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My gallbladder hurts all the time now and my upper abdomen is sore. Is this the natural progression of gallbladder disease?

My gallbladder hurts all the time now and my upper abdomen is sore. Is this the natural progression of gallbladder disease?

Probably: Repeat obstruction of the gallbladder leads to more symptoms and eventually complete blockage of one of the ducts, leading to an emergency. Seek surgical care soon. The source of pain may be different. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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Gallbladder (Definition)

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


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Can gallbladder disease cause stomach cramping after eating?

Can gallbladder disease cause stomach cramping after eating?

Yes: The gallbladder becomes active after a meal when it is triggered to release bile into the intestine to help absorb fats. When not functioning correctly as when there is a stone obstructing the release of bile into the intestine, severe pain, usually in the right upper abdomen can occur. ...Read more

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Will gallbladder disease cause stomach cramping or spasms after eating?

Will gallbladder disease cause stomach cramping or spasms after eating?

Yes: Abdomen pain after eating, particularly a fatty meal, can be a symptom of gallbladder disease. ...Read more

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How do the signs for gallbladder disease and stomach ache differ?

How do the signs for gallbladder disease and stomach ache differ?

Abdominal pain: Gallstones are one of many causes of abdominal pain. Gallstones can cause upper abdominal discomfort with bloating and pressure feelings, nausea and sometimes vomiting, usually gets worse after eating fatty foods. Need to have a medical evaluation with a doctor to tell why a person has abdominal pain, as there are many other possible causes. ...Read more

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Does gallbladder disease usually cause stomach cramping or spasms after eating?

Does gallbladder disease usually cause stomach cramping or spasms after eating?

Yes: You are descring the typical discomforts or symptoms from gallstones which is upper abdominal pressure and discomfort with nausea. Usually occurs a few hours after eating & worse after eating fatty foods. Other conditions such as gastritis or reflux can also cause similar ill feelings too. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder disease cause loss of appetite for weeks? I don't have much abdominal pain, but more of a full feeling in upper abdomen.

Can gallbladder disease cause loss of appetite for weeks? I don't have much abdominal pain, but more of a full feeling in upper abdomen.

Yes it can!: Symptomatic cholelithiasis (gallstone disease) can manifest in a number of ways, including fullness, burping, indigestion, and pain. If you believe you have gallbladder disorder, visiting a board certified surgeon would be worthwhile. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder disease cause lower stomach pain gurgling? Diagnosed with gb but have discomfort in lower area like upset stomach. Not upper right.

Can gallbladder disease cause lower stomach pain gurgling? Diagnosed with gb but have discomfort in lower area like upset stomach. Not upper right.

Unlikely: Gallbladder disease is unlikely to cause gurgling of any kind. Pain from gallbladder disease is usually in the right upper or upper central part of the abdomen and often radiates to the back or shoulder. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder disease cause lower stomach pain/gurgling? Diagnosed with gb but have discomfort in lower area like upset stomach. Not upper right.

Can gallbladder disease cause lower stomach pain/gurgling? Diagnosed with gb but have discomfort in lower area like upset stomach. Not upper right.

Not likely: The location & description of your pain does not sound like a gallbladder attack. These attacks typically occur in the right-upper or upper-midline after eating (esp fatty foods), last for an hour or more, are assc. W/nausea +/- vomiting, and may radiate into the back. What you are describing sounds more like indigestion or irritable bowel. I recommend that you see your doctor for formal evaluation. ...Read more

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16 weeks pregnant gallbladder disease symptoms. Negative abdominal ultrasound. Thinking still gallbladder. Risks in waiting after birth to treat/test?

16 weeks pregnant gallbladder disease symptoms. Negative abdominal ultrasound. Thinking still gallbladder. Risks in waiting after birth to treat/test?

Unlikely: The ultrasound is very sensitive at picking up gallstones, on rare occasions, it may be wrong, and other imaging is necessary. However in your case, it may be due to other causes, such as appendicitis, kidney infection, gastritis, or reflux. You may need additional testing if the symptoms worsen, in that case, see your obstetrician if a GI consult is warranted. ...Read more

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Could a form of gallbladder disease cause abdominal pain, fatigue, and being lightheaded. Also could it cause ALT enzyme levels to be mildly elevated?

Could a form of gallbladder disease cause abdominal pain, fatigue, and being lightheaded. Also could it cause ALT enzyme levels to be mildly elevated?

Yes, but so could...: ...lot's of things that inflame liver cells, as is indicated by elevation in serum transaminases (ast and/or alt). Hepatitis can be caused by a variety of issues (infectious, ischemic, metabolic, toxic, infiltrative, alcohol-related, drugs, etc.). You could even have mononucleosis. So what tests have been done & what has been ruled out? ...Read more

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Do you know if you have gallbladder disease?

Do you know if you have gallbladder disease?

Ultrasound: A gallbladder attack is characterized by right- or middle upper abdominal pain (severe, pressure-like, noncramping, nonburning) that typically lasts for an hour. Associated symptoms include nausea+/-vomiting+/-chills. The pain often radiates around into the back and/or shoulder. Attacks are often precipitated by fatty or fried food. If you have these symptoms, an ultrasound will confirm the dx. ...Read more

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How likely is dying from gallbladder disease?

Not very high: Chance of dying from gallstones, unless you let it go untreated for many years. Rarely, you can develop cancer of the gallbladder, which is a serious condition with high chance of dying. ...Read more

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How to help the symptoms of gallbladder disease?

Avoid fats, or OR: Fatty foods often trigger the gallbladder to contract and makes the symptoms worse. 95% of patients who are actively having gallbladder pain will continue to have problems until the gallbladder is removed. So, you might consider or. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of gallbladder disease?

What are the main symptoms of gallbladder disease?

Pain & nausea: Pain in the middle or right side of upper abdomen, increased or new reflux, nausea and sometimes vomiting, and food intolerance - especially fatty or fried food. ...Read more

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What are the chronic gallbladder disease symptoms?

What are the chronic gallbladder disease symptoms?

Classic symptoms: Are epigastric and right upper quadrant abdominal pain, starting two or three hours after a heavy or fatty meal, with radiation to right shoulder blade, lasting six to eight hours, in a forty year old plump woman with multiple births. But hardly anyone has all, or even any, of the the classic symptoms. ...Read more

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Is a gallbladder sludge considered a gallbladder disease?

Yes if there's pain.: Pain after eating, anywhere in the upper abdomen, especially with fatty foods, may be cholecystitis. This is true if stones are present, called "cholelithiasis with cholecystitis." sometimes when the gall bladder ultrasound is "normal", i.e. There are no stones, the gall bladder doesn't empty properly (seen on cck hida). This can also be true with sludge. In all cases, surgery relieves the pain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Gallbladder diseases?

Gallbladder diseases: = various inflammatory, functional, metabolic, and neoplastic pathologic entities that can affect the gallbladder. ...Read more

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Does the gallbladder need to be removed if I have gallbladder disease?

Probably: If the true source of your symptoms is the gallbladder, surgery is probably inevitable. You could try to avoid fatty and greasy foods to reduce your symptoms, but at your age, sooner or later, it will probably get worse regardless, especially if you become pregnant. ...Read more

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Could gallbladder diseases only happen to fat people?

No: GB disease can affect anyone, even people with a normal weight. The classic risk factors for gallbladder are related to being overweight however, as well as being female, fertile, and in your forties. I have seen patients from 16 to 90 with galbladder issues and with all body types and both genders. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of gallbladder disease?

What are the signs and symptoms of gallbladder disease?

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 too. ...Read more

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Is getting surgery the only option for gallbladder disease?

Is getting surgery the only option for gallbladder disease?

No: Surgery will permanently resolve any current or future problems due to gallstones. Nonsurgical treatment quite limited. Avoid eating fried, fatty, greasy foods. Maybe trial of actigall (ursodiol) if the gallstones are not calcified, but often only temporary relief. ...Read more

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Is beer ok with gallbladder disease?

Is beer ok with gallbladder disease?

Depends: Depends on what "disease" you are speaking of. Small amount of alcohol in moderation as long as you have no liver disease and not taking medications, and as long as does not cause discomfort. ...Read more

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I contracted gallbladder disease, what are the available treatments?

Usually surgery: If you are an acceptable candidate for operation under general anesthesia. Oral dissolution of gallstones are generally unsuccessful and have side effects, so it is reserved for those who have unacceptably high surgical risks. Consult with a surgeon. ...Read more

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If you have gallbladder disease, canit make you vomit?

If you have gallbladder disease, canit make you vomit?

Yes: A gallbladder attack is characterized by right- or middle upper abdominal pain (severe, pressure-like, noncramping, nonburning) that typically lasts for an hour or two. Associated symptoms include nausea+/-vomiting+/-chills. The pain often radiates around into the back and/or shoulder. Attacks are often precipitated by fatty or fried food intake, although middle-of-the-night attacks are common. ...Read more

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Does gallbladder disease have a genetic component?

Does gallbladder disease have a genetic component?

Yes: Classically this was demonstrated in the pima indian population, but it is common to have a familial trend in non-native americans as well. ...Read more

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Can parasitic infection cause gallbladder disease?

Can parasitic infection cause gallbladder disease?

Yes, rarely: There are a few types of parasitic worms that are capable of getting into the liver and bile ducts. This happens almost exclusively outside of the United States. ...Read more

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Enlarged spleen caused by gallbladder disease, what to do?

Enlarged spleen caused by gallbladder disease, what to do?

Probably not GB: Gallbladder disease, most frequently cholecystitis, or inflammation of the gallbladder, does not cause enlarged spleen. Under very unusual circumstances, bacterial infection could cause some response or abscess in the spleen. More often, enlarged spleen or splenomegaly is a reflection of liver disorder, in which the gallbladder may also be affected. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What medication could or should be given for Gallbladder disease and bile reflux?

GERD: You may get better with Omeprazole for reflux but you may want to see a doctor for Gall bladder problem. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible for gallbladder disease to cause spleen enlargement?

Possible: Gallstones can cause pancreatitis. Pancreatitis can cause splenic vein thrombosis. Splenic vein thrombosis and cause the spleen to enlarge. ...Read more

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Pain right side under ribs front and back, no stones and 90% function, gallbladder disease cause pain? Ideas?

Pain right side under ribs front and back, no stones and 90% function, gallbladder disease cause pain? Ideas?

Nonspecific pain: This pain could be caused by a lot of things. If it's not your gallbladder, it could be an ulcer, gastritis, biliary system, kidney stone, or muscular pain. Your symptoms are very nonspecific and could be a variety of things. Consult a physician in your area. ...Read more

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Gallbladder disease symptoms, inflamed, free fluid around gallbladder but no gallstones what could this problem?

Gallbladder disease symptoms, inflamed, free fluid around gallbladder but no gallstones what could this problem?

Gallbladder.: If your gallbladder appears inflamed on ultrasound and has free fluid around it, associated with symptoms which sound like gallbladder symptoms, I would say the most likely cause of your symptoms is your gallbladder. It is certainly possible to have cholecystitis without gallstones. You should be evaluated by your doctor or a surgeon ASAP. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder cause pain left shoulder blade? It's hurting in the right and middle too. Have suspected gallbladder disease w/out stones-

Yes: Gallbladder can hurt in several areas and pain radiates to some areas. HIDA scan can help to diagnose dysfunctional GB. Also, if normal - endoscopy may help to rule out GERD, hiatal hernia that may cause similar symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there a relationship between gallbladder disease and SIBO? I had mine removed after HIDA showed it wasn't working and have also had SIBO this year.

No: Cholecystectomy is not associated with SIBO. However, some patients can develop diarrhea after cholecystectomy which is due to fatty food intake other could be due to irritation of the bile. In some patients Cholesteramin may be needed to treat their diarrhea if mild treatments with adjusting diet and mild anti diarrhea medication does not work. ...Read more

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Can my child get gallbladder disease?

Can my child get gallbladder disease?

Yes but not likely: Routine gallstones are very uncommon. Typically stones in kids are related to hemolytic diseases such as sickle cell. There are case reports of parasites. Mostly biliary disease is secondary to abnormal development such as atresia, choledochal cysts, pancreatic anomalies. Again these are uncommon. ...Read more

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Can you die from gallbladder disease?

Very rare.: Gallstones can cause infection which could result in septic shock. Usually that could be treated with antibiotics and surgery. Cancer of the gallbladder or bile ducts is very rare. Symptomatic gallbladder disease requires attention. ...Read more

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Is gallbladder disease common in the us?

Is gallbladder disease common in the us?

Yes.: It is safe to say that there are millions of people in the US with gallstones. Thankfully, only about 10-20% develop symptoms; this is best treated by surgery once symptoms begin. As many as 500, 000-750, 000 of these operations are performed in the US yearly. ...Read more

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At what age does gallbladder disease happen most?

At what age does gallbladder disease happen most?

Women before Men: Gallbladder disease is most common in women either soon after having children or in the 40's and older. Men tend to have gallbladder problems in their 50's and up. Although rare, teenagers can get gallstones, either associated with blood diseases or obesity. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...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