Gallstones are normally passed naturally through the digestive system, often without even being noticed. They pass easily through the intestines, and are passed in the stools, though they are not usually large enough to be seen easily.
Gallstones form when there is too much of an accumulation of bile particles or cholesterol in the gallbladder. They can grow over time as bile passes from the liver into the gallbladder.
Individuals who have gallstones are often concerned about the possibility of blockages. However, the majority of gallstones that most people get are very small, and are eventually passed without any intervention being required.
There is a possibility that large gallstones can cause blockages in the bile duct that leads to the intestines. When this happens, surgery is necessary to remove the gallstone, as well as the gallbladder itself.
People who are having trouble passing gallstones will usually have certain symptoms. These include abdominal pain, vomiting and problems with loose stools.
Sometimes individuals who need to pass gallstones can take medications to dissolve them, allowing them to be more easily passed. This is used for patients who can't safely undergo surgery or who choose not to have surgery performed.
There are also some natural remedies that are believed to help people pass gallstones more easily. These include lemonade and olive oil mixtures, as well as herbal liver and gallbladder flush products.
Anyone who is considering using any type of remedy for gallstones should consult a doctor for advice. Any advice obtained online should not be treated as medical advice.
To the person who said you can pee them out well your wrong. Your thinking kidney stones. I know about this because I work for a gastroentrologist office and they deal with this sort of thing. I too have gallstones and see a surgeon in 5 days to schedule surgery to take my gallbladder out. That's the only permanent treatment.
I had mine removed 9 years ago and I am 29 it was awful pain barrifing went on for 6 months the stones are very tiny and can cause lots of pain mine almost killed me with infection I spent 3 weeks in the hos. my surgeon said its best to take it out because they will come back if you don't I had over 50 my dr gave them to me they can do a sonogram of your gallbladder to check but its important to see a dr soon because if you wait it only gets worse good luck
Most of the people commenting on this site have no idea what they are talking about. I would not take any advice from anyone here. If you want real advice, go to a medical site.
Gallstones form in the gallbladder (located under and attached to the liver) they pass into the hepatic duct and can pass through if there small enough. If there to large they'll block the duct and you'll need to have them removed. It's done by a procedure called an E.R.C.P.
Hello sand. I had my gall bladder removes 9 years ago and I have learned a lot and have changes a lot also.
Every time I ate food would get stuck right between my ribs between my boobs and I could not figure it our so I went to the doctor and they said I needed emergency surgery to remove it I had 9 stones and you could not tell I had one
Gallstones come from the gallbladder. They are calcified "stones", that can be small or large. They can be removed surgically, usually along with the gall bladder, or blasted by a procedure called lithotrypsy, and then passed without much incident. I've seen jewelry made by "tumbled" gall stones, and although it's kinda gross, if you know what they are....if you don't, they look like pearls.
Gall bladder is very important part of our body as it stores the bile which is used to digest fats. The stones in gall bladder can block bile and can cause jaundice, pain and many problems. There is no treatment with medicine or surgery to remove stones. Whole gall bladder is removed. Now the lithotrepsy is being used to break these stones in very small pieces which are passed in to intestine with bile.
Can gallstones cause pain two inches above the belly button, just left of the mid-line of the body?
You pass gallstones either by urinating them out or by doing the #2 and they come out. Most of the time people urinate them out, but it is painful for some. The amount of pain you feel depends on the size, shape, and the natural ease of the gallstone releasing itself from your body. Mainly people get severe cramping in their stomach/intestinal area, until they pass out of them. Gallstones normally are found in the kidneys, although, I do know that you can get them in your liver too. Having gallstones in your liver is more of a life-threatening medical condition though, and trust me, you would definitely have some severe health complication warning signs and symptoms happening if that were the case.