Gallbladder

Gallstone Flush- a Gallstones Alternative Treatment to Try Before Gallbladder Surgery

A simple gallstone flush is all your need to do to avoid having your gallbladder removed. However, only a fraction of the people who have a gallbladder surgery try a gallstones alternative treatment!

If you are scheduled for a cholecystectomy and you recently have been diagnosed with cholesterol-based gallstones, you can try to pass them with a simple, yet effective gallstone flush!

Avoiding Gallbladder Surgery

Unfortunately, surgeons are a lot like dentists! A lot of people dread them! However, gallbladder surgeries have been one of the most popular surgical treatments in the past 20 years. Because of gallstones blocking the bile ducts, millions of people have listened to their doctor's recommendation and have removed their organ, the gallbladder.

As a natural health expert, I am a little biased about surgeries. I will admit that in some cases a cholecystectomy is the right decision for a few people. But in the majority of patients (especially for those who have only had a few gallstones), a gallstones alternative treatment is a far better choice.

One reason is because you get to keep your God-given organ, the gallbladder. Another reason is because those people who have gotten their organ removed have regular diarrhea because of the excess bile. And thirdly, removing the gallbladder increases your risk of bowel and colon cancer because of the dripping bile that your gallbladder once caught.

Before you go under the knife, you should try a simple gallstone flush!

Secrets for an Effective Gallstone Flush

These secrets for a gallstone flush are intended for patients with a confirmed history of cholesterol-based gallstones. About 80-90% of gallstones are cholesterol-based!

1. Oral Dissolution Therapy- This treatment uses medicines ingested orally to dissolve gallstones. The medicine is actually made from the acid naturally found in bile. The acids work to break down the gallstones in the same way your body would if it was functioning properly.

2. Liver Cleanse - A very effective gallstones alternative treatment is the liver cleanse. This natural remedy works by rewarding your liver for its filtering role of the body. This cleanse will help alleviate the stress being placed on the gallbladder with the excess cholesterol and bile salts that can accumulate with a poor-working liver.

3. Colon Cleanse - A colon cleanse works to flush toxins from the colon. The most effective way to perform a colon cleanse would be to use an enema kit using distilled water and lemon juice. You can purchase a kit at your local drug store.

4. A Water Flush - An extremely effective way to get rid of gallstones is through a water flush. You should drink about 10 - 12 tall glasses of water every day for a period of 2 weeks. The flush will be cleansing your liver and also diluting the bile secretions that can build up and cause gallstones.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Gallbladder?
    I think I have been having gallbladder attacks since July.....at first they came about once a month but now for the past month or so they seem to be comming every couple of weeks.....I've tried to start watching what I've been eating but it dosen't seem to make a difference.....I can't stand the pain anymore, but I don't have health insurance.....I don't know what to do? Plus i have a 15 month old and a 6 week old and when i have an attack it makes it nearly impossible to take care of them when i'm home alone....Does anyone know of any herbal remedies to help with the pain and is it vital that i talk to a doctor??? I'm in a lot of pain and can't take it, somebody please help?

    • ANSWER:
      It is vital that you see a doctor. It sounds as though your symptoms started when you were pregnant. Pregnancy can cause gall bladder problems, so you may be dealing with gallstones. However, it could be other conditions that need treatment.
      Very often when it comes to medical care, it's much less expensive to treat the problem from the beginning than to wait until drastic, extensive treatment is needed.
      For the sake of your little kids, who need you, and for your own comfort and health, go see a doctor tomorrow. Good luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    gallbladder?
    Since the liver can secrete bile directly into the duodenum, how do you think the absence of a gallbladder would affect the digestive process? What, if any, dietary changes would you recommend to such an individual?

    • ANSWER:
      Along with the runs after eating fatty foods you tend to have other digestive problems after gallbladder removal. Burning sensations in the anal area even when not having a bowel movement is likely.
      If you have a choice don't get your gall bladder removed just for blockage. See a GI doc who is not a surgeon first. They can sometimes get the stones dissolved and passed (they don't hurt when passing like kidney stones) and help you learn how to prevent future problems.
      Recent studies have shown that people who have had their gallbladder removed are more susceptible to colon cancer. So if it is gone be sure to get a colonoscopy every 5 years or sooner.
      I had mine removed after having my first and only, but very painful and scary, attack. If I would have had time to talk to a non surgeon who knew something I would never have had the surgery.

  3. QUESTION:
    GALLBLADDER????????????????????????/?
    im getting huge sharp pains under my sternum and rib cage ....it hurts to move and the pain usually comes when i sleep on my stomach. what could this be?? my doctore says its my gallbladder and that i may need surgery....others dont think so....what could this be? if it is my gallbladder...what things should i be eating to keep the pain from coming back? THANK YOU! :D

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to find out if it is your gallbladder is to get an ultrasound or a CT scan. I had terrible pains in my side for nearly 2 years and had an ultrasound done. The ultrasound did not show anything. A CT scan will show gallstones for certain. That is how I found out. My pain was off and on because gallstones can come and go on there own. When I finally had my gallbladder removed my surgeon said it was inflamed and becoming infected. Don't wait too long to have something done because they can rupture. I have read that fatty foods cause gallstones, but I am not certain. There is a lot of information online about the subject.

  4. QUESTION:
    GallBladder?
    I am asking these questions for my fiance....

    He recently went for an ultrasound on his gallbladder with Kinovek injection to check for proper function. The Ejection Fraction is 0%. In fact, the gallbladder grew 2 cc's after 20 minutes following injection. The doctor isn't urgently concerned but tells him that it'll eventually have to come out when it causes problems 1-30 years down the road.

    The ultrasound shows negative for gallstones. The only symptoms right now are wandering liver function studies. AST and ALT will range from normal to double normal. There is a light dull ache under the upper right area of the rib cage. The doc said the liver maybe felt a little big, but the ultrasound said everything was anatomically correct.

    I've read both good things and bad things about gallbladder removal. Has anyone on here had their's out? Any advice? Is there anything he can do to prevent removal of his gallbladder? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      i had mine out about 7 years ago. i had the dull ache under the upper right rib cage. i also would vomit if i ate sausage. only sausage though. i guess it was the grease. if he is not throwing up when eating greasy food then it maybe ok for now. but if he is nauseous then he really should get it out. i got mine out early when it just had sludge not stones in it. my mom waited and she was so sick. she couldnt eat anything except broth and crackers. she had stones. its really not so bad. they have a laparoscopic surgery for it now. when my mom had it done they did not. she has a big 6inch scar and had to stay in the hospital for 3 days and had to rest for 6 weeks. i on the other hand had the laser laparoscopic procedure and my surgery was same day. i went in at 9am and was home by 7pm. i had to rest for 2 weeks. sure he will be sore but surgery is so much easier now then what it used to be. tell him to beware of deep fried foods and sausage.after surgery he will need to watch what he eats. it takes some time for your body to adjust to not having the gallbladder. just for the first month or so try not to eat anything to heavy or greasy. he may have diarrhea for the first month or so. thats why i say be careful of what you eat so he doesnt get diarrhea. cuz thats no fun. let me know how things go. just email me.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between a gallbladder attack and a having a gallstone attack?
    I had by gallbladder out and the doctor said I had scar tissue from previous gallbladder attacks and was surprised I had not been in before I had been in. What is the difference?

    • ANSWER:
      There isn't always much distinction between the two things.
      There is no exact medical definition for a gallbladder attack, but it is generally an incident where the gallbladder becomes inflamed and irritated - usually from a gallstone, but can sometimes occur without a gallstone. A gallstone is literally a tiny stone that forms from minerals that precipitate in the bile duct.

  6. QUESTION:
    When to go to gym after a gallbladder operation? How many months after the operation?
    When to go to gym after a gallbladder operation? How many months after the operation? Is it really 6 months or a year? It's been 4 months since my gallbladder operation like October 2007, and I'm already gaining weight while nursing myself. On the other hand, I'm already planning to go jogging and somehow get into the gym to keep myself physically fit and to trim down my body shape before I become too fat. I really need your advice guys, professional and friendly advice are welcome.tnx

    • ANSWER:
      Simply call the surgeon who did the procedure. He will know how much muscle he cut when he did the surgery, but after 4 months I would expect you to be fully healed up anyway. Just take it slow and easy--start out walking for example to build up stamina and work your major muscle groups.

  7. QUESTION:
    What causes the gallbladder to become painful?
    My doctor says the pain in my side and stomach are caused by my gallbladder, what can cause the gallbladder to become painful?

    • ANSWER:
      I had my gallbladder removed because I had stones. What he explained is the gallbladder is a reservoir for bile that is produced by the liver. If stones are present in the gallbladder and get lodged in the tube that goes to the stomach, it makes it where the stomach cannot properly digest the food because the needed bile is being obstructed in the gallbladder. It also can make the gallbladder inflate also contributing to pain. Have an ultrasound done to see if there are any stones present.
      Good luck, I've had to put up with the pain since 2001.

  8. QUESTION:
    How can the gallbladder be removed without losing an essential part of the digestive system?
    I've heard that the gallbladder can be removed and, while some people can't eat foods high in fat afterwards without pain and/or vomiting, sometimes it doesn't effect the level of fat intake of a person. But how could a person eat any fat at all if the gallbladder is removed? Does the surgery involve rerouting bile from the liver or is there another substance that breaks down fatty substances?

    • ANSWER:
      What happens normally is that when we are fasting, the gall bladder fills up with bile which comes from the liver. It concentrates the bile by absorbing some of the water from it. When we eat, particularly a fatty meal, the gall bladder empties and releases the stored bile into the small intestine where it helps to digest the fats in the meal. When the gall bladder is removed, there is a continuous flow of bile into the small intestine instead of a large volume after a meal. This does not normally have much of an effect on digestion and in any case it would probably do you good if you don't completely digest the fat in your food.

  9. QUESTION:
    How long should I wait between gallbladder and cosmetic surgery?
    I have a fat grafting procedure scheduled for July 16 but am suffering from gallbladder attacks. I was going to have my gallbladder removed after my cosmetic procedure but the attacks just hurt so bad. If I were to have the gallbladder surgery done on June 4 would that give me enough time to heal and have my cosmetic surgery on the scheduled date? If not, is it safe to have the cosmetic surgery even though I have gallstones?

    • ANSWER:
      At least 3 months if you are perfectly healthy .

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the process of having gallbladder surgery?
    I just found out that my gallbladder is full of gallstones and that it will require surgery to fix. My question is this: what is the process from the time I arrive at the hospital for the pre-op to the recovery afterward? I have heard with the general anesthesia, you have to have a breathing tube. Does anyone know if that will be the case? Also, how about IV's? I am new to all of this and any help would be appreciated! Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I had my gallbladder taken out two months ago. Here is what my process was. Surgery was scheduled for 8 am, told to arrive at 6 am. Got there, checked in to outpatient surgery. Then did the registration process with all the paperwork. Then taken to pre-op. Changed into gown and socks. IV was started, just to help with fluids during surgery. Talked with several people during this time: nurses, nurse anesthetist, anesthesiologist, and my surgeon. At about 745 they took me by wheelchair to the OR. Got on the table, nurse said she was going to give me some meds to help relax me, and then I don't remember anything until waking up afterwards. I know there was tube in my throat because they told me and my throat was sore afterwards (plus tube is required for all general anesthesia). Woke up in recovery (clock said just before 9), have heart rate monitored and they take care of the pain. About 1/2 hour later, once fully awake, taken to post op. Post op for me was a recliner because it was outpatient. Was in post op, they gave me water and crackers and pain meds (!!!). Nurse looks at your incisions (there are four small ones if laparascopic). I was supposed to go home at 1130, but I was still in pain. I ended up going home at about 1. I walked out of the hospital on my own (well my nurse and parents with me). Layed on the couch the rest of the day. Surgery was on Thursday, was back at school for clinical on Tuesday. I have not had any problems since, all my pain and other symptoms are gone (YAY!!).

      Only problem I had was reactions to the pain killers, which is rare. And I ended up reacting to two different ones.

      Just remember to eat light after surgery, stay on schedule with pain meds, and take it easy for a day or two.

      Easiest thing I have ever done.

  11. QUESTION:
    What happens after the gallbladder is removed?
    Once the gallbladder is removed, what happens to the bile? Where is it stored or does it run freely throughout the body? Or, is there some type of device placed inside the body to act as the gallbladder?

    • ANSWER:
      Post gallbladder removal, bile simply runs in a continuous stream from the liver into the intestines. It's not as concentrated as bile from a gallbladder, but is more dilute. The body gradually adjusts and one can eat normally again in a few weeks.

  12. QUESTION:
    How long did it take you to recover from laproscopic gallbladder surgery?
    I am going to be having gallbladder surgery here in the next few days, and I want to know peoples experiences with having their gallbladders removed. I am in my early 20's and I will (hopefully) be having laproscopic surgery. I'm going for my consultation with a surgeon tomorrow, but I would like to hear your views before then. I just mainly want to know how long recovery took, what you could eat, and what the lifting limits are. I have a 7 month old daughter and I want to be able to hold her!

    • ANSWER:
      the procedure takes a couple of hours sometimes only one hour, you will go to a PACU (post anesthesia care unit) then to a regular hospital unit for approx 2days or so, then home, if there are no complications. You'll be back to normal in about a week or two, but will be able to return to work before then.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to reverse Gallbladder problems in their early stages to avoid surgery?
    I think I may have Gallbladder problems - nausea/pain after eating fats, fullness and vomiting. Would a special diet, digestive enzymes, healing herbs etc., get the gallbladder working as normal again before things get bad enough to need surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      probably not. you can certainly try it. if you,ve ever had a gallbladder attack, surgery suddenly becomes a welcome option. they are extremely painful. i had mine removed laproscopically. minimal pain and discomfort. i was 53 when i had mine removed. never regretted it at all. no eating problems afterwards.

  14. QUESTION:
    What type of foods to eat during gallbladder surgery recovery?
    I will be having gallbladder surgery on the 22nd of October, and I am wondering what types of foods I should prep my house with during the recovery. Soups? Jell-o? I just want to be 100% prepared.

    • ANSWER:
      My doctor told me to just go back to eating the same way you were before. When I had my gallbladder removed I ate a lot of toast w/just jelly, lots of chicken noodle soup, jell-o. Just bland crackers, or things that are mild on your stomach. You won't feel much like eating the first few days, you will be tired and not have much of an appetite. By the end of the week, you will be hungry & able to eat normally. Good luck on the surgery, it really isn't bad at all.

  15. QUESTION:
    How soon after gallbladder surgery can I ride a roller coaster?
    My family had made plans to go to my favorite theme park on a certain day in May. Then I got sick, and have to have my gallbladder removed. I haven't even had the surgery yet, and the trip is 4 weeks away. I love rollercoasters! Am I going to be able to ride them?

    • ANSWER:
      If your surgery is being done the same way mine was, you can ride the rollercoasters. I had my gallbladder removed and this all happened in one day.I was treated as an outpatient. They did the surgery making only a few small cuts, and after the surgery(a few hours) I was sent home. If yours is being done this way, have a good time at the theme park.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can gallbladder disease cause stomach cramping or spasms after eating?

    I went to the doctor and explained my symptoms, and she suspected gallbladder disease or gallstones. My symptoms include upset stomach after eating, loss of appetite, slight sensation of heartburn, and a bloating feeling 24/7.

    Do these symptoms sound familiar to anyone who has had gallbladder issues?

    • ANSWER:
      It can cause stomach cramping and spasms. Especially if there is sludge in it. You might not even have a stone and still have gall bladder disease. What foods seem to make this act up? If you have greasy foods or spicy foods that seem to make it worse or put an annoying pain in your back or shoulder than it's probably related to your gall bladder. You should really have an ultra sound on it so it can be ruled out. Your pancreas and other organs are there in the same area so you should visit your doctor to get looked at. There is even blood work that can be drawn such as a P-Amylase to see what organ is involved.

  17. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to get a gallbladder ultrasound in Canada?
    I recently scheduled a gallbladder ultrasound (non-emergency) and the soonest I could have scheduled it was the next day. It got me to wondering how long it would take to get this test in Canada.
    I think that I should expect a simple test like an ultrasound to be done within a couple of weeks, even for a non-emergency situation.

    I have heard so many stories about how it takes months to see a doctor in Canada, and I was just wondering how true those stories are, since it seems we are about to nationalize healthcare in the United States.

    Although I have what seems to be a minor problem now, it is a little painful, and I would hate to imagine what it would be like to have to wait 1-2 months to find out what is wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      It would depend how serious they thought your problem was. I have certainly heard of people getting diagnostic stuff or non-emergency hospital admission the same day in Canada if the doctor thought it was necessary. Be realistic. Unless there's a clinic, with no patients, just sitting waiting for you to show up, how fast do you really think they should do things like this?

  18. QUESTION:
    What causes a gallbladder to stop functioning?
    I had my gallbladder removed and all the doctor told me was that it stopped functioning. I didn't have stones or anything it just stopped working. What would cause that?

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    What causes a gallbladder to go bad?
    I had my gallbladder out 6 months ago because it wasn't working. I also have Gastroparesis. I was wondering what things could have possibly went wrong with my gallbladder. This one doctor thinks I have a parasite but I doubt it because I have had stomach problems for a long time. Please only answer this if you know about gallbladders AND Gastroparesis.
    they said i did not have gallstones and they did not say anything about gallbladder cancer. I do not know why my stomach is no emptying they said it is slow. I am just really confused because i had bad stomche problems before i got the gallbladderout and I still have them and if te galbladder wasn't the problem then what is.

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    How do the liver and the gallbladder function in digestion?
    How do the liver and the gallbladder function in digestion? What happens if we remove your
    liver? How about your gallbladder?

    • ANSWER:
      The liver produces bile, which helps to break up fats into little globs. The bile is stored in the gall bladder, so that a small amount of bile can be squirted into the small intestine if you have high-fat meal. The gall bladder can be removed, but you'll have to watch your intake of high-fat meals; some people are born without a gall bladder, and they function quite well.

      You cannot survive without a liver. It is the "chemical factory"of the body. All of the food we eat goes directly (via the hepatic portal vein) to the liver for "processing" after it is absorbed by the small intestine.

  21. QUESTION:
    How can I find a doctor who specializes in Gallbladder and Sphincter of Oddi disfunction in California?

    I know I have a problem with either my gallbladder of sphincter of oddi but all basic test have turned out normal so now I need to see a specialist. How can I find a good doctor who will be able to help me?

    • ANSWER:
      hi, i had a lot of problems after gallbladder surgery:my family Dr sent me to a gastroenterologist(im in Canada)
      You can have a procedure done called ERCP.Not all Drs do this medical procedure:do a search, checking what medical facility does the highest "number" of ERCP.Its as simple as this:practice makes perfect.The more ERCP a Dr does, the better he gets.
      If the sphincter is really bothering you,(i think thats happening to me)
      the Dr can simply cut it!

  22. QUESTION:
    Can you damage or injure your gallbladder by hitting your side really hard?
    My daughter plays college basketball. The other day she was diving for a ball and hit her side on some chairs. Now two weeks later she's in the hospital about to have her gallbladder removed because it is not working at all the doctor said 0% activity from the gallbladder.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I think it is quite possible to damage your gall bladder from an injury like that.

  23. QUESTION:
    How would removing a gallbladder be more benifical than keeping one that somewhat works?
    If a person is told that their gallbladder is not working properly, how would removing it make any pain/discomfort/issues better?

    • ANSWER:
      hmmm.if you have a lot of gallstones,they can get lodged in the duct(on the way out)
      that means emergency surgery.
      if the gallbladder causing you pain,diarrhea and diet restrictions:no fats, no oils etc.
      do you have horrible attacks of pain in the right side of abdomen?or back pain?
      I had mine removed 4 yrs ago,and my digestion never been the same.
      supposedly, 85-90% of people recover well, and go on with their life,like nothing happened!
      Im belong to the unlucky 10-15% who is never the same again.

  24. QUESTION:
    What colour is the gallbladder and pancreas and liver?
    I was wondering because I have to do a presentation on the pancreas, liver and gallbladder.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      The liver has a dark brownish-red color to it and the gallbladder is dark green. i think the pancreas is pink.

  25. QUESTION:
    How do I take care of my gallbladder stones ?
    I keep getting severe pains from my gallbladder stones , is there any way to get rid of them without needing to get my gallbladder or the stones removed , please help .

    • ANSWER:
      I just had my gallbladder removed because of gallstones (June 12, 2008). After a week, I'm still sore, but I can function. My "sores" are healing nicely. You can try certain drugs to "dissolve" the stones, under the supervison of a dr. only. It sounds as if you have not been to a doctor. Depending on the severity of your pain, you may be able to live with it for awhile, but there are complications down the road if you leave them in. I really don't think it matters what kind of food you eat. It was a hit and miss with me. I can eat a Mcdonald's hamburger and be ok one day. Then next time I eat one, I have problems. The problem is that the gallstone gets "stuck" in the opening of the duct (or something along that matter) and that causes the symptoms. I'm not a doctor so don't hold me to that. If you are young, they will always suggest taking it out. But if you are old and may have complications with surgery, then they will try the other methods before surgery. By the way, you can't "pass" gallstones - they are there forever. Good luck.

  26. QUESTION:
    When does side effects of gallbladder removal start?
    I had my gallbladder removed 3 days ago by keyhole surgery. I heard that people get diarrhea after eating after removal. When does that side effect begin? I'm nervous about it. I'm afraid to eat or go anywhere for fear it'll happen. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Relax. The stories about diarrhea are because the folks eat too improperly and eat to much fat. All the gallbladder does is store bile, so when you eat something that contains fat you have a ready supply on hand to break it down for digestion. You still produce bile- that is done in the liver. What you don't have is storage. So when you eat, your liver has to produce bile on demand. If you eat more fat than it can produce in time for the digestion, you will have some go undigested. That undigested fat is irritating to the colon, and will result in gas, cramps and yes- the diarrhea. Usually of the nasty, smelly, watery and sometimes explosive variety. Now since you just had the surgery three days ago, you will still have a body in recovery. I suggest that you stick with a low to no fat diet, and eat foods on the blandish side of things for a few days. For now you will want to avoid dairy products, because surgery tends to disrupt the bacteria balance of the colon. You should eat some organic, live culture yogurt for a few days, any flavor you like, and sweetened with real sugar. That will help replenish the normal gut bacteria. Gradually ease yourself back into a full normal diet, just keep an eye on the fat totals at any one meal. Everyone has a different level of fat they can tolerate, and you will just have to experiment a little to find out what yours is. I can tell yout that indulging in a meal deal at General Kentucky Chicken will not go over well most times, but short of that nobody by your own body can tell you. If you do happen to want to indulge in a higher than usual fat meal, and can plan for it ahead of time, eat a wholegrain food, like oatmeal or whole wheat bread ahead of time. When you eat the meal, it's also a good idea to eat a wholegrain along with it. That helps absorb some of the fat that won't get digested, and helps you avoid the undesireable after effects. It won't work miracles, but it will help. Otherwise there really aren't any side effects to be concerned about. Some folks say they have trouble with things like brocolli and cauliflower, others will say they have no problems at all. I've seen it go all different ways. Honestly, there's no real reason why they should. The only thing you have to watch is the fat. People who complain about problems with diarrhea are most often the ones who tended to eat fatty foods in the first place, and try to go right back to it because they think losing the gallbladder and stones gives them free reign again. Go ahead and eat, dear. It's okay. Just watch the fat content.

  27. QUESTION:
    How much pain after laproscopic gallbladder removal?
    I'm having my gallbladder removed laproscopically next Friday... This is my first surgery and I have a very low pain tolerance. Can anyone tell me how much pain you were in following the procedure?

    • ANSWER:
      You will naturally have some localised pain from where the equipment goes in, eg just below your belly button, and at another site where your gall bladder is.

      Due to the methods used in laparoscopy, you are in a better position for less painful and a more speedy recovery.

      To put it in perspective, normal painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen will help to take the edge of it and make it more bareable.

      Try not to worry, you will be fine, and another way to look at it is that they are taking away something that is already hurting, so after a few days that pain will be gone.

  28. QUESTION:
    What foods should you avoid if you have gallbladder pain?
    Twice in six months, I've had attacks of gallbladder pain which my chiropractor has treated successfully. Are there certain foods you would recommend avoiding to prevent future attacks? And secondly, are there foods which are comforting to a gallbladder? I know I need to avoid high fat foods, which seems to be my trigger. I definitely want to hold on to what is mine and avoid having a cholecystectomy! Any tricks to end the pain quickly when an attack does strike? Thanks so much for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      HI SweetIlene

      Here are some ideas to resolve your issue.

      Natural Cures

      Most gallbladder surgeries can be easily avoided through nutritional and natural intervention, with emphasis on identification, avoidance, and treatment of food allergies.

      Diet: Identify and avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive, especially eggs, milk and dairy products, gluten, wheat and dairy products. Also reduce your saturated and overall fat intake, keeping it below 20 percent of the total foods you eat, and eliminate all processed and hydrogenated fats. But do not cut fat completely, as this can actually increase your chances of developing gallstones. Monounsaturated fats (olive oil, coconut oil) are the best fats to include in your diet.

      Be sure to eat less, as well, since overeating places stress on the gallbladder. At the same time, be sure to eat breakfast, don`t skip meals, and eat a balanced and healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes and other vegetarian sources of protein. Increase your intake of dietary fiber to improve bowel movements, and avoid refined carbohydrates, which can cause gallstone formation. Overall, eat less animal foods, remove processed foods and move toward a whole foods vegetarian-oriented diet. If you are overweight, lose the weight, but slowly and sensibly.

      Good foods to include in your diet are black cherries, pears, beets (raw and cooked), fresh steamed and water sautéed greens such as beet tops collards, kale, plenty of steamed broccoli and cauliflower, snack on seasonal fruits, eat plain organic yogurt, as well as more raw foods in general.

      Gallbladder Flush: Flushing the gallbladder of stones is a common natural cure and practice of holistic physicians. It is quite easy.

      For six days do the following: Eat a whole foods diet with no animal products and no processed, refined foods. Eliminate all flour products, eat whole grains such as quinoa and brown rice. Limit dairy products to organic plain yogurt. Drink plenty of raw, fresh apple juice, and eat applesauce and organic apples as both meals and snacks. Eat fresh leafy green salads, steamed vegetables, tofu, tempeh, and vegetable soups.

      On the afternoon of the seventh day, have 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil mixed with 1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice. Drink all at once and skip your evening meal. Go to bed early (no later than 10 p.m.), and sleep with your right knee tucked up to your side. In the morning, you should eliminate the gallstones, which will appear greenish yellow. Make sure your having regular bowel movements and if not be sure to do a colon cleanse first, before the GB flush. Six months to a year after your first gallbladder flush, you should repeat the process.

      The protocol just described is a very gentle non-invasive gallbladder flush. See Cleansing and Detoxification for a more advanced detailed protocol.

      Herbs: Combine the tinctures of wild yam, fringetree bark, milk thistle, and balmony in equal parts and take one teaspoon of this mixture three times a day. An infusion of chamomile or lemon balm can also be taken regularly throughout the day.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can help improve gallbladder health: carrot, beet, cucumber, radish, and fresh dandelion roots, with a clove of garlic; or grape, pear, grapefruit, and lemon.

      Lifestyle: Choose non-toxic cleaning supplies and personal body care products.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following supplements can help relieve gallbladder symptoms: digestive enzymes with each meal, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C, choline, inositol, lipotrophic factors, alfalfa tablets, acidophilus, lecithin, and the amino acid, L-taurine. Peppermint oil sipped in water throughout the meal can also be helpful.

      Topical Treatment: Castor oil packs placed over the gallbladder can speed relief of symptoms.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating gallstones and gallbladder disorders: Acupuncture, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Neural Therapy, and Osteopathy

      Cause
      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. And this can be easily be avoided by cleansing the body of toxins.

      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 you

  29. QUESTION:
    How do you differentiate between gallbladder and liver pain?
    I have pain in the upper right quadrant which lasts for hours at a time. I have ruled out everything except for gallbladder and liver and as they are s close in proximity it is hard to determine which it is. Are they different types of pain? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Gallbladder pain is associated with a intake of fatty food and can last several hours following ingestion, it will generally be associated with nausea and vomiting. The pain can be where the rib cage joins together in the center, called the epigastric region, it generally radiates or travels to the right upper part of the abdomen and right shoulder blade or back area. It is aggravated with deep breathing. Some might even describe a sense of difficulty breathing, this is from phrenic nerve irritation.

      The liver is not known for causing much pain, you may just experience jaundice or a yellowing of the skin or eyes secondary to hepatitis or tumors/masses, or persistent nausea, weight loss or abdominal bloating, distention.

      Gallbladder pain is associated with gallstones and biliary colic or spasms of the gallbladder. The liver produces bile which is needed for fat breakdown the liver makes the bile and it is stored in the gallbladder. When you eat foods high in fat the gallbladder goes to work and contracts and releases bile to aid in digestion. If stones (cholelithiasis) is present some will experience spasm/colic upon contraction of the gallbladder. With gallstones the gallbladder is at risk for infection (cholecystitis) as well; secondary to sludge and wall thickening, fever is present in addition to pain and nausea and vomiting with elevated white blood cell counts. The treatment for symptomatic gallstones is #1 low fat diet. Surgery is eventually necessary to prevent continued bouts of colic and minimize risks of infection, however some people who are not medically stable for surgery are managed by diet and pain medication as needed.

      A sonogram is needed for diagnosis of gallbladder disease.

  30. QUESTION:
    What kind of pain medicine did you get after your gallbladder surgery?
    Im having my gallbladder removed in a few days and Im worried Im going to get hydrocodone which I dont think is going to be enough for the pain. Im just curious to see what others got after the surgery.

    • ANSWER:
      Surgeons will typically right for Percocet 5/235 mg tabs (5mg Oxycodone/325mg Tylenol), Vicodin 5/500mg (5mg Hydrocodone, 500mg Tylenol) -- standard dosing is 1-2 tabs every 4-6hrs as needed for pain. Oxycodone is stronger than Hydrocodone. Another option is Dilaudid (Hydromorphone).

      It is important not to take too many Percocet or Vicodin because of the Tylenol component. More than 4000mgs per day puts the liver at risk for injury.

  31. QUESTION:
    What does the gallbladder do and why can you live without it?
    I've been struggling with a great deal of stomach issues the last month. I've been to about 3-4 doctors appointments/procedures. There hasn't been any server alarms about anything, But my gallbladder has been mentioned a few times.
    I'm really not interested in the possibility of having to get it removed, But in that event- I'm just curious; What exactly does the gallbladder do and why can we live without it?

    • ANSWER:
      The gallbladder is where bile produced by the liver is concentrated. Bile is used to emulsify ingested fats as stated above. If your pain is often following a fatty meal, the gallbladder could be involved. You can live without it because it is merely an adjunct, your liver will continue excreting bile without it. Anyway, the surgery is done laparoscopically (minimally invasive "key-hole" surgery) with a fairly low recovery time and tiny scars. Taurine will not help you unless you're a cat.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the cost of gallbladder removal?
    I live in Los Angeles California. Does anyone know the cost of removing the gallbladder?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends if you have insurance or not and your coverage--- the best way is to call your doctor and ank for a ball park figure...

  33. QUESTION:
    How do you get high blood pressure after gallbladder removal?
    3 days ago I had my gallbladder removed. And today I can feel my heartbeat and I feel uneasy I guess and I checked my blood pressure and its kind of high its 138 and my heartbeat is 104? And today I went out to eat with family laughing and talking. What causes high blood pressure after gallbladder surgery?

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  34. QUESTION:
    What is the affect of removing gallbladder?
    I have an older sister whom is 23 years old. She's getting her gallbladder remove. She also have Rheumatoid Arthritis and lately below her belly is hurting off and on.
    I would like to know..what happens when the gallbladder is remove? Can she still urine as normal?
    Does she have to wear diapers from now on? Although, I had called her and told me that she can still urine and eat normal without gallbladder. I still have questions in my head.

    what do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      Removal of the gall bladder is a relative common surgery in the U.S. After gall bladder surgery all organs function as normal and does not interfere with body functions.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is the worse case scenario for a failing gallbladder?
    I have read that if you have gall stones eventually the gallbladder will burst if you don't get it out.
    What happens if you have a failing gallbladder and you don't get it taken out? I can't imagine it would burst. Would it just back up into the pancreas also?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm pretty sure that worst case scenario is death. Don't mess with it.

  36. QUESTION:
    What effects do you have after gallbladder surgery?
    I had my gallbladder out nearly two weeks ago. I have got a lot of bloating and pain especially around my chest and breasts. I was also sick today. I wondered if this was to do with the op or something else.

    • ANSWER:
      First off, you will have a lot of gas for a while, but it should go away soon. That's just from them using that gas to blow your stomach up. Most of my gas pain was in my shoulder and I've heard several other people say the same.

      My surgeon told me that I shouldn't have to change any eating habits after surgery, but to lay off greasy or fatty foods until fully recuperated. I have spoken to some people who said that if they eat something that their body doesn't agree w/ now that they don't have a gallbladder then they have a problem w/ explosive diarrhea. I have not had any bad episodes, but I have noticed that I do have more frequent bowel movements than before.

      HOWEVER...you know your body better than anyone else. If you are having symptoms that concern you, contact your surgeon's office and ask them about it. By now you should've gone back in for a follow-up. Did your surgeon have any concerns???

  37. QUESTION:
    What are the long-term effects of getting my gallbladder removed?
    Apart from knowing the long term effects, can you tell me your personal experiences. I'm 20 years and I was told that removing my gallbladder was elective but the gallbladder attacks will continue, so I'm planning on getting removed. I'm a bit nervous since I'm young.

    • ANSWER:
      You'll have to watch your diet as the gallbladder plays a part in digestion, and the bile excretion will not be as regulated once it's removed which can cause diarrhea soon after consumption of food and alcohol. Excessive bile in the colon can also lead to increased risk of colon cancer.

  38. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you have an ulcer or gallbladder problems?
    I have had ultrasound and CT scan and nothing appeared abnormal, however I have dull aching in my upper right hand quadrant with periods of nausea that comes and goes. Could this still be my gallbladder? How would I know the difference between an ulcer and gallbladder?
    I have had this for the past few months. No stones detected. My appendix has already been taken out. I am not pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      Ulcers originate mostly in the stomach which would be in the center of your body, just below the bottom tip of your breastbone/sternum and the pain usually comes from this area. Gallbladder pain comes in the right upper quadrant, usually under your right breast. Usually an ultrasound and/or CT would pick up the presence of any stones. Maybe you had a gallstone that you passed into our stomach and the biliary tree is still irritated. See what happens in the next few days, if it gets worse, go back to your doctor or ask for a referral to a gastroenterologist.

  39. QUESTION:
    Can a gallbladder still show up normal in an ultrasound when symptoms are present?
    14 year old kid had ultrasound, gallbladder seems fine, but she is still having symptoms that point to it not being normal.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, because it may not be gallstones, but the Gallbladder itself may be diseased or on longer functioning properly. Has the person had a HIDA scan done? A HIDA scan is basically a test that will simulate how the gallbladder functions after eating a fatty meal. I had both an ultrasound and and HIDA scan that were normal, but became very ill during the HIDA scan, so I had my gallbladder removed. I feel great now, and I do not regret having it removed at all. I've had no complications or problems ever since.

      Some people will regale you with horror stories and reasons why a person shouldn't have it removed. But please remember that every person is different, and if the gallbladder is infected, there could be serious complications. In my case, it just wasn't working properly and eating a special diet wasn't an option for me, as I could only have water and Jell-o to avoid being ill. Good luck, and don't be afraid to ask if you have any questions for me.

      P.S. - Another person had posted a message stating that "everyone has gallstones". I have never heard of this before, and I don't think that statement is true.

  40. QUESTION:
    How would gallbladder removal affect my triglyceride levels?
    I have triglyceride levels of 525 and today I had an endoscopy after which I was told that I have sludge build up and may need to have my gallbladder removed. Will removal lower or raise my levels?
    I thought booze was bad for triglycerides?

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  41. QUESTION:
    What happens when getting rid of my gallbladder?
    I am going to be getting a my gallbladder removed. I was wondering what they actually do during this procedure, how long is the recovery process, and what complications that can happen.

    • ANSWER:
      I found and watched this excellent video on Youtube when I was having mine out. I hiope it answers at least some of your questions:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECmwbwIrBI8&feature=fvsr

  42. QUESTION:
    How is it recovering after gallbladder surgery?
    I have gallbladder stones and they need to remove my gallbladder. I go to the doctor tomorrow to find out what day. I was just wondering how long do you have to stay in the hospital and what is the pain like and things like that. I have to admit I'm pretty nervous even thou I've had 8 back surgeries.

    • ANSWER:
      I had my gallbladder taken out labroscopicly last year. ( 4 small cuts)

      Recovery is not to terrible.
      You will likely experience gas pain , and nausea for some days.
      Day 2 or so you may have some pain under your shoulder blades from the gas they used to "blow" you up rising in your tissues and some general body aches from positioning in the OR.

      Expect changes in bowel habits, meaning your body has to adjust to the bile now going directly into your bowel, rather then storing in the gall bladder and dispensing as needed.

      Generally speaking this will resolve over time.
      Keep your follow up appointments and note any concerns you have in your recovery period.

  43. QUESTION:
    What is gallbladder surgery really like?
    I'm scheduled for gallbladder surgery this Friday and I'm SCARED out of my mind. Can anybody that has been through the surgery tell me what it's like?

    • ANSWER:
      I am sure you have had a gallbladder attack, right? Let's face it, anything is better than that! I had two attacks before I had mine out laparoscopically. I had four incisions: one at the bottom of the belly button (umbilicus), two in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen, and one about six inches higher than that. I was in the hospital for two days. The surgery itself was not bad and I was pretty much fully recovered in a week. I did have diarrhea for a long while after that but took some Imodium and it finally settled down (would have done that much sooner if someone had given me the message correctly at my house, LOL!) Anyway, the only weird thing to me afterward was "organ shift" - like a squishing "sound" that I swear I could hear whenever I stood up. The surgeon told me that happens sometimes but not to everyone. Never had a problem since. Glad the attacks are over! Try to relax! No sense in getting yourself all upset over nothing - really!

  44. QUESTION:
    When can I start doing basketball after Gallbladder surgery?
    Okay, so I got my gallbladder removed in August, and I haven't done any physical activity since then due to pain in my belly button. I'm in 8th grade athletics, and was hoping to be able to do basketball by November. Will I be ready by then?

    • ANSWER:
      Took me about 3months to completely recover so you should be ok, check with your doctor soon if you are still experiencing pain

  45. QUESTION:
    How long will I need help after gallbladder removal surgery?
    I am having my gallbladder taken out tomorrow. It will be done laproscopicly. How long will I need help after the procedure? I have a 4 month old, am I going to be able to care for her myself? If not, how soon do you think it will be? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Most of the time people are back on their feet and can go home the day of or day after surgery. You'll probably be advised to take it easy for a few days but I don't think you'll have much problem taking care of a 4 month old. I would probably have some help the day of and the day after surgery, after that you should be doing fine.

  46. QUESTION:
    if a Gallbladder was removed what dietry changes would you make?
    if the gallbladder is removed, what kind of dietary changes would a person need to make and why?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to avoid fried foods and spicy foods.

      You can see further details in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22diet+after+gallbladder+removal%22&fr=ush-ans&ygmasrchbtn=Web+Search&vm=r

  47. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to get a gallbladder surgery in the UK?
    I have been to the GP's and got referred to the surgeon's.
    How long does it take to get the gallbladder surgery?
    I go away a lot and I simply can't deny the fatty stuff all the time. And the food we get in school is mostly fatty :(

    • ANSWER:
      i had my gallbladder out a few years ago. I was diagnosed (ultrasound) in the August, and had keyhole surgery (had the op in the afternoon, went home at 7pm) in the December. I had a LOT of stones (my gallbladder was completely full, and I had been in agony).

      You should try to cut out fats. I avoided the following:

      all oils, butter, margarine
      all cheese except low-fat cottage cheese
      all pastry
      eggs
      all cakes, biscuits, puddings and desserts
      anything in breadcrumbs or batter
      full-fat milk
      yoghurts, except very low-fat ones
      bacon, sausages, burgers (I never ate those things anyway)
      curries, Chinese food
      cooking sauces (the tomato-based ones are usually ok)

      I checked the labels on all packaged food, and only ate things that had 3% fat or less.

      I ate chicken (fresh, no breadcrumbed stuff), fish (plain), lean meat, low-fat cottage cheese, lots of pasta, rice, potatoes, vegetables and fruit. I also drank lots of water.

      I lost 2 1/2 stone in the 4 months I was waiting for the operation.

  48. QUESTION:
    Can anyone time me of any natural ways of healing my gallbladder?
    I recently had a couple of gallbladder attacks, and 28 yrs old. Other than meat and fried foods to stay away from. Can anyone tell me other do's and don'ts , about maintaining a healthy gallbladder? Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      My husband had gallbladder trouble recently too. I would recommend staying away from meat and fried foods like you said... but also avoid carbonated drinks, caffeine, and dairy. Your liver and gallbladder are like yin and yang, so look online for a good liver cleanse - there are many to choose from online, so look around and find one you like the sounds of... start out with a short one (one or two days) and make sure it is very thorough with the details, instructions and what to expect. My husband and I both did a cleanse we found online, and although it worked... it was horrible tasting and I don't think I would do it again, so look around.
      I do know that green apples and green pears are healthy for gallbladder, so eat as many of those as you can, and if you stay away from all the foods lists above, you should feel better. Eat as many fresh fruits and veggies as you can.
      Good luck to you!!

  49. QUESTION:
    What type of foods should someone eat if they had their gallbladder removed?
    My mom had her gallbladder removed and we were wondering if she should eat any special types of foods for people without gallbladders.

    • ANSWER:
      i would advise you to ask your doctor or a dietitian especially for this question

  50. QUESTION:
    Can a diseased gallbladder cause severe weight gain?
    I have noticed in the past year that I've rapidly and severely gained a LOT of weight. I had my thyroid check in-depth and everything was normal. My doctor discovered that my gallbladder was diseased and I had it removed this morning. The surgeon said my gallbladder had been diseased for a long time. I am wondering if this diseased gallbladder has been the cause of my strange weight gian. Is this a possibility? If so, does that mean I can lose the weight now that the problem is gone?

    • ANSWER:
      If you don't have thyroid problems, then it can be caused from the bad gall bladder. After I had mine taken out, I did lose weight. Did you ask your doctor about it? I would.