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W.D. Smith

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  1. Some celiac sufferers may be having gallbladder attacks and even have their gallbladder removed because of their gluten intolerance. In 1993 before I knew I had celiac disease, I had a gall bladder attack where my blood lipase level rose to 1000 when normal is probably less than 30. I had been eating artificial nuts for which the first ingredient was gluten. The attack manifested itself with intense pain in the area of the junction between the esophagus and the stomach with pain also in the back. Thinking it was a heart attack, I went to the ER and eventually they ran a sonogram and found small gallstones in my gallbladder. After waiting about 10 hours, the blockage of common duct resolved itself, my lipase count dropped to a safe level and my gallbladder was removed. It is likely what actually happened is that the gluten caused an inflammation of my small intestine including in the area of the common duct where the ducts from the gallbladder and the pancreas merge and enter the small intestine. This caused enzymes from the pancreas to build up to unsafe levels. In this case, a small gallstone which might normally pass without difficulty can get hung up and cause the gallbladder attack. Why do I think is the likely explanation? In 2005, I became intolerant of corn protein too, and I had the identical type of reaction even though my gallbladder was missing. It is likely that the corn protein caused the intestinal wall to be inflamed and the duct from the pancreas to become blocked again. A echocardiograph showed my heart to be in excellent condition. I was not clever enough to have them run a test of my lipase level. Thus, people who are suffering gallbladder attacks should be taken off of gluten and see if the symptoms of the attack subside. If the gall stones are small enough to pass when the intestinal wall is not inflamed, then a removal operation may not be required. I am not a doctor, but doctors need to evaluate this possible cause and treatment.