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Is Gallbladder An Emergency
When should you go to the emergency room for possible gallbladder issues? I’ve had problems for months and it’s just getting worse
If: Severe pain not responding to pain relief, persistent vomiting not stopping, or fevers then need to rapidly exclude serious complications and as a dr who works in a rural emergency department I would not begrudge such an attendance. If possible referral to a surgeon should be made to consider operation if appropriate to sort the problem longterm. ...Read more
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
I need to get my gallbladder taken out I don't have insurance how do I convince my surgeon to take it out as a emergency I'm always in pain! Help?
Get Insurance: We live in a world now with access to health care for all. Idaho even has health plan finders. Your local public health clinic can assist you. Your family doctor's office may also be of assistance. Be proactive. Don't expect free care from those trying to save your life. They have expenses too. ...Read more
Can gallbladder issues make pregnancy morning sickness worse? Is gallblader pain a medical emergency?
Yes: Gallbladder can certainly add to sickness. As far as the pain is concerned, if it goes away if few hrs than not an emergency. If lasts more than say 4-6 hrs, need to seek medical attention. Need to go see your doctor now so that they can make proper referral now. ...Read more
Gallbladder removed on Wed. Today am noticing a pain upper-mid centre of back. No a stiff back, more internally. Post-op papers say go to emergency?
Yes: Follow you surgeons advice,Get a more detailed answer ›
Can a liver/gallbladder problem cause pleurisy or any other kind of annoying dull chest pain that a month ago emergency insisted wasn't my heart?
Follow-up as directed: The gallbladder to cause pain in the right upper quarter of the abdomen and epigastric region which can radiate to the back and lower chest. Peptic ulcer disease can also cause epigastric and lower chest pain. Other non-cardiac causes of chest pain include pleurisy, which is inflammation of the lining of the lung; muscle strain; and many other things. I'm glad you had your heart checked in the emergency department however I am sure they told you to follow up with your regular doctor and this is extremely important. ...Read more
See your primary car: You should see your primary care physician. There are tests to check if that is the problem. Why wait until it is severe or dangerous to go to er? ...Read more
I'm having severe pain in gall bladder area... severe.... do I need to go to the emergency room? And what do I do to ease the pain?
Full bladder feeling consistently with cramping on left side? I had emergency gall bladder surgery about 2 years ago? Sour stomach
Possible retention: In a male over age 55-60, post-operative urinary retention is quite common because of the effects of surgery, anesthesia, and medications causing swelling/tightness of the prostate and retention of urine. A UTI would be another possibility. Avoiding constipation, warm tub baths, limiting use of pain meds may be helpful things you can do. Otherwise, recommend call your md and/or surgeon for advice. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed as having gall stones, how long do I have until my gall bladder has to be taken out? I had an attack involving vomiting and rapid bow movement with sevier pains in my abdomen so I went to the emergency room while I was out of town. T
Symptoms = surgery: Symptomatic gallstones are an indication for laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Not an emergency but don't wait forever. ...Read more
I had emergency laparoscopic gall bladder removal 6 days ago. My ALT was 181, AST 127, AP 163, Glucose 168, and lipase 9. 1mo. Before, all were normal. They did not retest my blood. Now I have UTI & given cedifinir. Afraid it will affect liver.
LFT's: I would not worry about that particular antibiotic in this setting, but I do think it is important at some point, when ever your surgeon deems most appropriate, to recheck the liver tests to be sure that they normalize. If they do, and if your bile duct was normal in size, you should be fine. Good luck. ...Read more
I had emergency laparoscopic gall bladder removal 2 weeks ago. I am still getting discomfort on back and upper right abdomen. I am afraid of bike leak or stone. Is it normal to still feel discomfort after 2 weeks? My liver enzymes retured to normal.
Yes: If there was inflammation or infection prompting an emergency gall bladder removal, then some level of discomfort for several weeks after the procedure is normal. Bile leak would cause significant abdominal pain, and a retained stone in the bile ducts would cause more intense and cramping pain. If any fever, see your doctor immediately! ...Read more
Typically people: Feel pain in the right upper quadrant area of the stomach which can radiate to the back or flank and sometimes also in the mid-upper stomach or epigastric area. That is the classic distribution, sometimes people can feel a band-like pain across the upper abdomen. See a surgeon to be fully evaluated, which might include an ultrasound. Good luck! ...Read more
Short answer: Is: gallstones cause gallbladder attacks. Usually, a stone, which the gallbladder forms, gets stuck at its neck and causes a blockage against bile emptying. The neck is where the gallbladder narrows down to form the cystic duct, which in turn joins the common duct. When the gallbladder contracts against the obstruction caused by stone in the neck, it causes pain, which is the attack. ...Read more
Constricted?: There is no term "restricted" that I have heard of in 30 years, but there is "constricted", which means the gallbladder is very small, due to increased muscle activity in the wall of the gallbladder. Could be a normal finding, depends on whether you have had a fatty meal before the ultrasound that detected it. If you have symptoms with pain in the abdomen, additional testing is needed. ...Read more
Yes.: While the gallbladder does have some physiologic function, it is not a critical organ. Most people don't notice much difference after it is removed. The body tends to compensate well after it is removed. Of the small percentage of people that do notice any change, the consequence is usually some diarrhea with certain fatty food intake. ...Read more
Contracted?: Contracted gallbladders are small on imaging (ultrasound or ct). Can be normal if the gallbladder recently emptied. It can be seen usually in older patients who have diseased gallbladders that have just scarred down over time. If the gallbladder does not empty with stimulation during a hida scan, the term biliary dyskinesia is used. Good luck. ...Read more
In almost all: Cases, the gallbladder is attached to the underside of the liver, in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen. The pain from gallbladder disease, however, is initially usually located in the middle of abdomen. ...Read more
Ultrasound: Pain after eating a fatty mean may be a sign of a gallbladder that isn't working. So a history and physical exam is the most important thing. Next your doctor may order an ultrasound. They may see gall stones or sludge. That is small stones that may block the duct. The gall bladder is a storage vessel. They may also order a hida scan to assess function. ...Read more
No one really knows: The majority of patients that develop complications related to gallbladder disease have assoc gallstones. No one knows why some people develop stones while others don't, although there are factors that increase the risk:family hx, female (esp, if fertile, forty, fair, fat), blood diseases (sickle cell, spherocytosis, hemolytic anemia), gastric bypass/weight change. A greasy diet can stim an attack. ...Read more