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I'm going on 4 months now of nausea, pain, and weight loss, and eating only four foods (apple, banana, brown rice, quinoa) as everything else causes nausea or pain.

My gallbladder does not have stones. The HIDA scan showed that it simply is not working - it is not squeezing bile out at all. The GI specialist and the surgeon want it removed right away - my doctor of OM and my Naturopath both say they can heal the gallbladder.

I have set the surgery date for 3 weeks from now to give the alternative medicine practioners a chance to work their magic. I have been seeing the Doctor of OM for herbs and acupuncture for the 3 months, but she says she was not specifically treating gallbladder for the past 3 months and wants to. If I feel significantly better (stop losing weight, stop having nausea, stop having pain, and can eat more foods) I will cancel the surgery. I really can't afford to give it more time than that because the weight loss is heading into the danger zone. Plus I am so sick of feeling sick, I can hardly take it anymore.

Has anyone actually healed their gallbladder? If so, how, and how long has it been since you felt it was healed?
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I had horrible attacks while I was pregnant and after. I went to a naturopath, and from the day I set a foot in her office, I haven't had a single attack since. For a time frame, my dd is over 3, and I had the attacks up until she was 2 months old. I never had to have it removed.
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I've gotten mine under control. I wouldn't call it completely healed, because I still have occasional attacks. I am like you -- low HIDA score but no stones.

Acupuncture helps some. What really has saved me, though, is high quality Vitamin E. This is the stuff I take: (one or two capsules per day)

http://www.carlsonlabs.com/p-212-e-g...te-400-iu.aspx

I read somewhere (but I don't have the link) that gallbladder dysfunction w/o stones is caused by a lack of Vit. E., so that's why I started taking the E supplement. Cheapo vit. E didn't help at all, though--that's why I started buying the quality (expensive) stuff that has really saved me.

Also, most nights, I sleep with a hot water bottle on my gallbladder. That helps, too. And when I'm able, I exercise gently (walking).

I've been dealing with this for about three years.

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I had horrible attacks while I was pregnant and after. I went to a naturopath, and from the day I set a foot in her office, I haven't had a single attack since. For a time frame, my dd is over 3, and I had the attacks up until she was 2 months old. I never had to have it removed.
Thanks for posting. This is very encouraging
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What really has saved me, though, is high quality Vitamin E. This is the stuff I take: (one or two capsules per day)

http://www.carlsonlabs.com/p-212-e-g...te-400-iu.aspx
Whenever I eat anything with fat in it, I get pain in my stomach that is quite uncomfortable; it radiates to my back. I'm scared to try Vitamin E because its a fat, right? Did you have the same response to other fats, but were able to do Vitamin E without pain?

Thanks for responding!
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Whenever I eat anything with fat in it, I get pain in my stomach that is quite uncomfortable; it radiates to my back. I'm scared to try Vitamin E because its a fat, right? Did you have the same response to other fats, but were able to do Vitamin E without pain?

Thanks for responding!
It's a fat-soluble vitamin (meaning it gets stored in your body fat) but I'm not sure that qualifies it as a "fat."

And yes, I got that horrible gripping pain with anything fatty--coleslaw or a big bowl of ice cream, for instance.

(One doc told me I had the worst HIDA scan score he had ever seen.) I spent hours upon hours upon hours reading everything I could about biliary dyskinesia (the fancy name for gallbladder dysfunction without stones.) That is when I came across the Vit. E. thing, but I didn't save the link. (And again, the cheap grocery store Vit. E didn't help--it has to be the good stuff with mixed tocopherols in it.)

This summer I spaced off taking my vit E for about two weeks and then I suffered a very painful week. So I learned my lesson (again.)

I'm just trying to share this with you because it has been such a miracle for me.

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Thanks for the reply. My doctor also told me I had the worse HIDA score he'd ever seen (2% ejection fraction).

I will try the vitamin E
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Good! Try a hot water bottle on your gallbladder at night, too. It helps with the motility.

http://www.amazon.com/Mabis-Healthca...3104352&sr=8-1

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also I bought larger clothes because anything that's tight on my waist hurts my gallbladder.

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I tried for 2 years to heal my gallbladder. In retrospect it was one of the dumbest things I've ever done. I was basically non-functional for that period of time because of the level of pain I was in and the limitations on my diet (it got to the point where only water wouldn't cause an attack). I had it removed in 2004 and I'm very glad that I did. It took me longer than average (about a year) to get back to being able to eat whatever I wanted but now it's all good. I recommend having the surgery.

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Thanks, Heavenly. I am hearing from my naturopath and my doctor of Chinese medicine that they can heal the gallbladder (easy fix, the naturopath says) but its been nearly 4 months of nausea and pain, and losing ten pounds each of those months, and eating only 4 foods. I'm beginning to lose my faith that it can actually be healed.
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just try 800 IU daily of the expensive vit. E for two weeks. Then I'll quit buggin' ya!

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I am! I've got it ordered
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I had horrible attacks while I was pregnant and after. I went to a naturopath, and from the day I set a foot in her office, I haven't had a single attack since. For a time frame, my dd is over 3, and I had the attacks up until she was 2 months old. I never had to have it removed.
What did your naturopath do for you?
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There is a good book by William A McGarey called "The oil that heals" about castor oil packing. (basically it is castor oil on a cloth placed over your liver/gallbladder with a hot water bottle over it.)

It is very useful in liver/gall bladder issues, perhaps it may be of some help! I bet there is alot on google about it too.

Good Luck! I hope you get some relief soon!
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