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Why Do People Get Gallstones
Not exactly known: Exactly why people get gallstones is not fully known. Ethnicity, older age, female gender, hormone therapy, high fat diet, obesity, rapid weight loss, diabetes, high triglycerides, and lipid-lowering medication can increase your risk. Cholesterol stones form when bile contains too much cholesterol, too much bilirubin, or not enough bile salts, or when the gallbladder does not empty efficiently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Painless gallstones?: Stones in the gallbladder (gb) seldom cause symptoms unless they migrate into the neck of the gb (& block exit of bile) or into the common bile duct. Symptomless gallstones may be diagnosed by chance by imaging or during investigation for some other condition. Only 10% become symptomatic within 5 years of detection. Ultrasound, ct scan, mrcp finds stones; cck-hida scan can tell if gb is diseased. ...Read more
What position should I get into to stop gallstone pain? I had it a few weeks ago and it's come back
Gallstone pain: hi ~ if you are having "gallstone pain", the best position to be in is on your back on an OR table. Gallstones that are asymptomatic, theres no RUSH to get them out. If you are getting pain from it, a BIG pain with obstruction is almost a certainty, and can be complicated by gangrene of the GB fundus and you ll be 6 weeks sick iso 6 days. The grumbling GB should be given no slack. Have it out ! tx ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
If you are: Sure that they are gallbladder attacks, you should have surgery asap. If you wait too long, your gallbladder can get acutely inflamed, which makes your surgery and post op recovery that much more difficult. Sometimes, the gallbladder becomes so inflamed that open surgery becomes necessary. Go see your surgeon now. ...Read more
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