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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I had a gallbladder attack 4+ years ago. I had sludge in my gallbladder... Does that ever go away or still there.
Still there: As above and probably progressed to stones which can be seen on an ultrasound. ...Read more
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
I have been having what feels like a gallbladder attack for 4 days now. What do you think that could mean? I am quite worried
Go to ER: Get a definitive diagnosis and then treatment ...Read more
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
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
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
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