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What causes recurring stomach pain, nausea and burps with history of gallbladder issues?

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Posted on Wed, 11 May 2016
Question: my son who is 10 in April gets sulphur burps, extreme stomach pain and nausea every now and then. As a infant he was diagnosed with thinning of the bile duct and at 4 months had it widened and his gallbladder removed. we've always had issues with him eating, being of low weight and shows signs of glossitis every now and then. we've been put on waiting lists for specialists after many gp visits but we are still waiting and he is now suffering again with sulphur burps, pain etc. he also suffers with reflux. after his surgery I asked if he needed a special diet once he began eating solids, and I was told he didn't but I'm starting to think that's a lie. how can I help him?
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Giving curd or yogurt should help.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone very carefully through the details provided and understand your concerns. Along with other organs, the liver and pancreas secrete digestive juices which are stored in the gall bladder. Even though the secreting organs are still there, the removal of the gall bladder therefore messes with the digestion, at least to some extent. This is responsible for undigested food matter being left over in the gastrointestinal tract. These undigested matters are degraded by intestinal bacteria giving rise to the sulphur burps. Although no special diet is required, I would insist on giving him plenty of curd or yogurt since it contains beneficial bacteria which should help in restoring a balance. Moreover, these bacteria synthesize vitamin B and hence should take care of the glossitis (which generally occurs due to deficiency of B vitamins). Give him a fibre rich diet along. I do not see any other thing that you need to do.

You need not panic.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Diptanshu Das (11 minutes later)
thanks for your reply. he currently eats a lot of yogurt and also drinks a probiotic drink.

he just threw up and it smelt very strongly of sulphur, he also complained of pain in the right hand side of his stomach.

what can I do to help ease his discomfort with these episodes?

thanks
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (45 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Seems to be due to indigestion.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing back. Thanks for explaining.

The details seem definite for indigestion. The pain seems to be due to the effect of the stomach acids which are meant for digestion. The resultant gastric irritation has led to his vomitings. You can give him Lanzol Junior (lansoprazole) one tablet once daily for next few days. Also give ORS (oral rehydration solution) if the vomiting continues.

I do not think that you need to worry. It should soon be fine back again.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Diptanshu Das (9 minutes later)
thank you
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (3 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Glad to be of service

Detailed Answer:
Glad to help. Feel free to write back in case of further queries, if any.
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What causes recurring stomach pain, nausea and burps with history of gallbladder issues?

Brief Answer: Giving curd or yogurt should help. Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. I have gone very carefully through the details provided and understand your concerns. Along with other organs, the liver and pancreas secrete digestive juices which are stored in the gall bladder. Even though the secreting organs are still there, the removal of the gall bladder therefore messes with the digestion, at least to some extent. This is responsible for undigested food matter being left over in the gastrointestinal tract. These undigested matters are degraded by intestinal bacteria giving rise to the sulphur burps. Although no special diet is required, I would insist on giving him plenty of curd or yogurt since it contains beneficial bacteria which should help in restoring a balance. Moreover, these bacteria synthesize vitamin B and hence should take care of the glossitis (which generally occurs due to deficiency of B vitamins). Give him a fibre rich diet along. I do not see any other thing that you need to do. You need not panic. Regards