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Diagnosed with gallstones, constant nausea, pain when I lay down

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I was diagnosed with gallstones about 7 weeks ago. I am almost 25 weeks pregnant. I have had several gallbladder attacks since being diagnosed. The most recent lasted 24 hours I was admitted to the hospital where they did another US showing "gravel" stones and a dialated bile duct. They admitted for 3 days and placed me on antibiotics. The last day I was there I noticed every time I laid down I would begin to have pain between my shoulderblades (where my gallbladder attack pain normally starts). It isn't terrible and never becomes a full attack. But it is enough to wake me from sleeping, to keep me from laying down. I am also nauseated 24/7 and everything I eat feels like it is going to come back up, though it doesn't. My Surgeon said he would remove it up until the end of the week if I cont. to have problems. Is this a problem I should bother him with, or something that will go away in a day or two? Is there anything I can do to make it better. So far I have just been eating toast, crackers, dry cereal, and jello, no fatty foods. Please Help!
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replied January 29th, 2011
Hello, and thank you for your medical question on e Health Forum.

From the available history, you have a confirmed diagnosis of gall stones which have lead to multiple attacks.

In this condition, Conservative measures including diet, lifestyle modification and medications can help if strictly followed in the initial stages of the condition.

In your case since you have had multiple attacks, the chances of future attacks are high. For your information here are some measures that if adopted and seriously followed can help to some extent. This needs your full participation and a strong will power.

Conservative management to avoid symptoms and control the disease include:

1) Avoid mental stress and overstrain
2) Avoid eating special food and deep-fried, and fat free food.
3. Be on a gall stone specific diet. (Described below)
4) Lifestyle and Dietary habit changes: Paying attention to regular meals on time; Avoid excessive food and/or drink at one meal. By eating right, one can avoid formation of gallstones and also flush out the existing ones.

Important aspects of a Gallstone diet that you might consider follow:

1. First and foremost drink plenty of water.

2. A diet rich in water soluble fibers (found in fruits and vegetables).
The inclusion of at least 3-4 servings of vegetables a day and two to four servings of fruit each day is a must in a gallstone diet. Include fruits like - Dried fruits (dates, apricots, prunes, raisins); raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and oranges. Include more of vegetables like beans, corn, and broccoli.

3. Include a lot of whole grain bread, corn bran, cereals, buns, muffins, bran flakes, whole wheat cereals, whole grain pasta, and brown rice in your daily diet.
Whole grains - help to flush out gallstones; also enhance the digestive system.

4. To avoid risk of developing more gallstones, make sure you stay away from red meat, fried and fatty food items, onions, alcohol, and eggs. Staying away from heavy proteins like cheese, butter, and whole milk is also a good idea.

You might consider consulting with your treating doctor for additional information.

The need for surgery can be decided after weighing the pros and cons.

I hope you find the information here helpful.


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replied January 29th, 2011
Hello, and thank you for your medical question on e Health Forum.

From the available history, you have a confirmed diagnosis of gall stones which have lead to multiple attacks.

In this condition, Conservative measures including diet, lifestyle modification and medications can help if strictly followed in the initial stages of the condition.

In your case since you have had multiple attacks, the chances of future attacks are high. For your information here are some measures that if adopted and seriously followed can help to some extent. This needs your full participation and a strong will power.

Conservative management to avoid symptoms and control the disease include:

1) Avoid mental stress and overstrain
2) Avoid eating special food and deep-fried, and fat free food.
3. Be on a gall stone specific diet. (Described below)
4) Lifestyle and Dietary habit changes: Paying attention to regular meals on time; Avoid excessive food and/or drink at one meal. By eating right, one can avoid formation of gallstones and also flush out the existing ones.

Important aspects of a Gallstone diet that you might consider follow:

1. First and foremost drink plenty of water.

2. A diet rich in water soluble fibers (found in fruits and vegetables).
The inclusion of at least 3-4 servings of vegetables a day and two to four servings of fruit each day is a must in a gallstone diet. Include fruits like - Dried fruits (dates, apricots, prunes, raisins); raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and oranges. Include more of vegetables like beans, corn, and broccoli.

3. Include a lot of whole grain bread, corn bran, cereals, buns, muffins, bran flakes, whole wheat cereals, whole grain pasta, and brown rice in your daily diet.
Whole grains - help to flush out gallstones; also enhance the digestive system.

4. To avoid risk of developing more gallstones, make sure you stay away from red meat, fried and fatty food items, onions, alcohol, and eggs. Staying away from heavy proteins like cheese, butter, and whole milk is also a good idea.

You might consider consulting with your treating doctor for additional information.

The need for surgery can be decided after weighing the pros and cons.

I hope you find the information here helpful.



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