I have been having excessive gas and loose stools and/or diarrhea for a few weeks. I was wondering if anyone has an idea what conditions would cause this. I have had a stomach ulcer before but did not have these types of symptoms. I am a 48 year old man. Can gallbladder issues cause these symptoms?
The symptoms you have been experiencing are non specific ones and can be due to different gastrointestinal problems.
They can be, indeed, due to the gallbladder problems.
Actually, chronic gallbladder disease with low-grade inflammation and presence of gall stones can cause excessive abdominal gas, nausea, and abdominal discomfort after meals, with chronic diarrhea (4 - 10 bowel movements every day for at least 3 months).
Diarrhea and abdominal bloating, especially diarrhea, like first thing in the morning or soon after the breakfast, could be symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
This could be also due to some hormonal imbalance (check your blood sugar levels, thyroid hormones).
Chronic infection, or malabsorption, like in case of pancreatitis, may lead to these symptoms, too.