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Replete gallbladder

By November 17, 2009 - 9:12pm
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25 yrs ago I was diagnosed with gallstones which I thought went after visiting a naturepath. After years of no attack's I started having spasm's last week. It's not the same sharp, shooting pain you get when the stone get's lodged. It's more like a constant bad stitch at the moment which hurt's more with movement as well as very tender to touch. I was diagnosed with my gallbladder being replete with stone's& the bliary tree not dilated. As I can't get in to see the surgeon for a few more week's, is there anything else I can do to get rid of them as I don't really like the idea of surgury?

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Hi, Ozziegirl, and thank you for your question.

I'm so sorry that you're having such pain and discomfort. Especially since it appears you may have to wait a few weeks (a few weeks? really?) to talk to the surgeon. That's a lot of time to be dealing with this.

You may know much of this information since you dealt with this already once all those years ago. But here's some great information on gallstones from our encyclopedia. It includes info on how they form, how they are diagnosed and the various surgeries:


It may help you to know that most gallbladder surgery can now be done laparoscopically, through tiny incisions in your belly button and abdomen. While it is still surgery, of course, it carries fewer risks and has a far shorter recovery time.

Is the doctor who diagnosed you concerned that you may have any sort of an infection? If so, did she or he put you on antibiotics?

The Mayo Clinic has a lot of information about gallstones. Be sure to click on the blue links to the left that lead you to pages on risk factors, complications, treatments and drugs:


If you had small stones, or just a few, or if they were not causing you active symptoms, doctors might choose to try to dissolve them with medicine. I assume that your doctor talked to you about this but that she or he thinks you have too many or that yours are too large to benefit much from this therapy?

Do you have other health conditions that are related to this? DIabetes, obesity, high cholesteral?

The Mayo Clinic says that there aren't alternative therapies that have been proven to dissolve gallstones. However, there are sites that focus on how to lower cholesterol in order to help. They recommend getting enough Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), taking supplements or eating foods that are rich in lecithin, such as tofu, lentils and grains, get the saturated fat out of your diet, drinking lots of water (even more than the 8 glasses recommended normally) and eating foods rich in fiber. I'm with you -- work on these areas for a few weeks while you wait to see the surgeon and see if they help!!

Are you concerned more about the surgery itself? Or are you concerned about living without a gall bladder?

November 19, 2009 - 8:52am
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