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How Can Acid Form Gallstones
Gallstone formation: Stone formation is a complex process that depends on the contents of the bile fluid, which includes the balance of acidity. Hormones, gallbladder contraction strength, and bile fluid containing the balances of salt, cholesterol, bile acids, & inflammation (bacteria) likely play a larger role. Most people are referring to reflux disease when they talk about acid; gerd doesn't cause gallstones. ...Read more
Various meds: Acid reflux can be managed using medications or lifestyle modifications. Lifestyle modifications include weight loss, small frequent meals, reducing fatty and spicy foods (triggers). Medications include proton pump inhibitors like prilose, Nexium (esomeprazole) or H2 blockers like zantac. Good health. ...Read more
Supersaturation!: Bile consists of a mixture of cholesterol, bile pigments, and phospholipids. If any of these increase, they can precipitate out and become solidified, forming stones. This is present in 10-20% of people in the US, although usually "silent". Heredity, diet, and age can all play a role. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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It is a bile acid: Primary bile acids are made in the liver and stored within the gall bladder. Urso is a secondary bile acid. It can be made by intestinal bacteria which process the primary bile acids. It is used for dissolving gallstones and for treating a disorder called primary biliary cirrhosis. Sometimes it may be used for other bile duct diseases. ...Read more
Sometimes: Multiple gallbladder attacks can sometimes cause inflammation and scarring around the gallbladder which can make the surgery more difficult. Often, there is a layer of fat in the abdomen which is called the Omentum. This serves as a band aid and will cover the GB when it is inflamed or irritated. You should see a Surgeon to get worked up and consider surgery. ...Read more
Differences: Uric acid is an almost insoluble compound that is a breakdown product of nitrogenous metabolism. Urates are a salt or ester of uric acid. Urea is a colorless crystalline compound that is the main nitrogenous breakdown product of protein and is excreted in urine. I hope that satisfies your curiosity. ...Read more
GERD: Longstanding gerd can lead to permanent damage to the esophagus which can then lead to cancer of the esophagus. Although this is unusual, cancer of the esophagus is often identified in its late stages, and in this instance, can lead to death from stage IV esophageal cancer. Endoscopy is mandatory if you have long standing gerd. ...Read more
How can one prevent developing kidney stones and gall bladder stones? Is there any food items that can help cure it naturally?
Kidney and Gallstone: First, find out why you have these problems at age 33. Second, treatment will depend on that answer. Third, as regards the kidney stones, drink lots of water. ...Read more
Not for prevention: We need uric acid but High levels of uric acid is called hyperuricemia and can lead to gout.Diet wise High intake of dietary purine, high-fructose corn syrup, and table sugar can cause increased uric acid.Serum uric acid can be elevated due to reduced excretion by the kidneys. Fasting or rapid weight loss can temporarily elevate uric acid levels.Certain drugs, such as thiazide diuretics, can incr. ...Read more
Anemia: Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. Can help with anemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can't: There are all sorts of old wives tale remedies out there for gallbladder stone, but science shows that once a patient has symptoms from gallstones, these symptoms are very likely to recur until the gallbladder is removed. Delaying surgery makes surgery more difficult and risks/complications higher. Stones leaving the gallbladder don't just cause pain. They can damage pancreas and cause infection. ...Read more
Variety of things: Another factor can be stress. Weight loss while easier said than done can be very helpful. If medication fails or if you do develop swallowing difficulties or weight loss or are on antiinflammatories or blood thinners please see a doctor in case more serious disease is occuring. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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