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    Sludge in my gallbladder

    I posted a thread a while back about some pain that I thought was related to drinking apple cider vinegar in the morning. The symptoms got worse, bad enough for me to go to the doctor which is pretty bad for me. He prescribed some medicine for an ulcer and some blood work and an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed sludge in my gallbladder. I see a specialist next week but until then I've been looking for dietary info to help improve my situation. I've been trying to eat clean but have still been having a whey protein shake post workout and aminos during my workout. As of now I've cut out caffiene but its killing me. Anyone have experience or advise?
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    Wait until you see a specialist before making severe dietary changes.
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    Originally Posted by jindesu View Post
    Wait until you see a specialist before making severe dietary changes.
    I won't be making any major changes just seeing if anyone has had experience and knows of any definite triggers. I really haven't found any type of pattern.
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    I'm certainly no expert, but I know if you're experiencing gallbladder issues it may be wise to avoid really high fat food items for a while and see if that helps reduce your symptoms. The gallbladder produces bile which helps break down fats so if it's not working properly, high fat foods could cause issues. That's certainly not to say avoid all fats, just big loads of fat all at once, like fried foods, a big bowl of ice cream, etc.
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    Originally Posted by 01tj View Post
    I posted a thread a while back about some pain that I thought was related to drinking apple cider vinegar in the morning. The symptoms got worse, bad enough for me to go to the doctor which is pretty bad for me. He prescribed some medicine for an ulcer and some blood work and an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed sludge in my gallbladder. I see a specialist next week but until then I've been looking for dietary info to help improve my situation. I've been trying to eat clean but have still been having a whey protein shake post workout and aminos during my workout. As of now I've cut out caffiene but its killing me. Anyone have experience or advise?
    I have this problem as well. Before I was diagnosed, I tried eliminating a lot of things. Getting rid of the whey protein helped a lot, since it's a dairy product and dairy is not good for gallbladder problems. There are plenty of other non dairy based protein powders out there. Give them a try. I hope this helps.
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    Originally Posted by SteveoG View Post
    I have this problem as well. Before I was diagnosed, I tried eliminating a lot of things. Getting rid of the whey protein helped a lot, since it's a dairy product and dairy is not good for gallbladder problems. There are plenty of other non dairy based protein powders out there. Give them a try. I hope this helps.
    I probably should have updated earlier but its not my gallbladder. I went to a specialist who had me go get it tested and the test showed my gallbladder is functioning properly. They have me scheduled for a scope next week but I am probably going to cancel because I am almost 100% better now. I am back on coffee and nothing really bothers me except maybe eggs.
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    You didn't mention any symptoms. Gallbladder pain is usually on the right, about 5 inches from the midline just at the bottom of the rib cage. Stomach pain (gastric ulcer) is usually just below the breastbone.

    If you have gallbladder sludge, the gallbladder can still function perfectly when tested, but this does not exclude the gallbladder as the source of pain. For gallbladder pain now they recommend to avoid large, high-caloric meals.
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    My pain was kind of in the center of my stomach between my sternum and belly button. It felt more like an extreme gas or hunger pain or a really strong burning feeling. I cut out coffee, dairy, eggs and hot stuff but have slowly added everything back in. Eggs my still cause me problems but I have a few this morning with little discomfort.
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    Not that I claim anything, but this very much sounds as a gastric ulcer. Any heavy meal, especially proteins (which stay in the stomach for a long time in order to be digested) and acidic foods--you mentioned vinegar--, spices and alcohol can trigger pain.

    The ulcer is commonly caused by Helicobacter pylori infection of the stomach (gastritis), so if you go to endoscopy and they discover ulcer or gastritis, they will prescribe you specific antibiotics for a week or so, which can greatly help in healing the ulcer. Just saying. I would go to that endoscopy.
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    Originally Posted by bartolomei View Post
    Not that I claim anything, but this very much sounds as a gastric ulcer. Any heavy meal, especially proteins (which stay in the stomach for a long time in order to be digested) and acidic foods--you mentioned vinegar--, spices and alcohol can trigger pain.

    The ulcer is commonly caused by Helicobacter pylori infection of the stomach (gastritis), so if you go to endoscopy and they discover ulcer or gastritis, they will prescribe you specific antibiotics for a week or so, which can greatly help in healing the ulcer. Just saying. I would go to that endoscopy.
    My doctor prescribed one when I first went in and that is when I started getting better.
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    Pain from stomach ulcers comes and goes even if the ulcer is still there. The ulcer may heal on its own in several weeks. Anyway, anything what triggers gastric acid secretion (mainly proteins) and anything what is directly acidic, like vitamin C or aspirin, can trigger pain. If you later still experience pain, you might manage to arrange the breath test for H.pylori infection (which does not involve endoscopy).
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    Originally Posted by bartolomei View Post
    Pain from stomach ulcers comes and goes even if the ulcer is still there. The ulcer may heal on its own in several weeks. Anyway, anything what triggers gastric acid secretion (mainly proteins) and anything what is directly acidic, like vitamin C or aspirin, can trigger pain. If you later still experience pain, you might manage to arrange the breath test for H.pylori infection (which does not involve endoscopy).

    Part of the reason I've decided to cancel is its been about a month since I first had the symptoms. I'm on my last few days of my 30 day prescription. This would be the third test they have done and at this point I can pretty much eat or drink what ever I want. I am going to cut back on my PWO's though because they seemed to trigger my pain.
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