Long story short: I am 29. 6 years ago, I had my gallbladder removed due to severe gallstones (genetic thing; my mom, aunt and cousin had theirs out at an early age as well). My surgeon at the time told me that I would be perfectly normal afterwards and would be able to eat perfectly normally. Well, that ended up being no so true. Ever since, I’ve had bouts of “dumping syndrome” - the body dumps excess bile directly into the colon, causing bad cramps and painful, acidic diarrhea. I feel like I definitely digest things more slowly than before, and I know some things don’t get digested properly - for instance, I can eat a salad, and see little pieces of lettuce in the toilet bowl not 4 hours later, meaning it’s moving through my system way too fast. Makes sense, as I was diagnosed with a vitamin B12 deficiency a few months ago.
Overall, I feel gassy, crampy, bloated and tired much of the time ever since that surgery. My weight has risen as well, despite me eating like a rabbit and working out 2 hours a day, 5 days a week (I have a healthier lifestyle now than I did BEFORE the surgery!). I’ve seen my doctor several times, gotten tests for any possible ailments that could be presenting these symptoms, and gotten a clean bill of health. She did tell me that she has other patients who have had their gallbladders removed, who are having the same problems as me. But, she said, she “can’t really do anything about it,” and I just have to “put up with it.”
I’ve put up with it for long enough and I’m sick of it. I would really, REALLY appreciate if there’s any knowledgeable people here who could tell me the answers to the following:
Are there any supplements I can take that will help my body to emulate the missing gallbladder function, and;
Are there any foods that I MUST HAVE or MUST NOT HAVE, now that my digestion has changed?
I absolutely can’t afford to visit a nutritionist right now…I called around and just a consultation is $80 a pop. I can’t even get the time off work to see one even if I could afford it.
Any help is much appreciated, I don’t want to live like this anymore.