Patient Comments: Gallstones - Treatments


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Comment from: Teebag, Published: June 05

I wasn't feeling well 2 nights ago. Hubby bought a pack of Decolgen, I took 1 and went to bed. I got up at 4.30 am the next day and wasn't feeling well, took 1 tablet of the Decolgen. In the meantime, the skin on my back of my thigh felt itchy. I used moisturizer as I thought it was due to dry skin. Later in the morning I noticed rashes all over my legs, hands and body. I saw the doctor yesterday morning and said that if it is due to allergy it should subside within 24 hours. Last night, the sole of my left foot swelled and my hands and body joints got very stiff and painful, especially the left side of the body. This morning swelling of the sole has gone off but stiffness and pain whilst walking is still there. I am resting now and trying to drink a lot of liquid (flush out the medicine). Hopefully, I will be ok by tonight!

Comment from: Jodie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

Acupuncture is effective for gallstones, guaranteed! On more than one occasion when I've been walking I've started to sweat profusely until I wanted to pass out, followed by chills and fever. Then I had this constant pain under my right ribcage and shoulder blade, until it actually hurt to sit in a chair. I've been going for treatment almost weekly, and the pain is much less. In between, I drink bitter melon or rhubarb tea (boiling rhubarb from my garden) and it works! I've noticed I've starting passing small stones.

Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 17

I had a large, very fatty dinner and then went to a late movie. I started feeling pain and nausea and thought I'd overeaten. The pain kept getting worse so I left the movie and went home. I had bad chest pains and severe nausea and finally drove myself to the ER thinking that I was having a heart attack. The pain was severe enough that the first shot of morphine didn't touch it. A second shot alleviated the pain and anti-nausea helped. They EKG'd and then x-rayed me and determined that I had gallstones. The doctor told me that I didn't need emergency surgery and that I'd be okay as long as I kept to a very low to no fat diet. That's what I've done and now almost 2 months later I haven't had any more episodes. In fact, watching my diet and exercising I've lost 23 pounds, so oddly it's been a good thing for me. I haven't determined yet whether I'll have the surgery (I miss my desserts...), but for now feel like I'm on the right track health-wise. This is a guess, but I started cholesterol pills last year. I wonder if that contributed. The rapid weight loss, which this article said could contribute, came after the attack. I'm not aware of any history in my family, though that doesn't mean it hasn't been there.

Comment from: 2darls, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

My first episode started on December '10, it was after eating dinner during a bday party. I tried to vomit and do bowel movement thinking it will ease up the pain, but it did not. This went on for 5-10 minutes, then I took 2 TUMs which after 15 minutes I was relieved. I said to myself, oh. My first heartburn. Then the second attack came on February'11, I was at work and my co-workers had to lay me down to the floor because they could not even get me up to walk to the bed, they gave me Pepto-Bismol and Nexium at the same time, took 20-30 minutes for my symptom to be relieved. This time I went to the doctor and he then prescribe me to take Prilosec for a month. I did not heed to his advice and thinking losing weight and changing my diet will help with the heartburn instead of taking the medication. I learned too the coffee, then eating with chocolate triggers this episode. I lost weight, modified my diet. However after a day of skipping lunch, followed with a heavy dinner, September 2011, a different kind of pain hit me at 3am. Took tums and thought it will go away after 15 minutes, but did not. Pain went on for another 2-3 hours. Went to the doctor right away and he ordered to have an ultrasound done. Got the ultrasound done after a week, then while shopping for food, intense pain started in the middle of the abdomen, I was having cold sweats, I did a bowel movement thinking it’s going to relieve me, but the pain still continues and increased, then more on the right side under my breast.

Comment from: lilly, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

It has been three days and behind my ear is so painful l couldn’t sleep properly. I don’t know what to use, I have had Panadol but it still hurts.

Comment from: Surya , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 24

I have been recently diagnosed with gallstones by ultrasound sonogram as per doctor’s advice, and also found gallbladder calculi and mild enlargement of fatty lever. The doctor prescribed medicine for fatty liver and advised me to consult with surgeon for gallbladder stone.

Comment from: NOMSA, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

I have been HIV positive for 6 years now. I have been taking Tribuss since I was infected by my husband who left me. I live with my kids unemployed, I try get a job all the time, I go for interviews and mostly they want to test for HIV. In the end I end up not getting a job because of my status. I never got sick due to HIV, I don't know what step I have to take now but taking my life.

Comment from: Painfulone, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

Nothing has been effective for my gallstones but I am hoping removal of gallbladder tomorrow will do it! Over it totally! Pain and associated symptoms are chronic.


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Comment from: Ellen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

According to my surgeon, gallstones are a symptom of a malfunctioning gallbladder. The gallbladder has gone bad for some reason and the only long term solution, once you have a diagnosis of gallstones, is to remove the gallbladder. My surgery took about 45 minutes.

Comment from: Stoned, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 24

I had dinner around 7:00 pm and about an hour later, I began to feel my stomach ache and I wrongly attributed the pain to indigestion. It progressively became worse to the point that I felt like crying. My wife was away on a business trip, so wrangling with the increasingly unbearable pain, at around midnight I drove myself to the ER. There I was told my symptoms pointed to gallbladder stones and surgery was the prescribed remedy. A cat scan later and pumped up with morphine, the surgeon took care of business and out came the gallbladder.

Comment from: carmesy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

I had been told by the doc that I had gastro- it seemed to occur at the same time each month for about 3 -4 months. I already suffer from GORD, it took a little longer than normal to discover the gall stones. I would not wish the pain I went through on anyone- I lost over 15 kilograms (when I was really sick, I weighed 49kgs). I had my gall bladder out in 2009, and for two months felt good, then the pain came back, I went yellow and couldn't eat for days. I had a c-t scan done, which revealed some stones had gone into my liver, hence the jaundice. I thought the pain when I had all the gall stones were bad, but passing those pesky stones was worse! Saying that, I have recovered, just can't eat a lot of things still, as they don't agree with me and I have only put about 3-4 kgs back on.

Comment from: tatchell09, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

Over the last year I have been to the emergency room twice for side pain, nausea and dizziness. Both times they have done an ultrasound and noted several gallstones. Yet I still have my gallbladder and again I'm having pain. Going to the emergency room in a few minutes hoping for different news.

Comment from: Lorraine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I had my gallbladder removed surgically eight days ago. The operation went smoothly, however one of the surgeons told me that many fell out and they had to remove some stones one by one. My recovery has been swift and pain free. I have had virtually no ill effects from the operation. I was in hospital overnight and left next day. I was fine at home, only tired. I feel better without my gall bladder as it caused a great deal of pain. I had keyhole surgery. I now intend to watch my diet more closely and have little fat in my diet.

Comment from: Desley, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I have just been diagnosed with a gall bladder full of gall stones after reocurring pain exactly where my pancreas is. The pain was so extreme it was very similar to the contractions of first stage labour with severe vomitting .I have a low fat diet and don't know how this happened. I am 47 years old and there is a family history.Getting surgery in New Zealand could take forever.....

Comment from: shafik, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

i have very strong stomach pains and the back was diagonised with gall stones scared to under go surgery

Published: February 23

Right after I had my son last year I was diagnosed with Gallstones. The doctors agreed that the Gallstones were what was causing so much pain during the pregnancy. They said I should have surgery to have them taken out because I had so many. I opted for a more natural approach. For two days straight (because I was nursing) I had nothing but all-natural apple juice, and apple sauce. Then I started drinking natural apple cider vinegar after every meal and taking multi-enzyme vitamins. A year later, I have only one attack and that was because I became lazy about my diet and exercise. Talk to your doctor about the best treatment. You will be surprised how many doctors really don't like giving medicine out.

Comment from: S.D., 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

I had gall stones and had them removed in Aug. although I am feeling better (a lot) than I did then, I still have trouble with my diet. People told me I would be able to go back to eating what I did before. NOT TRUE! I still watch what I am eating or drinking. It was a wakeup call to take care of my diet and me. I still would like a list of better foods for this post surgery diet.


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