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Can gallstones cause my period to be heavy?

I have been told that I have gallstones and that I need my gallbladder removed. I am trying to hold off on surgery until I can get insurance. I was stupid and ate something new for the holidays. Some type of bread. Omg I had the worst attack of pain ever! The day after I started my period and it is extremely heavy. Is this connected?

It is more likely that your gallstones and heavy period are connected to the same cause: estrogen.

Women who are on oral contraceptives or estrogen replacement are at greater risk of developing gallstones and other gallbladder conditions. Also, being overweight, which is often accompanied by having excess estrogen, in another independent, but related, cause of gallstones.

Many people regret having had their gallbladders removed. It's worth looking into ways of keeping yours intact while there's still time!

Here are some links I hope will help!

Good luck!  (+ info)

How can I get rid of gallstones without having surgery?

I was just diagnosed with gallstones in my gallblatter I really dont want to have surgery and have been told that there are other ways to get rid of the stones so if anyone knows how im open for suggestions

Most gallstones are made of pure cholesterol. You might try a diet with low fat and very low saturated fats. Reducing the saturated fats will lower blood cholesterol and may (I'm not promising anything!) make the stones smaller.

Lowering your total fat intake may also help reduce or prevent pain. Gallstones hurt because when you eat fat, the stomach senses it and tells the gallbladder to release some of the gall into the intestines to help digest the fat. If you have stones, that squeezing is about like squeezing a handfull of pointy rocks.

However... I've had the surgery and it really isn't a big deal. There is minimal scarring and the incisions aren't that much bigger than a bug bite or a medium sized zit.

If you leave the gallstones there, they can get large enough to damage the gallbladder, with the result of a bad infection and that can cause death, which is a very Bad Thing!  (+ info)

How well does milk thistle for gallstones really work?

I've been taking milk thistle for gallstones while waiting for treatment for a while now, I was wondering if anyone else has tried this and if it helped reduce their size at all or if it just held them at bay?

I am an alternative medicinal therapist and an ex nurse and i can tell you that milk thistle will not shrink stones. This herb is taken for the liver. It helps to clean it out and improve liver function. It also is taken if you are going out on a drinking spree. Stop taking them it wont help. You could take take 1000mg of lecithin a day, this is an aid for bile production. Take this after you have had them out. When your gallbladder is removed bile will stay in the liver and gets used as and when its needed but it will not be a concentrated liquid, it will be weak so Lecithin will thicken it thus helping your digestive processes to work better. I know I have had that operation.

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Is it possible to get gallstones if you have had your gall bladder removed?

I had gallstones during my last pregnancy and had my gall bladder removed a few months after I gave birth. I am now pregnant again and am feeling the exact same pain as I did with the gallstones. Is it possible to have more even if I have had my gall bladder removed???

Yes, but they are not gallbladder stones, they are
common bile duct stones! When the surgeon
removed you Gallbladder a small stone could have
easily passed from the gallbladder cystic duct into
your common bile duct. It can roll and roll with
the turbulence of the bile and form a larger stone.
If it gets large enough it can block the opening
leading to your intestine and cause pancreatitis
a serious pain.  (+ info)

Anyone please that has or had Gallbladder gallstones while pregnant?

I am in serious pain and it hurts so bad, I went to the doctors for it and they said I have a bunch of lil gallstones in my gallbaladder but theres nothing I can do and they sent me home :(......Is there anything you did for them or take for them?????
I looked up diets for gallstones but is that seriously the only thing that can help???
Please someone can you suggest something.
I am 25 weeks pregnant.

Oh sweetie my heart reachs out to you; I know how much pain you are in because I had them while I was pregnant as well :/

Here's some remedies that I found that were helpful to me, I hope that they are just as helpful to you

1. A Healthy Diet- A healthy gallstone diet is a diet which emphasizes 'flushing'. In other words, you should flush cholesterol and toxins from your body. A healthy diet for gallstones is one with high water-soluble dietary fiber and little saturated fats. Because the gallstones are composed of cholesterol, you can prevent them by keeping cholesterol flushed out of your body.

2. Animal Products- You should avoid eating foods with animal or animal-based products in them. This is because of cholesterol which can add to the gallstone! Remember that flushing gallstones is simpler the smaller they are. You should avoid the following foods: fast foods, oily foods, spicy foods, red meats, eggs, pork, onions, bird, milk, corn, beans and nuts. Don't stop reading because I will also give a list of foods you can eat!

3. Gallstone Prevention- Prevention is the best medicine. You can prevent gallstones with increasing your fiber with any fruits and vegetables because they are water-soluble fiber. Water-soluble fiber flushes the body and gallstones. Here is a helpful list: alfalfa, apples, artichokes, barley, beets, broccoli, carrots, celery, fennel, grapefruit, horseradish, lemons, mustard greens, olive oil radishes, spinach greens, water chestnuts, watermelon and garlic.

4. Treat Yourself- Every food plan that is successful has a reward system. If you want to splurge on foods that you might be eliminating from your diet? Here is a good idea! If you love meat, you should eat chicken, turkey and fish which are low in cholesterol. You should also be sure to eat the meat with fruits and vegetables which will keep most of the cholesterol flushed from body.

I added you to my contacts, hope you don't mind. By the way congratulations on your new addition. =)  (+ info)

Can you check gallstones thru blood work?

I thought I might be passing gallstones the other night and went to the ER. They did blood work only and told me blood work was normal.
Can you see if a person has gallstones just thru blood work?

I don't think so.

Here are a few interesting (and conflicting) articles on gallstones:
http://www.itwillpass.com/health_liver_3c_cleanse_claude_lewis.shtml  (+ info)

Can you get cramps from gallstones, or Gallbladder problems?

I have all the symtoms of gallstones, or a gallbladder problem & i am just questioning if you get cramps?

Yes, very much so. I had to have my gallbladder taken out about 2 years ago, and the attacks of pain that I had and many agree, are worse than childbirth. I have had 3 children and this was the most painfull thing I have ever experienced.

The pain is in your chest bone just to the side. (in between the breasts) and comes in waves, it is caused by gallstones getting blocked in the exit ducts of the gallbladder and the pain is the bile increasing, building up and inflaming the gallbladder and causing pressure.

The doctor told me to stay away from ANY fat whatsoever, mild excersise and not to stress, because these all aggravate and even cause more attacks.
If you think you are experiencing this, (and trust me, you will know) go see your doctor, they will tell you straight away. and take an ultrasound to confirm it.

lots of people have gallstones and never have any problems with them. they are no ones fault. it is just the individual body's way of dealing with cholestorol...
hope this helps.

So in response 'yes' very bad cramping. that is the main symptom of gallstones.  (+ info)

Alternative ways to get rid of Gallstones?

I do not want to get surgery, they are infected yet. Are their any other ways to get rid of Gallstones??

What Lee has said is accurate.

Medical doctors have tried various non-surgical treatments over the past few decades to dissolve the stones, but none of them worked very well, and had unacceptably high risk of unpleasant side effects.
The various whacky treatments some of the Alties suggest have not ever been studied scientifically, and there is no evidence that they work either. Also, some of them are quite unpleasant and disgusting (my favourite is to drink a quart of olive oil with some lemon juice....eeeewww)

The classic person who develops gallstones is an overweight caucasian female in her 40's who has had a few children...but anybody potentially can get them at any age. Diet plays a role, but so does genetics. I look after a family where both parents and the teenage daughter all developed gallstones...only the dad had unhealthy eating habits though.

The laparoscopic surgery is pretty slick, minimally invasive and usually you go home the same day of surgery. However, if you have relatively infrequent and mild attacks, you don't necessarily need to have the surgery. It is reserved for those with frequent, severe attacks, or signs that they are getting infection or scarring in the gall bladder.
EDIT thenoseknows still knows nothing. By his own admission, he is a student...not a teacher. He still has much to learn apparently.
He references Hulda Clarke, a quack naturopath (though that is redundant) who claimed that her treatment was the cure for all disease, and in particular...cancer.
Hulda Clark recently died of.......
..Cancer  (+ info)

Is walking good or bad if you feel sick from gallstones?

I am a bit nauseous from my gallstones right now, and I realized that sometimes I feel better from walking, but keep in mind, I also have acid reflux (GERD) and maybe walking helped that and not my gallbladder attack.

Do any of you who have had gallstones in the past think that walking helps relieve the nausea, or should I try to sit still?

Is there anything else that may help relieve the symptoms?

Btw, I'm having my gallbladder surgically removed in a few weeks :)

I think if you get treatment for the GERD , your gallbladder attacks may slow down.

I have GERD. Had my gallbladder removed 4 years ago. I never had typical "gallbladder pain" like upper right sided abdominal pain; referred back pain, etc. Had ultrasound following GERD diagnosis & they found lots of gallstones. I didn't want an emergency attack & surgery so I decided to have it removed.
Still have GERD (I take Aciphex & Reglan which helps food pass through intestines faster & not get clogged up) but I can eat more things without feeling bad.

My gastroenterologist said one of his patient's had such bad back pain he was on morphine...it was his gallbladder.

Relieving symptoms: Avoid greasy, fried, fatty foods; eat smaller more frequent meals. Stick to lean proteins. No caffeine, carbonated drinks.

Google: mayo clinic>>diseases>>Gallstones

Feel better.
If walking helps, do it!!  (+ info)

What do you eat when you have gallstones that doesn't cause pain?

my sister has gallstones and it causes her major pain and causes her to vomit every time she eats. She has a surgery apt. in two weeks but what does she do in the mean time?

Soda crackers, defizzed 7-up, water, jello----------

I'm sorry, that's all I could handle. However the good new is I lost 24 pounds.  (+ info)

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