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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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My wife has gallstones. What foods should she avoid so not to irritate them and what medication is best to help the pain? Thank you.

My wife has gallstones. What foods should she avoid so not to irritate them and what medication is best to help the pain? Thank you.

Gallstones: Classically, a low fat diet is used, but in reality, trial and error will allow her to determine which foods make her symptoms worse. Many docs prescribe narcotics, but I have found Donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine) works well. Medications are not a long term solution however. Consider a consultation with a general surgeon to find out more. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Which foods should I be eating with gallstones?

Which foods should I be eating with gallstones?

As tolerated: Low fat diets are often recommended, but the reality is you can eat whatever you can tolerate. If a particular food or beverage brings on right upper abdominal pain, nausea and/or vomiting, avoid the offending item. It's also important to consider moderation when consuming food in order to avoid over eating, if symptoms are progressive, may need to see a general surgeon for a consult re: surgery. ...Read more

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What foods make you most likely to get gallstones?

What foods make you most likely to get gallstones?

Lifestyle & diet: Lifestyle & diet are important--10% incidence of gallstones in western world, much less in black africans & eastern world (unless adopt western diet). Highest with low serum hdl/high triglycerides (watch your fat intake!), higher age, sex (females 2x more), obesity, deficient fiber use. More stones also with cholesterol-lowering diets (high in unsaturated fats), Cholestyramine & Clofibrate use. ...Read more

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What foods should be avoided by someone with gallstones?

What foods should be avoided by someone with gallstones?

Avoid: Avoid fried, fatty, greasy foods. Drink plenty of liquids. Eat healthy fruits & vegetables and smaller amounts of non-fatty meat or chicken. See a doctor or general surgeon if the gallstones are causing recurrent upper abdominal pain or nausea. ...Read more

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Which types of food can be eaten when you have gallstones?

Low fat: 10 gram low fat diet is recommended. Avoid excess dairy products, fried foods, and fast foods as they are higher in fat content. Fat is the stimulus to the gallbladder. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods are safe to eat with gallstones?

Please suggest what foods are safe to eat with gallstones?

Low fat: Fatty foods cause the gallbladder to contract. They are not necessarily "unsafe" but may cause discomfort. If that is the case, you may want to consider treatment (surgery). ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods should I avoid if I have gallstones?

Please suggest what foods should I avoid if I have gallstones?

Fatty and: Fried foods. Sometimes diary bothers people too. But these are just temporary fixes. Definitive solution is cholecystectomy. You will feel a lot better after surgery. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods are acceptable to eat when you have gallstones?

Please suggest what foods are acceptable to eat when you have gallstones?

Maybe everything...: If you're not having any symptoms, (the vast majority of patients with gallstones do not,) you do not need a special diet. Now, if you begin to have symptoms (bloating, dyspepsia, nausea, right upper quadrant or right upper back pain,) then a lower fat diet may reduce your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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Need docs answers! What foods should I be eating if I have gallstones?

Need docs answers! What foods should I be eating if I have gallstones?

You should be: On a low fat diet. Dairy products also bother some people with gallstones. But if you are having symptoms, definitive solution is cholecystectomy. Ask your doctor for specific recommendations. ...Read more

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What foods should be avoided if you were diagnosed with gallstones and you are a diabetic?

What foods should be avoided if you were diagnosed with gallstones and you are a diabetic?

Usually fatty foods-: -cause symptoms when gall bladder has stones. They usually follow soon after a fatty meal is invested. ...Read more

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I am suffering gallstone in the gallbladder any type of food should I avoid?

Not really.: Just having gallstones does not mean that they are causing your pain.

You need a hepato-biliary scan, with gb ejection fraction, correlated with symptoms. ...Read more

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What foods should I avoid if I have gallstones and a fatty liver?

What foods should I avoid if I have gallstones and a fatty liver?

Modify lifestyle: Fatty liver occurs thru delivery of dietary fat/fatty acids to liver, excess carbohydrate, impaired export of triglyceride from liver cells, & augmented trigylceride production. Fix it by controlling diabetes, obesity, cholesterol, & avoid alcohol. Gallstones (usually cholesterol) are less diet responsive, but low fiber, high refined carbohydrate diets are associated; vegetarians get fewer stones. ...Read more

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I have gallstones. I'm 18, weighs 44kg nd I don't eat much fatty foods. My dad had gallstones and I was on brth cntrl pill. Which caused my gallstones?

I have gallstones. I'm 18, weighs 44kg nd I don't eat much fatty foods. My dad had gallstones and I was on brth cntrl pill. Which caused my gallstones?

Hard to know.: Both your family history and bcp use could have contributed to gallstone formation--it's hard to know which was more important. Regardless, you are joining a very large group of people who have gallstones. More important than the stones is whether they are causing any pain--"silent" gallstones require no further treatment. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods to avoid if I have gallstones and a fatty liver?

Please suggest what foods to avoid if I have gallstones and a fatty liver?

Maybe nothing: If you're not having any symptoms, (the vast majority of patients with gallstones do not,) you do not need a special diet. Now, if you begin to have symptoms (bloating, dyspepsia, nausea, right upper quadrant or right upper back pain,) then a lower fat diet may reduce your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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How soon after eating greasy foods would troublesome gallstones become painful? ?

How soon after eating greasy foods would troublesome gallstones become painful? ?

Biliary colic: Dietary fat causes release of gut hormones that stimulate the gallbladder to empty its stash of extra bile. Bile aids digestion. It takes about 20 minutes for this stimulation to occur. Many gallbladder patients give a range of 5 to 60 minutes after eating, that the pain, biliary colic, starts. Of course if gallstones attempt to pass, get stuck, it can become very serious health risk. Be well. ...Read more

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I was having rib pain like under so I thought it could be gallstone so I ate fatty foods to see if it would hurt after but it feels better why?!

I was having rib pain like under so I thought it could be gallstone so I ate fatty foods to see if it would hurt after but it feels better why?!

Not your best test!: Hard to pinpoint a response, since your question is so nonspecific. You may want to consider: what you ate at the time, the location of your symptoms, associated distress (like flu or 'stomach bug'), exposures to sick individuals, stressors, risks, trauma. Definitely see your doctor if symptoms worsen or persist. ...Read more

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Can I drink Ensure original nutrition shakes with numerous gallstones?

Here are some...: Ensure is specifically formulated to offer an balanced high-protein dietary supplementary drink, which should be less likely to induce gallbladder stones as compared to high-fat diet. Remember gallstones occur more often in females, with obesity, diabetes mellitus, etc. Besides, some 80% of patients with gallstones are free of symptoms. More? Ask your doctor for more individual consideration.... ...Read more

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Person diagnosed with gallstones, should she avoid spicy food, raw jalepenos, raw thin peppers, green peppers, yellow peppers?

Person diagnosed with gallstones, should she avoid spicy food, raw jalepenos, raw thin peppers, green peppers, yellow peppers?

Gallbladder diet: Low fat is better, avoid fried foods, the above is ok but drink lots of water, and if you are having gb attacks, get an opinion from a general surgeon, they specialize in gb problems. ...Read more

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Is it possible gallstones could form d/t feelings of bitterness...Did I cause my stones? Or maybe childbirth? Stress? Never ate lots of high fat food.

Is it possible gallstones could form d/t feelings of bitterness...Did I cause my stones? Or maybe childbirth? Stress? Never ate lots of high fat food.

No.: Gallstones are formed by physiologic processes that are only weakly if at all linked to feelings of stress or bitterness. Pregnancy on the other hand produces many physiologic changes that can induce gallstone formation. ...Read more

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Can heavy daily alcohol use cause gallstones. Or damage to the gallbladder. Quit drinkin now gallbladder attacks afta fatty foods. Did alcohol do this?

Can heavy daily alcohol use cause gallstones. Or damage to the gallbladder. Quit drinkin now gallbladder attacks afta fatty foods. Did alcohol do this?

Yes: Heavy alcohol use can damage your liver fist. The gallbladder is part of biliary system- same as liver. Alcohol can also trigger pancreatitis, that also can be triggered by gallstones. Fatty foods can trigger gallbladder pain. Basically, the point is that everything is related, and I highly recommend for you to stop drinking and eating fatty foods. ...Read more

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Why does my stomach always hurts? It feels like a knot in my stomach which keeps me from eating, can't hold my food down. Went to the emergency room to see if I had gallstones, they couldn't find anything.

Need more eval: You need to see your primary doctor to get a more indepth evaluation. I don't know what your ER did to evaluate it, but more workup is needed that the ER cannot provide. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm having non greasy food, no signs of pain till now. Its been 2 weeks since my gallstone n appendix surgery. But today I had a blackis stool.

I'm having non greasy food, no signs of pain till now. Its been 2 weeks since my gallstone n appendix surgery. But today I had a blackis stool.

Black stool: Black stool can be from bleeding into the upper gastrointestinal tract, taking iron or taking peptobismol or kaopectate. Your physician can perform a simple test on your stool specimen to check for the presence of absence of occult blood. ...Read more

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My mumma has gallstones when eats food feels her abdomen distend & has sting pain in abdomen & has acid problem also. Is there any need for ultrasound?

My mumma has gallstones when eats food feels her abdomen distend & has sting pain in abdomen & has acid problem also. Is there any need for ultrasound?

Abdominal pain: If you already know to have gallstones and now develop abdominal pain with food intake at the ruq, you are likely have biliary colic. No ultrasound needed. It means that you are symptomatic from the gallstones. But, if you have prolonged abdominal pain, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, jaundice, you might have gallbladder infection from gallstone blockage (need emergent surgery to remove it). ...Read more

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Long thin diarrhea, undigested food in stool, gallstones, sign of gallbladder cancer?

Long thin diarrhea, undigested food in stool, gallstones, sign of gallbladder cancer?

Unlikely: Gall bladder cancer is uncommon. Please consult this site for information.

http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/gallbladder-cancer/basics/definition/con-20023909 ...Read more

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Can gallstones cause left sided upper abdominal pain? Pain comes and oes and does not seem to be food related but ultrasound dies show that I have one

Yes: Its not the classic presentation but gallstones can cause pain in several locations. I would make sure you don't have pain from other causes before removing your gallbladder so that you are not subject to an unnecessary operation, but if the workup of your pain reveals no other source than the stones, you would be a candidate for gallbladder removal. ...Read more

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I have gastritis and gallstones woke up feeling really nauseous couldn't drink water or food ER told me sto drink liquids only im so hungry what to do?

I have gastritis and gallstones woke up feeling really nauseous couldn't drink water or food ER told me sto drink liquids only im so hungry what to do?

Hydration: If you cannot keep liquids down, you will become dehydrated. If this is the case for the test if the night, return to the ER for intravenous fluids. You may need to be admitted to the hospital. Hope this helps! ...Read more