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Gallbladder Taking Alli
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
Risk of gallstones: Rapid weight loss increases the risk of gallstones. This is likely a reason for the recommendation against orlistat (alli or xenical) for weight loss in people with gallstones. There may be other reason also. ...Read more
Yes, Alli is a drug: That works by blocking the action of a fat digesting enzyme called lipase. Lipase is made in the pancreas, so previous gallbladder removal will have no effect. The side effects also remain the same: greasy stools diarrhea, soiling, vitamin absorption problems. This is, because fat stays in the stool instead of being absorbed from the intestine. And weight loss is modest. ...Read more
I used to take Alli. I lost 67 pounds in 2 months. Recently, back in February this year, I had my gall bladder removed. Approximately 2-3 weeks later, I began taking the Alli again. Let me mention that when I took them before, it was in 2008 and I was 41
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Will eating alot of corn tortillas cause constapation and crackers also I had my gallbladder out and was eating bland. I am not taking any meds?
I just has my pendix taking out but now my left side in my stumck is bothering me could this be my gallbladder and getting sharp cramps on my left?
What do they do in ER if I go in due to gallbladder attack? Will they demand taking gallbladder out? Mine is only functioning 15% but I don't want it out.
Meds: There are meds that dissolve the gb stones. When you go to the er they will give you pain meds and recommend a gb study and refer you to a gb surgeon or a GI guy. They will tell you to avoid fatty foods as this squeezes the gb and causes pain. Good news about surgery-its done with scope and its pretty slick. Not like when I used to take em out the hard way. ...Read more
This is normal: The GB stores bile that is made by the liver. In response to a fatty meal, the GB squeezes and empties the bile into the intestines to help digest your food. A collapsed GB just means that it has recently emptied, probably after a meal. Conversely, a distended or full GB is common when fasting. ...Read more
See below: The most common and best tests are ultrasound for the diagnosis of gallstones, and to examine the surrounding bile ducts and pancreas, and HIDA scan, which is a nuclear medicine study to diagnose gallbladder dysfunction without stones (biliary dyskinesia) or gallbladder duct blockage. ...Read more
Variable: I guess you are asking about a low gallbladder ejection fraction on a hida scale. Depends on your symptoms. Gallbladder surgery if there are gallstoes. If a lot of discomfort & nausea from biliary dyskinesia without stones, then may get relief with gallbladder surgery. Just leave alone if there are no gallstones & little or no symptoms. ...Read more
Typically: Epigastric and right upper quadrant post prandial pain after heavy or fatty meals. If it progresses to complications, it can also cause fever, jaundice, peritonitis, or pancreatitis. Your doctor will probably order an abdominal ultrasound and blood tests to investigate this matter further. ...Read more
Stasis: Problems with the gb emptying whether it is due to obstruction from stones or lack of inherent contractility, it is bile sitting in the gb and not draining properly that can set a patient up for inflammation. Stones sitting in the gb will also cause bile to build up in the gb and can contribute to stasis without causing overt obstruction. ...Read more
Gallbladder: Avoid fatty foods.Get a more detailed answer ›
Very common.: Approximately 500, 000 gallbladder surgeries or cholecystectomies are performed each year in the United States. The most common reason for cholecystectomies is gallbladder pain (biliary colic) due to blockage of the cystic or bile duct by gallstones. Approximately 20 million adults in the U.S. Have gallstones and an estimated one million people are newly diagnosed with gallstones each year. ...Read more
Maybe but rarely: Gallbladders rarely "rupture." contrary to popular misconception, they don't pop like a balloon. They may become so inflamed that they become gangrenous and start leaking. It's not the leak per se that is the problem, but the associated extreme inflammation and damage to surrounding structures. Death is an uncommon occurrence, but may occur in older/sicker patients with other medical problems. ...Read more
Some cases: Most common causes of gallstone formation include supersaturation of bile with cholesterol and changes in cholesterol metabolism. This occurs in patients who are overweight, pregnant or lose a weight quickly. Diet is a bigger issue than genetics. Since families often gave similar dietary habits gallstones can be seen in multiple family members. See research on pima indians for heredity issues. ...Read more
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