• Connie Connie
    May 08, 2008
    pain from middle of chest into middle of back
    Connie Connie
    May 08, 2008

    I had my gallbladder removed on 4/3/08 and in the past 2 weeks I've been havin severe pain from my insion under my breasts into the middle of my back. The dr. had me take a ct test and it came back to where iI have an inflamed colon. Is this possible and what do you think might be the cause? My family dr. thinks that I might have a colon disease. I also have very little appetite since surgery and very nausea.

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  • Maria Gifford September 10, 2008
    Maria Gifford
    September 10, 2008

    Digestive problems or changes are common following gallbladder surgery. Here's a brief explanation:

     

    The purpose of the gallbladder is to store bile between meals. When you eat your gallbladder contracts, emptying the bile into the small intestine where it mixes with the food. If there is no gallbladder (bile storage sack), the bile constantly drips into the intestine, even when no food is present. In this concentrated form, bile is very irritating to the lining of the intestine. Short term, irritation of the large intestine by bile often causes diarrhea. Long term, bile irritation can lead to colon disease. Colon cancer is more common in the right side of the colon in people who've had their gallbladders removed.

     

    Best regards,

    Maria

     

     

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