Patient Comments: Gallstones - Treatments

What treatment has been effective for your gallstones?

Comment from: Teebag, Published: June 05

I wasn't feeling well 2 nights ago. Hubby bought a pack of Decolgen, I took 1 and went to bed. I got up at 4.30 am the next day and wasn't feeling well, took 1 tablet of the Decolgen. In the meantime, the skin on my back of my thigh felt itchy. I used moisturizer as I thought it was due to dry skin. Later in the morning I noticed rashes all over my legs, hands and body. I saw the doctor yesterday morning and said that if it is due to allergy it should subside within 24 hours. Last night, the sole of my left foot swelled and my hands and body joints got very stiff and painful, especially the left side of the body. This morning swelling of the sole has gone off but stiffness and pain whilst walking is still there. I am resting now and trying to drink a lot of liquid (flush out the medicine). Hopefully, I will be ok by tonight!

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Comment from: Jodie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

Acupuncture is effective for gallstones, guaranteed! On more than one occasion when I've been walking I've started to sweat profusely until I wanted to pass out, followed by chills and fever. Then I had this constant pain under my right ribcage and shoulder blade, until it actually hurt to sit in a chair. I've been going for treatment almost weekly, and the pain is much less. In between, I drink bitter melon or rhubarb tea (boiling rhubarb from my garden) and it works! I've noticed I've starting passing small stones.

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Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 17

I had a large, very fatty dinner and then went to a late movie. I started feeling pain and nausea and thought I'd overeaten. The pain kept getting worse so I left the movie and went home. I had bad chest pains and severe nausea and finally drove myself to the ER thinking that I was having a heart attack. The pain was severe enough that the first shot of morphine didn't touch it. A second shot alleviated the pain and anti-nausea helped. They EKG'd and then x-rayed me and determined that I had gallstones. The doctor told me that I didn't need emergency surgery and that I'd be okay as long as I kept to a very low to no fat diet. That's what I've done and now almost 2 months later I haven't had any more episodes. In fact, watching my diet and exercising I've lost 23 pounds, so oddly it's been a good thing for me. I haven't determined yet whether I'll have the surgery (I miss my desserts...), but for now feel like I'm on the right track health-wise. This is a guess, but I started cholesterol pills last year. I wonder if that contributed. The rapid weight loss, which this article said could contribute, came after the attack. I'm not aware of any history in my family, though that doesn't mean it hasn't been there.

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Comment from: 2darls, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

My first episode started on December '10, it was after eating dinner during a bday party. I tried to vomit and do bowel movement thinking it will ease up the pain, but it did not. This went on for 5-10 minutes, then I took 2 TUMs which after 15 minutes I was relieved. I said to myself, oh. My first heartburn. Then the second attack came on February'11, I was at work and my co-workers had to lay me down to the floor because they could not even get me up to walk to the bed, they gave me Pepto-Bismol and Nexium at the same time, took 20-30 minutes for my symptom to be relieved. This time I went to the doctor and he then prescribe me to take Prilosec for a month. I did not heed to his advice and thinking losing weight and changing my diet will help with the heartburn instead of taking the medication. I learned too the coffee, then eating with chocolate triggers this episode. I lost weight, modified my diet. However after a day of skipping lunch, followed with a heavy dinner, September 2011, a different kind of pain hit me at 3am. Took tums and thought it will go away after 15 minutes, but did not. Pain went on for another 2-3 hours. Went to the doctor right away and he ordered to have an ultrasound done. Got the ultrasound done after a week, then while shopping for food, intense pain started in the middle of the abdomen, I was having cold sweats, I did a bowel movement thinking it's going to relieve me, but the pain still continues and increased, then more on the right side under my breast.

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