What diet to follow when suffering from gall bladder disease and pancreatitis?

Posted on Wed, 9 Jul 2014 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: I was admitted with gallstones 2x in last 2 months last fime it gave me pancreatitis also, the doctors and surgeons would not take it (gallbladder) because ive been on hemodialysis 13 yrs im 43 im very over weight 362 pnds I have no spleen and sleep apnea well I have geen itching over a week my bilirubin went down last labs ablut 10 days ago but gallblader and liver went up I dont have the abdomin pain it stopped a few days after I came home even the throwing up. But I threw up 2 nights ago then last night I didnt eat dinner only lunch well at 2am I woke very sick to my stomache I made myself throw up I didnt see cause it was dark but my husband said when he flushed toilet he saw dark blood clots, idk if thats what they were or food I didnt digest and sat in my stomache but I took alkaseltzer and felt better after awhile, I havent ate all day I dont feel sick no fever no yellow eyes or skin, feel alittle winded butmy question is I know no fatty or fried foods but what can I eat? Noone will give me food answers ive asked dieticians to and they say no fat no fried but that could be anything!! Im scared to eat now cause I dont know whats ok to eat thank you Dr!!
Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah 5 hours later
Brief Answer:
A difficult and gray area for direct response!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

I am so sorry to hear about this gall bladder disease, pancreatitis and hemodialysis. For true, this a complex medical combination and management would of course be very difficult. Decisions that would have otherwise been very straight forward become very difficult. I understand your frustration and no one in your shoes would pretend not to feel same.

What to eat and what not to eat remains a big question and there is no straight forward aswer to this. There are for sure food types that we can clearly say they are not good like fatty and fries but, this cannot be said for what is good for consumption. This is because different patients tolerate food types to varying extend and generalizing them would not be the best idea.

The general advice is that you should listen to your body. Each time you eat something new, you should be able to tell whether this is something that you would like to try next time or not. If the answer is yes, then that food type has just made its way onto your list of what you can eat. Should you have a terrible reaction to it, then you would for sure not want to eat it in future.

Each patient has his or her personalized list and that is what I will advice you to do at this point. Keep a dietary registry and at the end of 2-4weeks, you would be able to have a good number of food items that are okay for you and those you would not dare to try out.

As regards the symptoms you had following the vomit and what your husband reported as blood, do not get bothered by it as you are feeling great after that. No one can tell whether that was blood or undigested food. Try and make an effort next time to know the content of your vomitus before flushing it down the drain.

In all, what to eat and not eat would be largely determined by you through a well kept dietary record. There is no other way this can be achieved as clients are very unique and respond differently to various food types.

I hope this helps. I wish you well and thank you so much for using our services. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Chobufo Ditah 18 hours later
Thank you Dr! I understand what you say as we all tolerate alot of things differently even food! Its just very nerve racking cause i understand its trial and error i just want to avoid another bad attack end up again hospitalized:( ive spent 13 yrs on hemo dialysis had many many surgeries, drs say ive been through alot but one of the strongest resiliant patients they know! Im not able to wakk as i need knee replsced due to bone on bone in last year n half, that takes away your freedom akot! But need weight down for all my surgeries! And i am at a breaking point where i am losing! Ive had enough! But i will do the journal fir me on my foods good and bad and i can show my drs! Ty so much for your help i know it was a extensive question! Best wishes to you!
Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah 9 hours later
Brief Answer:
Have you been considered for kidney transplant?

Detailed Answer:
Thank you so much for this follow up information and updates.

I understand you and I share your pain when you recount your health struggles. This is not any easy task for a single person to be on dialysis for the past 13years. Have you ever been considered for kidney transplant? This is because dialysis is just a temporary measure and you would need it all your life while a transplant can be all that is needed for this poor kidney function. Ask your doctor about this.

Keep me updated as you go through the process of building a journal for your meals.

I wish you well!
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