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what are gallstones and how is that different from acid reflux?

I've had a few people tell me that my mom might have gallstones instead of acid reflux. She's 45 years old and her symptoms are very bad stomach pain, back pain, feeling very hot for a while and then cold, sometimes even vomiting. How do i know what it is? I don't know what to do...we've been to many doctors! PLEASE HELP! I'm very worried about her!

Gallstones and acid reflux are not the only possibilities. Gallstones form in the bladder. They are of 3 different chemicals or combinations = cholesterol, calcium carbonate, or calcium bilirubinate. The last 2 can be seen on a simple X-ray. Gallbladder attacks usually occur from 15 to 60 minutes after a fatty meal. The pain is felt in the right side of the chest, back, or up into the right shoulder.
Acid reflux happens while the strong stomach acid juice refluxes (flows backwards) from the stomach into the lower esophagus and produces a burning sensation, often after a heavy meal. It's more common in overweight people. Neither gallstones nor reflux are immediately life-threatening though a gallstone getting stuck in the bile duct can be very painful. Both might best be diagnosed by a gastroenterologist (G-I) physician. Keep trying. Some of her feelings may related to a change in life of her female hormones.  (+ info)

How exactly is the Master Cleanse Fast supposed to get rid of gallstones?

I've read that the Master Cleanse can get rid of gallstones. Does it do it by dissolving the stones? If not, then why don't the stones just pass by themselves...even WITHOUT the master cleanse?

A kidney stone can be flushed because the stone may be in the urine stream. The force of the moving urine can force them out. The gallbladder does not work this way, there is no forceful flow of anything. When you eat a meal with fat, hormones signal the gallbladder to simply contract. This will empty the bile into the first part of the small intestine, through an orifice the diameter of a pencil lead. Stones will not leave the gallbladder, they can be the size of a shooting marble and some people have made jewelry out of them. So no flush will do anything only surgical procedures can remove them.  (+ info)

How can gallstones be removed from a retracted gallbladder?

My friend was diagnosed with a gallstones and advised to undergo surgery. Her gallbladder was found to be retracted. She tried doing the flush diet to remove the stones. Should she stop the diet and gor for surgery instead?

Hi Temitz

Not sure what diet shes trying, but the cleansing plan at herbdoc.com helped my uncle and his gallstones. He was cleared in 6 days and hasnt had an issue in almost 4 years.

Remember if you dont change the diet and cleanse the sytstem (colon, liver, kidney cleanse) they will come back.

Toxins overloading into your system from chemicals, additives, processed and junk foods, as well as excessive saturated animal fat in the diet, contribute to gallbladder problems. If the liver becomes overloaded with excess saturated fats, the gallbladder gets stressed and inflamed. This excess of saturated fats become cholesterol deposits and when enough have formed, they crystallize with the bile to form gallstones.

Women get gallstones four times as frequently as men, especially women over 40 years old who are fair-skinned, and overweight. Twenty percent of adults over 65 years of age get gallstones that create problems and pain. Over half a million surgeries are performed each year to remove gallbladders due to gallbladder disorders, the most common being gallstones.

Constipation, food allergies (especially to milk products and eggs), digestive disorders (especially caused by a deficiency of hydrochloric acid), intestinal diseases, an excessively low-fiber diet, dental disturbances, parasites, rapid weight loss, and stress can all cause or contribute to gall stones and other gallbladder disorders. For lasting relief of symptoms, all of these factors must be addressed if they are present.

Best of health to both of you  (+ info)

What causes problems with the gallbladder besides gallstones?

I have had a HIDA scan and there are not any obstructions to my bile ducts, meaning no gallstones blocking anything. So I am wondering why I would have pain. My gallbladder was only functioning 24% but no stones.

You don't have a gallstone, but your gallbladder is failing. The gallbladder concentrates and distributes bile created by your liver in order to digest fats. The fact that your gallbladder is only functioning at 24% means that for whatever reason (infection, inflamed, scar tissue etc) it's not distributing it properly, if at all.

Whenever you eat something, even if it's not particularly fatty, your gallbladder is going to squeeze and contract to try and get the bile out, and when it can't it's going to squeeze harder and harder, which causes the pain your experiencing. Think of it as a type of constipation. Gross, yes, but an accurate analogy.
The only sure remedy is to have it surgically removed. You can try changing your diet, but it's only a temporary fix, and your condition will worsen over time. And somewhere down the line you will start developing gallstones which involves a much more complicated, but necessary surgical procedure.

Make an appointment with a general surgeon, one that your family doctor recommends, and set a date to have it removed as soon as possible.
In the meantime stay away from citrus, spices, cheese, anything that causes gas, beef, pork, anything overly surgary, or that contains more than 4g or 5g of fat per serving, and try not to eat more than 8g of fat per meal.
Good luck and hope you get feeling better  (+ info)

What foods are acceptable to eat when you have Gallstones?

My wife just found out she has Gallstones. She's currently 5 months pregnant and has to drastically change her diet. What I want to know is what foods would be highly recommended for someone who just loves fast food. Please take in mind that she is not overweight. Any response would be appreciated.

The key is to avoid fatty foods.

Normally, what happens is that the gallbladder stores bile which is used in digestion of fats. When you eat a fatty meal, the gallbladder is signaled to contract and squirt all of that bile into the intestine which helps dissolve the fats and make them more easily absorbed.

When you have stones in your gallbladder, however, things get to be more painful. When you eat a fatty meal, the gallbaldder contracts as normal but this forces the stones into the gallbladder duct - this obstruction causes the pain and nausea.

So, the trick is to keep the gallbladder from contracting which means no fats.

Often when this condition is diagnosed in pregnancy, plans are laid for the gallbladder to be removed after delivery - you might ask about this.

Good luck!  (+ info)

Where will my liver gallstones come out of when i do a liver cleanse?

I have done a colon cleanse, currently on a parasite kill, then i will jump to a liver cleanse by Dr. Hulda Clark Ph.D., N.D.
I have heard that it hurts when guys urine gallstones, can liver stones be eliminated by the urine or by stole?

Gallbladder and liver excretion is through the intestines, not the bladder.

Go ahead and do the flushes, they're completely phony therapies anyway.

Read up on Dr. Clark while you're at it.
http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Cancer/clark.html  (+ info)

What kinds of food can be eaten when you have gallstones?

My wife has gallstones and has been warned by her doctor not to eat foods with oil, or even many veggies. What would be good for her to eat? Most of the things she wants to eat are on the list the doctor is forbidding because they can make her sick.

I had my gallbladder removed last september because of gallstones and sever pains from them. It was like hell, the pain I went through, with all the attacks and stuff.

rule #1 DO NOT EAT PIZZA! it will make her very sick and cause extreme pain

rule #2 don't let her eat anything greasy (like pizza, fries, burgers)

rule #3 eat lots of green veggies!

hope I helped =)  (+ info)

What medications are available to treat gallstones?

I have gallstones. I want to know what other options I have other than surgery.

Generally if there are no symptoms, there is no treatment (ignore them as it were).

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 (gallbladder removal) was the usual procedure for uncomplicated cases. This operation required a medium-to-large incision just below the right lower rib in order to get to the gallbladder. After this operation, a patient typically spent 3 - 5 days in the hospital recovering.

However, a minimally-invasive technique called laparoscopic cholecystectomy was introduced in the 1980s, which uses small incisions and camera guidance to remove the gallbladder.

Currently, laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the gold standard for treating gallstones that cause symptoms and is one of the most common operations performed in hospitals today. Using this approach, a patient may have the gallbladder removed in the morning and be discharged from the hospital on the same evening or the next morning.

In addition, gallstones blocking the common bile duct may be visualized and removed during the laparoscopic procedure. Because this surgical treatment method has a complication rate of less than 1%, it has supplanted using medication to treat gallstones.


In people with a functioning gallbladder, bile salts taken by mouth may dissolve gallstones. However, the process may take 2 years or longer, and stones may return after the therapy is ended.

Medical dissolution, using both high-dose and low-dose chenodeoxycholic acids (CDCA, chenediol) was an approach investigated in the early 1980s. However, it was successful in only 14% of cases and required a long period of administration and a lifetime of maintenance therapy.

Urodeoxycholic acid (UDCA, ursodiol) is successful in only 40% of cases. Both CDCA and UDCA therapies are useful only for gallstones formed from cholesterol.

Other chemical methods include contact dissolution, in which a catheter is passed through the abdominal wall and into the gallbladder. Methyl tert-butyl ether, a volatile chemical, is then instilled. This chemical rapidly dissolves cholesterol stones, but potential toxicity, stone recurrence, and other complications limit its usefulness.


Electrohydraulic shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) has also been used to treat gallstones. In this method, electromagnetic high-energy shock waves break up the stones.

This approach was particularly popular in the mid-to-late 1980s, when some studies found it to clear gallstones in up to 60% of patients. 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.  (+ info)

Can you fly in a plane with gallstones and inflamed gallbladder?

My boyfriend has gallstones and an inflamed gallbladder and we are supposed to be going to Hawaii in two days is it ok for him to fly in an airplane?

Call your doctor  (+ info)

What are some foods to stay away from when a person has gallstones?

Please give me some advice what to eat and what not to eat for possible gallstones?

Well, stay away from fatty fried foods.

Drink a lot of water.  (+ info)

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