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Large Gallstones Common
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
Size doesn't count: A 5mm stone is not big, but can cause problems at any size. If you have upper abdominal pain after eating, especially with fatty foods, see your doctor and ask if you need a referral to a surgeon for gallbladder removal - it's the only treatment for symptomatic gallstones. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Many: Most often it is recurrent pain esp after fatty foods. Others include acute cholesystitis (stone lodged in cystic duct), pancreatitis (stone lodged in common bile duct blocking the pancreatic duct), turning yellow, infection in bile duct (can be life threatening) etch. Having said that, most people do not have any symptoms even if they have gallstones! ...Read more
Right upper abd Pain: Gallstones can be asymptomatic for years and require no therapy. If symptomatic you may experience characteristic symptom of intense pain in the upper right side of the abdomen, often accompanied by nausea and vomiting, and possibly referred pain in between shoulder blades or below right shoulder. If gallstones are symptomatic you may need to remove your gallbladder surgically (cholecystectomy). ...Read more
Gallstones are: Precipitants that form when the bile is supersaturated. It can form from any combination of cholesterol, bilirubinate, lecithin, and bile salts. It can cause biliary colic or acute cholecystitis. Classic symptoms are right upper quadrant postprandial pain with radiation to tip of scapula. But they can cause other symptoms too, so check with your doctor, he'll get tests to find out for sure. ...Read more
Big Gallstone: Likely yes if you are prone to high triglycerides and cholesterol. A stone that size might have to be taken out "the old fashioned way", or one of the incisions extended when trying to grab the gallbladder. I've seen one as big as a golfball, tough to get out through a tiny hole! If you are symptomatic, I'd get it out ASAP before it gets any bigger! Good luck! I only had sludge-thought I was dying ...Read more
How fast can gallstones grow? Is it possible for them to get a lot bigger or grow to a large size within a month or two?
Not likely that: Gallstones grow rapidly within a month or two. Size of stones is not as important as the symptoms they cause, however. Multiple small stones can sometimes cause more problems than single larger stone. ...Read more
Get it out: If you are having symptoms from your gallstone, you should have the gallbladder removed. The stone will not get smaller, it will likely get larger and as it grows, it can lead to significant problems, including pressure necrosis of the gallbladder. At your age, while you are still relatively healthy, the removal can usually be done laparoscopically, with relatively quick recovery ...Read more
Most likely: If you are symptomatic and surgeon thinks from GB then it likely needs to come out. He/she may do a HIDA scan to confirm that it is unhealthy. Asymptomatic cholelithiasis with normal labs can wait to be removed as not urgent. The goal is to fix the problem causing you pain and sometimes a gallstone isn't the thing causing the pain. Talk with your physician/surgeon about it. ...Read more
It is possible, and no reasonable physician would do it.
See, the problem is not just having gallstones, but the gallbladder and bile allow the formation of these... so it is likely you would produce many more...
The solution in a symptomatic patient is to remove the gallbladder. That is where the problem lies, and if it gets inflamed the surgery is urgent. ...Read more
Temporary RX: Dissolution rx can be effective for small, non-calcified stones. However, the medication (urso) is poorly tolerated. Moreover, the gallstones will return within a few years after stopping the medication. Therefore, surgical removal of the "gallstone factory" remains the gold standard. ...Read more
I have gallstones but only have gotten about 2 big pains with it. Is it dangerous? Do I have to get them removed?
It is recommended: You don't have to get your gallbladder removed, however after experiencing one attack of gallbladder pain the likelihood of experiencing repeat attacks increases. Therefore it is recommended to have your gallbladder removed after your first attack. The risks associated with elective gallbladder surgery are less than those of the possible complications associated with severe gallbladder disease. ...Read more
There is a lesion my pancreas found during sono of abdomen. I have large 3.6cm gallstone. Is this related?
May not be related: Any lesion on pancreas needs serious investigation, speak to your doctor will do additional test to find the nature of that lesion. ...Read more
I have a large gallstone, but only seem to get pain in the night & not in the day after eating. Could it be something else?
Yes: Pain associated with gallstones, termed biliary colic, is most typically in the upper right side of the abdomen and usually occurs after eating (fatty meals are most pronounced). This is because the gallbladder contracts in response to a meal in order to empty it's contents into the bowel to aid in digestion. Gallstones can intermittently obstruct this emptying. ...Read more
My doctor confirmed with ultrasound I have one large gallstone in my gallbladder. Is my only option to have my gallbladder removed? Attacks nightly
Gallstones is a common condition and is cured by removing the gallbladder. Your symptoms can continue to reoccur unless the gallbladder is removed. Thankfully the gallbladder is not a vital organ and people live a normal life without one. Avoiding fatty foods can also help reduce the symptoms of gallbladder pain as these foods stimulate the gallbladder. ...Read more
I had my gallbladder out five months ago due to gallstone pancreatitis. I am having ongoing pain and digestive problems, is this common?
Is frequent nausea common with gallstones? Especially in the morning, evening and after I eat or drink something. It's more like queasiness.
I'm diagnosed with gallblader gallstone - its large one 12mm. Doctor advised to remove gallbladder. Is it safe? I have only had one pain attack so far
Follow Dr advice:
Your DR knows your medical history and is making the best recommendation with this in hand.
You must be in good health for this recommendation to have been made.
The stone will not "go away" on its own, the only solution is to remove it. ...Read more
Ultrasound results: large gallstone present in neck of gallbladder and tumefactive sludge. What is meaning?
A catscan was done in er. I have. Big amount of gallstones. I'm staying nauseated daily no health insurance what can I take to go back to a job?
Gallbladder removal: You should strongly entertain having your gallbladder removed. In terms of total health expenditures when comparing long term medical management/time off work, surgery is most cost-effective. Many hospitals and surgeons have programs for indigent care. Also with the affordable care act (aca--obamacare), many more will be able to achieve medicaid for payment. ...Read more
Diagnosed with gastritis, and have a large gallstone, how do you know which one is bothering you? Pains right side, and back, burping, and bloating
SoundsLikeGallbladdr: The location and description of your pain sounds like it is secondary to gallbladder disease. These attacks typically occur after eating (esp. Fatty foods), last for an hour or more, are assc. W/nausea +/- vomiting, and may radiate into the back. Gastritis is an almost-universal finding at upper endoscopy; if it caused any symptoms, I would expect burning discomfort relieved by eating. ...Read more
Does Biliary Dykskinesia typically cause gallstones and/or increase in sludge? If so, how often do stones/sludge get stuck in the common bile duct?
Colicky pain: Gallstones/sludge cause symptoms referred to as biliary dyskinesia (not the other way around). Large stones can get stuck in the common bile duct but that usually causes severe pain and sometimes jaundice. Dyskinesia is pain that comes and goes, especially triggered by fatty food. The symptoms can be controlled with diet for a while but the best treatment is gallbladder removal. ...Read more