Natalie’s Story – Bile Acid Malabsorption & Gallstones

Guts UK is proud to provide expert patient information on a range of digestive diseases and symptoms. We truly believe information is power, and Natalie's story is the perfect example of that.

“My name is Natalie and I came across Guts UK after I had my gallbladder removed 3 years ago, due to gallstones. Since, I have been diagnosed with Bile Acid Malabsorption (also known as Bile Acid Diarrhoea, which can occur post-gallbladder removal).

It was such a relief to find Guts UK’s information online. For a long time, I thought that my symptoms were just life post-gallbladder surgery. It was a relief to read other people’s stories online and I realised I wasn’t alone. I really felt I was getting little help from any of my doctors, until I decided to print out Guts UK’s information and approach them with it.

I highlighted how my symptoms were very similar to Bile Acid Malabsorption and was then referred to my nearest gastroenterology department. I’m now taking medication which has helped to ease my symptoms massively.Life has changed so much over the past few months, I’m even starting a new job for a company that specialises in stoma bags!

Throughout 2020, I pledge to take on 12 runs over 12 months, with Guts UK as one of my chosen charities. The team at Guts UK were so friendly and supportive since I first made contact, so I’m delighted to run for a cause so close to my heart!

Our guts have been underfunded, undervalued and undervalued for decades. Guts UK exists to change that. Information truly is power and we are passionate about providing expert, evidence-based information to patients. Armed with this information, patients can make informed decisions and take control.

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