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How can I safely pass gallstones naturally? I'm also 26 weeks pregnant.

How can I safely pass gallstones naturally? I'm also 26 weeks pregnant.

Natural gallstones: No such thing. When you deliver you will need surgery if symptoms persist. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Definition)

Stone-like deposits of bile in the gallbladder that are made from accumulation of cholesterol or bilirubin. Most gallstones are asymptomatic, however complications of gallstones include inflammation of the gallbladder, and blockage of ...Read more


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Is it painful to pass gallstones?

Is it painful to pass gallstones?

Usually painful: Pain is the most common symptom when passing gallstones. It is possible to have little to no pain though. The pain maybe mild or severe and associated with fever, jaundice, nausea and/or vomiting. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a gallstone and I was waiting to see if it would pass. I have pain again and its been about a month since I was diagnosed.?

I was diagnosed with a gallstone and I was waiting to see if it would pass. I have pain again and its been about a month since I was diagnosed.?

Get a workup asap: Gallstone pain is managed either with or without surgery. If the stone passes without any complications, you can sometimes avoid surgery. However, if you keep having attacks or complications like infection, nausea, pain or things like that you may need a surgery to remove the stone or the gallbladder. Infection and blockage can be serious so its important to see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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Is there a natural way to pass gallstones or is best recommended to have surgery? Do these gallbladder flushes really work?

Gallstones: Once your biliary system makes gallstones it is ongoing. Passing the gallstones can be dangerous, if the stones get stuck in the duct system. I am not sure if "flushes" really work. However, avoiding fatty foods, increasing your hydration does help to control symptoms. Gallbladder removal with surgery is nearly always curative, as the stones originate in the gallbladder. Take friend to consult. ...Read more

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Is there a way to pass gallstones. I'm trying to avoid surgery. If so what is the safest way to get rid of gallstones with out surgery?

Is there a way to pass gallstones. I'm trying to avoid surgery. If so what is the safest way to get rid of gallstones with out surgery?

Only very small ones: Small gall stones that can pass thru the cystic duct into common duct are the only ones that pass spontaneously. The common larger stones drop to the ampulla of the GB where they can impact on the cystic artery feeding the GB to initiate inflammation and necrosis. These stones can only be removed by surgery either, cholecystectomy, or opening the GB to remove stones, the cholecystostomy ...Read more

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2mm gallstone and 6mm polyp on gallbladder... Is lap chole the only answer or could I pass this small gallstone on my own? Naturally?

2mm gallstone and 6mm polyp on gallbladder... Is lap chole the only answer or could I pass this small gallstone on my own? Naturally?

Extremely unlikely: Gallbladder flushes are an extreme form of medical quackery - they do not work. If your stone is not causing symptoms, then you're gallbladder does not need to be removed. Polyps less than 1 cm can be watched but need to be checked to ensure that they are not growing. ...Read more

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Constipated for a week strain really hard to pass bowels I have right side groin & hip pain. Can my constipation be related to my gallstones?

Constipated for a week strain really hard to pass bowels I have right side groin & hip pain. Can my constipation be related to my gallstones?

No: Constipation is not related to gallstones. The pain in your groin may be a hernia due to the strain placed on the abdominal wall with bowel movements. Hernias are associated with a bulge in the groin. You should make sure to drink a lot of water, eat fiber and if needed take a stool softener such as colace. You may have to take something stronger like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to help you have a bowel movement. ...Read more

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Where will the gallbladder stones pass?

Where will the gallbladder stones pass?

They usually don't: Gallstones can be large or small; most of the time they stay within the gallbladder, causing pain by blocking the outflow tract, called the cystic duct. Occasionally, small stones may get past this duct and enter the bile duct that connects the liver to the intestines. These stones can obstruct the liver or the pancreas, often requiring extraction. If one is lucky, they may pass spontaneously. ...Read more

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Abdominal pain after gallstones have supposedly 'passed', what to do?

See your MD: "passing" a gallstone may have consequences such as developing acute pancreatitis, a painful, sometimes serious and occasional fatal inflammation of the pancreas. Many times, the gallbladder has multiple stones, so that even if one were to pass, others may reside or hide. In general, after one attack of gallstones, the recommendation is to have the gallbladder removed. See your md for testing. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having gallstoned?

Pain: Often intermittent pain in the right upper abdomen especially after a fatty meal. There may be waves of crescendo type pain and nausea/ vomiting. If things get really ugly you may develop systemic signs of infection with fever. ...Read more

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Pain of gallstones?

Pain of gallstones?

Pain: Gallbladder pain from gallstones is usually in the abdomen right under the lower tip of the breast bone and/ or under the right rib cage. It can radiate to the back, and is sometimes associated with nausea or vomiting. It can also be brought on 30-60 minutes after eating. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are gallstones?

What are gallstones?

Gallstones: Gallstones are made of various crystal that grow into stones in the gallbladder. They can be from bile (bilirubin) or cholesterol origin. They grow in the gallbladder, may be present without any symptoms, or may cause upper abdominal pressure, bloating, discomfort, nausea, or vomiting. Often eating fatty foods may aggravate the discomfort from gallstones. ...Read more

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Ginger and gallstone?

Ginger and gallstone?

Unclear: Some herbal websites suggest that ginger can treat gallstones, others warn that ginger may stimulate gallbladder contractions and provoke a gallbladder attack an article I found in a GI journal could not document any effect on gallbladder volume or ejection fraction in healthy males. Ginger may increase bile production. Actual effect on gallstones is unclear. ...Read more

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How do gallstones form?

How do gallstones form?

Supersaturation!: Bile consists of a mixture of cholesterol, bile pigments, and phospholipids. If any of these increase, they can precipitate out and become solidified, forming stones. This is present in 10-20% of people in the US, although usually "silent". Heredity, diet, and age can all play a role. ...Read more

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Stopping gallstone pain?

Surgery: Have your gallbladder removed. In the meantime, avoid fatty and very rich foods and see your doctor soon for treatment. ...Read more

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Can I die from gallstones?

Can I die from gallstones?

Highly Unlikely: Most people with gallbladder disease are troubled by transient episodes of pain, often after eating (biliary colic). If the gb is obstructed by a stone, inflammation can develop, but it rarely leads to an infection. If a stone exits the gb, it can block the: liver, potentially leading to serious liver infections (cholangitis), or the pancreas, leading to pancreatitis; very rarely, this is fatal. ...Read more

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Is 2cm big for a gallstone?

Yes, I would: Say it is on larger side. But small stones can cause problems just as much as large stones. If you are having symptoms of gallbladder disease, you should have cholecystectomy, ask your surgeon for specific recommendation. ...Read more

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When is a gallstone removed?

When symptoms: Point toward gallbladder disease. If gallstones are found but you have no symptoms then surgery may never be required. ...Read more

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How can you flush gallstones?

How can you flush gallstones?

Not possible.: This is not a possibility, and, if it were possible, it would be a terrible idea. Gallstones which leave the gallbladder enter the bile ducts, and would cause jaundice, cholangitis, and pancreatitis. Do not believe said holistic or naturopathic treatments such as olive oil and lemon juice. If your gallstones are causing symptoms, see a surgeon. If not, nothing to worry about. Good luck ...Read more

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How are gallstones diagnosed?

How are gallstones diagnosed?

Usually ultrasound: Given the right medical history, gallstones are usually diagnosed by an ultrasound. On occasion, gallstones can be picked up by other means, such as ct scan or by plain x-rays of the abdomen. Usually asymptomatic gallstones are left undisturbed. ...Read more

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Can gallstones be hereditary?

Technically no: Gallstones are precipitated material- usually cholesterol, less commonly bilirubinate (black stones). But certain inherited conditions (eg sickle cell anemia) may oversaturate the bile to form stones. Some families have high rates- probable combination of inherited metabolic traits and dietary habits. ...Read more

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How can acid form gallstones?

Gallstone formation: Stone formation is a complex process that depends on the contents of the bile fluid, which includes the balance of acidity. Hormones, gallbladder contraction strength, and bile fluid containing the balances of salt, cholesterol, bile acids, & inflammation (bacteria) likely play a larger role. Most people are referring to reflux disease when they talk about acid; gerd doesn't cause gallstones. ...Read more

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How should I treat gallstones?

How should I treat gallstones?

Possibly surgery: If the gallstones are consistently causing problems (pain with eating, jaundice, pancreatitis), the gallbladder should be surgically removed. Avoiding fatty foods and losing weight can help lessen these symptoms and may make surgery unnecessary. ...Read more

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Does gallstones lead to death?

Generally not: Gallstones can block the gallbladder, cause an infection which could theoretically lead to death but it would be very rare. ...Read more

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When would gallstones develop?

More in women: The fs of gallbladder disease:
1. Female
2. 40 ; above
3. Fertile
4. Fat (sorry)
5. Flatulent (gassy) after meals. ...Read more

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Sorry. 8mm gallstone, not 8 cm?

Sorry. 8mm gallstone, not 8 cm?

Surgery if symptoms: Gb surgery would be appropriate if you have symptoms. Just having gallstones does not require any therapy. Once symptoms start, however, they continue and slowly worsen over time. In the worst case, the gallbladder can become gangrenous and rupture causeing the need for an emergency procedure. If symptoms start, therefore, you should have the surgery early, electively before a disaster happens. ...Read more

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What are gallstones composed of?

Cholesterol, pigment: Gallstones contain variable amounts of bile pigments, cholesterol, calcium salts, and their core usually consists of bile pigments or mucoprotein, which is secreted by the inner lining of the gallbladder. the composition of gallstones is affected by age, diet and ethnicity. On the basis of their composition, gallstones can be divided into cholesterol stones, pigment stones, and mixed stones. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of gallstones?

What are symptoms of gallstones?

Gallstones: Gallstones are made of various crystal that grow into stones in the gallbladder. They can be from bile (bilirubin) or cholesterol origin. They grow in the gallbladder, may be present without any symptoms, or may cause upper abdominal pressure, bloating, discomfort, nausea, or vomiting. Often eating fatty foods may aggravate the discomfort from gallstones. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more