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Signs Of Gallbladder Attack
Tylenol, 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How bad?: Transient obstruction of the gb will cause "biliary colic"-an attack of ~hour duration that resolves on its own. Persistent obstruction (>24hrs) leads to inflammation+/-infection that should be managed in the hospital, often culminating in urgent surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: Gallstones can cause mild symptoms such as upper abdominal gas bloating and pressure discomfort after eating. Sometimes there can be more pain in the right upper and middle upper abdomen with nausea and vomiting, worse after eating fatty foods. Sometimes the pain will go into the upper back. Sometimes yellow jaundice with abdominal pain could happen if the gallstones move into the bile ducts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a gallbladder attack 4+ years ago. I had sludge in my gallbladder... Does that ever go away or still there.
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