Our expert says:
Hi there Esmi
Having a cholecystectomy (gall bladder removed) is not a typical cause of chronic diarrhoea. More typical reasons are listed below.
There are many causes of chronic diarrhoea; these may be different for children and adults. Causes of chronic diarrhoea can be grouped into two categories: diarrhoea caused by an infection and diarrhoea not caused by an infection. Sometimes, the cause of chronic diarrhoea remains unknown.
Diarrhoea caused by an infection may result from:
Parasites, such as: Cryptosporidium parvum, Cyclospora cayetanensis, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia, microsporidia
Bacteria, such as: Campylobacter, Clostridium difficile, Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella enteritidis, Shigella
Viral infections, such as: HIV, rotavirus, Norwalk agent
Diarrhoea not caused by an infection may result from:
Antibiotics, high blood pressure medications, cancer drugs, Crohn’s disease, colitis, diabetes, thyroid and other endocrine diseases, food additives (sorbitol, fructose, and others), food allergies, previous surgery or radiation of the abdomen or gastrointestinal tract, tumours, reduced blood flow to the intestine, heredity--certain diseases occur more often in related family members, travel.
Having seen a gastro-enterologist should have excluded the potential medical casues, but if full, and repeated stool analysis, has not been done, please consider a second opinion.
The gall bladder's function is to store the bile which helps with the digestion of fats. I would suggest a totally fat free diet for a period of 2 - 3 weeks as it is possible to you are very sensitive to certain fats.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol and processed foood of any sort.
Long bouts of diarrhoea can deplete the intestinal system of the 'friendly bacteria' that are extremely important in the optimum functioning of the digestive system. I would, therefore, suggest a course (at least 6 weeks) of high doses of the probiotics. Health food stores will have a range of high quality products to choose from.
If this does not make a significant difference I would caution you not to continue 'self medicating', even with 'natural' products, and consult with a nutritionist or another gastro-enterologist for more definitive assessment and diagnosis.
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