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Gall Bladder Disease and Celiac Disease - By Ronald Hoggan

The following piece was written by Ronald Hoggan who is a teacher at Queen Elizabeth High School in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Gall bladder disease or malfunction is often associated with celiac disease. It can cause pain in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen, just at the lowest rib on the right side. In one study of 1300 celiacs in Canada, 9% indicated that gall stones were the earliest presentation, sometimes followed by many years prior to correct diagnosis of their celiac disease. In another report, Dr. Kozlowska indicated that 13 of the 41 newly diagnosed celiacs she investigated were suffering from atresia, a condition which is a partial or complete blockage of the bile duct.

CCK (cholecystokinin) is the hormone responsible for gall bladder contraction. The bulk of this hormone is produced in the duodenum.

Active celiac disease would be likely, then, to cause a reduction or a cessation of duodenal production of CCK. A radiologist in Hungary is currently researching this problem. In private correspondence, one gastroenterologist reports having found (accidentally) a gallstone in a 12 year old girl who had active celiac disease.

The 30% incidence of atresia among celiac children, as reported by Dr. Kozlowska, would suggest an even higher number among adults with active celiac disease. Given the low level of clinical suspicion for celiac disease in North America, it would not be at all surprising if a large portion of patients with gall bladder disease were suffering from occult celiac disease. Future research may reveal that gall stones and atresia are only symptoms of celiac disease.

I did a Medline search on cck and celiac disease. I got 65 hits. Researchers repeatedly identified a connection between celiac disease and gall bladder malfunction with such comments as: Thus the already impaired fat absorption in celiac sprue is magnified by the lack of bile delivery.....; and We conclude that there is a reversible defect of gallbladder emptying and cholecystokinin release in celiac disease. and Cholecystokinin (cck) release and gall bladder emptying in response to a fatty meal are completely abolished in celiac disease. and the abnormally decreased gallbladder contraction in celiac patients is the result of endogenous cck secretion and not a lack of end-organ responsiveness to cck.

There just isnt much ambiguity there. If youve got celiac disease, you have gall bladder malfunction, of the sort that may well develop into atresia and gallstones.

Upon receiving a diagnosis of gall bladder disease, whether gall stones or atresia, one might be wise to request a blood test for celiac disease. The anti-endomysial antibody test is currently the most reliable and available test.

Now, given the low level of clinical suspicion for celiac disease, I anticipate the suggestion that absent gall bladder emptying, atresia, and gall stones might occur in the absence of celiac disease. I did another Medline search, and I cant find a single study that has tested atresia patients or gallstone patients for celiac disease. My answer to the suggestion that gall bladder disease may occur in the absence of celiac disease is that there is no evidence to support such a contention. Considerable evidence exists, however, which points to celiac disease as a likely cause of gall bladder malfunction, atresia, or stones. As for childhood gallstones, there appears to be only one answer.... it is associated with celiac disease.

A view that incorporates the association of gall bladder disease, and celiac disease, but does not preclude the above, has been expressed by Dr. Joseph Murray, of the University of Iowa, who is a gastroenterologist specializing in treating celiac disease. He believes there are several triggers that can activate Celiac disease in genetically susceptible people. One of them is: Surgery, particularly GI (gall bladder, etc.) In any case, the connection between celiac disease and gall bladder disease is well known.

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LINDA BAUM
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29 Oct 2007 2:53:26 AM PST
I have had my gall bladder removed but have the same symptoms as if I had one.

 
an unknown user
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14 Nov 2007 10:09:38 PM PST
Thanks for the research with links to celiac sprue and other diseases.

 
Janice Moyer
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16 Jan 2008 5:18:52 PM PST
Thank you, my gall bladder was operating at 10% when it was removed. Three years later I had a malabsorption problem in which I found I had celiac disease.

 
Erin
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20 Jan 2008 4:04:54 PM PST
I had gallbladder malfunction and atresia starting at age 14 which was misdiagnosed for 10 years. Finally doctors found it and removed my gallbladder; immediately after surgery I began having malabsorption problems and am now being tested for Celiac. Thanks so much for all your research that links celiac and gall bladder malfunction.

 
an unknown user
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06 Feb 2008 4:06:19 PM PST
A year & 1/2 ago I had my gallbladder removed in an emergency operation; I was also told at the time that my liver enzymes were abnormally high. I also had anemia for ten years; finally had a hysterectomy but the anemia continued. Now I have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I am connecting the dots now. This article helped.

 
Eileen
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12 May 2008 12:43:05 PM PST
Just got diagnosed with sludge & silt but having attacks of pain reflux nausea dehydration for years usually after eating inappropriately (generally healthy - fit - slim to only slightly overweight but occasional junk food binger during hormonal times) Tested for Celiac a few years ago with not enough positive results for diagnosis - now they want my gall bladder out - seems like maybe a new celiac test is due? Trying to diet out of surgery (have lost 30 lbs. eating boring foods.

 
Maria Bishop
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09 Aug 2008 6:22:28 AM PST
Have been diagnosed with celiac only through cutting out the gluten from the diet. I had cut it out in a desperate attempt to find out what was wrong all the years and could then not tolerate it for the 4-6 weeks for the blood test to prove positive. Have been tested prior to the celiac diagnosis for gallbladder disease but the scan did not prove any disease although all symptoms suggest this. I will now go back to my GP and suggest the link and ask for more tests. I live in London, UK and although my GP is very good they are still very unaware of the problems with celiac.

 
Linda Van Buren
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28 Dec 2008 10:04:20 AM PST
I have been gluten free for 4 years. I have been having symptoms for the past week that I have been told are similar to gall stones. I decided to check to see if there was a link to celiac. I am not sure why I would have the issue 4 years after going gluten free. This article was so helpful. I am going to make an appointment with my doctor this week.

 
Josh Magill
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26 Jun 2009 8:40:49 PM PST
I had my gallbladder removed almost two years ago when the doctor said that mine was non-working. The test showed it at 0% functionality. Now a few weeks ago after dealing with some more pain and constant diarrhea, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease with from intestinal biopsies. I'm convinced uncontrolled Celiac Disease played a large role in damaging my gallbladder.

 
Michelle Long
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08 Oct 2009 11:32:59 AM PST
I was diagnosed with a non-functioning gallbladder with no stones and had it removed this past January. I went to Cleveland Clinic and found out I have peripheral neuropathy and celiac disease. NOW I finally understand why my gallbladder failed with no stones! Thanks SO much!

 
Natascha
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13 Dec 2009 6:13:10 PM PST
I found out am celiac 4 years ago, and am having worsening gallbladder problems this past year, I have 1 stone, and it is functioning below normal. My question is, will I feel better having the gallbladder out? My GI doc says not everyone feels better...so I am not sure what to do. I'd like to find out from other celiacs if they improved after removal or not? I wonder if the percentage of people who do not feel better after removal are celiacs who do not know it and are still eating gluten???

 
Sandy
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16 Mar 2010 8:56:19 AM PST
Just thought I would reply to Natascha because I had my gallbladder out about 9 years ago and still had problems. I found out about a year ago that I have celiac disease, elevated liver enzymes (ALT and AST's) and still even now following a low fat diet and have the gallbladder disease without the gallbladder. I don't know if things will improve down the road, but I stay away from gluten, dairy, and barely any fat.

 
Pauline Roberts
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05 Jan 2012 4:30:45 AM PST
Hi Sandy - it sounds like you have a blockage in the bile duct - go back to your specialist. I had similar this year had terrible pain and indigestion with a desire not to eat for 4-5 days at a time. I was diagnosed last year with celiac and they found a blockage in the bile duct. All is well since then. Good luck!

 
john
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03 May 2010 6:15:07 AM PST
Hi Natascha.

Don't-what ever you do-have your gallbladder removed. This will result in celiac issues worsening. And will ruin your health. Removing the gallbladder, removes the catchment of bile. Without a gallbladder , increased bile occurs from continual flowing from the liver. This has the same affect of an over active gallbladder which is also a cause of celiac issues-A no win situation. You will find your heath issues escalating to unbearable levels. I am living proof. Body/health completely shut down in 3 years after surgery. For this to happen to a gym junkie is sad. Look up post-cholecystectomy syndrome to find out what will go wrong.

 
Tracy
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21 Apr 2012 4:55:53 PM PST
Thanks for this reply because that is how I feel. I went on an elimination diet and feel 100% better without gluten in my diet. I am willing to eat like this for the rest of my life if I can avoid surgery.

 
Luna
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13 Sep 2012 6:14:27 PM PST
This is what scares me. My doctor says I need mine out because it is completely full of stones. Completely. And I can't eat anything comfortably. I've been gluten-free for 14 years, and x-contam free (i.e. it's been banned from my house) for 7 years. I just cannot go back to that hell. But what the heck do I do about the stones and the possibility that they get stuck in the ducts?!

 
Becky
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25 Oct 2012 9:03:30 PM PST
Do a liver/gallbladder flush, it works great! (Look it up on the net.)

 
Amy
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21 Oct 2012 6:28:51 PM PST
Ok, but what if you already have an overactive gallbladder, one that is operating at 86% and causing pain? I am confirmed celiac, strictly gluten and dairy-free, and very frustrated at my continued pain levels. I've tried paleo, primal, low-fat, etc, to see if I could heal myself, but I just keep having problems with pain in my gallbladder area. (ultrasound and CT of abdomen were clear). I'm also having problems with migraines, joint pain. But what I'm trying to figure out is if I should have my gallbladder out? I've found research that indicates a correlation between celiac disease, high ejection fraction, and gallbladder pain, but my gastroenterologist says my ejection fraction of 86% is good? And he's not aware of any such studies? (He's highly regarded in this city, but there aren't any celiac specialists.) I did find a surgeon who will take it out, but I don't want to do it if I will feel worse... HELP!!!

 
Tiffany
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30 Oct 2012 7:29:48 AM PST
I also had a high ejection fraction of 84%, and was given the option of having my gall bladder out after being gluten-free for 4 months and still not able to handle any sort of oil or fatty foods in my diet. The surgeon said my gall bladder was definitely diseased, even though ALL of my tests came back normal. Surgeon also told me I would be able to handle gluten again... not going to happen! I have had such a drastic drop in my symptoms since going gluten-free, even though biopsy came back negative for celiac disease (even though visual flattening was confirmed) and my doctor insisted on blood tests, which were also negative for celiac disease (I had already been gluten-free for 2+ months). I will now stay gluten-free for life. I don't need a confirmed diagnosis and I can now add healthy oils back into my diet.

 
Nancy
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16 Apr 2013 2:11:53 AM PST
John,
You are so right. I too was a gym junkie, spinning all the time. It seemed like everything went downhill after the removal of the gallbladder. God gave it to you for a good reason; please do your best to keep it! You do need it. You may become quite ill after losing it. Do your reading!!

 
Carissa
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28 Oct 2010 3:43:41 PM PST
YES GET IT OUT! It was a life changing surgery for me.

 
Kristin
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02 Jan 2013 10:53:41 PM PST
I had my gall bladder removed at 28. Almost 2 years later, and I am almost positive I have celiac disease. After the surgery, I felt much better. Though my gall bladder was infected and non-functioning. Not a single doctor ever bothered to suggest any cause for my gall bladder removal. Mostly, they told me was to avoid fried and fatty foods. Then again it took me a year+ to be properly diagnosed by the western medical community. I can't wait to be able to afford the test to determine if I have it.

 
Cheryl
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14 Jun 2013 9:39:07 AM PST
I had mine out (non functioning) and haven't felt that pain since. It decided to die on me while on vacation, emergency surgery was done. I had been having attacks for a few years prior. I have been gluten-free for four years now! Celiac, yes.

 
gail bell
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17 Aug 2010 1:28:18 PM PST
Wondering if I have coeliac disease. Been treated for IBS and acid reflux for many years.

 
Carissa
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28 Oct 2010 3:42:12 PM PST
I was 16 when I had my first attack. What was eventually diagnosed as celiac disease capitalized my adolescence and young adulthood. I've spent thousands of my personal money seeking treatment - as a 22 year old caretaker, that's a big commitment. After gallbladder removal, complete gluten-free diet, AND lactose avoidance (ANYONE with celiac, AVOID LACTOSE! Your guts are too damaged to process it, for 6 months to 2 years!) and over twenty doctors, I'm finally finding some peace. Thanks internet.

 
shannon
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08 Nov 2010 9:02:42 AM PST
Hi i have been having problems all year seems like I have gull bladder problems light colored bowel movements food in the bowel movements loose bowels yellow bowels . very dry skin mouth sores. I'm still worried but reading everything lets me know what to be tested for.

 
Shellene
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11 Nov 2010 9:11:35 AM PST
I think it is important that before gallbladder surgery people be tested for celiac disease. For years I went undiagnosed after my gall bladder removal and it almost put me in the hospital because my liver was becoming so damaged. I think knowing I had a gluten intolerance would have saved me a lot of heart ache and money. Instead stupid doctors almost killed me because they couldn't relate the gallbladder removal to celiac disease, thanks to my own diagnoses and a healthy gluten free diet I finally feel the way I should have my whole life.

 
Sandy Willi
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15 Nov 2010 3:29:15 AM PST
I've had gallbladder issues for years as well but am reluctant to take gallbladder surgery. For now I've just been dieting and sticking to a healthy lifestyle though. Thanks for the article I'll keep this in mind!

 
Mike
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07 Dec 2010 3:38:58 AM PST
Ron, superb article. I've come to a similar conclusion of the connection between celiac and gallstones but with the main fault being a lack of essential minerals (and GI tract issues are causing malabsorption).

 
Shauna Ray
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28 Mar 2011 4:38:26 PM PST
This is an excellent and enlightening piece, however, it is unclear to me whether the good Doctor is advising the gallbladder be removed if you have celiac and gallbladder problems or whether getting it removed will worsen the situation. I was diagnosed to have celiac when I was a baby and although I have NO gallstones, my ejection fraction has gone from working perfectly 5 years ago to functioning now at only 8%. I have no pain as long as I take the prescription for of "Pepsid" (Famotidine 20mgs 2X a day). In addition no nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. I do not eat any junk food, fast food or fatty foods and never have due to the celiac and the IBS it causes. Not that I have not cheated on occasion but due to being very careful my whole life, the cheating was tolerated. I have been searching and searching the internet for answers of why my gallbladder would go down in function so dramatically in such a short period of time when I am otherwise healthy. This correlation is fascinating to me, but as I said, I am left hanging whether removal of the gallbladder under these circumstances is advisable or not. I am left hanging as to the conclusion of this article. Please conclude!!

 
Tracy
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21 Apr 2012 4:30:35 PM PST
I just wanted to answer this because I just attended an information session for newly diagnosed Celiacs. In their presentation they said that a crumb of gluten is enough to seriously jeopardize a celiac's health and life. So, absolutely NO cheating is allowed...ever. Consider it life threatening because it is. Yes, this will make eating out very challenging, due to cross-contamination issues, but if one is diligent, there is still a vast array of tasty, gluten free food out there. Good luck, and please contact your nearest Celiac Association for more info, as I am not a doctor, nor am I an experienced celiac. Just learning here, like yourself. Cheers!

 
Chrisy McIntosh
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02 Jul 2011 5:11:56 AM PST
Thank you! I have celiac and a painful gallbladder, but no stones. I also have loads of polyps, the largest is 5mm. It's so nice to have someone recognize a connection. Things have improved for me since a strict gluten free diet with less gall bladder pain however it's interesting that when I've eaten out and been glutened by mistake, I am sick for days and my gall bladder hurts. Thanks for all your work and giving me hope.

 
Faith
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07 Aug 2011 1:06:11 PM PST
This is an excellent article with good information because I had my gallbladder removed for working at only 10% almost 2 years ago and am still having terrible problems. My liver function tests have been elevated since before the gallbladder was removed and all I have been told is that I have a fatty liver. I am now changing doctors and need to be tested further for celiac disease the blood test came out negative but I have been told that it is not always accurate and that I should have other tests done. I am now going to a liver specialist and celiac specialist to see what they can find out. This is a terrible frustrating time and really causes a lot of worry.

 
joyce l peterson
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07 Sep 2011 5:15:45 PM PST
I am getting my gall bladder out, I burp a lot with unexpected gas and very bad bloating, which is making it hard to breathe. I have pain and hot liquid comes up and burns the back of my throat, I have diarrhea, nausea, and can't eat certain foods, and weight gain.

 
Lisa
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20 Oct 2011 12:44:59 PM PST
I had my gallbladder removed when my son was 6 weeks old and a week later had stones removed from my bile duct. I had one previous attack right after labor but wasn't diagnosed as one. Since then (13 years ago) I have had constant abdominal pain and daily frequent diarrhea. Could never exercise or take long trips. Have had colonoscopies, dairy allergy tests and high fiber diets prescribed to me none of which worked. I started reading up on gluten free foods and celiac disease. Two weeks ago I began a gluten free diet and immediately have had no symptoms. No diarrhea, no pain, etc. My joints and skin are also healthier. This is a miracle to me. After suffering for so many years I am able to sleep and walk and live again without pain and embarrassment.

 
Tracy
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21 Apr 2012 4:33:24 PM PST
Me, too! Amazing, really, isn't it? I am now putting 2+2 together and seeing, in hindsight, that gluten sensitivity was probably behind my mother's and grandmother's health issues -- gallstones being just one of them. There is a strong genetic component. Let's hope this message gets out to the general public!

 
Bcupcake
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23 Oct 2011 5:35:40 AM PST
I recently discovered (through an elimination diet) that I have either gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. I have had a very varied list of symptoms in the last 3 to 4 years and thank goodness I was able to finally figure out the root of the problem: GLUTEN.

Here's my lovely little list of chronic illnesses/conditions:

Lactose intolerance
Excesive burping (special after fatty meals)
Stomach bloating
Stomach pain
Skin problems (something like eczema or dermatitis in my fingers)
Sinusitis (it stopped right after lactose free diet)
Severe colds
Joint pain
Anxiety (excesive eating)
Excessive Hunger (I've been told I'm relatively thin compared to how much I eat)
Hemorroids
Flatulence
Hair loss
Water retention
***And a couple of weeks ago I started having gallbladder pains, they are gone now with the help of some apples and olive oil (and eating extremely healthily).



I have been relatively speaking on a gluten free diet for a couple of months (it is really hard, 180 degrees change of life style). I still have some of the conditions but I have been improving little by little. I am a little overweight (I've been most of my life) and now that I don't eat gluten I look more fit. I think I was mostly bloated everywhere!

 
Carlena
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31 Oct 2011 12:39:39 PM PST
I wish my daughter would accept this information.

 
April
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24 Nov 2011 6:28:24 AM PST
I have had my gallbladder out after a trip to the doctor proved it was not working at all, and in fact dead as he would say it. That was almost 8 years ago. Now since then I have had more trouble with food and what I eat than anything when I am on a low fat diet it helps but does not get rid of the symptoms. Now it is worse even though I am losing weight after a baby. After this article I think I am making a appointment with the doctor and demanding a test done because I don't want to live with this any longer if I can help it. It seems to be getting worse and not better.

 
Princessmonsta
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21 Jan 2014 6:48:25 PM PST
I had mine removed in 2011 and I now have eczema. My liver is also very sore. I read we should take a lot of flax seed oil.

 
Tbkpk
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05 Feb 2012 2:33:24 PM PST
Had recurring upper GI pain for about two years. Went to doc and got scan. Found I had gall stones and proceeded to have GB removed. Since then have had mild upper GI pain, nothing too serious but recently went back to the Doc (3 years after op) because of worsening pain. He suggested a fiber supplement as he thought it was more intestinal then Liver, tried it for a month with very little effect. Decided myself to eliminate all foods from my diet for two days and reintroduce one at a time. Any foods containing gluten would result in immediate reaction, bloating, pain, constipation etc and re-eliminating them would resolve the issue. I believe I am a celiac and Gall stones were a result of undiagnosed celiac disease.

 
Jonny
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28 Feb 2012 10:05:53 PM PST
I have been having gallbladder problems for almost 2 years. I have been 90% gluten free for the last month but nothing has changed really. I still have to do Liver Flushes to get stones out but more and more stones are being formed it seems. I have a healthy diet. I wonder if it is celiac, and also how long it will take to heal the damage?

 
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02 Mar 2012 10:27:14 AM PST
A little hard to understand this article. I was diagnosed as having tiny gallstones and some sludge. Immediately I was sent to surgeon where there was a room full of others holding same pamphlet as me....assembly line removal! Sickening. I have gone low fat but now suspect gluten/wheat so beginning to remove that and see how it goes.

 
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08 May 2012 11:18:31 AM PST
I'm waiting to get an ultrasound done on my abdomen but just had what my doctor believes is a gall bladder attack. The part I wonder about is that I've been dairy free for 10 years prior to 1 month ago, and gluten free for 5 years. Nearly 1 month ago, I gradually started experiencing increasing nausea because I decided to test my tolerance to sheep and goat dairy products. I'm thinking I just need to avoid dairy all together, but I wonder if anyone has had similar observations. Does any dairy cross-react enough to disrupt CCK production?

 
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22 Sep 2012 10:40:19 AM PST
Had a HIDA scan in 2007, showing 1.7% ejection fraction. Oh my. Had the gall bladder out the same year, developed acute pancreatitis the same year. Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2011.

 
Regina
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07 Oct 2012 9:34:11 PM PST
I started having gallbladder problems in 2007, they got steadily worse until I went wheat-free in March 2012. I went off wheat after doing an 8 month food journal and realizing it was causing extreme fatigue, but then I noticed that my gallbladder suddenly stopped hurting too, yay! I have refused gallbladder surgery over and over through the years because I felt that there was an underlying cause to my problems not related to poor eating and I hoped to find it. I eat a natural whole foods diet with very little meat and have always been very thin no matter what I ate. My mother, grandmother and sister all have gallbladder disease as well and my mother's brother had pediatric celiac disease which he apparently outgrew (is that even possible?). My husband has been told by a doctor he is wheat intolerant, he has occasional gallbladder pain, but he prefers to eat wheat and deal with the consequences. His mother has gallbladder disease as well. That is the genetics my kids face.

This week my EIGHT YEAR OLD son had two gallbladder attacks. I was shocked and horrified. I don't know how to take care of a kid with gallbladder disease and I'm worried about how he's going to deal with the pain if it gets worse. I looked up celiac disease and he does have all the symptoms, but I'm afraid if I tell the doctor I suspect celiac because of gallbladder problems he'll want to do surgery instead of celiac tests. This article was a little reassuring to me that I might be on the right track with my suspicions. Hopefully my doctor will agree.

 
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12 Feb 2013 1:28:01 PM PST
I want to cry. This information is SO pertinent.

 
Worried Mom

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10 Apr 2013 7:49:41 AM PST
I am at a loss - my teenaged son has: (1) GERD, (2) celiac disease (positive blood test), and (3) a hiatal hernia. He has been gluten-free for over a month. CT scans, endscopy biopsies, and HIDA scan (showing 50% gallbladder ejection fraction) have all been normal. He takes Levsin, Ativan and Dexilant (generic equivalents) daily.

Doctor has not been able to resolve his constant intense stomach pain, nausea, feelings of loose bowels, headaches, vertigo, and hot spells. He has lost over 40 lbs in two years.

Has anyone else been in this situation? What works?

 
Anne
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11 May 2013 4:05:04 PM PST
!yes! Please email me direct ASAP.

 
Boyzmummy
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13 Jun 2015 2:59:04 AM PST
Hi, how is your son? My teenage son has the same symptoms he has been on a milk free diet (milk proteins) for 12 years. He still suffers also rhinitis and eczema, dizzy spells, terrible tummy pain and headaches. The rest is identical!

 
Emily
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07 Jun 2013 9:03:48 PM PST
Had cholecystectomy 7 years ago due to sludge and severe inflammation and infection. Never felt good since. In the last year, have felt so much worse, almost constant irritation/pain in the mid-section and constant, voluminous, very foul-smelling diarrhea and gas. Doctors felt it was PCS and I was given bile salts. They helped sometimes. Could not go anywhere since I needed to be near a bathroom as far away from people as possible. I was exhausted all the time, couldn't sleep, and I was a nervous wreck. Last week, I decided to eliminate grains from my diet. Almost immediately, I felt better. The diarrhea is gone, so is the gas, as well and the pain/irritation. I feel 100% better. I had no idea that celiac could have caused the gallbladder problem in the first place. Now I read that many other things that I have probably are related to celiac disease. I have not been diagnosed with celiac disease. I have the genes that predispose me to it, but I don't see any point getting tested since I will never eat grains again. I wish that the doctors would have made the connection years ago.

 
fellipe oliveira
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27 Jun 2013 6:30:38 AM PST
Its important to notice that not only celiac patients, but non celiac gluten sensitivity patients may as well experience these gallbladder and fatty liver issues. So, if you get tested to celiac disease (blood tests and bowel biopsy) and it gets all negative, you may have a non celiac gluten sensitivity. So, the best way for you to see if you have it or not, is eliminating all the gluten from you diet (no cheating!!) and see how it goes (its a matter of months, not days or weeks, though you may feel better within days).

 
Cindy
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19 Sep 2013 5:59:08 AM PST
I'm reading this due to the fact that I'm scheduled for gallbladder removal in one week. My situation: known gallstones and mild shoulder pain for 15 yrs.; diagnosed celiac for 8 yrs. (although I know I've had it my whole life - I'm 50); strictly gluten-free, very little dairy and low fat diet; random gallbladder attacks began a few years ago and are increasing in frequency and intensity; recent Hida scan revealed a few stones and ejection rate of 15.8%. Sounds like everyone's experience is different, but many people have told me they felt so much better after removal. These 'attacks' I would not wish on anyone, and although I eat healthy, exercise daily and maintain a healthy weight, they are only worsening. I think years of undiagnosed celiac took their toll on the gallbladder, and at this point, removal is the only option, then move on.

 
Nora Clark
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29 Sep 2013 9:17:34 AM PST
Very interesting connection. My husband thought about the connection since I eat gluten free because it just bothers me. I have been tested twice and seem not to be celiac, however I am convinced that I definitely have an intolerance to it, so I avoid it. I had my gallbladder removed 3 weeks ago. I had no stones, it just stopped working. The ejection was 8% (normal is 35%). Maybe from previous years of damage?

 
Cal
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16 Oct 2013 11:31:25 AM PST
I'm having mine out in less than a month and I have a really bad feeling about it. I may take another desperate angle and put it off. I feel that I've modified my diet appropriately right now to live and keep the pain down to where I can sleep at night. I do the gall bladder/liver flushes every month, I had gobs of small stones in the beginning, now just 20-40 pea size mostly every flush. It's only nearly a year since I learned this what was wrong (after three years of doctors visits) Most all U.S. doctors use a wait and see approach to GB problems, which means do nothing. I'm GFDF for a few months now, still tons of pain after meals.

 
Estanina
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31 Dec 2013 7:06:08 AM PST
My gallbladder was removed at age 18. The doctor said he'd never seen so many stones in his life and that I was way too young to have gallbladder trouble or so many stones. A few years ago I began having intense pain in my abdomen. I could not eat and I couldn't even keep water down. I lived on soda crackers and noodles and water, uncomfortably. I did not lose a pound and in fact looked even more bloated. Had an endoscopy and the do toro couldn't figure out what was wrong. My boss mentioned celiac disease. I asked my doctor for a test and she thought I was crazy but ordered it. By the time I took the test I was already gluten free for a few weeks and the test came back negative. I started eating gluten again. My symptoms came back, I had insomnia, joint pain, headaches, dry eyes, inflamed gums, bloating, GERD. I finally decided to stood eating gluten again and all of those symptoms have disappeared. If I eat gluten one day thinking that I'm not a celiac but rather just sensitive to the stuff, the symptoms come back. I can remember way back when I was young even before I had my gall bladder out having strange symptoms. I have always wondered why the doctor said what he said when he removed my gallbladder and why in the world no one investigated my situation any more. Thanks for sharing the article because now, 20 years later, I finally understand what happened! No more gluten for me, ever!!!

 
pirate
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15 Jun 2014 9:55:44 AM PST
I was 20 when I had my first 'symptom' which was extreme heartburn or so I thought. 1 year later after 6 ER visits all being told I have gastritis and given a script for demerol ( yeah they had no clue what I had -.- ) My last visit I was vomiting blood and bile I had lost 25 pounds and couldn't eat anything, they finally decided to diagnosis me. CT scan showed complete blockage and my gallbladder was so infected you could literally. feel it through my skin. Recovery was awful and it was 15 years before I discovered that I was poisoning myself with gluten. I have seen an unimaginable amount of dr's that were all clueless... being poor does not give you good diagnosis.

 
Debbie
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15 Feb 2015 8:24:32 AM PST
Six years ago I had eight gall bladder attacks in two months. The doctor figured out what they were because my mother told me what they were. (The doctor thought it was my heart or my esophagus). I was then sent to a surgeon. My ultrasound showed hundreds of stones. She said I needed immediate surgery. I instead researched and found the connection with celiac. Large numbers of my family have GERD and gallbladder issues so I was intrigued. I did two flushes and went gluten free. I have never had another attack.

 
Diane
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30 Aug 2015 10:41:36 AM PST
Can someone answer this? I have been gluten free for over 20 years and I am having gall bladder issues since 2008. I am celiac, so if I am not consuming any gluten, then why would I have gallbladder issues? My mom had her gall bladder removed.
Thanks so much!




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