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ask: How can I combat post-gallbladder-removal belly fat and weight gain during menopause?

By Beth_Browning
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Hello, in October 2008 I was well into menopause but had no real issues with belly fat or overall weight gain. Then I had my gallbladder removed due to painful attacks of my common bile duct, as well as gallstones. I am appalled at the weight I have gained since the surgical procedure. In fact it is so upsetting (none of my clothes fit) that I feel at times clinically depressed. I've never had to fight weight gain before. Now I have an "unsupportive spine" as well, and must take occasional bouts of oral steroids to control the inflammation. I also have had two spinal epidural steroid injections, and wonder if these injections could cause me to gain weight. Any comments would be most welcome. Thank you!

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Hello All,
A year and a half ago I had laparoscopic surgery to remove one ovary that had a 9cm fibroid attached to it. For the first three or four weeks I actually lost a few pounds from being on pain meds and from not having an appetite. Then I slowly started gaining weight to the point where I am feeling a lot of the emotions that have been described on this thread: depression, anger, hopelessness, etc. My weight was always around 167 at 5 ft. 7 inches, and I wanted to lose 20 pounds then! Now I would love to be 167 again! I got on the scales this morning and am heavier than I have ever been at 191! Going over 190 scares me because I feel I have no control over my weight. This prompted me to google weight gain after surgery, which is how I found this gallbladder thread. I am now wondering if it has something to do with surgery and an imbalance of something caused by the surgery as much as with the removal of the gallbladder/ovary, etc. I have two friends who had their gallbladder removed and they both have lost weight since then. I also have struggled with many of the symptoms on here of upset/painful stomach/bloating after eating certain foods, fat around my middle and arms and hips, uncontrollable weight gain--even though I am exercising and not eating dramatically different than I ever did. I also have struggled with constipation and diarrhea, to the point that my doctor scheduled a colonoscopy, which was fine. I was also diagnosed with anemia, so I take iron and B12 to help the iron absorb. This has helped my energy level tremendously! I would definitely recommend this if you feel tired. My doctor called to tell me my last iron test was better and I can quit taking them, but I don't plan on stopping! I need energy right now!
I can tell you that the weight I have gained is pure fat! It has cellulite and I feel like at times that I am bigger than when I was pregnant with my three kids--and I definitely weigh more! I can also relate to basically starving myself to the point that the bile in my stomach makes me feel sick. Also, I have to eat something to take my vitamins, or they upset my stomach, too. I am basically eating the same as pre-surgery, so what in the world is going on except a change in my body chemistry caused by the surgery? I bought some probiotics online a couple months ago, but I quit taking them when I couldn't tell if they were increasing the diarrhea. I will start those again and also take Vitamin D. I am 46, so I am perimenopausal. I feel very frustrated! Thank you to all of you for searching for answers and sharing them on this site.

June 16, 2014 - 9:26am
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I'm in the Army, work out 5days a week and I still gained weight after my surgery...nothing had changed in my life outside of the surgery. I was still eating good, exercising etc. After I failed a tape test (basically the Army said my belly was, too fat...urrgghh) I started looking for anything and everything to change in my life so I could start losing again. I saw the Army dietician here on post, as well as our unit Physician Assistant and nothing I implemented, diet or exercise worked. I struggled at this for about 6 months after failing my tape test.

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May 24, 2014 - 8:32pm
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I am. 24 years old and had my gallbladder removed in 2011, I was 57 kg prior to surgery . Since than I put on 25kg! I eat vegan diet because any sort of meat or fat even natural make me so sick and the pain is like before I had it out if I eat the 'wrong ' foods, I exercise 5 days a week... Nothing worked ... I went to my doctor and he prescribed duromine and othoplex repairase. I'm now back at 64 kg. hope this helps.

May 23, 2014 - 8:47pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I'm dealing with the same problem!:( I gained 15 lbs in 2 months. Did you go to your gastro doctor? I'm getting married in 3 months and this is totally unacceptable. Help!

August 2, 2014 - 7:35pm
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2003 I was rushed to the emergency room with stabbing back pain and gladly had my gall bladder removed and never had that pain again. Surgeon said my Gall Bladder was atrophied. I have gained 75 lbs. Ten years of peri menopause, an attack of pancreatitus, feel no help from doctors. Truly wonder if i just stopped eating all together if i'd feel better? Has fasting worked for anyone? It's 5am and i woke with acid indigestion and constipation. My belief system is hopeless.

May 17, 2014 - 4:34am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I'm the "original poster" of this issue and I am so very sympathetic to your weight gain issue. I think my weight gain has a lot to do with the injury to my vagus nerve, for which there is no cure. I've just restarted bile salts and milk thistle, with high hopes. I will add Vitamin D and a good probiotic, with great hopes and thanks to those who have recommended these products. I wish to God above I had never had my gallbladder removed, but if wishes were horses beggars would ride. Bless you all for your kind and helpful responses. ~ Beth

August 3, 2014 - 12:28pm
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