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Old 03-06-2013, 02:30 PM   #1
PacNW Mom
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Question Gallbladder Attack - help?!

Hi - I'm looking for some quick help - will also be running this by our family naturopath this afternoon as well.

On Tuesday morning I woke up with later determined gallbladder attack. I ended up in the ER, the pain was unbelievable. I've had 5 natural births and this was just beyond the pain of bearable.

The ER did an ultrasound, said I had gallstones, but because the gallbladder itself was not inflamed or blocked they didn't advise surgery, gave me a bunch of medication and sent me home.

The only thing they sent me home with was "don't eat fat".

I'm familiar with LC eating, its been a number of years since I've really been LC. I've had two kids in 14 months and the baby is just turning a year now, and I was recently deciding its time to work on the weight issues again. I had dropped some between pregnancies (yeah nursing!) but it came back on again. I've always been successful with a LC or Paleo type eating. I've not done any specific plans for a number of years, but just sort of what works.

Anyway, after some initial research in my drugged up state, I am of the opinion a low fat diet is the opposite of what I should be doing.

However, after the immense pain I was in, I NEVER EVER want to have that again and I'm afraid to eat much of anything! I've been out of the hospital about 24 hrs and have had a few bites of fruit salad (strawberries, melon, blueberries) and made myself a veggie broth soup with some brown rice and veggies last night. Yes, of course there was no fat in any of that. *sigh*

Some info I've read - mostly from Atkins forums say that those who have had gallbladder issues in the past have had none the entire time doing the LC diet.
Another site I read suggested fats, but in the form of avocado, flax and olive oils and advised against any and all red meat and eggs.

I thought I might cry over the thought of never eating red meat.....

So, has anyone had these issues, how did you go about a diet after the attack? Especially anyone with active gallbladder issues.

I should mention that in the past two years I've NOT been LC, its only in the past month that I was starting to transition myself over to a Paleo diet, but would do good for 3-4 days and then slip. This has been a wake up call!

A couple other things -- I'm still nursing my daughter, so I'm concerned about getting enough calories/carbs for that, my daughter is likely allergic to egg, peanut and soy (actually getting that test result today), so I've not eaten egg, soy and peanut for at least 6 months.

Thanks for any advice you can offer
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