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January 15, 2010 11:31 AM
Ok, so this is kind of gross, but here goes. I had my gallbladder removed a little less than a year ago. My doctor told me that it would take my stomach about a year to adjust, so I might have some "issues" for a while, especially if I eat fatty foods. Totally true, if I eat too much fat, I find myself in the restroom pretty soon thereafter.

The problem is that now my stomach is starting to calm down, (and I have learned to stay away from the fatty foods anyway) but now I am having problems with other foods, like salad! Lettuce, leafy greens, things like that. WTH?!

For all you others on here who have had your gallbladders removed...first, does this get better as time goes on? Second, what do you eat in place of leafy greens? I rely pretty heavily on salads for filler...but pay for it later. Am I doomed to carry a bottle of Kaopectate in my purse forever?
January 15, 2010 11:35 AM
i've had my gallbladder out for almost 6 years and lettuce still makes me run for the restroom i'd love to say yes it gets better but no it dosn't but then again everyone is different...
January 15, 2010 11:38 AM
I'm 21, I had my gallbladder removed last summer, and I can agree that it does affect people differently. I say this because I eat salad with the clear dressings and I don't have any problems with it, such as needing the restroom afterwards. I hope it does get better for you :-)
January 15, 2010 11:47 AM
Hey I had my gallbladder removed when i was 16! And i still eat salad! I love it, what i found was if i ate something FIRST like bread or pasta or soemthing filling and THEN ate the salad it didnt trouble me as much! It took me a while to figure out how to eat again after losnig the gall bladder but now i eat SO freaking healthy people make fun of me but, i am SO thankful for it now because i have never felt better! :)

Let me know if you have any more questions i would love to share my expierience with you so you can avoid having to go through a lot of discomfort!
January 15, 2010 11:49 AM
My problem was the opposite. I couldn't go to the bathroom. I had to cut out all processed foods and actually eat alot of salads and high fiber things to get that problem cleared up. But sometimes if lettuce is just about to turn bad, it can have that effect on you. Take everything in the salad, and through the next couple of weeks, try each item one by one. Maybe it's not the whole salad, but just one item in particular. By the way, if it is lettuce, you can make really yummy salads with peppers, tomatoes, olive oil, and maybe a little vinegar, seasoning, and other vegetables that are really yummy. Feel better soon.
January 15, 2010 11:49 AM
It will get better with time, yes. I do find that for me, more than a year later, I fare much better with greens that have been steamed than fresh.
June 25, 2013 10:17 AM
its been 7 years since my gallbladder surgery and I still cannot eat lettuce without rushing to the restroom. I can now tolerate a small amount (like removing most from a homemade taco pizza), but still cannot eat a salad... and now spinach is my enemy as well..... I use shredded broccoli slaw for a salad instead... works well!
June 25, 2013 10:34 AM
Had mine out in 2008. I have no problems with food now. I guess it just depends on the individual.
June 25, 2013 10:37 AM
I had mine out a little over a year ago and have had no issues with lettuce. My friend had hers out 4 years ago and still has issues with lettuce. IDK if it'll get better for you or not, hopefully it does but everyone reacts differently.
June 25, 2013 10:41 AM
I guess everyone is quite different! I had mine removed 11 years ago & the only thing I've noticed is softer & more frequent BM's. My Dr. warned me to reduce my cholesterol and fatty foods do have the same affect as you mentioned. I've had no problem with leafy greens in fact I'm vegetarian for over 3 years now & eat salads almost every day. I'm sorry you're having trouble. I'd talk to your Dr or a dietician or nutritionist.
June 25, 2013 10:43 AM
I had mine out many years ago. Nobody told me to expect any issues with food. Leafy greens have been a staple for me forever, spinach, lettuce, most recently kale, all the veggies that go in the salad. What I have trouble with is refined sugar and deep fried foods but that was not new with the gall bladder issues, I had issues with both my whole life.
February 17, 2014 7:20 AM
My daughter had her gallbladder taken out November 21, 2012, and here lately she has been having a lot of issues with dry-heaving and sometimes she throws up and sometimes she doesn't. Today she calls and said she was nauseous. I asked her what she ate and she responded salad. She claims that is not what is making her sick but I distinctly remember the doctor saying the body cannot process salad very easily. My question is I read all of the below and the issues seems to be loose bm's for everyone - does anyone have the dry heaving my daughter is having?
February 17, 2014 7:25 AM
Your doc should have told you it could take 5 years for your body to adjust and there may be somethings you NEVER adjust to. I had mine out in 2009 and for the first 3 years had issues no matter what I ate. It wasn't until the last couple years where I feel comfortable eating what I want with little to no issues.

As far as salad goes specifically, it was an issue before. My dad called it the "salad shooter," anyone old enough will get the reference.

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