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    Any riders out there who've had gallbladder surgery?

    Not that i'm riding much as it is (-30'c). But what kind of foods and diet issues have you had? I'm guessing the usual horse show diet of burgers and fries won't be fun with all the deep fried issues...

    Even regular diet help would be great! I'm almost back to work, had the surgery last week (gallbladder removed).

    Am i alone??

    Thanks; Carol and Doccer
    Carol and Princess Dewi

    **~Doccer'sDressage~**

    #2
    No - you're not alone.

    I asked my doctor if I had to eat less fats because I had less bile to break it down OR if, because I had less bile, the fat would go "straight through" as it were. He did not have a satisfactory answer. I cut out the fats anyway and feel a lot better for it and 20 lbs lighter! As the doctor was pushing Lipitor, it relieved me of that need! If you just can't help it and overeat the fatty stuff you WILL find yourself caught short. Fruits and veggies, nuts and healthy stuff are your friends!
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      #3
      Your body will quickly tell you what you can and can't tolerate. You really need to be aware of "flushing" syndrome. Fatty, greasy, dense foods may make your system go on strike. Be careful on horseback...ain't happened to me yet.....Your body will quickly tell you what foods you can eat. I think ideally a balanced whole foods diet will be your best bet...But darn it, I love bacon and sausage...I have to eat them carefully.

      good Luck.
      Life is too short to argue with a mare! Just don't engage! It is much easier that way!

      Have fun, be safe, and let the mare think it is her idea!

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        #4
        I had mine removed 13 yrs ago. The problems that I found after was to much grease, however beef and pork grease seemed to bother me more than chicken grease. Weird. Horse show foods have evolved a bit over the years and are now offering better stuff like salads and wraps, more chicken etc. If I look I can usually find something that wont do to much damage to me. And I always bring backup food from home, cold cuts, granola bars etc. sometimes standing in lines takes too long so I fall back on my cooler.

        Finding the foods that bother you can be hit or miss and sometimes really odd. Before my surgery I drank Mic Light and after surgery it bothers me. I can drink other beer but not Mic. Truly odd.

        Good Luck. Hey did you have Lapro done or open incision? Mine was open and the scar hurt for ever while getting back into riding. It would pull and hurt up to 3 years later. .
        Proud Mama of a BOY rider

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          #5
          Originally posted by eventchic33 View Post

          Good Luck. Hey did you have Lapro done or open incision? Mine was open and the scar hurt for ever while getting back into riding. It would pull and hurt up to 3 years later. .

          I had laproscopic... so now scar, and really am fairly mobile for 5 days after surgery. Just 4 points about the size of your fingertips.

          Am glad to hear it shouldn't be too bad. I was givin really no direction after the surgery... and no lol i do not have any pertinent questions 6 hrs afer surgery hopped up on drugs! But i sure do now!

          There was alot of horror stories on the net too about people who are still having problems... i guess you always hear more bad then good eh.

          Thanks
          Carol and Princess Dewi

          **~Doccer'sDressage~**

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            #6
            I had mine out ages ago. Probably TMI, but a word from the wise, imodium can be a handy staple in your show kit.

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              #7
              I had mine out over the Summer and haven't noticed any problems with any particular food. I've been watching what I eat however as I am trying to lose weight, so I haven't been eating a ton of rich or fried foods. Still, I did make it through the holidays without any real problem and of course don't always eat perfectly, so even though it's not a typical habit, I have my moments of poor food choices. Still, I haven't really had any trouble digesting anything that I can tell.
              -Debbie / NH

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                #8
                I had mine out about 2 years ago and I do sometimes take medicine for IBS now, which I didn't before. Does not seem related to what food I eat, as I've had issues on days I've eaten really heathful foods and been fine when I've made poor food choices.

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                  #9
                  My wife had hers removed a couple of years ago because she was in chronic severe pain and it was very diseased. She was totally back to doing everything she did prior to surgery after about a month. Including horse riding.

                  She does take omeprazole but she still has a severe hiatus hernia.

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                    #10
                    I had mine out about 2002. I was riding a lot and when I would canter it would hurt, but I didn't know what it was. I had no stones so they kept saying it wasn't my GB until I saw a gastro specialist. I don't have any issues with foods and didn't change my diet at all. My surgeon said the GB was for digesting pure fat such as animal fat that was stored (in the frozen outdoors of their caves) by early humans to survive during the winter. I don't think the modern diet really includes clods of fat like that.
                    If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?
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                      #11
                      I am not positive about his so an MD might correct me but I think in the old days the surgery removed the duct for bile from your liver to your stomach. Now the surgery leaves that intact. Thus, less after surgery problems with certain foods.
                      If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by doccer View Post
                        I had laproscopic... so now scar, and really am fairly mobile for 5 days after surgery. Just 4 points about the size of your fingertips.
                        Thanks
                        Ahh lucky you.I have a 3 inch long gigantic scar on me from my surgery. I used to be very self conscious about it but not any more. I am one of those stupidly skinny people that can wear bikinis and I wouldn't for years.

                        I also was never told much after surgery, or before it for that matter. I had mine removed in an emergency surgery. It was the absolute worst pain I have ever experienced. Yes I have had kids too. Anyway what I have learned about my diet has been by trial and error, not from DRs.
                        Proud Mama of a BOY rider

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                          #13
                          I had mine removed this past April and have not had any problems, that I know of!! I have been trying to loose weight so eat mostly fresh fruits and veggies and a little meat or cheese. Nasty habit of eating chocolate though---no wonder I'm not making any progress in the weight loss department!! Ah but Chocolate is so good for the mind!!
                          http://www.talloaksfarm.net ---"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts." --- Winston Churchill

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                            #14
                            Mine out this summer, I was more sensitive to grease afterward, but slowly my body has adjusted, and almost no symptoms. Mild heartburn now and again, but thats it.

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                              #15
                              Had mine out 2 years ago. Grease is definitely a problem and I do keep Pepto in my car & truck. Caffiene can be an issue as well - more coffee than tea. Just keep track of what sets you off. It does get a little better with time, but oh boy, if I eat something too greasy. Well, let's just say you get a little warning time, but not much!

                              Good luck with it. With the laproscopic surgery, I was back on in two weeks. That part was easy!

                              Also: something the surgeons DON'T tell you: sometimes (about 15-20% of the time) there is "gallstone" material left in the liver which will try to pass out through the bile ducts. Usually happens 1 year to 18 months after the surgery. EXTREMELY painful. If you ever feel like your body is trying to pass a gallstone, get to an ER right away as this can cause pancreatitis. And, yes, it happened to me... NO fun at all.

                              Good luck!
                              "Socrates was a very wise man who went around giving good advice. They poisoned him." Anonymous...

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                                #16
                                I had mine out 23 years ago, with no problems afterward and no side effects from eating greasy or fatty food.

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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by jn1193 View Post
                                  Had mine out 2 years ago. Grease is definitely a problem and I do keep Pepto in my car & truck. Caffiene can be an issue as well - more coffee than tea. Just keep track of what sets you off. It does get a little better with time, but oh boy, if I eat something too greasy. Well, let's just say you get a little warning time, but not much!

                                  Good luck with it. With the laproscopic surgery, I was back on in two weeks. That part was easy!

                                  Also: something the surgeons DON'T tell you: sometimes (about 15-20% of the time) there is "gallstone" material left in the liver which will try to pass out through the bile ducts. Usually happens 1 year to 18 months after the surgery. EXTREMELY painful. If you ever feel like your body is trying to pass a gallstone, get to an ER right away as this can cause pancreatitis. And, yes, it happened to me... NO fun at all.

                                  Good luck!

                                  Another thing that may happen after the surgery - that my surgen didnn't mention either - is Sphincter Of Oddi Dysfunction It's just loads of fun..... The attacks feel like I would imagine a heart attack to feel like - 11 on a scale of 1-10. In fact, I passed out the first time it happened. They used to happen several times a week, but now they're are very infrequent, and only last 20 minutes or so. Still, I DO worry about having one while I'm on a horse.

                                  Anyway, I don't mean to scare you, but I do wish someone had told me about SOD.
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                                    #18
                                    I too had emergency gallbladder surgery years ago - agree it was terrible pain. After recovery, haven't had difficulties with food, although my diet is fairly healthy. Most people feel much better after their surgery - gallstones are nasty.

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                                      #19
                                      I had mine out a year ago. The list of things that bother is wierd and ever changing. Eggs are fine one day, not the next. Right now the most bizarre is bananas. They make me nauseated. Very very nauseated. They were fine before. I had to be more careful after the surgery, but as time goes by it gets a little easier. When things don't agree though, I think a horse show would be a nightmare. Totally TMI, but when something turns out to be a bad idea, it wants out NOW!! I was given no help after the surgery, the surgeon actually said I could eat anything I felt like.

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                                        #20
                                        Whew!!! I am having gall-bladder instances, and ALL medical professionals are PUSHING surgery (like I could AFFORD it). I prefer to manage it through diet. Apparently things are no worse than they would be if I had it out!!! BTW, the KILLER for me is pork fat. Other fats, not so much. For instance, last night I had an Oh-boy-am-I-STARVING double cheeseburger with mayo and large fries. No problemo. I have to admit, though, that I really loaded up on vinegary condiments because of vinegar's STELLAR digestive aid. It's no surprise that our major fatty food accompaniments are vinegar-badsed (catsup, mustard, and pickles/relish), deli sandwiches come with pickle spears, ans salad dressings are vinegar-based.
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