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I have gallstones and bloating. Typically people say lay on right side and feel some better. But lying on my left is helping relieve it. Meaning?

I have gallstones and bloating.  Typically people say lay on right side and feel some better.  But lying on my left is helping relieve it. Meaning?

Not much: Laying on one side or other doesn't help differentiate different diagnosis accurately. Most pts with gallstones also have pain and nausea. If u only have bloating , it could b something else. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Definition)

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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What causes a hunger kind of pain in the middle of the upper abdomen. Sometimes eating relieves the pain & other times no. Can it be my gallstones?!

What causes a hunger kind of pain in the middle of the upper abdomen. Sometimes eating relieves the pain & other times no. Can it be my gallstones?!

PROBABLY NOT: Epigastric pain that is relieved by eating is typical of ulcer or gastritis. Gallstones, when symptomatic, usually cause pain after eating, especially after fatty or greasy foods. Some other entities can also cause this type of pain, including pancreas issues. I recommend you seek a direct medical opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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I need to get rid of gallstones fast.. without having surgery! Surgery issues out of the question! Any one know how I can? Milk temp. relieves pain

I need to get rid of gallstones  fast.. without having surgery!  Surgery issues out of the question! Any one know how I can? Milk temp. relieves pain

See below: The only 'fast' way to remove gallstones is by removing your gallbladder (cholecystectomy). This is recommended if you are in fact symptomatic and have been thoroughly evaluated by a surgeon. If you have cholesterol-only type gallstones, sometimes a certain medication (ursodiol) can be given oraly to slowly dissolve the gallstone; however, this can take months/years. ...Read more

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Is there anything natural that u would recommend (besides pain killers)for quick relief of gallstone pain? I.E. Lay a certain way, drink water, etc...

Is there anything natural that u would recommend (besides pain killers)for quick relief of gallstone pain? I.E. Lay a certain way, drink water, etc...

Yes: Get it removed as you have symptoms if allowed may develop additional complications, removal of gall bladder is a relatively low risk ambulatory procedure , obvious other methods failed on you , speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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Sharp pain under right rib cage traveling to back shoulder blade. Pain lasts over 10hrs. Gallbladder stones ruled out by Dr. Nothing relieves pain. ?

Sharp pain under right rib cage traveling to back shoulder blade. Pain lasts over 10hrs. Gallbladder stones ruled out by Dr. Nothing relieves pain. ?

Could still be: Your gallbladder. Many time the GB doesn't empty properly, and removing it relieves the pain. This can be tested for with a CKK HIDA scan, which tracks the filling, then emptying, of your GB. We have the arbitrary criterion of 35% as "normal" but the main thing is do you experience the same pain when you have the test? If not, the pain lies elsewhere. ...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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Pain of gallstones?

Pain: Gallbladder pain from gallstones is usually in the abdomen right under the lower tip of the breast bone and/ or under the right rib cage. It can radiate to the back, and is sometimes associated with nausea or vomiting. It can also be brought on 30-60 minutes after eating. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are gallstones?

What are 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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Ginger and gallstone?

Ginger and gallstone?

Unclear: Some herbal websites suggest that ginger can treat gallstones, others warn that ginger may stimulate gallbladder contractions and provoke a gallbladder attack an article i found in a GI journal could not document any effect on gallbladder volume or ejection fraction in healthy males. Ginger may increase bile production. Actual effect on gallstones is unclear. ...Read more

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How do gallstones form?

How do gallstones form?

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 more

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Stopping gallstone pain?

Surgery: Have your gallbladder removed. In the meantime, avoid fatty and very rich foods and see your doctor soon for treatment. ...Read more

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Can i die from gallstones?

Can i die from gallstones?

Highly Unlikely: Most people with gallbladder disease are troubled by transient episodes of pain, often after eating (biliary colic). If the gb is obstructed by a stone, inflammation can develop, but it rarely leads to an infection. If a stone exits the gb, it can block the: liver, potentially leading to serious liver infections (cholangitis), or the pancreas, leading to pancreatitis; very rarely, this is fatal. ...Read more

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Is 2cm big for a gallstone?

Is 2cm big for a gallstone?

Yes, I would : Say it is on larger side. But small stones can cause problems just as much as large stones. If you are having symptoms of gallbladder disease, you should have cholecystectomy, ask your surgeon for specific recommendation. ...Read more

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When is a gallstone removed?

When is a gallstone removed?

When symptoms: Point toward gallbladder disease. If gallstones are found but you have no symptoms then surgery may never be required. ...Read more

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How can you flush gallstones?

How can you flush gallstones?

Not possible.: This is not a possibility, and , if it were possible, it would be a terrible idea. Gallstones which leave the gallbladder enter the bile ducts, and would cause jaundice, cholangitis, and pancreatitis. Do not believe said holistic or naturopathic treatments such as olive oil and lemon juice. If your gallstones are causing symptoms, see a surgeon. If not, nothing to worry about. Good luck ...Read more

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How are gallstones diagnosed?

How are gallstones diagnosed?

Usually ultrasound: Given the right medical history, gallstones are usually diagnosed by an ultrasound. On occasion, gallstones can be picked up by other means, such as ct scan or by plain x-rays of the abdomen. Usually asymptomatic gallstones are left undisturbed. ...Read more

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Can gallstones be hereditary?

Technically no: Gallstones are precipitated material- usually cholesterol, less commonly bilirubinate(black stones). But certain inherited conditions (eg sickle cell anemia) may oversaturate the bile to form stones. Some families have high rates- probable combination of inherited metabolic traits and dietary habits. ...Read more

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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

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How should I treat gallstones?

How should I treat gallstones?

Possibly surgery: If the gallstones are consistently causing problems (pain with eating, jaundice, pancreatitis), the gallbladder should be surgically removed. Avoiding fatty foods and losing weight can help lessen these symptoms and may make surgery unnecessary. ...Read more

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Does gallstones lead to death?

Does gallstones lead to death?

Generally not: Gallstones can block the gallbladder, cause an infection which could theoretically lead to death but it would be very rare. ...Read more

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When would gallstones develop?

More in women: The fs of gallbladder disease:
1. Female
2. 40 ; above
3. Fertile
4. Fat (sorry)
5. Flatulent (gassy) after meals. ...Read more

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Sorry. 8mm gallstone, not 8 cm?

Surgery if symptoms: Gb surgery would be appropriate if you have symptoms. Just having gallstones does not require any therapy. Once symptoms start, however, they continue and slowly worsen over time. In the worst case, the gallbladder can become gangrenous and rupture causeing the need for an emergency procedure. If symptoms start, therefore, you should have the surgery early, electively before a disaster happens. ...Read more

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What are gallstones composed of?

Cholesterol, pigment: Gallstones contain variable amounts of bile pigments, cholesterol, calcium salts, and their core usually consists of bile pigments or mucoprotein, which is secreted by the inner lining of the gallbladder. the composition of gallstones is affected by age, diet and ethnicity. On the basis of their composition, gallstones can be divided into cholesterol stones, pigment stones, and mixed stones. ...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?

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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Are gallstones a serious problem?

Can be: Having stones may not be a problem-if they stay put (may be associated with increased risk for gallbladder cancer). Passing stones can be a serious problem- aside from pain, can get stuck, cause blockage, infection, and/or inflammation of the pancreas. These can be serious, even fatal problems. Good idea to remove gallbladder if symptomatic stones, or other uncommon conditions. ...Read more

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Is it painful to pass gallstones?

Usually painful: Pain is the most common symptom when passing gallstones. It is possible to have little to no pain though. The pain maybe mild or severe and associated with fever, jaundice, nausea and/or vomiting. ...Read more

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What should you do for gallstones?

Depends: Leave them alone & observe if you are having no abdominal symptoms of discomfort, nausea or vomiting. Laparoscopic surgery is a common means to remove gallbladder and gallstones if they are causing an illness or problem. Medication may dissolve non-calcified gallstones but may take years. ...Read more

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Can not eating help gallstone pain?

Can not eating help gallstone pain?

Not the best: choice, especially after childbirth. Starvation is a very poor option. Avoid fried, fatty, greasy foods. Eat healthy fruits & vegetables and small amounts of lean meats. That should help the discomfort. See a doctor or a General Surgeon regarding gallbladder surgery. ...Read more

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Are there tips to reduce gallstones?

Surgery: Once the gallbladder doesn't work it is time to remove it. Nothing can change that although there are some expensive medicines that can help them dissolve. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more