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what is the best thing to do when you are starting to have a gallstone attack?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
39 years experience General Surgery
Avoid causing factor: Best it to try to avoid getting an attack in the first place. Avoid fried, fatty, greasy foods (hot dogs, cheese pizza, french fries, fried chicken, etc). Drink plenty of liquids and eat healthy foods, fruits and vegetables. Pain medication may be the only relief of an "attack" once it has begun. See you doctor if there is increasing pain, inability to eat, vomiting, fever, yellow jaundice.
Answered on Apr 3, 2015
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Dr. Barry Rosen
34 years experience General Surgery
LetNatureTakeCourse: Most attacks occur due to a stone temporarily blocking the (cystic) duct that drains the gallbladder; this stone usually falls back w/in an hour or so, relieving the pain. Narcotics may be effective to "break" an attack, either by reducing pressure in the biliary tree or just holding one over until nature takes its course. Best bet: don't wait for the next attack to occur--get treated (surgery).
Answered on Apr 24, 2016

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