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When will my gallstones & pancreatitis pain go away?

When will my gallstones & pancreatitis pain go away?

It takes time: The pancreatitis pain will go away with time and no eating for some time. I always do the gallbladder removal as soon as the pancreatitis resolves. ...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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Thoughts? Could pancreatitis caused by gallstones go away if the stones are removed?

Thoughts? Could pancreatitis caused by gallstones go away if the stones are removed?

Yes: In fact, that is the treatment for gallstone pancreatitis. Gallstones form in the gallbladder and there may be a large number of them. Only takes one to cause problems, so the accepted treatment is to surgically remove the gallbladder. ...Read more

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Kept overnight in ER. Have a gallstone 4mmx8mm im still in pain, should I go back to the er? Do I have to have surgery or will it go away?

Kept overnight in ER. Have a gallstone 4mmx8mm im still in pain, should I go back to the er? Do I have to have surgery or will it go away?

Relax gallbladder: Go see your family doctor. They can give some medication to take before meals to relax your gallbladder. Usually you end up having your gallbladder removed. ...Read more

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A pain in my lower right side comes and goes everyday and only last five minutes to thirty minutes. Could it be a gallstone?

Could be: Gallbladder disease is usually related to food intake especially after fatty meals, sometimes radiating to back. An ultrasound can rule out gallstones. ...Read more

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I have had gallstones for months almost a year and I just found out what I have. Can letting this go one further do permanent damage?

I have had gallstones for months almost a year and I just found out what I have. Can letting this go one further do permanent damage?

Depends: Millions of people have gallstones that do not cause any symptoms. If you do not have any signs of gallbladder disease you have nothing to worry about and do not need surgery. If you have had pancreatitis or episodes of abdominal pain with N/V, you should consider seeing a surgeon. Gallbladder surgery is very common and is done on an outpatient basis, but only needed if you have symptoms. ...Read more

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Is gallstone pain & inflammation constant? Or it comes & goes?

Depends entirely: Upon degree and acuity of inflammation. Biliary colic can be intermittent, but it usually lasts 6-8 hours. If gallbladder becomes acutely infected and inflamed, pain is usually constant and severe. Consult a surgeon for specific answers in your specific case. ...Read more

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Do you know anyone that tried to manage gallstone before without going through the surgery?

Do you know anyone that tried to manage gallstone before without going through the surgery?

Many try...: ...Some succeed. Gallstones do not require rx unless symptoms develop. If they do, it is difficult (if not impossible) to predict when 'the next attack' will occur. Low-fat diets help some but not all. Therefore, if one is otherwise healthy, the best option is surgery. ...Read more

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They told me I have gallstones now I have real bad diahrrea that just started tonight and I've been going to the restroom every two hours?

They told me I have gallstones now I have real bad diahrrea that just started tonight and I've been going to the restroom every two hours?

Call your doctor: Gallstones and diarrhea may or may not be related. With frequent liquid stools, it is important to drink plenty of nondairy fluids, such as juice, tea, or water. If you have belly pain or develop other symptoms, or diarrhea continues more than 24-48 hours, you should see a doctor promptly. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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?

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

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What is the cause of gallstones?

Imbalance: Chemical imbalance inside the gallbladder with crystals that form from either bile salts or cholesterol, these grow into gallstones. More common in females and can also be hereditary in some native populations. Some theories of hormonal changes, gallbladder wall dysfunction, cholesterol imbalance, etc, etc. ...Read more

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Are gallstones a serious problem?

Are gallstones a serious problem?

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