Today, a reader asked me if there was any connection between his gall bladder removal and gout. Specifically he asked,
"I had my gall bladder removed a few years ago and since then I have noticed the gout creeping in.
Is there any significance with that?
Because of the digestion changing (no gall bladder)."
The first thing I have to point out is that I have no medical qualifications. It is always important to seek qualified medical advice when dealing with gout. It is doubly important when another condition co-exists. I have very little information to go on here, so I'll stick to generalities.
From my knowledge of gout, and a quick look for related matter, I would say that there is no obvious connection. I will keep looking. I would appreciate it if anyone else who has any information would let me know, either by commenting below, or in the gout forum.
Possible connections are:
- The gall bladder (often called gallbladder) produces bile which helps to digest fats and fat soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, and K). Removal of the gallbladder (also called cholecystectomy) means no bile is available to aid digestion. Blood tests should identify any vitamin deficiencies. If there are any such deficiencies these could be investigated for potential links with gout.
- Lifestyle changes after surgery such as dramatic changes in exercise or weight can affect gout. Exercise risks are usually due to exertion. Rapid weight gain or loss can both cause gout. Being overweight increases the risk of gout.
It may be that gout is just a coincidence, and has nothing to do with gall bladder removal. In any case, it is important to deal with the gout as soon as you can do get uric acid levels down.
You can choose medical treatments to lower your uric acid level, or alternative remedies such as diets and dietary supplements. Whichever you chose, it is important to seek medical advice to ensure that you do not cause additional problems.
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