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Chanca Piedra For Gallstones
I take lamictal 200mg twice daily for seizure Is it safe to take with Chanca Piedra? I found out I have kidney/gallstone and heard it is good
Should be ok:
It should be ok to take these together.
Do you know if it is a kidney or a gall stone? These are treated a bit differently. ...Read more
I doubt it: Having kidney stones is bad enough without having to deal with this stuff afterwards. I found two publications from obscure institutions, never replicated, making claims that seem too good to be true. Just for this, the stuff is hyped as "miracle plant / stone crusher". Follow the scientific advice about hydration and perhaps diet to manage your health. Don't put your hopes solely on this herbal. ...Read more
I have had rare seizures from witch hazel, ginseng, "chanca piedra", use of an acupressure mat and meditation/mindfulness. Any ideas of a cause?
? epilepsy: If you do suffer epileptic seizures, you require medications and acquisition of an experienced neurologist. Doubt the described substances caused or provoked the seizures, and more likely, your spells would have occurred with or without. A sleep study does not diagnose epilepsy, and your statement "idiopathic sleep seizures" causes concerns. Stop driving and get treated. Be safe! ...Read more
I have 4mm kidney stone w flank pain for a month. Started flomax (tamsulosin) and chanca piedra supplement 3 days ago. How long to try this b4 surgery instead?
See below: You started flomax (tamsulosin) 3 days ago. You state that you don't want stent. It depends on the location of the stone but if you have been in pain for a month, I would be inclined to recommend endoscopic intervention if the pain management is a problem. Hope you pass it or get it taken out soon. Best wishes. ...Read more
I passed a stone (s) 2-3 days ago. Is it possible to see residual blood (not bright red + only on the tissue)? Taking chianca piedra 3x/day. Ty.
Kidney stone: How much Chanca pierda is going to help is not clear. You probably want to know is there any more stones in the kidney or urinary tract. Based on the presence or absence and the size of the stone further management will be drawn ...Read more
U/s negative for gallstones waiting on results from HIDA scan. Having intermittent pain on right side front and back near ribs. If not gb what?
Right sided pain...: If ultrasound is negative for gallstones, there still could be a problem with the gallbladder. Sometimes CCK is administered during HIDA scan to calculate gallbladder ejection fraction and determine if there is a functional problem with the gallbladder. Is the pain associated with eating? Other organs in the right abdomen include the kidney and liver. Kidney stones can cause right flank pain. ...Read more
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
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
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
Can be: Having stones may not be a problem-if they stay put (may be associated with increased risk for gallbladder cancer). Passing stones can be a serious problem- aside from pain, can get stuck, cause blockage, infection, and/or inflammation of the pancreas. These can be serious, even fatal problems. Good idea to remove gallbladder if symptomatic stones, or other uncommon conditions. ...Read more
Heredity, Diet, etc.: If you have a first-degree relative with gallstones, you have a 5-fold increased risk of developing gallstones. The gallstones that we see most commonly in the US are very rare in non-western countries; we believe this has to do with our high (saturated) fat, high-cholesterol diet. Women have a higher risk of gallstones, especially after pregnancy and estrogen use. ...Read more
By ultrasound: Gs are very common. They lead to symptoms in some. These may include upper r abdo pain after eating or there may be no symptoms at all. Ultrasound is one way to find them - if there is a reason to do so. ...Read more
Stones: No one knows for sure why patients develop gallstones (concretions formed within the gallbladder), although some are the result of metabolic, hematologic, or structural causes. They can be asymptomatic as they are in the vast majority of people but when they start to cause problems such as intermitant or complete obstruction (biliary colic or cholecystitis) cholecystectomy should be considered. ...Read more
Discuss with yourMD:
Yeah that's young, but not unheard of; risk factors? Been pregnant, birth control pills, yo-yo diets, family history, GI diseases, etc.
Assuming you aren't diabetic (it gets more complicated for them) you have stones and no symptoms, then you may go your whole life without a problem. Remove gb if pass stone, certain other gb changes, polyps, etc. See your doc, discuss your specifics. ...Read more
Ultrasound: The most commonly used method to detect gallstones is with an abdominal ultrasound. The indication for testing are symptoms such as post-eating abdominal pain (often in the right upper quadrant or mid abdomen, sometimes going to the back), nausea. Occasionally, patients are found to have them incidentally on x-ray. There are other tests, but more costly and inconvenient. ...Read more
Gallbladder disease: Gallbladder disease, stones or passing a gallstone can feel like stabbing pain into your back. The severity can be so intense, like a heart attack. Fatty foods make it worse. Some positions can make it better. Your doc will get blood labs and ultrasound to make diagnosis. Risk/benefit analysis is usually in favor of laprascopic cholecystectomy. ...Read more
Gallstones: Gallstones are small cholesterol stones that can form in the gallbladder. Stones can be asymptomatic, meaning they do not cause symptoms, and, thus, do not need to be removed. When gallstones cause symptoms, the gallbladder needs to be removed. Symptoms from gallstones can be: nausea after eating, bloating, pain under the right rib cage. Symtpoms are usually worse after eating greasy food. ...Read more
Many: Most often it is recurrent pain esp after fatty foods. Others include acute cholesystitis (stone lodged in cystic duct), pancreatitis (stone lodged in common bile duct blocking the pancreatic duct), turning yellow, infection in bile duct (can be life threatening) etch. Having said that, most people do not have any symptoms even if they have gallstones! ...Read more