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Signs And Symptoms Of A Gallbladder Attack
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
Pain: Typical symptoms of an "gallbladder attack" include pain in the abdomen. This pain is usually located at the bottom of the breastbone and under the right ribs and occasionally radiates to the back. Is often present about 30 to 60 minutes after food ingestion and sometimes associated with nausea and vomiting. ...Read more
Upper abdominal pain: Pain in the right or middle of the upper abdomen, often radiating to the back, is the most common symptom. This is often worse after eating, especially fatty meals. Nausea, vomiting, and abdominal bloating are other common symptoms. ...Read more
No: Alcohol does not have direct relationship to gallbladder disease. However, alcohol can affect the composition of bile salts to cholesterols and fatty acids. This can lead to gallstone formation and subsequent gallbladder "attacks". This is usually manifested as right upper abdominal pain following meals.. Alcohol does have direct toxic affects to the liver and pancreas as well as the brain.. ...Read more
Having intermittent gallbladder attack symptoms, normal ultrasound (no stones), HIDA scan showed GBEF: 90%. Is this a high number? Problematic?
Gall bladder: The ultrasound and gbef are reassuring. Yes normal. Do your best to eliminate fatty foods. No chocolate either. You may have crystals forming. Achieve ideal wt. Eat smaller meals. ...Read more
I am having joint issues on right side of body. Right kidney hurts sometimes. Have had gallbladder attack symptoms this year also. All the right side?
Coincidental: While I could understand your concern, these 3 diseases are unrelated. This would be no different than you flipping a coin 3 times in a row, and it coming up "heads" all 3 times. ...Read more
If someone is having a gallbladder attack with symptoms of severe heartburn and sweating, does it always require medical attention or can it pass?
May not be gb: Well, you are assuming this is a gallbladder attack. What you're describing is not unlike cardiac pain. So, if you have not been evaluated, then do so. If it is confirmed, through testing and elimination, that this is a gb attack, if will probably pass, but it could take several hours. I suggest gb removal if it's the confirmed culprit. Good luck. ...Read more
What would an ERCP show that in ultrasound HIDA scan and blood work would not? All my tests came back normal still having gallbladder attack symptoms
Can virus cause gallbladder attack? Spouse + myself had attack within weeks. Gallbladder pain followed 10 days of flu symptoms (body pain + fatigue)?
Pain on right: Your liver is on your right side below the ribs. Gallbladder is tucked under the liver. Right side abdominal pain, above the belly button is usually where it hurts with a bad gallbladder. The pain occurs after eating, especially fatty foods, can be severe. If pain lasts more than an hour or if you vomit get to your doctor. Ultrasound can diagnose. ...Read more
Pain: Gallstones may cause pain by blocking the outflow of bile from the gallbladder. This will cause non-cramping, non-burning, steady pain, localized to the right upper- or upper midline abdomen, +/- radiation into back. As abruptly as the pain begins, it tends to subside after an hour or so. It often follows meals, especially fatty, fried foods. It also may be associated with nausea +/- vomiting. ...Read more
Gall Bladder: Please refer to my response above. Thanks. ...Read more
Signs and symptoms a gall bladder would need to be removed? Also, over production of acid in the stomach. Any overlap or relation?
Gallstones: Gallstones and their symptoms can be highly variable from one person to another. Many people can walk around and feel normal with gallstones, and they do not need surgery. Other people with gallstones get upper abdominal gas and pressure discomforts with nausea or vomiting. If you hare having gallstone pain and symptoms, which usually get worse with eating fatty or greasy foods, then you should see you family doctor to see if they recommend referral to a surgeon. Probably also not the best to wait for severe unrelenting abdominal pain and vomiting to occur. ...Read more
Pain meds, time.: Gallbladder pain is almost always due to blockage of the outflow of bile from the gallbladder due to a stone. Usually, the obstructing stone will "fall back" into the gallbladder within an hour or so, leading to complete resolution of the pain. If the attack lasts for hours, it is advisable to go to an er to receive pain meds (which may "break" an attack) +/- admission for definitive care-surgery. ...Read more
Time: Time. There is a medication called Donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine) however, that can help. This is only a temporary solution. Definitive treatment is surgical removal of the gallbladder, typically done with a technique known as laparoscopy, using small incisions and a camera. ...Read more
Avoidance: Best to treat the problem & avoid the attacks. Avoid fried fatty greasy foods. Take something like Ibuprofen if having discomfort. If the pains continue and you have gallstones, see your doctor for a referral to a general surgeon for laparoscopic surgery to remove the gallbladder & gallstones. If the pain is bad and having a lot of vomiting, you may need to go to an er for evaluation. ...Read more
Fat in meals: Gallbladder attacks often follow eating a fatty meal, pizza, fried chicken, french fries, that sort of thing. The fat has to be absorbed into the bloodstream first, which accounts for the time delay. Fat stimulates the gallbladder to contract and force bile into the GI tract, bile helps the body to absorb fat, and therefore digest the food. Unfortunately this triggers the gallbladder attack ...Read more
Tylenol, (acetaminophen) rest, MD: The gallbladder normally stores bile made in the liver, for use during digestion, where the bile assists in absorption of fats. A gallbladder "attack" is related to gallstones that block the expulsion of bile from the gallbladder. The pain is usually shortly after meals, worse with fatty foods, and lasts about an hour or so, right upper abdomen sometimes radiating to back. Removal is recommended ...Read more
Surgery: Biliary colic is due to stones in the gallbladder that obstruct the duct. It is extremely painful. Sometimes a lowfat diet and nothing to eat except liquids can mitigate the pain, but in general to prevent acute cholecystitis, and pancreatitis, the gallbladder needs to be removed. ...Read more