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Dark Chocolate And Gall Bladder Disease
Pain with food: Many patients report pain in their upper abdomen that runs along their rib margin on the right with occasional upper back pain - mostly with fatty/rich food (fried food, ice cream, even creamy salad dressing...). In more severe cases, you can have yellow eyes, darkened urine, light colored stool that floats in the toilet... Time to see a doc if you have some of the sx listed. ...Read more
The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more
See below: Mainly two conditions can cause gallbladder problems. First and most common is gallstones causing upper abdominal discomfort & nausea. Second can be a poorly functioning gallbladder called biliary dyskinesia. Gallstones are diagnosed with ultrasound. Dyskinesia diagnosed with a nuclear scan. Gallbladder cancer is another rare condition. ...Read more
Stones of several types -bilirubin. Cholesterol
Stasis and obstruction
Cancers ...Read more
Depends: What are your symptoms? If you have persistent nausea & vomiting with pain & inability to eat then do not wait. If you are having fevers or infection, do not delay care. If you are having blood test abnormalities or liver disease from gallstones, do not wait for care. ...Read more
Ask your OB and gen: Suregon, depends what you have if it is gallstones depends how bad it is and what your pain is and if your duct is totally blocked or not, often times they can do diet management, but sometimes u need surgery or you early delivery and then surgery but you should have already discussed this with your OB and the surgeon who is treating your gall baldder problem. ...Read more
Low fat: If gall bladder removal is indicated, very few patients are not candidates for laparoscopic or even open cholecystectomy or at least cholecystostomy (tube placed into gall bladder). If that can't be done, you should certainly eat a diet as low in fat as prossible to try to minimize the stimulation of gall bladder. ...Read more
How come I have all the symptoms of gall bladder disease, but have the test results come back normal?
3 Possibilities: 1-your stones are too small to be seen by ultrasound 2-you have gallbladder dz in the absence of stones (dyskinesia)--dx'd by cck-hida scan 3- you don't have gallbladder disease (irritable bowel can cause similar symptoms). Have you seen a gastroenterologist or general surgeon? Either can help you navigate thru this and, hopefully, get you better. Good luck! ...Read more
No: Diarrhea is not a sign of gallbladder disease. Diarrhea can occur in some patients after having the gallbladder surgically removed, due to excessive bile release into the intestines. Sometimes this is temporary and resolves in time. If diarrhea is persistent, it can usually be treated by taking Cholestyramine once or twice daily. You should see your doctor to rule out other potential causes. ...Read more
Egg is not good.:
Egg contains both protein and fats. Liver metabolizes the protein and also produces bile, which is green in color & is stored in the gall bladder. During digestion, bile is released from the gall bladder through the common bile duct. Bile helps in the digestion and absorption of fats through the formation of "micelles". So, egg may not be good for someone with liver or gall bladder disease.
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No, not really: No "gallbladder flush". With or without gallbladder disease, healthy balanced diet is best. If you have gallbladder disease definitive and demonstrated treatment is surgery. The fear of occult "liver packed with gallstones" is really unsubstantiated and not supported. These links may assist: http://goo. Gl/6iiah and http://goo. Gl/1c7et and http://goo. Gl/5l7ya. ...Read more
Yes, but...: ...It is a very nonspecific test, elevated whenever there is any inflammation present. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) measures how "sticky" red blood cells are. Fibrinogen is a blood protein that increases in response to just about any inflammatory reaction in the body, causing rbcs to stick together. While the ESR could increase after a gb attack, it is too nonspecific to be useful. ...Read more
See below: I am not sure I understand your question. You have gallbladder "disease" without gallstones? Are you diagnosed with biliary dyskinesia (low function gallbaldder)? If there is no pain & no gallstones then there is very little likelihood of getting any problems or complications. ...Read more
Endoscopy: Endoscopy views the esophagus, stomach and upper portion if the small intestine. It does not view the gallbladder at all! Endoscopic ultrasound (eus) however can visualize the gallbladder & make a diagnosis of gallstones. Eus instrument is passed through the mouth as well but is a more sophisticated instrument than the standard endoscope. Eus can also assess the liver & pancreas. ...Read more
Pain: Gallstones may cause pain by blocking the outflow of bile from the gallbladder. This will cause non-cramping, non-burning, steady pain, localized to the right upper- or upper midline abdomen, +/- radiation into back. As abruptly as the pain begins, it tends to subside after an hour or so. It often follows meals, especially fatty, fried foods. It also may be associated with nausea +/- vomiting. ...Read more
Yes: Crohn's disease (especially ileal disease) can be associated with gallstones and gallbladder disease. Need to see md if having cholecystitis, especially if taking cd meds that affect white blood cells or immunity. Generally, should remove gallbladder once episodes of gallbladder attacks, to avoid complications like infection of bile duct or pancreatitis (inflammation). ...Read more
I'm having horrible pains in my stomach but only between12 pm and 6 pm after having gall bladder disease. Is this normal?
Do you have...: Gallbladder disease currently? Do you have gallstones? Gallbladder symptoms can be upper abdominal pressure discomforts or pain with nausea. Usually occurs a few hours after eating & worse with fatty foods. So you could have pain those hours from gallstones depending on your eating schedule. ...Read more
Could gall bladder disease be causing back spasms below my shoulder blades? I'm 2 months post-op from c10-illium fusion. Spasms occur when laying down
It's possible: Recovery, always a challenge as other issues develop or are revealed. Gallbladder/biliary disease can be difficult to diagnose and does include pain that radiates into the mid back in some patients. The good news is a low fat diet, lots of hydration and outpatient tests with your regular doc, (ultrasound of ruq) will help answer your question. If you develop fever or vomiting, get checked soon. ...Read more
Not traditionally: The term "chronic Lyme disease" refers to the symptoms of continued headache, joint pains, fatigue, and sometimes cognitive difficulties that can continue to occur for months after the initial infection and antibiotic course. Gastrointestinal involvement as with the liver and gallbladder suggest another diagnosis. ...Read more
Hopefully nothing: Are you having problems with pain or nausea from gallstones now? Watch your foods, avoid fatty greasy foods, review your options with you obstetrician. If there are recurrent severe problems then surgery could become needed, but hopefully you can wait until after the completion of your pregnancy. ...Read more
Please help, my mother is in hospital with gall bladder disease, she is in pain, & 92 now they are satyin she needs to be on breathin machine why?
Respiratory support: In general a ventilator is used to support the lungs when the patient is failing. There are multiple reasons (recent surgery, sepsis, infection, organ failure), so ask your ICU team to explain the details of your mother's case. Ventilator support may help her overall care. Be well. ...Read more
Fat malabsorption- what are the possible causes- we know I do not have gastro disease (crohns, divert, celiec, pancreatitus, or gall bladder prob, no surgery/ new diagnosed lupus. And I have pots?
Steatorrhea: Many causes: pancreatic (exocrine insufficiency); celiac disease; sbbo/sibo; bowel resection/short bowel syndrome; bile acid malabsorption; certain medications; history of chemo/xrrt; systemic disease such as scleroderma & pbc have also been associated with fat malabsorption. Because each of these conditions can have specific and different treatments, determining the exact etiology is important. ...Read more
Gall bladder removed 7 years ago coz of gallstones. Can I still have bile duct disease? GGT 124. Other liver enzymes all normal.
Gall bladder removed coz of gallstones. No alcohol. Liver function tests all normal. 2 GGT tests- 89, 124 IU/L. Bile duct disease? Need liver scan?
Having diarrhea every morning for quite some time now. Been to a gi, found nothing. Don't have gall bladder, diarrhea is dark green & strong odor.?
I had my gall bladder removed 3 years ago. I have recently noticed that my stool is very dark. Am 57 years old. I take Olmesar h40 for my BP.
Check it out: It might indicate bleeding.... you need some testing to assess for that ...Read more
I had gall bladder surgery in February and now six months later I have itchy bell button by incision and dark red. Cause for concern?
Storage site of bile: Bile is made by the liver on a continuous basis. Bile is not needed in your intestine continuously, only when you eat certain foods. The gallbladder stores the bile whenever you don't eat foods needing it for digestion. When you do eat those foods, the gallbladder is stimulated to empty and push the bile into the intestine. (symptoms from the gallbladder may start when gallstones block this action). ...Read more
Stores bile: The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile that is made in the liver. It also secretes some mucus from its internal lining. The gallbladder responds to fats entering the duodenum by squeezing bile out into the dodenum to emulsify the fats and aid in their digestion and absorption. ...Read more
Gallbladder purpose: The gallbladder is a "bag" that fills between meals with bile made in the liver. The bile is then concentrated and injected into the duodenum during a meal. When the gallbladder does not empty completely, sludge and debris may accumulate and initiate gallstone formation. ...Read more
The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more