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What is a gallbladder attack?

What is a gallbladder attack?

Pain! : Right abdominal pain under your ribs, fevers, nausea bloating, vomiting. Tender to the touch. If concerned, see your doctor. If really bad, go to ER ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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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What are gallbladder attack symptoms?

What are gallbladder attack symptoms?

Upper abdominal pain: Pain in the right or middle of the upper abdomen, often radiating to the back, is the most common symptom. This is often worse after eating, especially fatty meals. Nausea, vomiting, and abdominal bloating are other common symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you get a gallbladder attack at 16?

Can you get a gallbladder attack at 16?

Yes: Quite possible. How was a gallbladder attack diagnosed and what symptoms are you having? ...Read more

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What can I do for a gallbladder attack?

What can I do for a gallbladder attack?

Pain meds, time.: Gallbladder pain is almost always due to blockage of the outflow of bile from the gallbladder due to a stone. Usually, the obstructing stone will "fall back" into the gallbladder within an hour or so, leading to complete resolution of the pain. If the attack lasts for hours, it is advisable to go to an er to receive pain meds (which may "break" an attack) +/- admission for definitive care-surgery. ...Read more

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How long does a gallbladder attack last?

Usually about : Six to eight hours, but it can be shorter or longer, depending on many factors. If you go on to develop acute cholecystitis, it might not go away until you have an emergency operation. ...Read more

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How can I relieve a gallbladder attack at home?

How can I relieve a gallbladder attack at home?

Time: Time. There is a medication called Donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine) however, that can help. This is only a temporary solution. Definitive treatment is surgical removal of the gallbladder, typically done with a technique known as laparoscopy, using small incisions and a camera. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of a gallbladder attack?

What are some symptoms of a gallbladder attack?

Usually : Right upper or mid upper abdominal pain following a large or fatty meal, accompanied by nausea or vomiting, with sometimes radiation to tip of shoulder blade bone. These care classic symptoms but other symptoms can appear too. ...Read more

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What is the best relief for a gallbladder attack?

What is the best relief for a gallbladder attack?

Avoidance: Best to treat the problem & avoid the attacks. Avoid fried fatty greasy foods. Take something like Ibuprofen if having discomfort. If the pains continue and you have gallstones, see your doctor for a referral to a general surgeon for laparoscopic surgery to remove the gallbladder & gallstones. If the pain is bad and having a lot of vomiting, you may need to go to an er for evaluation. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a gallbladder attack in man?

What are the signs of a gallbladder attack in man?

Varies: The most common symptom is right upper quadrant pain, which can radiate to the back. There can be associated nausea, bloating, and increased flatulence. Eating triggers the symptoms, especially fatty and greasy foods. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have a gallbladder attack?

What does it feel like to have a gallbladder attack?

Varies: The most common symptom is right upper quadrant pain, which can radiate to the back. There can be associated nausea, bloating, and increased flatulence. Eating triggers the symptoms, especially fatty and greasy foods. ...Read more

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How do you if you are having gallbladder attack symptoms?

Right upper : Or mid upper abdominal pain, after large or fatty meals, lasting 6-8hrs, with radiation to tip of scapula, nausea, and vomiting are classic symptoms. But not every gallbladder attack exhibit classic symptoms. Your doctor will run some tests to make sure. ...Read more

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Why always 2:00am for gallbladder attack? I eat at 7:00pm.

Fat in meals: Gallbladder attacks often follow eating a fatty meal, pizza, fried chicken, french fries, that sort of thing. The fat has to be absorbed into the bloodstream first, which accounts for the time delay. Fat stimulates the gallbladder to contract and force bile into the GI tract, bile helps the body to absorb fat, and therefore digest the food. Unfortunately this triggers the gallbladder attack ...Read more

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What is the best way to get through a mild gallbladder attack?

What is the best way to get through a mild gallbladder attack?

Tylenol, (acetaminophen) rest, MD: The gallbladder normally stores bile made in the liver, for use during digestion, where the bile assists in absorption of fats. A gallbladder "attack" is related to gallstones that block the expulsion of bile from the gallbladder. The pain is usually shortly after meals, worse with fatty foods, and lasts about an hour or so, right upper abdomen sometimes radiating to back. Removal is recommended ...Read more

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Other than pain what are the effects/symptoms of a gallbladder attack?

Other than pain what are the effects/symptoms of a gallbladder attack?

NAUSEA, SOMETIMES: Vomiting, poor digestion, bloating, diarrhea and discolored stools. If infection sets in, fever and chills are possible. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the best way to get through a mild gallbladder attack?

Surgery: Biliary colic is due to stones in the gallbladder that obstruct the duct. It is extremely painful. Sometimes a lowfat diet and nothing to eat except liquids can mitigate the pain, but in general to prevent acute cholecystitis, and pancreatitis, the gallbladder needs to be removed. ...Read more

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Will i be ok if I'm having a gallbladder attack and take good care of myself?

Will i be ok if I'm having a gallbladder attack and take good care of myself?

How bad?: Transient obstruction of the gb will cause "biliary colic"-an attack of ~hour duration that resolves on its own. Persistent obstruction (>24hrs) leads to inflammation+/-infection that should be managed in the hospital, often culminating in urgent surgery. ...Read more

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Can you still have a gallbladder attack, after your gallbladder has been removed?

Depends : What you mean by attack. You will not get cholecystitis after cholecystectomy, but you can get things such as biliary dyskinesia and common duct stones. Ask your doctor for specific advice. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a gallbladder attack? Specifically, what does it feel like?

Pain: Typical symptoms of a "gallbladder attack" include pain in the abdomen. This pain is usually located at the bottom of the breastbone and under the right ribs and occasionally radiates to the back. Is often present about 30 to 60 minutes after food ingestion and sometimes associated with nausea and vomiting. ...Read more

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What makes pain come from places other than the gallbladder during a gallbladder attack?

Each person is: Different. People experience pain in many ways. Gallbladder symptoms are most often upper abdominal pains with nausea & pain can move to the right upper abdomen. Some feel pain into the right upper back. Some feel pain in the right shoulder due the nerve of the diaphragm muscle. Some feel chest pain, etc. ...Read more

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Explain what exactly a gallbladder attack feels like and where you would feel the pain please?

Explain what exactly a gallbladder attack feels like and where you would feel the pain please?

See below: Gallstones can cause mild symptoms such as upper abdominal gas bloating and pressure discomfort after eating. Sometimes there can be more pain in the right upper and middle upper abdomen with nausea and vomiting, worse after eating fatty foods. Sometimes the pain will go into the upper back. Sometimes yellow jaundice with abdominal pain could happen if the gallstones move into the bile ducts. ...Read more

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I am still experiencing some discomfort following a gallbladder attack yesterday afternoon. Should I seek medical attention?

I am still experiencing some discomfort following a gallbladder attack yesterday afternoon. Should I seek medical attention?

Yes: You may have an infection of the gallbladder or a stone that is creating blockage. Be assessed. All the best. ...Read more

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Can a gallbladder attack kill you?

Very rarely: While a bad gallbladder attack may make you feel like you want to die it is rarely fatal. Every year over 500, 000 gallbladder removal operations are done in the us for gallbladder related pain. Some are severely infected. Rarely a patient with a poorly functioning immune system has difficulty fighting the infection and dies. The vast majority recover quickly and get on with life. ...Read more

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Can alcohol encourage a gallbladder attack?

Can alcohol encourage a gallbladder attack?

NO: The gall bladder is stimulated by a fatty meal, alcohol is a carbohydrate. Your pain may be gastritis/duodenitis due to etoh toxic effects ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve pain from gallbladder attack? Ultasound soon, but in pain now.

ANTI INFLAMMATORIES: If the attack is severe and unrelenting, you may need to get some pain relief at an urgent care or priority care center. You can try anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen). Hydrate, and avoid any fatty food. That's about it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Scientists have discovered any OTC medicines that will help when having a gallbladder attack?

Really nothing: Will help besides pain meds. Definitive treatment is cholecystectomy. You should have operation if you are having symptoms. Get an opinion from surgeon. ...Read more

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My gallbladder is only functioning 15%. I just ate shrimp with lots of spices. Would that cause a gallbladder attack?

My gallbladder is only functioning 15%. I just ate shrimp with lots of spices. Would that cause a gallbladder attack?

Possibly: Any food can lead to a "gallbladder attack" (aka biliary colic). Commonly, attacks occur due to gallstones. However, some people don't have stones, instead they have a dysfunctional gallbladder (doesn't work right). We call this biliary dyskinesia. Typically, we see this more often with fatty meals. If an attack persists it can lead to severe inflammation — called cholecystitis. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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


Dr. Ronen Elefant
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Acute Cholecystitis (Definition)

An abrupt onset of gallbaldder inflammation most commonly caused by obstruction of the gallbladder duct by stones. Most are ...Read more