Years of having symptoms of mental illness have made me aware of how my diagnoses affect my body. Pain, exhaustion, phantom pain, etc are just some of the symptoms that I have been used too.

About a month ago, I had my gallbladder removed. The doctor said that my digestive system may be more sensitive. A month later, and my whole way of looking at food has changed. Anything with dairy has become a nightmare. About 20 minutes after eating, I become ill with cramps and pain. Another culprit seems to be fats. At least it has curbed my binge eating because most of those foods make me ill now.

Then there is the exhaustion. Not just tired: literally not feeling like I can move. Like I am just unable to keep my eyes open. I sleep day and night. I try to stay up, yet it does not work very well. I cannot even get through a few pages of a book. It has become frustrating. This is not depression. I have a desire to do things, yet my physical body will not cooperate.

I hope that my digestive system will get better. That I can have small amounts of foods that I enjoy. If anyone has had a similar experience with this surgery I would love to know. I would not feel so alone. Next month I go in for another procedure. I am a little apprehensive about what the doctors will find.

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