Hi cyclinglady. Thanks for your input. I have mentioned gall bladder to every doctor I've seen. I keep hearing that there is nothing visible on ultrasound/ct scan so everything is fine!!!
I'm going to mention this to the new specialist too. I'm pleased you are you're family are all well now after having the surgeries!
Can I just ask, would ga bladder problems give inflammation in the small intestine? If so, why?
I went for the technicolor stool myself. Pale tannish, black as night, green as cucumber! A little bleeding thrown in sometimes for added flare.
The gallbladder releases bile into the duodenum in response to chemical signals from the small intestine. Those chemical signals are dependent on things in the small intestine being in good repair and working sorta right. So there is a definite possibility celiac can impact the performance of the gallbladder. The bile acts to nuetralize the partially digested food from the stomach. It is partially digested from being chewed up and then bathed in hydrocloric acid. As you can imagine it is nice for your small intestine f the hydrocloric acid is nuetralized. If it isn't nuetralized, a bit of digestion of the small intestine, oops, inflammation, may occur.
The small intestine is in a constant state of repairing itself because of the rough life it leads. The villi are rebuilding all the time and being torn down all the time. In normal guts the villi rebuild themselves fast enough to stay ahead of the damage. But with celiac disease the immune cells attack the villi and make it hard to ever get recovered. They can't rebuild fast enough to stay ahead of the damage.
The immune system is very powerful and keeps us from dieing of the common cold. It's no light-weight and it doesn't give up easily. It may be weeks to months before your immune system settles down and stops attacking your gut. The thing to do is avoid all gluten like the plague for a year or so. Give your immune system a chance to relax. Every time your gut is exposed to dietary gluten it will kick off a new round of immune reaction.
Some starting the gluten-free diet tips for the first 6 months:
Get tested before starting the gluten-free diet.
Get your vitamin/mineral levels tested also.
Don't eat in restaurants
Eat only whole foods not processed foods.
Eat only food you cook yourself, think simple foods, not gourmet meals.
Take gluten-free vitamins.
Take digestive enzymes.
Avoid dairy if it causes symptoms.
Avoid sugars and starchy foods. They can cause bloating.
Watch out for cross contamination.
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