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Diarrhea after gallbladder surgery. Have IBS. No improvement with medication. Is it normal?

Hi - I had gallbladder surgery done on 12-20-12. Have had bile diarreah 3 days after surgery. Have taken cholestraymine powder 2x a day since 1-4-13 & it hasn t binded me. Still having bowel probs. I also have IBS prior to surgery everything was fine,no flare ups. Went to see my GI dr on 1-14-13 & gave Bentyl 3x a day to take before meal & to stick to low fat diet. Thinks my IBS is playing a role in this. Still have diarreah in the am & concerned that the cholestramine isn t working. Haven t returned to work yet due to problem with an immediate urge to go to the bathroom. Called Gi back today & was told only take powder stuff 1x a day in am, bentyl 3x a day & immodium 30 minutes after meal, Is this normal what i m experiencing. Also concerned as I was due to go to work next Monday & unsure if I should take another week off to see if D stops or improves.
Asked On : Sun, 20 Jan 2013
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Up to 30% patients will experience diarrhea after Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Surgery) and it will gradually improves with time.I too fell that both IBS and Bile acids are playing role in your diarrhea even though you haven't mentioned anything about abdominal pain.As you are under the care of Gastroenterologist and is on right medicines I guess you will improve soon or else you may need some some dose/medication adjustments.As you might have been already explained by your Doctor,stress and anxiety worsens IBS ,thus I suggest you not to worry too much about the problem and be as relaxed as possible and you can ask your doctor for some anxiolytics.
Wish you all the best
Answered: Sun, 10 Feb 2013
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