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Dr. John Fung
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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What is the best way to get through a mild gallbladder attack?

Dr. John Fung
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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What is the best way to get through a mild gallbladder attack?

Tylenol, 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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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
26 years in practice
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How can I relieve a gallbladder attack at home?

Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
26 years in practice
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How can I relieve a gallbladder attack at home?

Time: Time. There is a medication called Donnatal 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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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
29 years in practice
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What can I do for a gallbladder attack?

Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
29 years in practice
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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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Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
29 years in practice
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Will i be ok if i'm having a gallbladder attack and take good care of myself?

Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
29 years in practice
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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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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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Explain what exactly a gallbladder attack feels like and where you would feel the pain please?

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Board Certified, General Surgery
34 years in practice
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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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Dr. Andrew Kramer
Board Certified, General Surgery
30 years in practice
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I had a gallbladder attack 4+ years ago. I had sludge in my gallbladder... Does that ever go away or still there.

Dr. Andrew Kramer
Board Certified, General Surgery
30 years in practice
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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

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
Board Certified, General Surgery
40 years in practice
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What are some symptoms of a gallbladder attack?

Dr. Robert Uyeda
Board Certified, General Surgery
40 years in practice
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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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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
30 years in practice
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Other than pain what are the effects/symptoms of a gallbladder attack?

Dr. Luis Villaplana
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
30 years in practice
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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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Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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Can you get a gallbladder attack at 16?

Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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Can you get a gallbladder attack at 16?

Yes: Possible to have gall stones at the age of 16 or even younger , but not a frequent problem ( rare ) ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
26 years in practice
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What are the symptoms of a gallbladder attack? Specifically, what does it feel like?

Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
26 years in practice
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Pain: Typical symptoms of an "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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