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What is the definition or description of: gallstones?

What is the definition or description of: gallstones?

A small rock: Stone can occur in the gallbladder by concentration of bile with precipitation of crystals that grow into stones. ...Read more

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How long does it take gallstones to develop?

How long does it take gallstones to develop?

Months to years: There are 2 types of gallstones: 'cholesterol stones' (caused by excess cholesterol in bile from high fat diet, etc..) and 'pigment stones' (caused by excess bilirubin in bile due to liver disease). A patient who has gallbladder 'dysfunction' (doesn't empty) will concentrate bile causing stones. Pregnancy , rapid weight loss diabetes or liver disease may accelerate the process. ...Read more

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Managing Gallstones (Tip)

Managing Gallstones

If you have gallstones and no symptoms, fine. If you have problems from them, talk to a surgeon. ...See more

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Managing Gallstones (Checklist)

Have a gall bladder ultrasound
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See a general surgeon if symptomatic
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I have pain in my lower back as well. Could it be a symptom of gallstones?

I have pain in my lower back as well. Could it be a symptom of gallstones?

Not lower back: Usually not pain in lower back. Moderate to severe pain under the right side of the rib cage.pain may radiate through to the back around waist or to the right shoulder,severe upper abdminal pain (biliary colic) ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having gallstoned?

What are the symptoms of having gallstoned?

Pain: Often intermittent pain in the right upper abdomen especially after a fatty meal. There may be waves of crescendo type pain and nausea/ vomiting. If things get really ugly you may develop systemic signs of infection with fever. ...Read more

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Managing Gallstones (Tip)

Managing Gallstones

Gallstones that are not causing pain do not require surgery in most patients. ...See more

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Are there typical signs of gallstones?

Are there typical signs of gallstones?

1: Most people with gall stones have no symptoms at all- talk about typical. When they cause symptoms it can be pain on right side of abdomen, upper middle abdomen or chest usually worse after food. If acute infection - choleystitis sets in , one may have fever chills and severe right upper abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Intermittent low grade fever daily for past months. Had sinus surgery, lasting cough, recent diagnosis of gallstones. What is the cause? Exaustion?

Intermittent low grade fever daily for past months. Had sinus surgery, lasting cough, recent diagnosis of gallstones. What is the cause? Exaustion?

Not normal: To have low grade fever for the past months. U need to be well examined by an internist who should look for all possibilities that could cause low grade fever. ...Read more

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Managing Gallstones (Tip)

Managing Gallstones

If diagnosed with gallstones, eat healthy, avoid high-fat foods. If symptomatic, may need surgery. ...See more

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