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#1 distressed

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 11:15 PM

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Ok,One thing I am curious about....what causes gas when I don't eat? I understand food fermenting etc but I am not someone that gulps air, and it is not the food...its when I don't eat or my meal is several hours later than usual.I actually get a lot of gas and I get some distension because my pants get tighter etcany ideas? I'm wondering if it bile dumping into my intestine without any food present (as I don't have a gallbladder)Also, activated charcoal does dramatically reduce the gas. All i can think is the charcoal is absorbing something, either the gas itself or whatever causes it


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#2 trey_a

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 01:15 AM

Not sure what causes it but I have similar problems. I do have my gallbladder but it's basically non-functioning. I never had any issues with gas or bloating before developing gallbladder problems. Normally I eat within a couple hours of getting up but if I don't I will get very bloated and eating something actually relieves the distention! However if I eat too much (as much as a normal person would eat at one time) I will get more bloated and stay that way for hours. I'm still learning that I have to eat often and in small amounts. I'm not doing very good at that even though the alternative is to feel terrible all day. You'd think I would learn my lesson. :( Sorry I can't be more help but maybe you can try to eat smaller amounts more often and see if that helps.

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Posted 19 January 2009 - 07:41 PM

yeh,I do eat pretty small amounts....my theory is that without a gallbladder the bile just drains straight into the intestine at a slow trickle...if theres food its ok, if not...gas bloating etc

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 12:06 PM

Not to be gross but can you see the bile in your stool? Also there are medications that will stop bile production. You might want to speak with your surgeon or GP about these.

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 01:23 AM

If anything my stool goes pale...so I am assuming that is an absence of bile...Doesnt make sense to me that when I eat a low fat diet, in small quantities, and only go to the loo once a day that things go so pale.Unless thats a sign of bacterial imbalance, cause the food should be in there long enough for the bile to stain it...24hrs on average should be heapsThe thing is it only is pale when I feel ill, when I feel good its a very normal poo brown :( Im confused as to whetehr i should be trying bile supplements, probiotics, bile sequestrants or what?? The probiotics have helped a little...but 5 weeks later its a help...not a significant fix...All I know is all of this is relevant in someway and my body is telling me something....just cant work out what its actually asking for.

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 01:23 PM

I would talk to the surgeon or your doctor about your issues and see if they think it's bile related and which way you should go with medication.





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