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70lbs overweight , diagnosed with gallstones

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I would like to know- when i was diagnosed with gallstones a year back. i was 70lbs over weight. i used to get very severe attacks often esp after fatty meals at night. then i started to diet and lil bit of exercise and lost 40lbs over a year. now i dont get those sever attacks anymore even after i eat large pizza occassionally. still 30lbs overweight.

now why dont i get that pain anymore- are my gallstones dissloved itself somehow. do i need to go for ultrasound to check the status of my gallstones. at the time of cat scan year back i had 5mm of 2 stone i guess. does this mean if i keep on losing weight and be at my ideal weight. i can be save by painful attacks and save from surgery, and enjoy fatty meals occassionally without any risk.

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replied October 9th, 2010
Gallbladder Disease Answer A16562
Unfortunately, gallstones usually do not dissolve on their own (although very small gallstones sometimes pass out of the gallbladder, through the bile ducts, and into the intestinal tract by themselves).

If you have no symptoms of gallstones, then it may be reasonable to simply observe you for now. Any recurrence of symptoms, however, would indicate the need for surgery to remove your gallbladder and gallstones.

Congratulations on your weight loss, by the way!


Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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