glad it seems to be helping you. By all means post your questions. It is my goal to have a good Q&A going here as well as to have some future contributors share their experiences.

  3. Teri says:

    Thanks for responding. I’ve emailed my doc to ask about thyroid testing, I seem to have symptoms of an underactive thyroid: chronic constipation, low energy, weight gain, depression, achy joints, etc….all since the cholecystectomy last April. As an athlete (long distance cycling), I’m used to having a body that responds quickly to athletic demands. But since the surgery? Not so much. I’m no longer “me”. WTH? Not sure where I’m going with this, but I am wondering if the surgery caused secondary shock to the thyroid, hence the chronic constipation and weight gain? It’s supremely frustrating.

    Thanks for listening,


    • J.Bernal says:

      My guess is that it is because after the cholecystectomy, you have malabsorption of fats and cholesterol (which are used to create hormones), which regulate all that other activity. Could also be that your liver suffered some trauma from the surgery (it makes a lot of those hormones). Were I in your shoes I’d get a complete metabolic screen done (blood tests) with emphasis on liver activity, and start taking some bile supplements with meals to see if that helps in the absorption of the fats you are missing out on. In addition to EPA/DHA/fish-oil supplements if you don’t take them already.
      Especially if you are engaged in strenuous physical activity (your cycling) you will be using up a lot of cholesterol in repairing the damage to cell walls and it won’t be available for hormonal regulation.

  4. Teri says:

    Immediately following my surgery last April, my chiro recommended ox bile supplements, as well as dessicated liver. I did that throughout the summer on a haphazard basis…no real consistency. After reading your book and doing other internet research, I’ve been extremely consistent with the following:

    ox bile
    dessicated liver
    Biozyme (comprehensive digestive enzyme complex w/probiotics)
    Livatone Plus

    as well as my usual omega-3 codfish caps, D3, calcium, multi.

    However, as far as the ox bile and dessicated liver supplements go, I’m not sure exactly when to take: before, during, or after meals? I’m finding that even after a couple of weeks of complete consistency, I’m still experiencing chronic constipation, weight gain, low energy, and general malaise….which is not me at all. My usual diet is fresh, local, and organic with very little gluten products. We basically live out of our CSA box at this time of year, supplementing with dairy and protein products.

    The good news is that my doc responded with orders for a full blood panel, as well as TSH, T3, and T4 levels. So at least we’re headed in the right direction. He knows I’m a dedicated athlete and not prone to unusual medical requests. If anything, I tend to suffer beyond what a normal person would. So I’d like to rule out everything, including Hashimotos and/or any other possible digestive inefficiencies.

    Any other thoughts?


    • J.Bernal says:

      Sounds like a good supplement regimen. The bile, you should take right when you start eating, at least that’s when it gave me best results. That way it’s mixed in with everything when it starts heading out of your stomach.
      Re the other stuff, it could also be related to vitamin deficiencies. If you’re getting lethargic and depressed, the first thing that comes to mind is a hormone and/or vitamin issue. The constipation sounds unusual; most of us have the opposite problem. I assume you’re properly hydrating, since most athletes keep good track of that. Strange.
      There are indeed weight gain symptoms with Hashimoto’s; might be interesting to do an accurate body fat index to see if it’s fat weight gain or water retention or tissue inflamation. It’s really hard to figure this stuff out until you do the metabolic screens to see what’s going on.
      That said, my tests came back showing me to be the perfect paragon of health and celiac-negative, despite the chronic “runs”. It’s only with dietary experimentation that I’ve struck a balance that works for the most part, though I do slip up once in a while with pizza or bready stuff which then gives me problems for a day or two.
      Let me know what you find in your tests, I’m curious.

      • June Lynn says:

        Just bought your book and it was an interesting read. However, I have the opposite problem from you. I, too, have the constipation as the above person and no laxatives helped at all. After researching the internet for my problem, I ran across the recommendation for bile salts so I started taking the Bile Acid Factors by Jarrow Formulas. This really broke things down for me. I think I shed “stuff” from years and years build-up. I now take one 3 times per day at the beginning of each meal. I saw where this one one of your recommendations also. I have also been on somewhat of a gluten free diet, just not completely. Believe it or not, I found you and your book thru Amazon.com when I went online to order the Bile Salts. They are half the price from a health food store. Thanks, and I enjoyed the book.

  5. Teri says:

    Lab results from this morning’s blood panel show thyroid in the normal range, cholesterol somewhat high, but ratios are good. Hmmmm.

    Not sure what to do next. I’ll go completely gluten-free (rather than allowing minor lapses) to see if I feel better and the weight-gain can be reversed. With a diet already high in fiber from natural sources (organic fruit & veggies), not sure how else I can address the constipation issue.


    • J.Bernal says:

      Do you drink things which contain aspartame? I’ve been reading more into it since I quit diet beverages, and despite having an occasional sugary classic Coke, I am losing a lot of weight. Supposedly the artificial sweetener causes your body to react as if it was getting sugar, which still causes a sugar crash, which makes you hungrier than you should be, which causes you to put more calories down than you should.
      Did your range of tests include checks for vitamin levels and/or deficiencies?

  6. Teri says:

    Hello again. No, I don’t do diet foods or drinks of any kind. And I rarely eat sugar; I prefer to use Stevia in my tea. As far as fats in my diet goes, I don’t limit myself, but neither do I eat an intentionally high-fat diet. Fats include coconut, olive oil, walnut oil, and full fat dairy products. I do the best I can to eat as Michael Pollan suggests.

    As far as I can see, the blood panel didn’t include checks for vitamin levels. My doc has asked me to make an appt with him to discuss my digestive difficulties.

    So, here’s a question for you: how much ox bile is too much? A quick internet search showed that taking too many ox bile supplements could result in diarrhea. So far, I’m still on the other end of the spectrum as far as *that* goes. Currently, I’m taking a 500mg ox bile capsule with every meal and am not having any difficulties.

    I’ve also gone gluten-free again, which always results in reduced abdominal bloating. My weight seems to be stabilizing a bit, with the gluten-free and ox bile/digestive enzyme regiment.

    Thanks for your input!


    • J.Bernal says:

      Sounds like you eat healthier than I do, which is good 🙂
      Regarding how much bile is too much, there isn’t such thing. You can take heavy amounts and what the body cannot or does not want to reabsorb, just keeps on going through you. When it’s in the large intestine it tends to trap water and pull water back out of you, hence the diarrhea. Just remember to hydrate adequately. I’d try adding an additional bile pill per meal per day until you feel the effects, and then dial it back to a confortable level and see how it goes for a while. It could be that your body is totally slacking on bile production and you are having serious malabsorption with fats and fat-soluble vitamins. Still no way to know until you get a test for those deficiencies.
      Not sure how much you read up on paleo stuff but Robb Wolf is an excellent source of knowledge on nutrition, he’s got a podcast too.


    • Nikki says:


      I am so happy that I stumbled on your post. I have the exact same issues that you’ve had! My “lazy” gallbladder was removed after a lot of pain in Oct of 2012. Since then I’ve stumped and then dumped my surgeon and gp because they’re at a loss with me and I think they think I’m making this stuff up. My ob thinks it’s my hormones and wants me to try a progesterone pill, I have yet to do that though. I’m starting with a new gastroenterologist next week and we’ll see what he says.

      I tried OxBile and it’s not bad – at first it was AWFUL and I had some funky side effects. But once my body got used to it, I was happy to take it during meals. I notice a lot less pain with digestion, however no real bowel movement.

      I have high blood pressure and a low thyroid, both show up as normal during testing because of my daily meds. I take a multivitamin that’s made for active people (I exercise over an hour/5 days a week) but nothing seems to help.

      My diet is on par with yours and I just can’t seem to kick start my body since surgery. Cutting back on my running has been very depressing.

      I hope everything turns out for you, and I’m going to try a gluten free diet to see if that seems to help my energy and weight loss level.


  7. lisa says:

    I don’t understand how ox bile works. Is this adding bile to you because i thought without a gallbladder you have plenty of bile and no where to store it? I’m taking just zantac and so sick most of time. Its been 11 months since my surgery( had attacks- no stones). Can’t take Cholestyramine- makes me want to throw up.

    • J.Bernal says:

      With no gall bladder you have bile and nowhere to store it, and then the problem them becomes that you do not have a large enough bile output to take care of meals. So you take ox bile with meals to make up for the shortage in your body.

  8. C Lamb says:

    Had my gallbladder out 2 weeks ago…still having problems on my left side around the “love handle” area and into he back…having bowell issues as well….not sure if it’s the gallbladder or the unknown on the left side….had cat scan yesterday and it just showed calcium in prostate from a case of prostatitis in the past…not sure what to do…

    • J.Bernal says:

      2 weeks is too soon to tell much of anything, unfortunately. Your body still has to heal and there will be a lot of inflammation from the abuse your body took during the surgery. Once you’re able to jump around without pain (meaning you are fully healed) then you’ll want to start keeping tabs on your digestion to see if you need to make dietary changes or take supplements. Welcome to the club 🙂

  9. Teri says:

    Hello J….it’s been 6 months since my post to you. I’ve finally dialed in my supplements to the point that digestion seems back to normal. I’ve also worked hard to eliminate gluten from my diet (not always successful b/c of a DH who loves to bake bread!) and feel so much better all around. I’m back to running again too, which seems to help with digestion.

    Here’s another item for you, though….what do you know of phantom gallbladder pain? I’ve had two middle-of-the-night episodes of what, for all intents and purposes, feels exactly like a gallstone attack! Each episode lasted only 10-15 min, but goodness me, it was shockingly familiar! Have you had anything like this? I do have to admit that last night’s episode was on the heels of several helpings of flax seed corn chips, probably a no-no. Just wondering if you or anyone else has had such pain?


    • J.Bernal says:

      Glad to hear you are figuring out “the new you.” I read back through your previous posts– did you ever get checked for Celiac disease? I did and it came back negative, but I find that if I eat bread, it throws off my system for about a week to 10 days (and I get “puffy” and feel bloated in general). I have had a couple of incidents since the surgery which reminded me of gallstones but they were short, maybe lasting 15 minutes, and not the constant pain of a stone but just short “stabs” of pain. Not sure what it was.

  10. Hello! 🙂

    First of all, your book was amazing. It has helped me so much. I cried… half because I was laughing so hard and half because I was emotional! I have had the same lovely post surgery experience as you. I felt like there was no hope; that I might as well just live in my bathroom. I am coming up to my 22nd birthday and I have been gallbladderless for 10 months.

    I was only 16 when I had stomach aches and was given an ultrasound where I had 7 stones in my gallbladder. Of course, there was “no point in doing anything about” it since I was still a child. I had aches and pains every once in a while. Just over a year ago I started to have attacks almost everyday and I was spending a lot of time in the ER. I had another ultrasound done and I had 3 times more stones as I did when I was 16. My surgery was scheduled for 2 weeks after that ultrasound. The procedure was fine and I was having a GREAT time on the morphine and T3s they gave me. I was happy the whole thing was finally over! Little did I know what was yet to come…..

    I pretty much have been living in the bathroom for the last 7 months. But I am glad I am not alone and that there is hope!
    Thank you!

  11. Mrsmarple says:

    Hi Jeremy, I just wanted to thank you for your book. I had the same gut problems before and after my surgery but since reading your book you have put me on the right path to finding out that like you, I’m not coeliac but Gluten was definitely causing my symptoms. I feel 100% better so thank you!!!!

  12. david says:

    Hello, Thank you for writing this book. my gall bladder surgery is scheduled for a week from this friday, april 26. after a couple of friends warned me to not remove one of my organs without researching the issue, I was starving for info on what options i might have besides surgery and info on what to expect after the surgery. your book was easily the clearest and most complete source for understanding the whole issue from the patients view. i think hospitals should give your book to everyone who comes to their hospital with gallbladder problems.
    Do you or does anyone on this site know how to be considered for one of the other methods of removing gallstones? I’m not convinced i need to have my gall bladder removed but 3 doctors and 2 surgeons seem to think i do. my condition is no where near what yours was. I’ve had one attack which i understand was considered sort of mild. i have a few stones one as large as 1.2 cm. and thickening of the gall bladder walls. I’ve only talked to one doctor since i read your book and started considering options besides surgery. this doctor was informative but said i need the surgery. i just trusted the other doctors when they said i need surgery. they didn’t mention the possible digestion problems that could happen after surgery. I’m starting to think that lots of doctors don’t want to stick their neck out and try something like contact dissolution therapy on me because they are not experts in alternative gall bladder treatments and surgery is so standard. i don’t want to risk gall bladder hell and death by not having an operation that i really need but no one has spelled out to me why other methods shouldn’t be used. the standard answer is “those methods are used if surgery is too risky”. maybe i just need to say “no you can’t remove my gall bladder. what else have you got?”
    Any info would help. thanks again for the book.

    • J.Bernal says:

      It’s your body. End of argument. Don’t let them talk you into doing something that you don’t want to do.
      The reason you have several doctors and surgeons pressing you to have the surgery is because it takes them just a couple of hours and makes them lots of money, and as far as they are concerned, “problem solved” and it’s pretty much guaranteed that you will survive the procedure. The only reason that your gall bladder would *have* to come out is if it was gangrenous, and clearly it’s not, or you’d be in the hospital. Keep up your position of “no you can’t remove my gall bladder. what else have you got?”
      Print out articles for them about the available treatment methods and have them read. Yes they are doctors and are supposed to be educated but it’s entirely possible that they don’t know anything about other options. And they won’t want to admit to ignorance.

      • I wish that I had the guts to tell the doctors no. I feel like maybe I would have been able to find something alternative to surgery. But I was scared at the same time and didnt want to make my gallbladder worse. They convinced me surgery was my best bet, because it COULD get worse. I am so glad I stumbled upon this blog AND the book. I have needed the advice and I also needed to hear other people as well, that I am not alone.

      • I wish that I had the guts to tell the doctors no. I feel like maybe I would have been able to find something alternative to surgery. But I was scared at the same time and didnt want to make my gallbladder worse. They convinced me surgery was my best bet, because it COULD get worse. I am so glad I stumbled upon this blog AND the book. I have needed the advice and I also needed to hear other people as well, that I am not alone.

  13. Samantha says:

    Thank you for taking the time and sharing your story and tips in your book. I am 4 days post surgery and so glad that I stumbled upon your book. I am just now starting to try more solid foods ( I had some bad nausea and side effects from anesthesia so took a little longer to eat other than broth). I know trips to the bathroom are in my future but I feel more equipped and ready for the challenge after reading your book.

  14. Cathy Kirk says:

    I have never followed a blog but found yours because my Dr put me on Chloestyramine for the severe diarrhea I was having after meals and I was searching for information about how the med works and precautions. Also I had concerns about how it was effecting my vitamins and iron because I am and have been Iron deficient. I take a daily Iron pill and wonder if i am absorbing it. You blog is informational and helpful.
    Who are you and what are your credentials.??

    • J.Bernal says:

      I am me. I have no credentials, other than that I actually suffered through gall bladder failure and removal, and bad aftereffects from it. So I did the research about what was happening to me and compiled it for the benefit of others should they encounter the same problems. So no, I have no official title or papers with fancy stamps, but it’s apparently still more than the average doctor knows who removes gall bladders from people 🙂

      • Cathy Kirk says:

        Well, you know, I think you are right. Sometimes I get so frustrated because I try to tell my Dr. that something is wrong or or I don’t feel right. For almost over a year I kept telling him I was tired of being tired. I told him my friend noticed I was constantly chewing on Ice and thought it was a sign of pica …. lacking something in my system like iron. Sure enough, finally he check and yes…. I was iron deficient. I realize Doctors are not God and do not and can not cure or know everything but i sure wish they would listen a bit better to their patients.

  15. Judith says:

    I had my gall bladder removed in 2010 and have been sick since then – sometimes to the point of almost giving up. I’ve visited multiple doctors and done research and it wasn’t till I read your book that everything fell into place. Why had I suddenly become gluten intolerant (I determined this with the gluten challenge even though the celiac tests were negative)? Why am I nauseous 24/7? (Haven’t figured out how to resolve this yet.) What’s with all the pain? (May be related to something I eat but haven’t been able to figure it out yet.) Where’s the bathroom? (Still an issue but cholestyremine helps even though constipation does happen.) Bloating and the accompanying gas are a real trial especially when I’m at work with no way to get away from people.

    My diet is basically what you described in your book.

    Bile salts sound very interesting. Maybe this will help with the nausea.

    What are your thoughts on probiotics?

    Thanks for writing the book. I’m actually feeling hopeful that I can get my life back.

    • Sue says:


      Just read your post gallbladder surgery story. Sounds identical to mine. I had my gallbladder out
      in 2008. Yes the nausea is the most difficult symptom to bear. I lost my job because of it and have since gone on disability. I to have been to many doctors and no one is able to help. I did go to a naturopath once and he told me I shouldn’t have had my gallbladder out. Well thanks a lot it’s a little late for that now. He also was not in the town I live in so I couldn’t have consulted him before the surgery.
      I’ve been taking several homeopathic things for the nausea and they help sometimes.
      In fact my nausea was getting better by 2011 and then I got gastritis and it’s back to the same battle with nausea but now I had stomach pain and a ton of other symptoms.
      I read it’s much easier to get gastritis after you had your gallbladder out.
      Well it helps to find others going through the same thing.
      I take probiotics but have no idea how much to take or what kind there’s so many I have no idea what’s the right one.
      I am interested in the coated bile salts.

      Also, Interested in hearing from others. Glad I found this book.
      Thanks, Sue

  16. Carrie says:

    Hi! First of all, THANK YOU for writing your Survival Guide!!! After reading your book I feel like I know a lot more, you are so right… Doctors don’t tell you anything or help after your GB is removed. I searched and searched in 2009 after losing my GB and couldn’t find much information to help. I gained 20 lbs and have the opposite problem now, I don’t go to the bathroom… hardly ever! I feel like I have more info now and am going to start getting the gluten out of my diet and see if that helps. I did have one question, I take Cholacol II… should I be taking regular Cholacol? Thank you and thanks again for your book!!!!!

  17. trish says:

    So I’m trying to save my gall bladder. After reading your book (thank you for sharing your experience and humor), I feel even more desperate to keep it. I have some large stones and wonder this: if surgeons can cut out the gall bladder entirely why can’t they find a way to surgically remove only the stones? If the gall bladder is constantly refilled, it seems doctors could drain the bile, make a small incision and remove the stones then glue (to avoid bile leakage) and stitch the organ closed. Wouldn’t the gallbladder heal itself and eventually refill with bile? Is this too simplistic? What am I missing? I have no medical background whatsoever. Do you have an opinion on this? To me the current medical procedures described in your book sound quite risky as it is. Hope to hear from you! Thanks again 🙂

    • J.Bernal says:

      The medical procedures I wrote about are tried and true, and do not involve cutting you open. All better for you, though you may have difficulty getting your doctor to agree. If you can save it, save it.

  18. Carrie says:

    Hi! I originally posted in September 2013. I have had the constipation problem and it is not getting any better. I’ve cut gluten out, had a colonoscopy to see if there were any irregularities there. That all turned out ok. I was considering having upper and lower GI’s to see if anything is there but my Dr is advising against it. I have the same problems as another post(er) above the lethargic feeling all day, never wake up, work out every day and do not see much result. I’ve been dealing with all of this since 2009 when I had my Gallbladder removed and felt like I was thrown out into the street. I have had all types of blood work done and found that I am hypothyroid and now since having a child have other hormonal issues. I am on synthroid and cabergoline to try to straighten out the hormonal issues. Synthroid I will be on forever and there is hope that I will not have to take the cabergoline forever. I am just looking for any help, advice with supplements if anyone out there has experienced any of these same problems and are on a supplement regime that helps them? I currently am only doing Jarrow Bile Acid Factors with every meal. It helps a little with the constipation but not as much as I would have hoped. I take it every day and then after like 3 or 4 days I’ll have a day where I am experiencing (painful) release of stool for that whole day. And then another 3 or 4 days and again another day in the bathroom (luckily I am a stay at home mom). Before the Bile Acid I was taking cholachol II before every meal. It helped with getting a little weight off but did not help with constipation. Anyway, thanks for any help that anyone could provide 🙂
    Chronically Constipated 😦

  19. John Baker says:

    Hay Carrie. There cure for me is exercise early in the morning and after breakfast. As soon as I stop the C kicks in slowly . Also look up IBS-C you probably have the IBS issues also. Key is to get bile flowing when needed which is 30 min after food released from the stomach. Bile acts as a lubricant – helps move food through the body. There is one more issue which I cannot prove. The gallbladder is connected to the Vagus Nerve and as such cut. Damaging this nerve also causes ” postcholecystectomy Gastroparesis” a heath death sentence for any one unlucky to be affected. Symptoms include C

  20. Laura says:

    I am already diagnosed celiac and have been on a gluten free diet for 5 years. I have a gallbladder with polyps and pain (I’m thinking developed during the years I was eating gluten), and a second cousin of mine recently died of gallbladder cancer. I’m terrified of getting it out due to horror stories of bad results afterwards, but I’ve been advised to get it out. Being that I am already on a gluten free diet, what are everyone’s thoughts on this?

    • J.Bernal says:

      If it’s got polyps and pain, it’s probably not working right, and with the added risk of cancer you might want to seriously consider getting it out. I’d always advocate keeping it if you can, but it sounds like yours is gone already. And not everyone has bad side effects afterwards, just a “lucky” few of us.

  21. John Baker says:

    Hi Back Laura,
    Tough question. Your treating with Celiac diet but GB is still in distress. I have not found any specific answers in all my research. If you interested http://www.lifewithnogallbladder.com/ site is a dump of every thing I have found. Gallbladder cancer is very rear I understand. Failure and explosion is not. The key to your problem could be to list all your symptoms even work with a Natrialpathic Doctor to explore root problems (mainly digestion) and resulting symptoms. With that in hand, research complications. Use my site for help if you like. Only feedback is nurture your GB and get rid of any bad issue with your health. Do something crazy like the greatest loser (weight loss) but instead, take the same approach to your body. Cardio exercise + water + liver food = detox. First week+ will be horrible as the crap comes out of stored areas. We some times don’t think of the big picture – life and life expectancy taken for granted. All the best. I hope to find answers one day and will post on site accordingly . The main challenge is tradition medical thought proccess regarding gallbladders as being ‘ non essential – defunct organs’ and there is NO problems with removal is a lie and a Block to medical support to treat your GB – rather Make money from you through surgery than support pre and post problems. Best . John

  22. Hazel Briggs says:

    I have the opposite problem from most people after ball bladder removal. I have really bad constipation. Do you have any advice?

  23. Chad Lamb says:

    I’ve had the same problem :0(

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