I've had serious stomach issues for about 5 yrs now, though I've had attacks all my life. My upper belly became swollen and bulgy about 5 yrs ago, and dr's thought I had a hernia, but couldn't find one.
I had my gall bladder removed in early 2006, and while it took time for my body to digest properly again, it did seem to adjust. I just had a baby in July 2007, and a couple months after, I started having horrible burning diarrhea several times per day. It began to affect my life, when I couldn't go anywhere without running to the bathroom, or eat anything because right after I would get awful, painful stomach cramping.
Finally, I went to a western doctor, who did an upper endoscopy. He says I have bile gastritis. He says 20% of people who have their gall bladders out have this issue and I will have to take pills, probably the rest of my life. The pills are not compatible with BFing, so I haven't taken them.
I'm thinking the issue isn't from the gall bladder, though having it removed exacerbated the problem. I'm thinking, since I've had some really bad attacks since I was a child, maybe I'm allergic to something I'm eating. I've now been on an elimination diet for 2 weeks. I eat 7 things: chicken, rice, yam, olive oil, greens, salt. There's something else, but I can't think what right now. Oh yeah, pear. It's all very bland and boring. The attacks stop when I just stick to these things, and my stomach starts to shrink up a little.
The thing is, I can't seem to add anything to my diet without a reaction. What is going on? I can't just eat those 7 things for the rest of my life! I'm so hungry and feel weak. Does anyone have any advice?