what to do????

I am a 29 year old female and I am having serious bathroom problems! I got my gall bladder out about 7 years ago and it started shortly after that. I did go to the doctor and they told me it would go away after awhile and that it was just from getting my gall bladder out. However it has been horrible ever since. I feel like I cannot eat anything without having to go to the bathroom its like urgent and just comes on. It happens all the time and then sometimes it will be like two weeks when nothing happens but then i get it again and it lasts forever it seems like. I just want to know what I should do or what I can do to help it. I am also lactose intolerant so im not sure if that means anything. If anybody has any suggestions or answers please let me know. Thanks

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Urgent Toilet Syndrome following Gall bladder surgery
by: Julie Dickinson

You poor thing.I had this problem and my consultant told me there is a powder you can take which controls the problem, but he couldnt remember its name. I googled it and discovered a forum. (there are actually a great many people who suffer this way)Several people said they took Questran once or twice a day and it helped enormously.I did some more research and it is in fact a cholesteral lowering treatment which also happens to be extremely effective with our particular problem. The function of the gall is to store bile which it then secretes steadily as needed. Without it, the bile seeps continuously into the colon, collects there over night,and acts as a strong laxative. Hence a rush to the loo - Iknow what I am talking about!! Change of diet will make no difference. The Questran powder coats the intestine and soaks up the bile. Luckily my GP took me and my research seriously and I have taken Questran once a day ever since. I hear he prescribes it to others too. It changed my life. I hope this helps you. Take care.

c-diff may be your problem
by: Anonymous

Have your Dr do a sigmoidoscope to get a sample. Ma.y c-diff problems come back false . Check out the c-diff support group or Philis's Page, Wonderful info about-diff. I'm not typical so I won't go into my problems. Good luck with your problem and God Bless.
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ASK DOCTOR
by: Anonymous

Try asking your dr. about OPIUM TENTURE ITS LIQUID AND 9 DROPS A DAY IN WATER OR JUICE IT WORKS FOR ME!

what to do????
by: Anonymous


It is worrying that it is getting worse. It would be a good idea to check for Coeliac disease and for the other intolerances that I listed.

At the moment you have intestinal malabsorption and, whatever the reason, you need to increase your vitamin and mineral intake. It is very difficult to overdose on the water-soluble vitamins (8 B vitamins and vitamin C). I suggest that you take a vitamin B-complex vitamin for pregnant ladies (200-300% RDA) and additionally supplement a couple of times a day with vitamin C until the diarrhoea has subsided.

Avoid coffee, sodas, sweets, chocolate, fast food, bought in cakes and biscuits (wheat flour), etc. Use glucose instead of table sugar for sweetening. Check everything for lactose content. Base your diet on the anti-diarrhoeal BRATT (Banana, rice, apple mousse, Tea and Toast made with maize/rice/almond flour) diet. Introduce foods slowly and note the effect they have on you.

If it is bile diarrhoea then the stool should be greasy - you might even find fatty droplets floating in the toilet (steatorrhoea - fat stool).

I am not a medic, but I would think an ultrasound of your liver and other tests would be a good idea to rule out PSC. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/primary-sclerosing-cholangitis/DS00918/DSECTION=symptoms

I suggest that you keep a patient diary. Keep track of how you are feeling, what you have eaten, etc. You can check for coeliac disease yourself by researching it and avoiding all wheat containing foods. Most foodstores have a corner with non-wheat products (use maize flour or almond flour, etc.). There are plenty of recipes on the internet.

Keep us posted.

Lydia D.

"what to do"
by: Lili(NJ)

Hi,
Celiac disease is a disease in the small intestine. Celiac disease
damages the lining of the small intestine causing malabsorption of nutrients. It is caused by an allergic reaction to gluten,(wheat, barley,rye,and some oats).
There are blood test that can be done to see if the disease is present, but the best way to confirm a diagnosis is by having a colonoscopy with biopsy.
Try a "gluten free" diet for a few days. You have to be very strict when following this type diet..
Good Luck..

"what to do"
by: Lili(NJ)

Hi,
Celiac disease is a disease in the small intestine. Celiac disease
damages the lining of the small intestine causing malabsorption of nutrients. It is caused by an allergic reaction to gluten,(wheat, barley,rye,and some oats).
There are blood test that can be done to see if the disease is present, but the best way to confirm a diagnosis is by having a colonoscopy with biopsy.
Try a "gluten free" diet for a few days. You have to be very strict when following this type diet..
Good Luck..

what to do
by: Anonymous

Lili...No I have never heard of what you asked...I did want to add though that my bathroom issues are not just after I eat. Sometimes I just have to go for no reason and its always urgent. It has even woke me up in the middle of the night and its always the same thing....a very yellow liquid with very liquid stools. Like I said sometimes when I am out shopping in a store and havent eaten in hours it will just come on out of nowhere. Lili if you could explain to me what it is that your asking then maybe I could look it up or ask my doc. Thanks again

"what to do"
by: Lili(NJ)

Have you had serology for Celiac disease ?
If you have not this can also be a possible answer to your bathroom issues...

What to Do
by: Anonymous

Thank you everyone for your comments....I am going to try everything you have suggested. Since I posted the first question things have gotten worse it is now getting to the point that everytime I eat(even bread) I get a horrible stomach ache....Its almost like really bad cramps. Its getting to the point where I dont even want to eat anymore. The cramps last about half hour and it right after I eat. Im not sure what that means but I am going to try what you have suggested to me and if things dont get better soon my next step will be to see another doctor and maybe get a second opinion since my current doc keeps telling me its just from my gallbladder. Thanks again and anymore advice would be greatly appreciated.

what to do????
by: Anonymous

The gut problems after gall bladder surgery occur in a minority of patients. Many doctors are not aware of this.

Google bile salt diarrhoea http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/askquestion/422/health-advice-for-bile-salt-diarrhoea-i-have-bile-.html

The fat content of your diet must be regulated if you have bile salt diarrhoea, which is most likely is the case. You need to stick to high quality oils - make cakes and biscuits with oil and not fat. Chocolate, bought in cakes and biscuits, fast foods, will all have a very high "bad-for-you" fat content.

I would investigate whether or not you have fructose malabsorption - one in three of us has fructose malabsorption. I have lactose intolerance and fructose malabsorption http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fructose_malabsorption

Avoid all foods with corn syrup (high fructose) in them. Do not drink any sodas (including diet sodas), eat honey (50% fructose), sweets, and do not dine out for a couple of weeks to see whether or not this makes a difference.

Cook all your food from scratch with simple, non-processed ingredients so you know exactly what is in it.

It might also be the case that your lactose intolerance has worsened, i.e. you are getting more intolerant. In this case eating out will be nigh impossible. Keep a food diary to determine exactly what is happening. Be aware that most medication and supplements, fast foods have lactose in them. Check the patient information sheet that comes with each medication. Check if you have changed a medication brand. The new brand might have more lactose in it.

If you are eating out or eating packaged meals then a lot of the aromas can contain lactose and milk powder is used to bulk up foods, etc.

I shouldn't think that it is Crohn's disease (you don't have to be so unlucky) or Coeliac disease - you would feel unwell all the time if you are eating bread, etc. and lose weight rapidly. However, if the above suggested diet and other lifestyle changes don't work then everything else must be investigated and there are hundreds of possibilities.

Lydia D.

it makes sense...
by: Lili(NJ)

Hi,
Your gallbladder surgery could surely be the cause of your "bathroom issues" your being lactose intolerant does not help either... You must really watch your diet, stay away from greasy,spicy foods as well as any dairy products..Try a diet modification for about 4 weeks...(You can get these diets from you family doctor or a nutritionist at your community hospital)..
If the symptoms do persist I strongly recommend that you see a specialist, a Gastroenterologist that specializes in IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease)
Good Luck and keep us posted!!!

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