Could animal fat be making my gall bladder hurt?
I've been primal for over two years. High animal fat & protein for much longer. But last winter, about the time I finally got rid of the once-a-month wheat & twice-a-week dairy I was still eating, I started getting abdominal pain & diarrhea. Now, lots of other things got better when I got rid of the last little bit of those foods, but this got worse. I still haven't pinned down what it is, but I have a new suspicion and here's why:
- A Metametrix GI test shows severe fat malabsorption, vegetable maldigestion, & antigliadin antibodies.
- The only things I eat most days are meat, fat (animal & CO), & very cooked non-starchy veggies. So the suspects are few.
- When I went on vacation w/ extended family and didn't have access to any animal fat (my mother cooks all lean), the post-meal diarrhea & cramps went away. I still ate meat & 2T CO & very cooked non-starchy veggies every day that week.
- I may have increased animal fats to make up for the missing dairy (and certain veggies I took out at the time b/c of diagnosed sensitivities), but I'm not sure.
The pain is dull, hurts only when I press it, always present, and sometimes worse than other times. Pressing hard on it can trigger severe cramps through the whole colon and out. The pain is on my right side, just below the ribs, extending down to the belly button.
BUT a right upper quadrant ultrasound revealed no kidney stones, no gallstones, no pancreas issues, no problems at all. Blood tests reveal nothing obvious in the pancreas or liver. I have eaten a high animal fat diet for several years without trouble before this. My doctors have no idea what is going on, so I have no one left to ask but y'all!
Is it possible for animal fats to make my gall bladder hurt? What can I do?
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