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Is it painful to pass gallstones?

Is it painful to pass gallstones?

Usually painful: Pain is the most common symptom when passing gallstones. It is possible to have little to no pain though. The pain maybe mild or severe and associated with fever, jaundice, nausea and/or vomiting. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Definition)

Stone-like deposits of bile in the gallbladder that are made from accumulation of cholesterol or bilirubin. Most gallstones are asymptomatic, however complications of gallstones include inflammation of the gallbladder, and blockage of ...Read more


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What illnesses mimic the passing gallstones?

Mostly: Hepatitis or rumors of the biliary system amongst others. The pain can be similar to that of pancreatitis. ...Read more

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After passing a gallstone is it normal to still have intermittent pain a few days after?

After passing a gallstone is it normal to still have intermittent pain a few days after?

Gallstones: It is possible to have some sphincter of oddi spasms after passing a stone. You could also still be passing some sludge from the gallbladder. Lastly, you could have some pancreatic inflammation from passing a stone (gallstone pancreatitis). ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a gallstone and I was waiting to see if it would pass. I have pain again and its been about a month since I was diagnosed.?

I was diagnosed with a gallstone and I was waiting to see if it would pass. I have pain again and its been about a month since I was diagnosed.?

Get a workup asap: Gallstone pain is managed either with or without surgery. If the stone passes without any complications, you can sometimes avoid surgery. However, if you keep having attacks or complications like infection, nausea, pain or things like that you may need a surgery to remove the stone or the gallbladder. Infection and blockage can be serious so its important to see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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Can passing of a gallstone kill you?

Can passing of a gallstone kill you?

Unlikely: But it can happen. If the stone gets stuck in the major bile ducts, it can lead to a back up of bile causing cholangitis, which can be a life threatening condition if not promptly treated. You can also get pancreatitis or bowel problems with the passage of a stone. If you have pain or symptoms, seek prompt medical attention. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is there a natural way to pass gallstones or is best recommended to have surgery? Do these gallbladder flushes really work?

Gallstones: Once your biliary system makes gallstones it is ongoing. Passing the gallstones can be dangerous, if the stones get stuck in the duct system. I am not sure if "flushes" really work. However, avoiding fatty foods, increasing your hydration does help to control symptoms. Gallbladder removal with surgery is nearly always curative, as the stones originate in the gallbladder. Take friend to consult. ...Read more

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My dr believes I was sick last weekend from passing a gallstone. Is it possible to develop them? Or have a single stone. Scan done back in jan stonefree

My dr believes I was sick last weekend from passing a gallstone. Is it possible to develop them? Or have a single stone. Scan done back in jan stonefree

Gallstones: Yes it is possible to develop a gallstone even though in january there were none. Passing a stone usually is associated with blood test abnormalities at the time of passing a stone and the patient usually ends up on the emegency room because the pain is pretty severe. The gallbladder should be removed if that occurs. ...Read more

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Is there a way to pass gallstones. I'm trying to avoid surgery. If so what is the safest way to get rid of gallstones with out surgery?

Is there a way to pass gallstones. I'm trying to avoid surgery. If so what is the safest way to get rid of gallstones with out surgery?

Only very small ones: Small gall stones that can pass thru the cystic duct into common duct are the only ones that pass spontaneously. The common larger stones drop to the ampulla of the GB where they can impact on the cystic artery feeding the GB to initiate inflammation and necrosis. These stones can only be removed by surgery either, cholecystectomy, or opening the GB to remove stones, the cholecystostomy ...Read more

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Does gallstones cause bleeding after passing stool?

Does gallstones cause bleeding after passing stool?

No: There is no relationship between the systems involved that could have one influence or cause the other. ...Read more

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2mm gallstone and 6mm polyp on gallbladder... Is lap chole the only answer or could I pass this small gallstone on my own? Naturally?

2mm gallstone and 6mm polyp on gallbladder... Is lap chole the only answer or could I pass this small gallstone on my own? Naturally?

Extremely unlikely: Gallbladder flushes are an extreme form of medical quackery - they do not work. If your stone is not causing symptoms, then you're gallbladder does not need to be removed. Polyps less than 1 cm can be watched but need to be checked to ensure that they are not growing. ...Read more

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Pain in solar plexus, following severe bout GI distress (mainly gas), lead to e/r visit and passing of gallstone while under observation...Now what!?!

Pain in solar plexus, following severe bout GI distress (mainly gas), lead to e/r visit and passing of gallstone while under observation...Now what!?!

Surgery: Hi. It sounds like you had a bad gallbladder attack. I am uncertain what you mean by "passing a gallstone" but I assume that you were seen by a gallbladder surgeon & gallbladder surgery was recommended. I advise you to follow-up with that surgeon for definitive treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Constipated for a week strain really hard to pass bowels I have right side groin & hip pain. Can my constipation be related to my gallstones?

Constipated for a week strain really hard to pass bowels I have right side groin & hip pain. Can my constipation be related to my gallstones?

No: Constipation is not related to gallstones. The pain in your groin may be a hernia due to the strain placed on the abdominal wall with bowel movements. Hernias are associated with a bulge in the groin. You should make sure to drink a lot of water, eat fiber and if needed take a stool softener such as colace. You may have to take something stronger like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to help you have a bowel movement. ...Read more

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Where will the gallbladder stones pass?

Where will the gallbladder stones pass?

They usually don't: Gallstones can be large or small; most of the time they stay within the gallbladder, causing pain by blocking the outflow tract, called the cystic duct. Occasionally, small stones may get past this duct and enter the bile duct that connects the liver to the intestines. These stones can obstruct the liver or the pancreas, often requiring extraction. If one is lucky, they may pass spontaneously. ...Read more

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What exactly does gallstone pain feel like?

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 more

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When you have gallstones does it feel like baby kicks?

When you have gallstones does it feel like baby kicks?

Apples and oranges: Non related, unequal comparison, one is normal physiology even though painful, sorry for all our mothers. Pain in gall bladder disease varies based on the extent of disease could be mild RUQ, rt shoulder, and back pain in mild disease to severe unbearable pain, peritonitis and shock in a ruptured gangrenous gall bladder. ...Read more

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3 years since having gallbladder out and keep getting the exact same pain like a gallstone attack why is this and how can I stop it?

Does your GI know?: There are a number of possibilities. With your age and medical conditions, sphincter of Oddi dysfunction is most likely - but could also still be gallstones (now just in the biliary tree) or smth in your stomach (heartburn, gastritis, etc). Too frequently are the gallbladders taken out for pain when it never was that to begin with... ...Read more

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Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more