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What are the symptoms of gallstones and what causes them?

What are the symptoms of gallstones and what causes them?

Biliary Colic: Gallbladder attacks cause a very classic constant, noncramping pressure like pain in the right upper abdomen or mid-abdomen (duration: hour[s], not minutes). The pain often radiates around into the right back +/-shoulder; nausea+/-vomiting+/-fever+/-chills may occur. Typically the pain is precipitated by food, especially fatty/fried ones. Diet & heredity both play a role in gallstone formation. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Definition)

Gallstones are stone-like deposits of bile in the gallbladder that are made from accumulation of cholesterol or bilirubin. Most gallstones are asymptomatic, however complications of gallstones include inflammation of the gallbladder, and blockage of ...Read more


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Can gallstones cause cancer in long term . If you don't have pain or symptoms . I have had stone for 9 yrs?

Can gallstones cause cancer in long term . If you  don't have pain or symptoms . I have had stone for 9 yrs?

No: Gallstones do not cause cancer. Very rarely pain that is thought to be stone related is related in fact to cancer within the gallbladder. Again this is very rare. ...Read more

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Can hanging upside down on inversion table cause my "6mm stable gallstone" (I have no symptoms from it) to move and get sucked into my biliary duct?

Can hanging upside down on inversion table cause my "6mm stable gallstone" (I have no symptoms from it) to move and get sucked into my biliary duct?

Not likely : It is extremely unlikely that traction would be able to move a gallstone significantly whether that be by an inversion table or other technique. Traction that is applied to the musculoskeletal system would generate little if any applied force to the gall bladder, which is in a protected position in the right upper quadrant. ...Read more

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Can a calicifed gallstone cause pain?

Can a calicifed gallstone cause pain?

Yes: Gallstones can cause pain when the GB attempts to contract to empty the bile it stores that the liver makes. The GB squeezes in response to a fatty meal to help digest your food. If you are having right upper quadrant pain especially after meals, see a surgeon to get evaluated. You may need surgery. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a gallstone attack?

What are the symptoms of a gallstone attack?

Biliary Colic: Gallbladder attacks cause a very classic constant, noncramping pressure like pain in the right upper abdomen or mid-abdomen. The pain often radiates around into the right back +/-shoulder; nausea+/-vomiting+/-fever+/-chills may occur, as well. Typically the pain is precipitated by food, especially fatty/fried ones. Typical attacks may last hour(s) and often resolve as quickly as they begin. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms that are unique to a gallstone attack?

What are the symptoms that are unique to a gallstone attack?

Characteristically: The pain is steady, starts rapidly, becomes intense and lasts at least 30 minutes and up to several hours. Many patients complain of right upper quadrant pain, right flank pain, or even mid chest pain with cholelithiasis. There may be radiation to the back and shoulders and other concomitant symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. Fatty foods can sometimes provoke biliary pain. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of gallstones?

What are symptoms of gallstones?

Gallstones: Gallstones are made of various crystal that grow into stones in the gallbladder. They can be from bile (bilirubin) or cholesterol origin. They grow in the gallbladder, may be present without any symptoms, or may cause upper abdominal pressure, bloating, discomfort, nausea, or vomiting. Often eating fatty foods may aggravate the discomfort from gallstones. ...Read more

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What is the cause of gallstones?

What is the cause of gallstones?

Imbalance: Chemical imbalance inside the gallbladder with crystals that form from either bile salts or cholesterol, these grow into gallstones. More common in females and can also be hereditary in some native populations. Some theories of hormonal changes, gallbladder wall dysfunction, cholesterol imbalance, etc, etc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of gallstones?

Pain with fatty food: Many patients report sharp right upper abdominal pain following a rich meal that can "wrap around" the right side with occasional pain between shoulder blades. More severe attack can cause your urine to turn dark and give you pale color loose bm. If you don't get treated in time, your eyes may turn yellow, run a fever and really get into a bad shape... Get checked, don't take a chance. ...Read more

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