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Food tastes terrible after gallbladder removal

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My husband had his gallbladder removed 5 weeks ago. No gallstones, just non-functioning. He has healed OK, no more pain but cannot eat because every time he puts something into his mouth he says it's like a flood of bitterness and he has to spit it out. He can eat applesauce and fruit cocktail but after 5 weeks and dropping 30 lbs. we need to find a solution to this. Has seen 4 doctors and all are stumped. Anybody else experience this? Have not found one person who has experienced this.
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replied January 31st, 2012
Hope your husband is doing better. I had my gallbladder removed Dec 7, 2011; not functioning correctly. I have noticed that MANY foods taste different to me, but I wasn't sure why. I noticed it started after surgery. Sorry, I'm not any help, but I wanted you to know that there is at least one other person who's taste has changed after surgery. God bless Smile
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replied August 28th, 2018
Same thing happened to me, took me a while to get back to normal but it faded after a while
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replied June 13th, 2013
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I just had mine done a few days ago; same situation. Some foods taste way better now; some of my old favorites repulse me. I'd love to lose 30 pounds. That would be just about right for me. Hope it happens.
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replied August 22nd, 2013
I had my GB out 3 weeks ago. I'm healing fine but eating is a problem. Everything has a metallic taste and just the thought of food causes nausea. Applesauce, jello, ensure type drinks, ice-cream sandwich are all that taste tolerable. I try to force down some protein to keep my strength up. My Doctor says it's probably is from all the antibiotics from my operation. Hope it gets better. After I eat, everything is okay and the bad taste goes away.
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replied August 7th, 2015
Had my gallbladder removed a few days ago and some foods also taste different. It is interesting how apple sauce is something that tastes good to most of us. I hope it has improved for some of you.
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replied August 7th, 2015
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I had a different surgery but after I was in my regular room, my mouth at the roof was hurting. They put a tube down my throat and scratched it...not enough KY and my taste buds were damaged. Did they do a tube in your mouth?
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replied May 13th, 2017
Yes, the roof of my mouth and down my throat is terribly sore. I am also experiencing the terrible taste. All my favorite foods taste horrible.. I never liked applesauce, I guess I will be a big jello eater....
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replied November 24th, 2016
Gallbladder removal and sense of taste
I had my gallbladder removed because I was having attacks more and more frequently.
I went to this sight because no-one mentioned that I might lose my sense of taste. I'm not overweight but food is an important part of my life.
Everything I eat even if I'm hungry doesn't break down in my mouth. It seems like I am not making enough saliva. Food has turned into stuff in my mouth with a taste of cardboard. I had my surgery three days ago. I wasn't much fun for thanksgiving. Maybe I'll get it back. But I will say one thing gallbladder attacks are heavy cross to bear. In spite of this side effect Iam greatful to the doctor and nurses.
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replied November 24th, 2016
Gallbladder removal and sense of taste
I had my gallbladder removed because I was having attacks more and more frequently.
I went to this sight because no-one mentioned that I might lose my sense of taste. I'm not overweight but food is an important part of my life.
Everything I eat even if I'm hungry doesn't break down in my mouth. It seems like I am not making enough saliva. Food has turned into stuff in my mouth with a taste of cardboard. I had my surgery three days ago. I wasn't much fun for thanksgiving. Maybe I'll get it back. But I will say one thing gallbladder attacks are heavy cross to bear. In spite of this side effect Iam greatful to the doctor and nurses.
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replied June 13th, 2017
I am 4 weeks post-op from gallbladder removal. Since the surgery, coffee tastes bitter. I usually drink 2-3 mugs each morning, but now it tastes so bitter, I can hardly get 1-2 mugs. We even tried changing brands of coffee, but all of them taste bitter some taste more strongly than others.
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replied October 21st, 2017
So did anyone find out what the problem is?!?!
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replied April 16th, 2018
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Had my gb removed 3 days ago. A lot of foods I liked before now taste horrible. Even cherry jello and flavored waters. I'm on a bland diet for 2 weeks - normally I'm on a low-carb diet because I'm a diabetic. So I'm eating foods I normally wouldn't touch. I'm hoping when I go back to low-carb, food will taste better. That being said, I am glad I've had the surgery. The pain had become constant for 3 days and I had no idea what was wrong. So thankful it wasn't anything worse.
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replied August 9th, 2018
I had my gallbladder out 4 weeks ago and absolutely nothing tastes the same. I can barely eat anything. Since the surgery I have lost 25lbs. My stomach still hurts. My surgeon looks at me and says you shouldn't have any pain with a puzzled look. But I do. Waiting for results of a abdominal CT scan. I truly understand how your husband feels I pray things get better for him and others in this predicament.
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replied August 11th, 2018
Gallbladder removal and sense of taste
Three days post op. Non functional gallbladder. Food tastes weird now. I can't explain the exact taste. But maybe the anesthetic type taste when they first put you under. I hope it goes away. I hope everyone has had a resolve with this issue.
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replied August 27th, 2018
I hope your husband is feeling better, I had the same issue for the first month
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