Gallbladder problems often appear as bowel issues, specifically changing the color, consistency, and frequency of bowel movements. Bile is important for the proper digestion of food and absorption of nutrients in the intestines. Since waste from digested food is excreted from the body as poop, it’s not surprising that anything that affects bile will also affect poop. Many people with bad gallbladders experience chronic diarrhea, having to go to the bathroom up to 10 times a day for months at a time. Their poop is often chalky or extremely pale in color from a lack of bile. Gallstones cause inflammation and scarring of the gallbladder that gets worse after you eat. For that reason, people with gallstones and other chronic gallbladder issues may notice that diarrhea is more common after eating. This may cause people with gallbladder problems to avoid food in order to avoid this symptom.