Gallstones

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Hi. I’ve recently been diagnosed with stage 1 liver disease. I have turned my liver function around somewhat but I believe I’m really suffering from gallstones. I’ve had several ‘attacks’ from what I’m assuming is a gallstone passing. The pain is literally at the sternum area and radiates approx 10cm around that area. My last was yesterday which lasted 5 hours. Today I’ve had diahhreah and what seems to be high levels of bilirubin in my urine. I’ve had plenty of water but it’s near enough sunburnt orange bordering brown. I don’t feel unwell as I write this but I’m concerned that the bilirubin is something to worry about. My other ‘attacks’ have lasted around an hour and my poo and urine have turned back to normal pretty quickly but my brownish urine has been here all day. Does the fact my ‘attack’ lasted 5 hrs have something to do with it? Will this bilirubin do any harm to me? Thanks.

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    Hi Chris, when I had bad attacks my urine was often brown coloured and then returned to normal the day after. I responded to your post because you mentioned stage 1 liver disease - before gallbladder removal, I was told I had fatty liver. No one could tell me if it had caused stones or vice versa but am inclined toThe way you describe five hour attacks of pain in sternum area sounds like what I went through with stones. What s
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      Hi Clara. Thank you for your reply. Did you finish your reply or did something happen with the last word??

      My water is gradually coming back round to a normal colour. Did you have your gallbladder removed or did you stick with it? I just can’t seem to eat anything with any sort of fat in it. It triggers straight away. It’s quite frightening to be honest as the pain is quite intense at times and because you can’t see it, you don’t know what damage is being done! Will the gallbladder ever be rid of these stones or maybe because last night lasted so long and because of the bilirubin today, is it now empty? Is it possible or is it wishful thinking???

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      Hi, sorry for my dodgy reply. I had a lot of pain and so had it removed. Keep going back to Docs to see what they can find. Sounds like it could be stones. As far as I know the only way to get rid of them is surgery.
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    Hi Chris  .... I had my gb removed April 2015.    Prior to the op my doctor rang me one evening to say that it would be better if I didn't drink alcohol in the evening.  I told her I didn't drink at all.   It was after this conversation I did some further research only to find when your GB is working properly your liver can suffer in a similar way as if you were an alcoholic and you could end up with cirrohsis of the liver.    Your best bet at the moment is to stay away from anything with fat.   Since the op I've been taking Cider Apple tablets and they do seem to help with liver function.   

     

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      Hi. Thank you for your reply. Late last night my water has turned to some form of normal colour. I’ve still got an upset tummy and very loose stools though. I’ve also a discomfort on my right rib cage. It feels more bruised than anything else. The pain or biliary colic is right in the centre of my chest Literally behind my sternum. I’ve not felt right since my last episode on Wednesday and I’m terrified that a visit to the hospital is looming. It’s the situation of the gallstones that bothers me if indeed it is that. I would have thought that if a gallstone has passed then that would be it but it appears not. I drink plant based vegan drinks, fruit smoothies vegetables fish and chicken. What would you recommend to eat? 

      I am recovering from fatty liver disease. It’s not 100% but is repairing. My enzym function levels were down to 72 from over 400. I’ve lost nearly 2 stone in weight so I can’t really do any more than they’ve asked. I was told there was no cirrhosis.

      Can gallstones damage your liver if your diet isn’t??

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    Has anyone else had gas around their gallbladder but still has symptoms of gallbladder problems and can't eat without getting sick to there stomach.

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    Don't the doctors give liver patients ursodioxycholic acid for reducing deterioration of the liver? Specialist needed however = very much so.   Urso dissolved my gall stones afetr a few months & never had a side effect whatsoever.......  I would do it all again but forget the GP's and ask the Gastrologist for the first script then the GP's have to continue the good work.  Many doctors and even Gastro  registrar's are very lacking in the knowledge re Urso.

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