I searched this forum before I posted this, but I can't seem to find anything exactly like this, but apologies if I'm repeating anything.
When I was 19 I was about 135lbs I had my gall bladder removed due to gall stones.
This was a massive mistake.
Now, I have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and Bile Acid Malabsorption Type 3 (the "Type 3" bit basically means it's not organic, the NHS broke me).
Bile leaks back into my stomach and no amount of antacids, loperamide or proton pump inhibitors can solve it. The bile burns away the lining of my stomach causing pain and stomach ulcers. Due to the constant flow of unused bile (since it now has no reservoir to contain it) it's also exhausted my ileum and causes all kinds of problems. Basically my G.I. system is just a big old mess now.
One thing that does seem to work is cholestyramine. I have no idea how it works in my case, I don't think my consultant does either. But it helps (along with copious amounts of codeine).
So, here's the bit about managing weight alongside this condition. The best way to attempt to manage the situation is to use up the bile for its intended purpose (digesting food). So I almost view food as a medicine (which isn't exactly psychologically healthy either). The biggest challenge is night time because it's the longest single period without food and I often wake up with pain and then have to eat in the middle of the night. At present I drink a glass of milk before bed and I can mostly make it through, but now I want to stop eating at 8pm (milk included) and that'll just never work.
Does anyone else have anything similar and how are they managing it?
I appreciate this is a little niche and may not get any responses so to make it in some way useful to a wider audience, whilst I would never discourage having a cholecystectomy if it's needed, please please please challenge your doctors to explain why it's needed, possible other options and perhaps give you one chance to just have the stones removed and see if the problems recur.