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I've been having attacks of abdominal pain (upper right quadrant, severe pain, early in the morning (4 a.m. or so), always after high-fat meals), about four of them over the past few months. I had one that started about 4 this morning and lasted til around 8. I had an awesome chicken pot pie for dinner last night, made by my friend who owns a pie shop and uses all butter in her crusts. Every other time I've had these attacks of pain, there's been a high-fat meal involved the night before--something with cheese or butter, anyway. I've self-diagnosed myself with gallstones, based on things I've read and symptoms some of my friends (who had gallstones) have had.<br><br>
Of course I could be wrong, but right now I'm not eager to go to the doctor without at least trying some home remedies. Anybody know any herbs or supplements or dietary plans that might help reduce the chance for an attack? Obviously, cheese and butter seems to set this off, so I'll be avoiding those things. And if the attacks worsen or come more frequently, I will go to the doctor.<br><br>
Do any of you have experience with this? I'm open to any and all feedback.
 

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Dietary - eat low fat(less than 10%, less than 5% is better) foods. Consume no more than 10g of fat a day. No spicy foods, no diary, no acidic foods. most fruits & veggies are fine, but no oranges/tomatoes. But eventually even that may not help. when I had mine, water would set it off.lol
 

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i am in the hospital as i write this having had my gallbladder go nuts on me last saturday. i have been here for eight days and during the course had it removed! unfortunately a stone got lodged in the bile duct and caused the pancreas and liver to get infected. it has been hell! please be careful whatever you do. more when i get discharged.
 

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Oh, my, Purplegirl! Healing vibes to you! Thank you for taking the energy to post. I should go get checked out--part of me wonders if gallstones really is what this is. It's just been a totally new pain, different from anything I've had before, and the symptoms seemed to match. But Internet-based diagnosis is risky, for sure. Making an appointment tomorrow!<br><br>
I'm eager to hear more when you're home and feeling better.<br><br>
Carrie MF, it sounds like you eventually had to have some sort of medical intervention as well . . .I already eat fairly low fat most of the time, but I love spicy foods. I love acidic foods. I love foods of all types. I don't want to be limited.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh, my, Purplegirl! Healing vibes to you! Thank you for taking the energy to post. I should go get checked out--part of me wonders if gallstones really is what this is. It's just been a totally new pain, different from anything I've had before, and the symptoms seemed to match. But Internet-based diagnosis is risky, for sure. Making an appointment tomorrow!<br><br>
I'm eager to hear more when you're home and feeling better.<br><br>
Carrie MF, it sounds like you eventually had to have some sort of medical intervention as well . . .I already eat fairly low fat most of the time, but I love spicy foods. I love acidic foods. I love foods of all types. I don't want to be limited.</div>
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I hope by the time you are reading this, you know what is going on with you. I am thrilled to report that I am home, having just been discharged a few hours ago. Going through this gallbladder stuff was the most harrowing experience of my life. It hurt like heck and because I had just had major surgery three weeks prior, my body was in bad shape. Fortunately, my liver and pancreas enzymes have all come down and I seem to be healing nicely. I had a "scare" the other night whereby I had intense stomach pain and was throwing up. My surgery feared that a bile duct was leaking or that a stone got "loose". After testing, it didn't appear to be the case. I wish you luck in dealing with this and hope that you find answers and quick, painless resolutions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 
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