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what can i do for a gallbladder attack?

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Dr. Chris Oh
Dr. Chris Ohanswered
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Surgery: Once acute episode is over you need surgery referral for laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Also need comprehensive blood test and ultrasound.
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Pain meds, time.: Gallbladder pain is almost always due to blockage of the outflow of bile from the gallbladder due to a stone. Usually, the obstructing stone will "fall back" into the gallbladder within an hour or so, leading to complete resolution of the pain. If the attack lasts for hours, it is advisable to go to an er to receive pain meds (which may "break" an attack) +/- admission for definitive care-surgery.
Dr. Randall Zuckerman
General Surgery 25 years experience
Gallbladder attack: A gallbladder attack occurs when a stone blocks the exit from the gallbladder. The gallbladder continues to squeeze and that is what causes pain. Treatment is to remove the gallbladder.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
Pain! : Right abdominal pain under your ribs, fevers , nausea bloating, vomiting. Tender to the touch. If concerned, see your doctor. If really bad, go to ER

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are symptoms of gallbladder attacks?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Pain and nausea: Upper abdominal pressure discomfort with gas and bloated feeling after eating, may get upper abdominal pain and nausea, sometimes vomiting. Worse after eating some fatty or greasy foods. Pain can go into the right upper abdomen.
A 37-year-old female asked:

What causes gallbladder attacks?

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Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 19 years experience
Stones: A stone lodged in the gall bladder can be painful when the gallbladder contracts.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are some symptoms of a gallbladder attack?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Usually : Right upper or mid upper abdominal pain following a large or fatty meal, accompanied by nausea or vomiting, with sometimes radiation to tip of shoulder blade bone. These care classic symptoms but other symptoms can appear too.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How long does a gallbladder attack last?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Usually about : Six to eight hours, but it can be shorter or longer, depending on many factors. If you go on to develop acute cholecystitis, it might not go away until you have an emergency operation.
Valley, Alabama
A 28-year-old male asked:

Can a gallbladder attack kill you?

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Dr. Johnny Green
Colon and Rectal Surgery 41 years experience
Very rarely: While a bad gallbladder attack may make you feel like you want to die it is rarely fatal. Every year over 500, 000 gallbladder removal operations are done in the us for gallbladder related pain. Some are severely infected. Rarely a patient with a poorly functioning immune system has difficulty fighting the infection and dies. The vast majority recover quickly and get on with life.

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