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    (Original post by Rhino115)
    Oh yeah, the pain has gone down alot. Only get it slightly when I sneeze or yawn or when I walk too fast, I will keep an eye on it though cos it is pretty annoying.

    Haha diarrhoea! Yeah that part hit me two days ago. Its not pleasant!!

    EDIT: I didnt mean to post is anonymous then!
    Make sure you keep an eye on it! I had it for 10 months before I managed to persuade a doctor to trial me on the drug I'm on now (that's working perfectly). It's a known but relatively rare side effect of a cholecystectomy - it causes bile salt malabsorption/diarrhoea as there's no storage for the bile any more it just drips constantly into your duodenum, and if it doesn't get used it gets into your large intestine and irritates it, causing diarrhoea. It *should* go away by itself, but if you're still suffering with it after about 3 months the general consensus is it wont go away.

    I got to the point where it was every day; I frequently had to stop several times on my 20 minute journey to work - the worst it got I went something like 15 times in a day. It was really painful too, I passed out in several public toilets because of the sudden pain and the cold sweats/shakes/blurred vision that come with it.

    All the doctors kept insisting it was IBS, despite me never having any bowel problems of any sort before the op. I persuaded a consultant at the hospital (after going through loads of blood tests and a scope into my large intestine) to trial me on a drug called Cholestyramine (Questran) to bind the excess bile but he insisted it wouldn't work - 6 weeks on it and I've not had a single bout of diarrhoea!!

    As I said tho, it's pretty uncommon (although more common the younger you are when you have the op sadly), but it's something to keep an eye on!

    Make sure you keep taking it easy, and keep your fluids up! Squash is brilliant for rehydrating you if you have the runs. I'd personally recommend avoiding Imodium if you can, as it'll just back you up, but it's good if you really can't avoid leaving the house.
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