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Dr. Amy Levine
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Please suggest what foods are safe to eat with gallstones?

Dr. Amy Levine
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Please suggest what foods are safe to eat with gallstones?

Low fat: Fatty foods cause the gallbladder to contract. They are not necessarily "unsafe" but may cause discomfort. If that is the case, you may want to consider treatment (surgery). ...Read more

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Gallstones (Definition)

Cholelithiasis are gallstones, or small stones that form in the gallbladder or its ducts. This condition presents with pain in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen, which usually worsens ...Read more


Dr. Mark Kuhnke
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Please suggest what foods are acceptable to eat when you have gallstones?

Dr. Mark Kuhnke
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Please suggest what foods are acceptable to eat when you have gallstones?

Maybe everything...: If you're not having any symptoms, ( the vast majority of patients with gallstones do not, ) you do not need a special diet. Now, if you begin to have symptoms (bloating, dyspepsia, nausea, right upper quadrant or right upper back pain, ) then a lower fat diet may reduce your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Hilary Petersel
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
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I have gallstones. Im 18, weighs 44kg nd I don't eat much fatty foods. My dad had gallstones and I was on brth cntrl pill. Which caused my gallstones?

Dr. Barry Rosen
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I have gallstones. Im 18, weighs 44kg nd I don't eat much fatty foods. My dad had gallstones and I was on brth cntrl pill. Which caused my gallstones?

Hard to know.: Both your family history and bcp use could have contributed to gallstone formation--it's hard to know which was more important. Regardless, you are joining a very large group of people who have gallstones. More important than the stones is whether they are causing any pain--"silent" gallstones require no further treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Samir Gupta
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I think I have gallstones, pain in upper abdomen, bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea, intolerance of fatty foods.It feels like a gamble on what I can eat now.?

Dr. Samir Gupta
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I think I have gallstones, pain in upper abdomen, bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea, intolerance of fatty foods.It feels like a gamble on what I can eat now.?

I agree: Most of your symptoms are consistent with gb attack however they can be reproduced by other causes such as gastric reflux irritable bowel syndrome. You probably require further evaluation. You can initially try to reduce fat intake. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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What foods should be avoided by someone with gallstones?

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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What foods should be avoided by someone with gallstones?

Avoid: Avoid fried, fatty, greasy foods. Drink plenty of liquids. Eat healthy fruits & vegetables and smaller amounts of non-fatty meat or chicken. See a doctor or general surgeon if the gallstones are causing recurrent upper abdominal pain or nausea. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
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My wife has gallstones . What foods should she avoid so not to irritate them and what medication is best to help the pain? Thank you .

Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Gallstones : Classically, a low fat diet is used, but in reality, trial and error will allow her to determine which foods make her symptoms worse. Many docs prescribe narcotics, but I have found Donnatal works well. Medications are not a long term solution however. Consider a consultation with a general surgeon to find out more. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
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Please suggest what foods should I avoid if I have gallstones?

Dr. Robert Uyeda
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Please suggest what foods should I avoid if I have gallstones?

Fatty and: Fried foods. Sometimes diary bothers people too. But these are just temporary fixes. Definitive solution is cholecystectomy. You will feel a lot better after surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Paxton Daniel
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What should you eat when you have gallstones that doesn't cause pain?

Dr. Paxton Daniel
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Anything you want: If you have no symptoms then carry on. Just know that there may be a time when a stone gets stuck where the gallbladder empties and it may then cause severe pain and possible infection. In that setting you should see a doctor and see if the gallbladder needs removing. There is no diet that will make the stones go away. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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What foods make you most likely to get gallstones?

Dr. Charles Cattano
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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What foods make you most likely to get gallstones?

Lifestyle & diet: Lifestyle & diet are important--10% incidence of gallstones in western world, much less in black africans & eastern world (unless adopt western diet). Highest with low serum hdl/high triglycerides (watch your fat intake!), higher age, sex (females 2x more), obesity, deficient fiber use. More stones also with cholesterol-lowering diets (high in unsaturated fats), Cholestyramine & Clofibrate use. ...Read more

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