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Why Does Corn Trigger Gallbladder Attacks
Keep having repeated gallbladder attacks. I can't eat through fear of triggers and feel sick, weak, sore, tired and miserable :(?
Gallbladder: I agree with Dr. Beck. What medical evaluation have you had done? Ultrasound? Do you have gallstones? Many things can cause abdominal discomfort and nausea. If you truly have gallbladder disease with documented gallstones, then have your doctor refer you to a surgeon for consultation to see if surgery is your best option. ...Read more
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
Probably not: Those would be very unlikely to cause a gallbladder 'attack'. ...Read more
Short answer: Is: gallstones cause gallbladder attacks. Usually, a stone, which the gallbladder forms, gets stuck at its neck and causes a blockage against bile emptying. The neck is where the gallbladder narrows down to form the cystic duct, which in turn joins the common duct. When the gallbladder contracts against the obstruction caused by stone in the neck, it causes pain, which is the attack. ...Read more
Subsequent to months of gallbladder problems and tolerating 4to 6 hrs of pain each attack, what to do?
Why do people still have attacks similar to gallbladder attacks after the gallbladder has been removed?
Because sometimes the pain was not from the gallbladder originally so the pain recurs; ie from the stomach
also the biliary spasm can occur without a gallbladder
lastly there can be retained gallstones in the tubing. ...Read more
I cannot get a dr to take me seriously. I have had 4 attacks of what i think is my gallbladder. I think becausr I'm self pay they are more cautious.
Self pay: find a surgeon who will work with you -- many give cash patients a steep discount. But most of the cost comes from the hospital. many hospitals will have a charity program that can decrease or wave your costs entirely if you qualify. This can include all of the tests you would need to confirm its your gallbladder ( so the doctors wont have to worry about ordering expensive tests).c ...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
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
Not really: Eating a low fat diet certainly will minimize gallbladder attacks, and this certainly can lead to weigh loss. If you have symptomatic gallbladder disease, such as stones or dyskinesia, i recommend you seek a surgical opinion. Removing the gallbladder in this situation is safe, and the return to normalcy is quick. Good luck. ...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
"Apples & Oranges": The cck-hida scan measures gallbladder emptying; it is used for people who do not have gallstones yet have gallbladder symptoms (biliary dykenisia). While there is a place for gallbladder surgery in this setting, this disease does not cause inflammation in the gallbladder--in fact, the gb looks normal. Therefore, you need not worry about gallbladder rupture, a rare consequence due to gb gangrene. ...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
Something else: There are several other conditions that can be similar to your previous gallbladder attacks, bile reflux, ulcers, spasms of esophagus, hernia, GERD and more. EGD may and TECH HIDA may help you. Bile binder such as questran (cholestyramine) is a simple first test. Be well. ...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
Each person is: Different. People experience pain in many different ways. Gallbladder symptoms are most often upper abdominal pains with nausea & pain can move to the right upper abdomen. Some feel pain into the right upper back. Some feel pain in the right shoulder due the the nerve of the diaphragm muscle. Some feel chest pain, etc. ...Read more