Gall bladder removal-my experience

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People have their gall bladders out for various reasons. I literally woke up one day with a pain in my back and started reflux medicine very naively almost immediately. Over the next two months l was at the regular GP weekly and then just before my diagnosis several times a week as l had become so unwell that l almost could not function. The GP said it wasn’t my gall bladder, but l had a dull ache in my side, l was nauseous all of the time and could only eat crackers and had shocking reflux. Finally l saw a different GP who realised the extent of the situation and l very quickly had my sick and inflamed gall bladder removed.  Getting my body back on track has been a massive challenge with me having to re-evaluate my thinking on wellness, realising that my regular GP and the specialists l was seeing were never going to help me get well but rather manage the symptoms with drugs and surgery, and putting in a huge effort to educate myself and find support people such as a holistic GP, integrative dietician and holistic chiropractor to aid my journey.

Following surgery just over a year ago, l developed acid and bile reflux to the point where l had trouble swallowing and l could not eat any fats at all without feeling very ill. I exhausted all avenues with traditional medicine until l just couldn’t see the point of even going to these Dr’s who just kept telling me to take the medicine and that l was fine. I am now free of the reflux medicines, digestive enzymes and negative attitudes and have achieved this through diet, supplements, the support of a wonderful Holistic GP and persistence on my part. Anyone who has lived with reflux knows how awful it is and that once you commence treatment with medicines such as Nexium it is almost impossible to get off them. Some people would be happy to take a pill if it made them feel better but l was told that l would be on Nexium for the rest of my life and within a few months of taking it l had already developed side effects such as terrible cramping throughout my body. I had a very determined attitude to show my regular GP and Gastroenterologist that l could through diet, supplements and lifestyle get better and l did just that and weaned myself off the medicines.

Complication:

Because of the lack of a gall bladder l was almost exclusively eating a fat free diet and l became very ill as a result. It took a while for my body to get used to processing small amounts of fats but over time l have been able to tolerate good fats and I am now working hard at putting more good fat into my diet on a daily basis such as cold pressed olive oil, flax oil, cod liver oil, organic coconut oil, raw activated nuts, avocado and wild salmon. Overall l have recovered from the gallbladder removal very well and l am 100% sure that my diet and attitude is the key to this. I still have to do a liver detox every few months,  have juices daily to aid liver function, drink a lot of water and am strict with my diet but it is all worth it to feel well again.

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