im a 35 year old woman and ive been paleo for about seven months now. ive lost 30 pounds, and would like to lose another 30 but expect it to take a long time because my body really, really clings to fat. ive had two babies, most recently 16 months ago.
last month i started having fairly severe (early labor contractions, for those in the know- stop you in your tracks, but not necessarily double you over) sharp pains under my ribcage, by my solar plexus. combine that with an absolutely horrendous, frequent mad-dash for the bathroom. it went on for days before i saw my doc who ordered an abdominal ultrasound. she found stones, but no active gall bladder disease.
everyone in my family has had their gall bladder removed. both parents had active disease, my mother put it off for years until she was misrable, my father was asymptomatic until he ended up septic and had emergency surgery and an inpatient stay to get it out. my aunt had hers removed when she was only 30, and three of my four grandparents also had all sorts of issues.
for the last month, since the stones were discovered, i have been having issues like i mentioned above- lots of runs to the bathroom with a few near misses. lots of bloating, some pain. i cant seem to find much of a connection to diet, meaning nothing in particular seems to aggravate it more than anything else. my doc wants to wait on surgery and just told me to take prilosec all the time, which i havent done.
im sort of torn- are there any major drawbacks to just having it removed? im not really enjoying life too much right now and leaning to the perceived quick fix and just getting the surgery. has anyone found any relief from this sort of thing with diet? is prilosec worth it or not (my gut says not, but i dont know...) any advice from other paleo people with gall bladder experiences would be really welcome.
ETA: my macronutrient ratios have hovered in the same area both before and since this issue- 60-80% from fat, 20% protein and 10-20% carbs. i do not find that fat aggravates the condition, and have not changed my diet to the recommended low-fat diet. i will be getting my mirena IUD removed soon and am wondering if that has contributed at all, not that it matters at this point.