The gallbladder disappeared a long time ago, but the pain is still there

If you are having gallbladder removal surgery, you are not alone. More than 700,000 Americans lost their gallbladders last year.

They told him that the surgery would be a simple, painless procedure with no major scars and that recovery would be quick. You may also have been told that the gallbladder is just a bile storage sac and anyone can live after gallbladder removal without any problem. Sorry to say that, but this is not entirely true.

Some people sooner or later suffer from pain where the gallbladder was and in the middle of the back. These people are unable to enjoy the foods they love and often complain of bloating, gas, nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, or constipation.

If a person does not have a gallbladder and has indigestion and pain, they have postcholecystectomy syndrome. Cholecystectomy is a medical term for gallbladder removal surgery. According to the medical literature, 10-15% of people without a gallbladder eventually have postcholecystectomy syndrome. Even brilliant performance, extensive surgical experience, and up-to-date equipment do not guarantee that postcholecystectomy syndrome will not develop.

Some people with post-cholecystectomy syndrome suffer in silence considering it normal, some receive the symptomatic treatment that masks the symptoms, or become addicted to painkillers, others undergo more surgical procedures, etc. Unfortunately, many people continue to live the unhealthy lifestyle and poor eating habits, which makes things worse.

Fortunately, many people who suffer from pain and indigestion after gallbladder removal can improve their condition through the use of a complementary and alternative medicine approach. In my articles and in my book, I put a lot of information on this matter. Most people do not clearly understand the critical role of the gallbladder, especially when it comes to bile in digestion, detoxification, acid-alkaline balance, intestinal motility, cholesterol metabolism, etc.

The gallbladder is an essential part of the digestive system that also includes the liver, pancreas, stomach, duodenum, small and large intestine. All these organs work like a well-organized orchestra. Two conductors regulate the digestive equipment. First, the nervous system as a sophisticated computer controls the interrelated activities of these digestive organs. Secondly, blood messengers – digestive hormones monitor the work of the entire gastrointestinal tract. By analogy with an orchestra, just as the lack of violins causes cacophony, so without the gallbladder digestion will never be normal.

Stress, eating habits, especially how to eat, when to eat, what to eat, what is the right combination of foods, influence proper digestion. Alcohol, drugs, some medications can also activate or inhibit the digestive system.

The gallbladder is not just a simple bag. There the bile is concentrated and prepared so that fats and fat-soluble vitamins participate in digestion.

Bile is a yellowish-brown, extremely complex mixture of water, minerals, bicarbonate, cholesterol, lecithin, cholesterol. Bile consists of bile salts, bile acids, fat-soluble toxic substances, bile pigments. In some situations, these substances can become terribly aggressive and irritating, corroding the bile ducts, the sphincter of Oddi, the duodenum, and even the stomach, esophagus, and colon.

It is known from medical research that bile is an alkaline solution and acidity in the body causes acidic changes in bile. When it happens, the bile becomes terribly aggressive, corroding surrounding organs causing pain, spasms and bile reflux. I repeat myself, aggressive acidic bile and also acidic pancreatic juice is the core of many unpleasant symptoms after removal of the gallbladder.

To understand what happens without the gallbladder, let’s focus on the gallbladder and its crucial role in digestion. It is known that the liver produces bile that goes to the gallbladder, accumulates and concentrates there. When fatty and semi-digested foods enter the first part of the small intestine – the duodenum, the gallbladder contracts and concentrated bile enters the duodenum to digest fatty foods.

This process is regulated by the sphincter of Oddi; strategic valve between the bile duct and the first portion of the small intestine – duodenum. Normally, if there is no food in the duodenum, the sphincter of Oddi is closed. During that time, bile from the liver passes into the gallbladder, so it expands like a balloon. Therefore, the gallbladder has a buffer function to prevent pressure from increasing within the bile duct.

Without a gallbladder, everything goes wrong due to spasm or dysfunction of the sphincter of Oddi. The bile from the liver accumulates in the bile duct, the pressure inside the bile duct increases causing its extension, inflammation and pain. It can also create high pressure within the pancreatic duct and possible inflammation of the pancreas: pancreatitis with severe pain.

There is another terrible thing that could happen when the sphincter of Oddi opens at the wrong time, when the duodenum is empty, without food. Aggressive bile irritates the walls of the duodenum causing its jerky movements, which can lead to bile reflux. Moving in the wrong direction to the stomach or even the esophagus, bile is the common reason for stomach inflammation, ulcers, and persistent heartburn.

From the practice of European doctors and my own experience of 40 years to cure post cholecystectomy syndrome naturally, it is necessary to focus on the root of the problems. The goals of non-drug alternative medicine treatment include:

• Clears bile from the liver, prevents congestion
• Alkalinize liver bile, reduce aggressiveness
• Reduce pain and inflammation of the bile ducts, sphincter of Oddi, duodenum, stomach
• Decrease spasms or looseness of the sphincter of Oddi
• Decrease bile reflux
• Correct deficiencies
• Restores friendly intestinal bacteria
• Improve digestion, etc.

This can be achieved by following a few basic steps.

The alkaline diet with lots of vegetables is highly beneficial. Fresh vegetable mixes, vegetable soups, cooked, steamed and boiled vegetables are beneficial.

Herbal teas such as chamomile, peppermint, fennel, and ginger can help to easily produce and remove bile from the liver. The combination of herbs, some herbal formulas from expert herbalists can also do this job, but they also reduce inflammation and pain.

European doctors recommend people after gallbladder surgery to drink healing mineral water. The most researched is the healing mineral water from the famous Karlovy Vary mineral spa in the Czech Republic. Gallbladder removal surgery is known to have more than a hundred years of history. Therefore, healing mineral water from the Karlovy Vary spring or prepared with genuine Karlovy Vary spring salt at home has been used by generations of European doctors for hundreds of years.

Minerals, trace elements and bicarbonate in Karlovy Vary Healing Mineral Water improve liver function; alkalize the body, make the bile from the liver liquid and less aggressive. Karlovy Vary Healing Mineral Water improves pancreatic function, helps to release more pancreatic digestive enzymes and thus relieves many unpleasant digestive symptoms such as heartburn, gas, bloating, nausea, constipation and diarrhoea. Numerous medical articles support the healing actions of Karlovy Vary Healing Mineral Water on many disorders of the liver, gallbladder and pancreas.

Acupuncture is another alternative method that can reduce lingering symptoms after gallbladder removal, such as pain and spasms. In the author’s experience, acupuncture may be helpful in the sphincter of Oddi dysfunction that quite commonly accompanies postcholecystectomy syndrome.

Complementary or alternative medicine methods can be used alone or in conjunction with conventional medicine. The goal is to find the doctor or doctors trained and licensed to alleviate the negative consequences of gallbladder removal.

The information contained herein is presented for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information should not be used to take the place of the services or instructions of a physician or qualified health care professional.

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