The Keto Diaries — Whoa, There.


Well hello again.

So, I’ve decided to take a break from keto. Not because I don’t believe in it or anything, but mostly because my guts are messed up.

I Googled my symptoms and came up with:

  • Gallbladder issues
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Cancer — but in Google’s defense, every health website says cancer.

I’m leaning toward gallbladder issues — I’ve had the pains before, but I thought they were horrible cases of acid indigestion and I’ve been avoiding foods that trigger it.

Looking at you, Moe’s.


But I was pretty sure it was an isolated thing.

However, my guts have been messed up for 10 days now… and on and off for the past few years. Usually spells come and go… but this time, it’s seeming to want to stay.

I’m going to my doctor next week for my six month thyroid follow up. If this hasn’t resolved itself by then, I will definitely mention it to her.

But until then, I’m going to take a small break from keto.

Once I get the go-ahead from my doctor, I will resume.

I definitely hit some of the risk factors for having gall bladder problems (my mom got hers out last year):

You’re obese. This is one of the biggest risk factors. Obesity can raise your cholesterol level and also make it harder for the gallbladder to empty completely.

You take birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy for menopause symptoms, or are pregnant. The extra estrogen is the problem. It can increase cholesterol and make it harder for the gallbladder to empty.

You lost weight too quickly. Your liver makes extra cholesterol, which may lead to gallstones.

I would go into the symptoms I’m having, but even that feels a bit WAY TMI to discuss here.

Suffice it to say, it’s bad. And worrisome.


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36 thoughts on “The Keto Diaries — Whoa, There.

  1. I hate to say this but I seriously hope that it’s gallstones, because that’s pretty easily fixed. But there’s a downside..once I had my gall bladder removed (it really REALLY wasn’t a choice in my case), eating things that are really fatty/fried are problematic because my GI tract doesn’t handle them well. Nor does it handle caffeine (I can only drink maybe 1 cup a day of coffee..more than that and it’s not fun) well anymore either which kind of sucks.

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    • Reply did go through… just to the wrong place lol.

      This is what I wrote last night:

      I’m hoping Its just my over active Imagination.

      Its not as severe as most folks are when they seek help, but because my mom had hers out I kind of know what to look for and how those systems work.

      But yeah… shitty situation to be in. Literally.


      • I know when I went in for mine, I was writhing on the floor in pain and throwing up like every 5 minutes. It was NOT fun. They did an ultrasound and told me I more or less didn’t have a choice in having it taken out. Or rather, I DID have a choice..have it taken out, be free of pain or let it stay where it was and possibly end up with perontonitis later because my gall stones were all sharp and prickly (OF COURSE they were. 9_9) and one was lodged in the neck threatening to rip it wide open.

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  2. mommatrek is right… once you have your gallbladder out, you need to not eat fatty/fried foods or your system will punish you for it. I also hope that your problem is something that’s as easily solved as gallstones. For what it’s worth, I had gallstones for decades before they did surgery — surgery should always be the last option. Usually they will tell you to go on a low fat diet until they pass. I wish you the best of luck.

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    • I was sincerely hoping it was just a stomach bug…

      It seems to kind of be getting back to normal-ish, but I’ve never had it go on for more than 2-3 days.

      Funny — all my friends who do keto complain about getting backed up… not so much for me.

      Scary poo is scary.

      If my doctor says its gall stones, gonna have to stop keto because It is high fat, low carb, moderate protein.

      I miss the days when I was younger and had no bowel problems. I feel like I didn’t fully appreciate those times.


        • Nope. Not that kind. I would already have gone to the doctor if that had been the case. I wouldn’t wait another week. Hell, I know that means an upper GI bleed and that is nothing to mess around with. If that ever happened, I’d probably have a panic attack and haul myself to urgent care immediately, after taking pictures for the doctors…

          All poo color charts indicate some sort of biliary system issue, either with the liver, gallbladder, or the pancreas.

          I’ve had this happen before, but it will go away in a few days… but this Is the longest its gone on.

          Frequency was another issue, but that seems to be normalzing as well.

          My nana, who had colon cancer and now has had an ostomy for over 30 years, always gets onto me for digestive health. Like, she is adamant about seeds in cucumbers and raspberries, foods that are hard on your guts… checking your poo.

          My great grandmother on the other side died from colon cancer, so yeah, the odds for not getting ass cancer are definitely not in my favor.


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