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I have gallbladder pain without stones, is removal the only answer?

I have gallbladder pain without stones, is removal the only answer?

No: I do not know what testing you have had. Have you seen a gastroenterologist? Endoscopy? Hida gallbladder function scan? Removing a normally functioning gallbladder may cause diarrhea and cause food intolerances and not resolve the pain. Have a complete evaluation before deciding if you may need gallbladder surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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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 you tell me about gallbladder pain without stones is removal the only answer?

Can you tell me about gallbladder pain without stones is removal the only answer?

Poor function: Some patients can experience after- meal upper abdominal pain because the gallbladder doesn't empty properly. This is called biliary dyskinesia and can be a problem in the abscence of gallstones. Gallbladder emptying studies can diagnose this . Taking the gallbladder out can definitely help most patients but there are a percentage of patients that their pain persists and need additional studies. ...Read more

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I have gallbladder pain but no stones, what to do?

I have gallbladder pain but no stones, what to do?

HIDA Scan: Imaging study to see how well your gallbladder does its job of squeezing bile into your intestine. If your gallbladder is not functioning well on this test, it is a sign of chronic inflammation of the gallbladder and surgery would be recommended. ...Read more

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Should I go to the E.R.? Severe Gallbladder pain, diagnosed with stones and sludge-balls. Awaiting surgery date.

Should I go to the E.R.?  Severe Gallbladder pain, diagnosed with stones and sludge-balls.  Awaiting surgery date.

My God,OfAllThe Gall: If you are hurting so much the pain medication you are taking isn't helping(assuming you're taking it as directed) &/or you are vomiting everything or most things you are eating or drinking &/or you have a fever &/or you are urinating less &/or your urine is getting darker & darker &/or your eyes are getting yellow &/or a large black crow flies in and impales itself in your stomach,go to the ER ...Read more

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Can vicodin be used for kidney stone or gallbladder stone pain?

Can vicodin be used for kidney stone or gallbladder stone pain?

Yes: Many pain medications can be used for kidney stone or gallstone pain, including vicodin. Please see your doctor before taking any opioid. ...Read more

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Gallbladder pain, 2 polyp's found but ultrasound detected no stones so why would my gallbladder be having mild spasms and sharp pains, what to do?

Gallbladder: Functional gallbladder disorder/gallbladder dyskinesia can produce symptoms similar to gallstones. It can be diagnosed with a nuclear medicine scan(HIDA/CCK scan). Talk with your doctor about the next steps. ...Read more

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Gallbladder removed, no stones, pain or issues. Doc said removed bcuz it disfunctioned from being on NPO too long from other surgery prior. Possible?

Gallbladder removed, no stones, pain or issues. Doc said removed bcuz it disfunctioned from being on NPO too long from other surgery prior. Possible?

Unfortunate: I am sorry to hear you had your gallbladder removed. I believe organs should be removed only as a last resort when there are no other options. It does not seem necessary to remove a gallbladder when you were having no stones, pain or issues. Many people have fasted long periods without harm to their gallbladder. At this point I advise taking Ox Bile and lipase enzymes with your meals. ...Read more

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Is it true pears help with gallbladder pain?

Is it true pears help with gallbladder pain?

Low fat...: You've been advised in a prior healthtap answer regarding a low fat diet. Pears are no-fat. Other than this fact, a single pear or two will not alleviate gallbladder pain. Please seek appropriate medical/surgical care, & if in considerable discomfort get to the er. ...Read more

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For gallbladder pain is it best to use ice or heat?

For gallbladder pain is it best to use ice or heat?

Maybe heat: Can help some with cramps caused by obstruction. Inflammation might cause severe pain that will improve only with stronger analgesics and many patients need surgery. If you have severe pain lasting more than 2 hours you should seek immediate medical attention. Also if you experience severe nausea, persistent vomiting or notice yellow skin, eyes or dark urine. ...Read more

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What is the best way to ease or rid of gallbladder pain?

What is the best way to ease or rid of gallbladder pain?

Diet/surgery: You can minimize gallbladder pain by eating a bland diet that avoids greasy/fried fatty foods. Ultimately you may have to have your gallbladder removed to completely relieve the pain. ...Read more

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What over the counter medicine will help gallbladder pain?

Ibuprofen: Although many over the counter meds can lead to improvement in your discomfort, you should really ensure the correct diagnosis and source of the pain first. If this is cholecystitis you need antibiotics. As well, if this is truly your gallbladder, you should consider surgical removal to prevent ongoing or worsening symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I am having gallbladder pain after removal ?

Is there a reason why I am having gallbladder pain after removal ?

Not unusual to have: Gallbladder colic type of pain for 4-8 weeks after removal, until your system gets accustomed to absence of gallbladder. If your pain persists beyond that, then it could be stones that were hidden in the common duct, or another cause of pain. So discuss with your surgeon if the pain persists. ...Read more

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What's the difference between an appendicitis pain and a gallbladder pain ?

What's the difference between an appendicitis pain and a gallbladder pain ?

Location: Typically, gallbladder pain is in the upper abdomen (middle to right side), and radiates to the back. Crampy, comes and goes, onset 30' or so after eating. Appendicitis is in the belly button, then migrates to the right lower abdomen. It is progressive and unrelenting. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Which works better for gallbladder pain- ice or heat- heat doesn't work well?

Pain from: Gallbladder attacks, or biliary colic, is deep visceral pain. I don't think heat or ice or any combination would make it any better. ...Read more

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How does gallbladder pain feel?

How does gallbladder pain feel?

Pressure Pain: Gallbladder attacks will typically cause severe, pressure-like, non-cramping, non-burning pain, well-localized to the right upper or midline upper abdomen. The pain does not wax-and-wane: it is usually steady and unrelenting, and may go away as quickly as it started, typically within 1 hour. ...Read more

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What does gallbladder pain feel like?

What does gallbladder pain feel like?

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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Does gallbladder pain last for weeks?

Usually, biliary: Colic last about 6 hours. If it is acute cholecystitis, pain can be more severe and last longer. But it should not last weeks. Consult your doctor to look for other possible causes of pain if it persists this long. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Berg
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Biliary Colic (Definition)

Biliary colic or gallbladder attack pain occurs when a gallstone temporarily gets stuck in the bile duct. The pain is mainly in the right upper abdomen and can radiate to the shoulder. Biliary colic occurs with fatty meals. Pain can ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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