Posted by: Lizzie | 2007/08/24

Gall Stones

Thank you for your words of encouragement (post 902). If I have my gall bladder removed, will I really stop bloating and being in pain? When I had it diagnosed I was told that the pain and bloating was due to IBS and that removal of the gall bladder would make no difference to my bloating and pain. I will definitely book surgery immediately if I will be more comfortable afterwards? The Doctor who diagnosed me was of the opinion that I could live with gallstones forever and have no adverse effects - he didn't think surgery was worth the bother because so few people experience blockages. I'm very thankful for the advice you have given me already.

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Dear Lizzie
If you suffer from IBS, then this is also a condition that can be controlled by taking the correct medication and adjusting your diet. This is something that you need to see a Physician or a Gastroenterologist (dr who specialises in the digestive tract) about. Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and do a search with 'IBS' to find the article I wrote this year on 'NEW LIGHT SHED ON IBS'. I would also get a second opinion about the gallstones because they too can cause pain and abdominal distress. If you have obtained medication from a Physician for your IBS and your symptoms persist then do speak to a surgeon about the gallstones.
Best regards

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