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Does having gallstones (i just got diagnosed with 2 gallstones in my right abdomine) contribute to weight gain?  Is it harder to loose weight having gallstones in your body? 

 

If the gallstones are taken OUT (not gallbladder..just stones) will that make it easier to loose weight/appetite decrease or harder?  Anyone know anything about this? Please inform me. THANKS

 

 

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Actually, gallstones could make you lose weight.  My mother had them and she was constantly throwing up until she had them removed.

I lost 20 pounds of baby weight when I had gall stones.  Of course, all I could eat for three weeks was jello and boullion.  Anything else and I woudl throw up.  I don't think they can just take the stones out.  They take the whole gall bladder out.  It's an easy surgery and you're fine afterward.  I don't miss my gall bladder at all.  From what I can tell all it did was cause me awful pain.  Good luck to you!

Let me also note that I don't throw up when I experience my pain and discomfort from overeating/eating anything  from the gallstones.  I also have always been very chubby but lost a lot of weight last year and I think thats how they reformed in my stomach.  I believe I had the when I was 14 or something and i'm 20 now.  Pain didn't bother me  between ages 16-19.  I was also very chubby then too.  I heard then when the gallbladder is taken out you can gaiin a LOT of weight which I am really not trying to do.. http://forums.dietpower.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_I D=715&whichpage=66  (forum that has proof that people gain weight when gallbladder is taken out)

Say I am eating a normal diet.  Would the gallstones effect my weight in any way with my normal diet ?

I didn't throw up at first either.  It took them four months to diagnose my gallstones.  At that point there were a lot of them and they had started to spill out of my gall bladder and were clogging my common bile duct and I'd started to turn jaundice.  By that time I had been about a month eating nothing but jello and bullion.

I didn't gain weight after I had my gall bladder out.  In fact I remained slim and fit until I had my second child.  Then it was all over.

really? thats very interesting.  I mean, of course its only natural for me to be paranoid about any possible weight gain.  But I noticed that you wrote "i didn't throw up at first.." that means you threw up eventually though? 

I really hope i can do this procedure without weight gain.  I need to be comforted some how because it's been bothering me like crazy lately and all i've been doing is research and more research about gallstones, pancreatitis, and other stuff like that.  

Also, I heard digestive enzymes (which i've been taking) can contribute to weight gain. 

Having Gallstones and having my Gallbladder taken out made me drop 30 pounds without even exercising or watching my diet at all, the reason why is it made it hard for my body to digest fats, so I basically just crapped out everything I ate. This obviously was no fun, but I HAD to have mine taken out because I had a lot of Gallstones. I have never heard of anyone gaining weight from Gallstones though.

http://forums.dietpower.com/topic.a sp?TOPIC_ID=715&whichpage=66

 

that's the site that got me paranoid and worried octopus queen.  Thanks for telling me what happend to you when you had gallstones though.  So are you all better now that you had them removed? Like you dont experience abdominal pain anymore and your weight has stayed off?

If you have gallstones, make sure to drink plenty of water. I'll have to have my gallbladder removed in December, so I know the pain some of you have gone through. My pain has been continuing to get worse and worse over the last year. So much my attacks last 20 minutes to 1.5 hours of curled up in a ball crying pain.

I've lost 174 pounds with gallstones, so I don't think it should hinder weightloss. If I eat anything overly greasy, like pizza, it will go through me like octopus mentioned.

Well the weight stayed off until I got pregnant with my second child and then it was all over.  It was overeating during pregnancy and not the fact that I'd had my gall bladder removed that made me gain weight though.  I'm confident of it.  The reason is that I gained a lot of weight during my first pregnancy too and I am sure that I wouldn't have lost it so quickly if I hadn't gotten sick.

First, what has your dr suggested?   The danger in keeping your gallbladder  is that in extreme cases (like mine) it can burst or leak and fill your insides with some bad crap! 

I lost weight after my first gallbladder attack because I knew being overweight attributed to the condition.  However, after losing about 60 lbs I still needed to have it out.  after I had it out I continued to lose weight...about another 20 before getting pregnant.

Bottom line, it has nothing to do with your weight gain or loss.  If you are motivated to have a healthy lifestyle you can do it without your gallbladder!

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http://forums.dietpower.com/topic.a sp?TOPIC_ID=715&whichpage=66

 

that's the site that got me paranoid and worried octopus queen.  Thanks for telling me what happend to you when you had gallstones though.  So are you all better now that you had them removed? Like you dont experience abdominal pain anymore and your weight has stayed off?

 Yes, it took about a month and a half to get my body back to normal, but yes, I do not feel anymore pain, the surgery was totally worth it, and the weight loss was nice, although I lost a lot fast. I was also scared I would gain weight, but things ended nicely, and I'm happy. =)

 

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