Last week I had a friend drive me to the E.R. I was having horrible abdominal pains. Having no idea what it was, it scared me.
The pain abated after I got there and before I saw a doctor. They did an ultra sound and said I had multiple gallstones and that I should see my doctor and not come back.

I have been watching what I eat since then (I never had a bad diet to start with.) I'm Celiac so already can't have barley, wheat and rye. I had kidney stones and was told they were oxalic acid and to avoid foods with that. Now I read the gallbladder diet and wonder what the heck I can eat. It's getting depressing.

I never ate fried foods before and not much fat from animals. I never eat at fast food restaurants. I eat mostly whole foods. Few simple carbs, meat, dairy, fruits and veggies. I'm not a coffee drinker but see tea may be bad. Sigh.......

So how positive can a doctor be it's my gallbladder just because I have stones? I have been having health problems for some time now with seemingly unrelated symptoms. I've been to specialists and decided since no one could find anything wrong with me, I would act as though I wasn't sick since I'm have a very good spell for about 7 weeks now and I'm not a wealthy person. Then the gallbladder problem hit.

Can gallbladder cause flank pain (kidney)? It seems during an attack my kidneys hurt and I have to go more. I've also had unrelenting D (you know waht I mean) since my trip to the E.R. This is totally out of character for me. I'm usually constipated, if anything.

What kind of tests should I insist on before having my gallblader removed? I see a good surgeon next week. Oh and both my parents had their gallbladders removed. My mom's was gangrene by the time it was removed. That's the only reason I'm leaning towards removal so soon.

Thanks so much if anyone can address this for me.
- 2Bhealthy (You can call me 2B)
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replied July 18th, 2009
It can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between gallstone disease, celiac disease, and right-sided kidney stones, based upon symptoms alone, as the symptoms of all three of these diseases may overlap quite a bit (although kidney stones are not usually associated with diarrhea). Also, pancreatitis (acute or chronic) can cause some of these same symptoms, as well. (To make things even more complicated, pancreatitis can actually be caused by gallstone disease, when one of these stones escapes from the gallbladder, and goes on to obstruct the pancreatic duct.)

Unfortunately, symptomatic gallstone disease can occur in people who maintain a healthy diet, particularly if you have inherited a tendancy to form gallstones (which could be the case, based upon your parents' history of gallstone disease).

I'm sure that your surgeon will thoroughly evaluate you, and if he/she believes that your symptoms are being caused by your gallstones, then they will advise you to undergo surgery if you are otherwise healthy.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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replied March 4th, 2014
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I have a Gallstone and have had some pain for about a year and have bad GERD. about a week ago I drank a cup 2 cups of licorice root tea and ever scince have had kidney pain I just had a ultrasound but am having pain in gallbladder and kidneys. what should I do?
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