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1/25/13 2:19 P

I had pancreatitis three years ago after taking my children out for pizza (they had good grades) . Didn't know what hit me, but I hit the floor (fainted) that evening, which never happened to me before. Scary for everyone, was in the hosptial three days and had alot of tests. We were told it was pancreatitis, so now I'm leary of pizza and fried foods.

With Pancreatitis, you cut the fat, get more excerise, be alert to your body telling you something isn't right. Eat small meals and if you drink more water it will help alot. I have water with fresh lemon slices. My husband likes the peppermint in his water- read it was good to settle the stomach...he says it helps. emoticon
At the end of Dec. my husband complained of pain in his upper stomach....'do a search for me will you and find out what is going on?' So this searching found he had Gall Bladder issues. I learned alot like: Men's symptoms are different than for women in most the cases. Men have heart burn, pain up in the middle of the stomach between the breast bones. Women have pain on their sides, and both can have pain in their lower back. The gall badder is behind the stomach so you feel full easily and the acid in you stomach will make the gall badder pain worse.
What we are doing (as he refused to see the doctor,-like most men). We cut his fat in all meals,no red meat, no fired foods, small meals -not three big meals but 5 or 6 through out the day (like smal snacks). The meals are fresh fruit and veggies, clear soups, and homemade - to avoid the perservatives and additives. My research showed one could have small portions of nuts,(almonds are best). Lots of water, herbal teas with out caffeine. Avoid the caffinee - as it casues acid in the stomach. Also beer it also causes gas and pressure to the gall bladder. Eat whole grains, leafty green veggies, colorful fruits, like tomatoes, bell peppers, squash... Foods high in protien like fish, legumens, lowfat dairy, lean meats (white meats:turkey, chicken breast).. fatty fish like salmon and albacoure are good for omeg 3 fats that can help reduce inflamation. BUT don't over do on them OK. Sweet potato, baked potato provide glouse and healthy fats, olive oil, canola oil use sparinly - I use a spray of Pam or Olive oil spray for baking or if I'm cooking. Grill or bake your foods-don't fry, eat fruit or veggie salads and whole wheat buns(watch the sugar in canned foods). Brown rice, soy milk. Must avoid spices as they will cause acid to build and burn in the stomach and you deal with pain.
In the searching I also read to avoid: eggs, cheese, bacon, sauage, butter, tea unless it's herbal, sugar, coffee, all caffeine, including engery drinks, wine, beer, tobacco, pizza.

We now eat ground. turkey, ground chicken, small portions and a lot more fruits and fresh veggies. We are doing better...
Hubby was told at work by another lady who dealt with gall stones that she uses the natural digestive "Papaya Enzyme" along with milk free "Acidophilus and Bifidum" which promotes intestinal health. Both are taken after meals or when feeling that "full" feeling comes on. I did some research on these and we have the chewables thru Amazon. Started them it's to soon to say if this is working yet. My research showed these to be good at helping reduce the acid and help with digestine, which didn't allow the gas to bloat you and pressure is not on the gall bladder.
What I would suggest is you do a internet search on these AND on Gall Bladder symptoms. Read all you can so you can make good wise choices, you are preparing yourself for what is to come or may not come. Being informed is your right/choice. Doctors sometimes will tell you one thing but not tell you the other options as they want their money- and if you ask them they do their research just like we do...over the internet, and by talking to others like we are doing. It's your life, your money, and sometimes you can feel like a gunine pig when these doctors don't know what to tell you... been down that path a few times over the years, just like many others have. Doctors are not gods and they dont' have all the anwers for you. You do the research, you know what is going on, then when a doctor says somethign you can either argree with them or question them and have them say.."I need to check on that (they go do the research)'.
I'm in totally agree with the other comments here. If your gall bladder is full of stones and you're in pain . Please go have it taken care of, it's not something to mess with and putting it off will become life that often in the researching. So please-even if you don't have insurance -good hospitals are willing to work with you

Hope this helps a little and please keep this topic updated would you.

Edited by: OLETURTLELOVER at: 1/25/2013 (14:56)
LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
1/25/13 1:28 P

I hope you can find a way to get the removal covered soon. As others have mentioned, it can become an emergency.

I had to have mine removed on an urgent basis because it was close to rupture. I'd only had a few attacks and I thought that they were just stomach aches from eating wrong. Then, I had a major attack one night, after eating pizza for lunch.

My best advice is to be careful not to let this become life-threatening. Eating a low fat diet may help in preventing attacks until you can get the surgery. Does your doctor have any advice on how you might be able to get some financial assistance with the surgery?

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1/25/13 12:58 P

Aww, I don't know what will help. Other than lots of water and maybe something like natural cranberry juice or something with lots of good stuff in it. I wish I knew though because I had gallstones about 5 yrs ago and had to have my gallbladder taken out!!! I was past the point of just dealing with it. Hopefully you find out how to pass the stones before having to have surgery. Good luck to you!!

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1/25/13 8:48 A

i had my gallbladder out 2 years ago. i didn't know what was wrong with me until i ended up with a stone lodged in my common bile duct and ended up with pancreatitis and was in the hospital for 3 days. so be careful, you do not want to go untreated for long. i didn't have insurance either. most hospitals have programs for people that have no insurance, such as charity care. if you qualify financially, you may get help on your bill. as for what to eat, i pretty much went on a fat free diet for the weeks leading up to my surgery. even if i ate something with barely a gram of fat i would be in pain for 2 hours. so i filled up on fruits and vegetables, lots of cereal with skim milk too.

PAT4PROG Posts: 652
1/25/13 6:14 A

Oh my...
I had a gall bladder attack with no pre-symptoms or warnings...
Emergency surgery was needed. I'm sure removal will be necessary and I pray
an option becomes open for you before it is an emerency which can be
life-threating(as I understood it)

SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 26,172
1/25/13 5:42 A

Here is a link to the Mayo Clinic with some tips re Gall stones:

I suggest that you talk to your Dr about finances. He/she should be able to help you with suggestions re cutting costs, or accessing some treatment for free pr very cheap.

My husband had Gall Stones and they weren't exactly nice. He had is Gall Bladder removed because it's condition wasn't too crash hot. He did remarkably well after that.

This is a copy/paste from that link I gave you:
You can reduce your risk of gallstones if you:

Don't skip meals. Try to stick to your usual mealtimes each day. Skipping meals or fasting can increase the risk of gallstones.
Lose weight slowly. If you need to lose weight, go slow. Rapid weight loss can increase the risk of gallstones. Aim to lose 1 or 2 pounds (0.5 to about 1 kilogram) a week.
Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity and overweight increase the risk of gallstones. Work to achieve a healthy weight by reducing the number of calories you eat and increasing the amount of physical activity you get. Once you achieve a healthy weight, work to maintain that weight by continuing your healthy diet and continuing to exercise


Good luck and take care,

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
1/25/13 5:39 A

I went through it for three LONG years before finally having my gall bladder removed. Mine wasn't covered by insurance and it was horrible, $$$-wise, as I had to pay for the whole thing out of pocket and I'm still paying for it. So I definitely understand wanting to find other ways!

Stay far away from arugula. It is extremely inflammatory on the gall bladder for some reason. My worst attacks were always arugula related (though I only realized that in retrospect when my surgeon told me to avoid arugula).

Stay away from all fats. But especially meat. I would just cut out ALL meat, 100%, no matter how lean it claims to be. I would also avoid ALL processed foods because they are likely to have fat.

I kept my fat to around 10% of my calories and that helped but you can't keep that up forever because your body does need dietary fat. But at least if the fats you are getting are in tiny doses like from vegetarian sources, rather than in large single doses, that will help.

Eat small meals. The larger the meal (volume wise), the more likely it is to cause problems.

All of this is based on my personal experience and what my surgeon told me so it could be different for you.

You do not want to let it go forever. I suffered for 3 years because the doctors couldn't diagnose me - not because I was putting off the surgery. I didn't have pain on my right side, I had lots of other symptoms, mainly cardiac symptoms like tachycardia and arrhythmia, constant nausea, and chest pain. I was tested for lots of cardiac problems but never given a simple ultrasound for gall bladder and thanks to horrible medical care that I received, until I moved to a new area, I had no clue that it was gall bladder disease. But I say all this because when it was finally diagnosed, it was (according to the surgeon) about to rupture. That can be fatal -- a woman on my block died of a ruptured gall bladder only a few months after my surgery -- so you should not put it off forever, and you need to keep an eye on it. It's like appendicitis - if it ruptures, you have a certain amount of time during which you can get emergency surgery, and hopefully most people would be able to get that surgery. But sometimes (like in the case of my neighbor), for one reason or another it's not possible and people do die of this.

1/25/13 5:31 A

oh not fun :(

Fiber and fluids are one good thing to help. Are you tracking your fiber intake?

Green tea is being researched as a means of preventing gallstones (

Wish I had more to offer you :(

MRSFERN Posts: 8
1/24/13 10:52 P

I just found out today that I have gallstone. I've been having episodes of pain for several months - usually last about an hour and happen every two to three weeks. I am unemployed and uninsured so I waited to find out what was happening. Now I know and I'm trying to find someplace to treat me that will help some financially - in the mean time - Is there anything like diet that can reduce the frequency of the episodes? I'd really like to not have anymore before I can get this taken care of -


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