I’ve got a problem, a big problem. It’s a problem I’ve had for a few years now.
When I was 19, I developed gallstones, and they made me very ill. I could eat nothing but 2 soda crackers and half a bowl of chicken soup once a day, or else I got sick to my stomach. Because of my young age, the doctors I saw didn’t suspect gallbladder disease as what was making me sick. So I endured 3 months of countless medical tests. In that time I lost an alarming amount of weight. I am 5’3 with a medium frame, and I plummeted from a healthy weight of 130lbs to 85 pounds. I looked like a concentration camp victim. Anyway, an ultrasound finally revealed the problem, and I had my gallbladder removed.
I’m much better now, 5 years later. But something happened that my surgeon never told me about. Although I can now eat fairly normally again, my stomach shrunk so much that I eat very little now - and I developed an aversion to fatty foods. They make my stomach turn. So, I eat very little and very healthy (salads, whole grains, tofu, fruit), and have been doing so since the surgery. But since I got better, I’ve been slowly and steadily gaining weight. And gaining, and gaining. I went from my previously healthy weight of 130lbs to over 200lbs. I weight train and get around exclusively by walking or biking, so I’m sure muscle mass accounts for a lot of that - my legs are solid. But the unexplained weight gain is disturbing. And, most frighteningly, I’m still gaining.
I’ve heard that the gallbladder regulates body fat. Is this true? There is no other explanation - no new medicines or illnesses- that can explain my weight gain. If anything, I’m healthier than I was when I weighed less . 5 other family members have also had their gallbladders removed, and after their surgery, they mysteriously gained weight as well. So I find this very suspicious.
Has anyone else here experienced this? If so, is there any way you were able to lose the weight? Even though I’m in great shape, I’m worried about the impact of the weight on my joints and organs - and I’m sick of people assuming I’m lazy and unhealthy because I’m big.
I really need help on this one. I’ve gone to several different doctors for help and they were mystified as to what is causing my weight gain. I had my thyroid checked twice and told it was normal.