There is no specific home treatment
gallstones, but be sure to call your doctor
You think you have symptoms that may be caused
by gallstones. If your doctor finds that you do have gallstones but your
symptoms are mild, it is generally safe to wait until you have more than one
attack before you consider having surgery.
You develop symptoms of
a gallstone attack again, especially if they are severe or occur with fever,
chills, or yellowing of your skin or the white part of your
You have new belly pain or other belly symptoms. Pain in the
belly can be a symptom of many health problems.
You stay close to a healthy weight by eating a
balanced diet and getting regular exercise.
You avoid rapid weight
loss. Intentional weight loss (dieting, as opposed to weight loss from illness)
followed by weight gain may increase your risk of gallstones,
especially if you are a woman. If you need to lose weight, do so slowly and
If you have recently had surgery to remove your
Watch for signs of infection. Call your doctor
if the area around the incision is red and puffy or if you have a
Call your doctor if you have yellowing of the skin or the
white part of the eyes (jaundice), light-colored stools, and dark urine. These
symptoms may be signs that gallstones are blocking the
common bile duct.
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November 14, 2014
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