Gallstones

Gallstones are hard , pebble - like deposits that form inside the gallbladder . The main thing I wanna ask is, does this sound like gallstones?! Material in gallbladder doesn't shadow, it cannot be confirmed as gallstones. Gallstones may be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball , depending on how long they have been forming .
Overview
There are usually no symptoms . Gallstones are usually discovered when having a routine x - ray , abdominal surgery , or other medical procedure.Symptoms usually occur if a large stone blocks the cystic duct or the common bile duct . The cystic duct drains fluid from the the gallbladder into the the common bile duct , which is the main duct draining into the duodenum . Together , these ducts form part of the biliary system.A stone blocking the opening from the gallbladder or cystic duct usually produces a cramping pain in the middle to right upper abdomen . I guess you can form new gallstones even tho you no longer have a gallbladder...if they form I guess they usually get stuck in your bile duct. This is known as biliary colic . The pain goes away if the stone passes into the first part of the small intestine -LRB- the duodenum -RRB- . Acute cholecystitis occurs if the stone does not pass into the duodenum.If the common bile duct is blocked for a long period of time , pancreatitis or cholangitis may result.Symptoms that may occur include : Abdominal pain in the right upper or middle upper abdomen : Four years after that, I had pancreatitis caused by gallstones blocking the common bile duct.
Symptoms
Modern advances in surgery have revolutionized the treatment of gallstones . In general , surgery is used only if you have symptoms.In the past , open cholecystectomy -LRB- gallbladder removal -RRB- was the usual procedure for uncomplicated cases . Today , a minimally - invasive technique called laparoscopic cholecystectomy is most commonly used . This procedure uses smaller surgical cuts , which allow for a faster recovery . I have heard the argument that the "stones" are formed during the procedure and are not, in fact, gallstones. A patient may have their gallbladder removed in the morning and be sent home from the hospital on the same day or the next morning.MEDICATIONIf your gallbladder works properly , bile salts taken by mouth may dissolve gallstones . Im 22 and 3 years ago i had my gallbladder removed because i had thousands of gallstones However , the process may take 2 years or longer , and stones may return after treatment ends.Medicines called chenodeoxycholic acids -LRB- CDCA -RRB- or ursodeoxycholic acid -LRB- UDCA , ursodiol -RRB- may be given to dissolve the stones . Both CDCA and UDCA are useful only for gallstones formed from cholesterol.In some cases , chemicals are passed into the gallbladder through a catheter . The chemical rapidly dissolves cholesterol stones , but potential toxicity , stone recurrence , and other complications limit its usefulness.LITHOTRIPSYElectrohydraulic shock wave lithotripsy -LRB- ESWL -RRB- has also been used to treat gallstones . However , its application is limited if there are a large number of stones present , if the stones are very large , or in the presence of acute cholecystitis or cholangitis . It can also be used in association with UDCA to improve its effect .
Treatment
The cause of gallstones varies . Some stones form when there is too much cholesterol or bilirubin in the bile . -LRB- Bile is a liquid that helps the body digest fats . -RRB- Other stones form if there are not enough bile salts or if the gallbladder fails to empty properly.One type of gallstones , called pigment stones , tend to occur in people who have medical conditions that cause the liver to make too much bilirubin . Quote: Originally Posted by OhioMOM i am clueless, is there such a thing as a liver stone? gallstones and kidney stones yes, liver stones i have never heard of. what do i know. Pigment stones are also more common in persons with liver cirrhosis and biliary tract infections.Gallstones are a common health problem worldwide . They are more common in women , Native Americans , and people over the age of 40.Other risk factors include ethnic and genetic factors , obesity , diabetes , cirrhosis , receiving nutrition through a vein for a long period of time -LRB- intravenous feedings -RRB- , and certain operations for peptic ulcers . ( I had been feeling like that for 3 weeks but I had just had a baby and I later found out that gallstones are very common in women who have just had babies and I didn't have time to go back to the dr) but when I woke up this time I had to go to the er
Causes
Tests used to detect gallstones or gallbladder inflammation include : Abdominal ultrasoundAbdominal CT scanAbdominal x - rayEndoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography -LRB- ERCP -RRB- Gallbladder radionuclide scanOral cholecystogramThis disease may also alter the results of the following tests : Abdominal MRIFecal fatUrine bilirubin I had gallstones and gallbladder inflammation and had my gallbladder removed in the middle of August, and ever since then, I have been constantly nauseous!
Tests & diagnosis
Gallstones develop in many people without causing symptoms . The chance of symptoms or complications from gallstones is about 20 % . the symptoms sound similar to those i had when i had gallstones Look up gallstones or gallbladder attack on the internet and see if your symptoms match. I had my gallbladder removed due to gallstones that were incredably painful. I was just diagnosed with gallstones this Friday past, when I had the mother of all attacks. Nearly all patients -LRB- 99 % % -RRB- who have gallbladder surgery do not have their symptoms return . I eventually learned I had developed gallstones with pregnancy and it became so severe I did have surgery and have my gallbladder removed.
Prognosis
There is no known way to prevent gallstones . If you have gallstone symptoms , eating a low - fat diet and losing weight may help you control symptoms . Even if you don't have gallstones, "sludge" (as they used to call it) may be there in the ducts or the bottom of the gallbladder and that causes gallstone-like symptoms after eating.
Prevention
Acute cholecystitisCholangitisCholecystitis - chronicCholedocholithiasisPancreatitis
Complications
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have : Pain in the right upper part of your abdomenYellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes Pain is pain is pain is pain.

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Did they check for gallstones or kidney stones?
I don't have gallstones but all they did was ultrasound so it wouldnt surprise me if my gallbladder isn't functioning correctly.
This cleanse won't produce gallstones will it?
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They did an ultrasound and discovered I had gallstones and was having a gallbladder attack and gave me morphine for the pain untill it went away.
The "spastic bile system" could possibly be from gallstones in your gall bladder.
I am going for an abdominal/pelvic ultrasound in 10 days (get this...the doctor wrote on it: Rule out gallstones...even after we just discussed how I don't have a gall bladder...I am losing faith here!!).
Gallstones aparently can lead to pancretitis if they are blocking the bile duct.
However, there are other more serious side effects with this sort of rapid weight loss regimen, including the development of gallstones.