What helps reduce gallbladder attacks?!?

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Hi. 

I’m 21 years old, I have been having a crushing heavy pain under my ribs and around my back. One night it woke me up from my sleep and I couldn’t breathe, I felt like I was dying, I can’t eveb describe the pain I was in. My partner rang me an ambulance and after having an ultrasound done I was diagnosed with gallstones. I am having my gallbladder removed in a few weeks but until then I am supposed to ride out the gallbladder attacks. And for anyone who suffers with them, know that that’s easier said than done.

I am currently writing this at 4:00am in the morning after just coming round from a gallbladder attack that woke me up at 2:00am.

I am wanting advice from people who have the same problem. What helps reduce the chance of having one? What foods are best to eat? What painkillers worked for you? I just need help, I can’t cope with it any longer😢

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    Hi dear. You need to relax. You are not going to die. The foods to eat dry toast plain. Eggs should be ok no salt or pepper. Fruits apples peaches bananas. Rice cakes with avocado settles down attacks. Drink non carbonated soda. Drink juices a lot of water. I think meds will help you. Norco or Percocet. No fried Foods or fats ok. Good Luck to you.
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    Hi Bethany you need to relax. I understand I went thru it I could hardly eat. You go on soup base and porridge and eat lots of fruits. Try avoiding meat till your op. Fish is also good. Take care and all will be fine
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      Hope you don't mind me jumping in on your comments I have just found out I have to have my gallbladder removed but I'm stuck on what to eat in the meantime I know it's low fat no greasy foods but also people are saying and I'm reading nothing with salt in it or sugar in it so I'm finding all the tinned food has that so do I stick to making homemade soups and any mealsuggestion  you have i very grateful

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    You need to eat smaller meals . Very low fat , nothing spicy or acidic .

    I just snack, a banana , sweet potato, rice cakes , . After having my gallbladder removed 5 months ago I can still only snack. My stomach can't take a full meal.

    Good luck and let me know how you get on.

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    Thanks all. I get scared to even sleep on a night because that’s when it comes on and wakes me up. I get bad anxiety which doesn’t help during an attack. I’ve never suffered with anything similar to this before so this kind of pain is all new to me. I’ve been taking 2 ibuprofen 4 times a day, yesterday I was out and forgot to take them before bed, could this also be a reason why I had an attack? I will stick to soup and fruit until I go for my op. 

    Also, what time of night is it best to stop eating? I normally fall asleep around 11pm. I’ve been eating tea around 8pm, is that too late??

    Thanks for getting back to me!

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      Leave off the ibuprofen , it's really bad for your stomach!!

      I think 8pm is too late to eat , I usually eat around 5.30 - 6pm .

      Try eating very small portions.

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      Bethany, tylenol is the only drug that helped with my gallbladder pain.   Someone else already said it, but I will repeat, advil and other ibuprofen is really hard on your stomach, and some of the pain you are probably having is due to bile in your stomach caused by gallbladder problems.   Omerprazole 20 mg helps with the bile in your stomach, also.   Take one 30 minutes before each meal.   Good luck.
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    Hi  I suffered so bad with these pains before surgery and lost 3 stone in 4 months as i was so afraid to eat anything.  As soon as I started having an attack I would make myself sick. Nine times out of ten the attack would stop immediawtly.  I also used to drink fresh apple juice with apple cider vinegar, but DO NOT eat anything with fat then they should stop.  Good luck with your op, completely changed my life, I had years of hell which changed the minute I woke up from the op.
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      Aww bless you.

      What meds did you take to help the pain? 

      I couldn’t make myself sick I have a good gag reflex lol so wouldn’t work.

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      Co codamol 30 mg, tramadol and oramorph  none of which helped but after I stopped taking them I realised I was addicited and had a very hard time coming off them all.  The doctors are very easy to give you painkillers but not deal with the underlying problem.  I was admitted to hospital several times with severe pain and released the next day as there were not slots for an operation, it was a nightmare but yours will be over soon.
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    Hi! There everything I hate would give me pain some foods more pain than others couldn't find anything to take the pain away I'm afraid ,I was taken into hospital twice with high temperatures and feeling totally drained I've lost 14k I look. Terrible ! anyway today I had a retrograde endoscopy to remove stones from bile duct sent home after 2 hours ! now in terrible pain due to my pancreas being inflamed but got hot water bottle it's horrendous pain I can assure you I didn't know what position to go in best one was knees up in the feotal position ! this was all this morning at 9.30 now 8 o'clock .so after being pumped with air and drugs just feeling now just a little better 🙏 Next thing gall bladder out 😢💐

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      Aww bless you I feel for you. The pain is excruciating 😔 wishing you a speedy recovery. Let’s hope after we’ve had it removed we can finally feel comfort!

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      Hi, Barbara, I'm sorry this is happening to you and to Bethany.  You're right!  It's best to get a diseased organ removed as soon as you possibly can!  Best of luck to you both! xx

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