How Do Gallstones Form?

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How Do You Develop Gallstones?

Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid. Some show no symptoms and do not require treatment. However, many gallstones cause blockages in the gallbladder. Gallstones are most commonly made from cholesterol and can be related to high cholesterol levels.

How Do You Get Rid of Gallstones Without Surgery?

In most cases, gallstones that cause blockages in the gallbladder require patients to undergo complete gallbladder removal. However, if there is not an acute medical emergency related to the stones, oral medication can sometimes be used to dissolve them without surgery.

What is the Most Common Cause of Gallstones?

Gallstones composed of undigested cholesterol are the most common kind. Lowering your cholesterol intake can reduce risk. However, there are genetic and lifestyle factors that can cause gallstones.

What Foods Cause Gallstones?

No one specific food is associated with gallstones. However, people who eat a high-fat or high-cholesterol diet are at greater risk.

What Happens if Gallstones Are Left Untreated?

If you have any symptoms that could be gallstone-related, your doctor will perform a series of diagnostic tests, including imaging of the gallbladder to determine the location of the stones. Some stones do not produce symptoms and can be safely left untreated. However, stones that have blocked bile ducts of the gallbladder must be treated promptly to control any risk of infection.

Do Gallstones Go Away on their Own?

It is rare, but possible, for gallstones to dissolve and disappear within the gallbladder. It is also possible for them to pass naturally from the gallbladder into the intestine, although they are not likely to do so unless they are very small.

How Do You Pass Gallstones?

In some cases, smaller gallstones pass on their own from the gallbladder through the duct that leads into the intestines. From this point, they will pass through the intestines and be excreted.

What Does a Gallstone Attack Feel Like?

A gallbladder attack can be mistaken for stomach pain from other sources, such as gas. However, the pain is sudden and worsens quickly after you first feel it. It is almost always accompanied by other pain, including pain between the shoulder blades and pain centered in the right shoulder.

If you suffer an attack of sudden abdominal pain where you cannot find a comfortable sitting position, a gallstone attack may be to blame. As the gallstone blockage affects the flow of bile, patients notice yellowing of the skin and eyes along with high fever and chills.

Do Gallstones Go Away Without Surgery?

In some cases, a doctor can prescribe medication that will dissolve gallstones without surgery. Each case varies, so it’s important to discuss your concerns with a doctor as soon as possible.

If you believe you have gallstones, make an appointment today with the highly experienced gastroenterologists at Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston. Our team is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of gallstones and all digestive problems.

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