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Gallstones And Weight Gain

Written By: admin - Feb• 10•12

Based on medical records, gallstones sufferers do not experience any signs or symptoms that indicate the presence of gallbladder disorders. Often, it will only be detected as a result of examination procedures related to some other diseases.

If not, it is said that it can go undetected for as long as 5 years before the symptoms will finally surface. Once the symptoms become evident, it is an indication that your gallbladder has taken a turn for the worse. How then can we tell that treatment for gallstones is now necessary

The accumulation of gallstones over the years will result to gallstone blockage at the common bile duct. This very blockage will result to the accumulation of fluids that will swell and stress the ducts as well as the gallbladder.

This cannot be prevented from happening because the liver will continue to secrete bile fluid that will cause the ducts to swell and enlarge. The very swelling will cause what is known as biliary colic reaction, which will signal the need for treatment for gallstones.

Biliary colic will bring about signs to indicate that the gallbladder disorder is worsening. Here are the following 5 signs

1. The sufferer will feel a constant abdominal pain which does not go away but will only vary in its intensity. In some cases, the pain can be felt at the upper right part of the abdomen.

2. The intensity can last for 15 minutes or even for 4 to 5 hours. Should the intense pain last for more than 5 hours, it is an indication that complications have already taken place. There is now a possible need for surgery as treatment for gallstones.

3. In most cases, nausea may accompany the intense pain.

4. The pain can sometimes take place around the shoulder blades area while in some cases it can be felt just below the breast bone which can be mistaken as a symptom of a heart attack.

5. The pain will subside but will not really go away. The explanation for this is that, the gallstones have shifted positions in the bile duct area where there is less swelling.

As a person grows older or gains more weight, the undetected gallstones will likely result to complications. The bile ducts will be requiring surgery due to the excessive stressful effect of the fluid buildup. This complication will now call for surgery as the best way to remove the gallstones.

In some cases a persons health condition will render him as not suitable for anesthetic administration, thus the treatment recommendation will be non-surgical or alternative forms of treatment for gallstones

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can gallstones cause weight gain?
    I have been having severe pain for a year in my stomach. The hospital just kept saying I must have eaten something bad and sending me home. After begging for a ultrasound the last time they found gallstones and they said I immediatly need them out. Over the past year I have been gaining weight. In two months I have gained 25 pounds and I have been eating less than 1600 calories per day and trying to eat little to no fat. Can gallstones cause weight gain?

    • ANSWER:
      I would think that having gallstones would not cause weight gain. If any thing you should be loosing unless your activity level has decreased. But a thyroid problem would cause weight gain. You might want to be checked out if you are suddenly gaining weight.

  2. QUESTION:
    How to gain weight in Gallstone problem?
    I have developed sludge in gallbladder during pregnancy. I can't drink whole milk or other fat products. I am continuously losing weight. I breast feed my baby. I eat all kind of fruits and vegetables but not gaining weight...so if any body can suggest a diet to gain weight in gallstone problem.

    • ANSWER:
      1. Quit breast feeding your child and you will level off at a good weight.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does having your gallbladder removed have any side effects? Like weight gain or weight loss?
    An E.R. Doctor told me I have gallstones and need to have my gallbladder surgically removed. I'm scared that I might need this organ and removing it could have some side effects in the future. Someone told me I could end up having diarrhea the rest of my life. Is there any consequences?

    • ANSWER:
      No u wont have diarrhea.
      but you have to change ur diet.
      becuase you can gain weight sence nothing will be breaking down the oils.

  4. QUESTION:
    getting surgery and worried about weight gain?
    I'm getting my gall bladder removed because i have gallstones. the doctor said 4-6 weeks without exercise...that really killed me...and all i can think about is gaining weight....
    ive lost 65 pounds since ive started 18 months ago...and i workout 3-4 times a week...

    what is the likelihood i will gain weight and how much?
    and when is a good time to at least start walking again after my surgery...

    i'm so upset...

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, gallbladder surgery is usually done laparscopically (itty bitty incisions) which makes recovery faster. Your doctor says 4-6wks becuz he probably knows you're obsessed w/exercise and wght loss.(Which isn't a bad thing) He will want you up and walking the first day..so take baby steps and don't run a marathon and i'm sure you'll be fine. you'll probably look back and laugh.. Good Luck

  5. QUESTION:
    Will removing your gallbladder develop weight gain or will you lose weight?
    Ok I'm in my early stages of a gallbladder removal. I was told that I have a couple of stones. How big I have no clue. But I've did a little research on the internet and I keep reading that people gain weight or stay the same. From all that negative info I don't want my gallbladder removed. I'm about 50lbs over weight and I want to lose that. But if removing my gallbladder will stop me from losing that weight then I won't have it removed. I started getting pains on the right side of my abdominal area about a month and 1/2 ago. The very dull pain stayed for about 4days before I saw a Doctor. Again it wasn't painfull at all just discomfort, felt like someone's hand was placed on my abdominal and wouldn't go away. Since then I've have sharper mild pain but not too bad. But it's because I keep eating the wrong foods. I was told to stay away from fatty stuff. They did an ultra sound and found the gallstones. So please provide me with your answers from people with similar experiences. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      My friend is actually getting her gallbladder out tomorrow! She would have severe gallbladder attacks, and also was discovered to have stones back in June. She cut out pretty much all fatty foods, and her mom asked yesterday "Are you thinking of this as a weight loss experience?" heh, because she eats fruit and stuff always, no fat.

      I guess you could think of it as that if you monitor your eating. Eventually you'll need it out, but hospitals keep you about 24 hours.

  6. QUESTION:
    Weight gain stopped? ..also some TMI questions as well...?
    throughout this entire pregnancy i have been gaining weight like crazy. My weight has been going up every time i go to the doctor... cept now it seems to have stopped! the baby has been measuring big throughout the entire pregnancy, but in 2 weeks [from 32wks-34wks] i didnt gain any weight at all! and my uterus is measuring the same as well. if the baby is supposed to be gaining weight [1/2 a lb a week] why arent i gaining weight as well. my doctor didnt seem concerned..but she was also in a hurry...she had to go deliver a baby..and she seemed annoyed that i was asking so many questions.

    part II

    For the past week [TMI] ive been feeling like i was going to have diharrea...ive got the stomache pain..the feeling that i need to go..all the time, but i havent had too at all. does that mean labor is about to start? and today, the baby was moving on my right side, then i got extremely sharp pains on my right side...it was EXTREMELY painful. i have gallstones, so i know it wasnt that, it was different. i get braxton hicks all the time..not sure if it was a combo of the baby moving and a BH, or what? anyone experience any of this?

    thanks :)

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    10 week old baby, poor weight gain. no fat diet, mini-pill and milk supply? Should I stop taking it?
    Had 2 nites in hosp with 10 wk old son - poor weight gain (under observation, wasn't ill, just trying to find out why) They concluded I'm not making enough milk & he doesn't "feed efficiently" (often feeding over an hr) so I'm now supposed to only allow him 30 mins, then give xpressed milk & formula thru a supply line (tube taped to breast so he's still on breast for comp feeds) then hav to xpress after every feed & this is all supposedly going to increase my milk supply.I don't get how 30 mins on breast & then 30 mins on breast with formula thru tube is better than just letting him feed for an hr? No-one ever asked about my diet or meds. I started taking mini-pill when he was 6 weeks - all 'official' info says it won't affect supply but I'm not so sure. Also I was diagnosed with gallstones when he was 9 days old & am on a strict no-fat diet including most dairy. How much does diet affect supply or could it be pill? Told I look worse/tireder than when he was newborn! I feel it! advice?
    Had 2 nites in hosp with 10 wk old son - poor weight gain (under observation, wasn't ill, just trying to find out why) They concluded I'm not making enough milk & he doesn't "feed efficiently" (often feeding over an hr) so I'm now supposed to only allow him 30 mins, then give xpressed milk & formula thru a supply line then hav to xpress after every feed & this is all supposedly going to increase my milk supply.I don't get how 30 mins on breast & then 30 mins on breast with formula thru tube is better than just letting him feed for an hr? No-one ever asked about my diet or meds. I started taking mini-pill when he was 6 weeks - all 'official' info says it won't affect supply but I'm not so sure. Also I was diagnosed with gallstones when he was 9 days old & am on a strict no-fat diet including most dairy. How much does diet affect supply or could it be pill?
    **this is what drs told me 2 do but no-one asked about meds.www is 4 support/ppl with similar.am not stupid or bad parent thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      For girlygirl, the mini-pill is an estrogen free oral contraceptive.

      I considered it, but then decided against it after learning that it affected some women's milk supply and opted for the Mirena. I have only had it about a day, so I'm not sure if I'll have the same problems, but with poor weight gain, I'd suggest definitely pumping and feeding through the tubes to make sure he is getting what he needs.

      Yes, the pill *might* affect your supply, but I know a lot of women who take it who don't have problems with their supply and they've been BF for a while. I'd definitely talk to a lactation consultant and get some help from the La Leche League, they can definitely help you.

      I am so sorry that you're going through this. Nurse on demand and if he doesn't seem to be getting anything, try hand expressing. Are you engorged at all? Have you experienced any mastisis since you began BFing? I really hope that you're able to find someone to help you soon.

      You can also try www.breastfeeding.com, there are a lot of ladies on the forums there who have excellent knowledge that might be useful to you, not to mention the fact that some of them are either lactation consultants, or training to be one. Several women there have been breastfeeding for several years and for all of their DC.

      Best of luck to you, hang in there and stay strong. If you can help it, try not to give him formula, just express bm and give that to him through the tubes.

      *Edit: Try eating oatmeal, or look into mother's milk tea to help increase your supply. Nursing on demand should also help this as well*

  8. QUESTION:
    If you had your gallbladder removed, did you gain weight?
    I lost 35 pounds last year and I have to have my gallbladder removed next week, not because of gallstones, but because it is only working at 15%. I am now a little concered and am hoping I will not gain any of my weight back. I also would like any other advice about post-surgery recovery, diet, pain, etc...

    • ANSWER:
      Today the gall bladder is removed by laparoscope and not surgical cutting. There is a bit of discomfort for about 2 days afterwards, not real pain just a little uncomfortable an dnreally no need for pain pills. There is no reason to gain any weight after such surgery and certianly not because of the surgery which means if you continue eating as you are now you will not gain weight. This is quite a common surgery and not complicated. Do not be worried and good luck.

  9. QUESTION:
    what are my chances of gaining weight if i get laparoscopic surgery?
    I was diagnosed with gallstones when i was pregnant .My gallstones are not painful anymore, but i was still thinking about doing the surgery to avoid any potential healh problem that could be caused from gallstones.I have read a few forums some said they lost weight afterward and some said the gained weight.Can anyone give me any information on what the percentage is of people who gain weight afterward ?

    • ANSWER:
      Gall bladder surgery is not particularly associated with either weight loss or gain. However, there are reasons why some people add weight and others lose it.

      People who have had to live on a restricted diet prior to surgery suddenly find they can eat foods they previously had to avoid. And, well, they do. They make up for lost time as it were, and that leads to increased weight. On the other hand, without a gallbladder, there is no weigh for the body to store bile and therefore it can be harder to process fats. Anything not processed goes out the colon. With fat moving through the body, those people may lose weight. But there is a downside to that fact, which is that the extra fat moving out of your body may lead to diarrhea.

      But if you do not have symptoms any more, you should think twice about having the surgery. It's pretty minor surgery when the gallbladder is removed laparoscopically, but it is still surgery. Besides, in a small but significant number of cases (maybe 5 percent or slightly less), the procedure has to be converted into traditional (non-laparoscopic) surgery, which makes it major by any standard. Even if everything goes smoothly with the laparascope, you would need general anesthesia, which always carries a risk.

      Gallstones do not cause any unrelated problems. About the worst possible concern would be that a stone could get stuck in the bile duct. That would be terribly painful and require immediate surgery. The risk is greater if your bile duct is larger than average, which is something that a painless sonogram would be able to show. If you have been a gallbladder patient for some time, you have probably already had a sonogram, so your gastroenterolgist can advise you about the risk of that. Otherwise, as long as you have no current symptoms, I suggest that you just wait for now. Watch for any problems, of course, but don't undergo surgery unless you really need to.

      Good luck, and I hope this is helpful.

  10. QUESTION:
    left upper quadrant pain with movement/bending, bloating, high liver enzymes, weight gain?
    my bf has pain in the left upper quadrant- its not a spread out pain.. its like a tender spot and the area surounding that spot hurt. the spot is somewhere near the end of the rib cage, on the left side, towards the center. The total area of pain is about the size of one's palm. the pain does not seem to have much to do with food, but when he bends or walks fast or moves suddenly it hurts... today he was laughing and he suddenly cringed in pain.. it lasted for about a minute. this was the first time he felt so much pain, and he just fell flat on the bed holding his stomach. he does not have any indigestion or constipation, or vomiting, or fever.. but he has bloating, and antacid does not help. he has been at around 115lbs (27yrs now) for most of his life, but he has gained a lot of weight now.. about 7-8lbs in the last 4 months. the pain also started around 4 months ago. his blood tests are all normal, except liver enzymes are elevated a bit (count is 75). we have seen two family medicine doctors and 1 GI.. no one can diagnose it. one doctor thought it was gallstone from hida scan reports and almost removed the gallbladder. but GI ruled that out because the pain is on the left side. i am so worried, i dont know what to do. any help/suggestions are appreciated. thanks
    he has been smoking for around 12 yrs now, about 2-3 times a day since I know him (4yrs now). but he does not drink a lot. on an average i think he drinks like once/twice a month may be... on certain occasions, he drinks twice a week may be. he never gets drunk as such, its just a couple of drinks max. now he has stopped drinking since a month, but he still smokes. he used to eat a lot of frozen food, but now i cook every other day and he does not eat frozen food. he is almost vegetarian, he eats chicken once in a while. we are very honest with the doctors and willing to give whatever details they need to diagnose, but it is not helping :(

    • ANSWER:
      His pain as you describe sounds very musculo-skeletal related, perhaps a muscle strain that upon certain movements cause the muscle to go into a spasm. Does he notice tightening of the abdominal wall during these episodes like you would notice tightening in a calf muscle when you have a cramp? The only organ in this area is the stomach, which yes can cause pain and bloating but it does not seem to respond to antacids or have any relation to meals. Yes, the liver and Gallbladder and pancreas are on the opposite side, the gallbladder is definitely affected by a intake of fatty foods which create colic that can extend to the middle of the breastbone/stomach area, chest and back. Liver function test can be elevated from liver disease hepatitis, cirrhosis, alcohol use. Avoid alcohol and any medications not prescribed, even Tylenol can be dangerous to the liver when it has become compromised. I really don't know if a muscle strain could go on for months, unless there is repetitive injury....doing sit-ups, heavy lifting and perhaps it is not a strain but more so a cramp of the muscle, especially if it is a very fleeting pain. Next time it arises have him try and breath slowly and relax all his muscles, just like a back spasm, if you hold your breath or tighten up, it worsens...see if breathing relaxes and improves it. Just my thoughts.

  11. QUESTION:
    Do I really need to gain weight to get my period back?
    I recently had a eating disorder that lasted from June of last year to November. Two months into my eating disorder I lost my period, and haven't had it since. But now I am eating normally and feeling better. I weigh 110 pounds, the same weight I was when I stopped having a eating disorder. Also I'm thirteen and '5,4''. I got my period when I was 11, and it was just starting to be normal when I lost it.
    I went to my doctor and said that I should gain 5 pounds, but didn't say much else. He was more worried about the fact that I also have gallstones :P I am about to start ballet, and my question is if I do gain weight, will it affect my dancing performance? Aren't ballet dancers supposed to be this skinny?
    I'm really torn. I REALLY want to have my period, but I REALLY love ballet too. Plus I'm really not sure that if I do gain the weight my period will come back!
    Please help!
    I am NOT sexually active AT ALL.
    I'm not that athletic now, but I'm about to start ballet, Irish dance, and volleyball, which will be about 5 days out of the week.

    • ANSWER:
      You have to get back a certain amount of body fat to start menstruating again, about 20% of your weight.
      Dancers and sportswomen often fall below this, but its not a good idea for long periods of time as it affects your ability to put on bone, which you will need! I think your doctor is right, get yourself up to 8 stone if you can, and try to stay there. Remember, muscle is heavier than fat so when you start training you should put on weight, even if you are losing fat.

      The other main thing that stops periods is stress, so try to stop worrying about it!

  12. QUESTION:
    Can't gain any weight?
    I am a 19 year old female, in good health, never had any sort of serious medical issue. A few months ago, about November I was diagnosed with gallstones after having had a few gallbladder attacks that started in April of '10 (which I found weird as I hadn't started eating anything extremely fattening - no more than usual). I had been at a steady weight of 125 (I'm 5'5" so that was perfect for me) for a while, and have never had any problems gaining weight, that's for sure (was up to 140 lbs at one point 2 years ago). Once I found out about the gallstones, my doc recommended a low-fat diet, so I dropped to 120 by the end of December. However, I still ate some junk yet gained absolutely no weight. I had emergency gallbladder removal this past week due to a gallstone blocking a duct. Not being allowed to eat while in the hospital, and I've been eating pretty light since I'm been home, I'm now 117-118. I've had blood test after blood test and everything is normal.

    Now, maybe I'm just over thinking this but I'm concerned about not being able to put on weight. Maybe it's too soon since all of this stuff has happened, but they say "you can't lose weight overnight" but I know from experience I can sure put on the pounds pretty quickly. I am just confused as to why I haven't even put on a little bit more weight over the past few months? Not only that but my nails are weak, my hair feels dry, and so is my skin. My bum has decreased significantly, even my breasts seem smaller :( It seems silly, but being this thin makes me feel terribly uncomfortable as I'm used to having a little more meat on me. I'm not sure if it's just something as simple as poor nutrition caused by the low-fat diet I've been following the past few months or if I have cause to be concerned that it's something else. I don't know what to do :(
    I know it's not like an insane amount of weight that I've lost, but it's enough to show a significant difference in my figure and this concerns me. I thought diabetes at first but all my blood tests have come back normal and I have no other symptoms of diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      as long as you're healthy, it;s not something to worry about

  13. QUESTION:
    How do I know if i have Gallstones ?
    I'm 6ft tall and im 160 pounds, tall and skinny. I been worried about Gallstones for a while now. I eat a lot of junk food & fast food. I havent gained weight but something under my Right rib cage been bothering me. I feel like poking feeling.

    Sometimes when I wake up in the morning i get a poking feeling under my right cage. Its not a sever pain, just feels like somebody is poking me.

    After I eat..I dont get no pains.

    • ANSWER:
      Typically gallstone accompanies pain after eating and particularly after eating a fatty meal (although some receive post eating pains regardless of fat content). If the blockage is in a strategic location such as the common bile duct, symptoms of jaundice (yellow of white part of eyes and skin) can occur. Also, some symptoms of acute pancreatitis may be present if the blockage occurs were the outlet of bile and pancreatic fluid exits into the duodenum of the small intestine. This is fever, continuous abdominal pain (can radiate to the back), clay colored or light colored stools (called steatorrhea). Gall stone's can leave one susceptible to acute cholangitis (biliary track inflammation) which also includes fever, jaundice, abdominal pain etc. and should be check out by a doctor. If you are concerned, it's best to be examined by a doctor as a physician's examination is the only way to know FOR SURE if you have a gall stone. Good luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    does having gallbladder removed cause weight loss?
    i been reading posts that say some ppl have gained weight and others have lost weight since removing their gallbladders due to gallstones. which one is it?

    • ANSWER:
      it varys by person i had mine out awhile back but didnt lose wieght bc of it / it limits what u can eat to an extent witch could cause i guess liek no greasy food is what they told me

  15. QUESTION:
    Two 8mm gallstones in my bile duct. Surgery outcome????
    I've just been dionosed with gallstones. i've had about 6 attacts in the last 4 months( very painful lasting for seven or so hour's, seems to be lasting longer each time) and doctor wants me 2 have the opp and get my gallbladder removed(especially because they are in my duct). I'm scared of all the problems i may have after it's been removed.Etc weight gain. Can anyone give me some advice serious advice. Please only people who have had this done. Is it woth it? whats your outcome been? real scared about weight gain.
    P.s I'm going 2 try the olive oil and lemon juice remedy first heard it works well...

    • ANSWER:
      I had mine removed and I am very thankful I did. I couldn't handle the pain anymore. If you can deal with the pain go for it. but trust me the pain will continue until the stones are gone. My grandmother had just the stones removed (from her bile duct). They took them out through her mouth (she was asleep) maybe you could talk to your Dr. about it maybe that could be an option for you.
      Good luck

  16. QUESTION:
    How much weight can you lose with diahorea?
    Hello,
    I suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and for the last four days I have had diahorea, I recently had my gallbladder removed and gallstones about six months ago. I weigh myself probably too often and in the last few days I have lost 3.3 LBS.

    Can this weight be regained when I am back to normal without the diahorea or is there a way I can re-gain the weight easier than eating big meals? I have heard of weight gain is there anything else around. I cannot put on weight easily I am average height and weigh 85KG
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It isn't so much the weight lost as the bodily fluids.
      Dehydration through your diarrhoea . You must drink as much water as possible and see your GP for the loss
      of weight.

  17. QUESTION:
    gallstones operation?
    im having an gallstones operation soon, age 14
    how long will i have to stay in hospital and of school?
    and is it likely ill gain weight becuase of it

    • ANSWER:
      my boyfriend was off work for two weeks after his op, but was home within a couple of days.

      He lost weight after the op, and now does not gain weight as easily.

  18. QUESTION:
    How's this for a research report on Birth control?
    Katherine McCormick and Birth Control Pioneer, Margaret Sanger teamed up after Katherine’s husband gets diagnosed with Schizophrenia. Katherine did not want to pass in the illness to future children, So that work later led to the invention of the birth control pill in 1906. Around 1918, Condoms became another form of birth control in the United States. By 1921, The U.S Birth Rate drops by half. In the 1960’s the FDA approved that the birth control pill was 100 percent effective but had some terrible side effects. Some of the effects were life treating blood clots. They realized that the dosage was about 10 times too high, which was causing these terrible side effects. By the 2000’s there were many other types and forms of birth control that became effective.
    There is no “best” method of birth control. Each type of Birth Control has its pros and cons. There is no method of birth control that can completely prevent pregnancy. It can fail, but there is a greater chance to prevent pregnancy while taking birth control. If you use birth control correctly all the time it could be much more effective. The most effective type of birth control would be abstinence.
    How the birth control pill works is you take it the beginning of each menstrual cycle, when your estrogen levels begin to rise. Estrogen helps thicken your uterus lining. About 14 days into the menstrual cycle one of the ovaries release an egg. This is called ovulation. After that another hormone called progesterone, begins to rise. Birth control pills are a fake form of hormones, and prevent ovulation.
    The different Birth control methods are: Continuous abstinence, meaning not having any form of sexual intercourse. This method is 100 percent effective. There’s the male condom, which is 98.9 percent effective. Oral contraceptives, also called “the pill”, which is 95 to 99.9 percent effective. The Mini-Pill, that is 92 to 99.9 percent effective. The Female Condom, which is about 79 to 95 percent effective. Depo-Provera, this method women get a injection, or shot of the hormone Progestin in the arm every 3 months. This method is 97 percent effective. Diaphragm, this form of birth control blocks the sperm from entering into the woman’s cervix and reaching the egg. This is 84 to 94 percent effective.
    Some more forms of birth control are, The Contraceptive Sponge, It’s a barrier method that was approved by the FDA; the Sponge is 84 to 91 percent effective. The Patch (Ortho Evra), It’s a skin patch worn on the lower abdomen, or upper body. It releases hormones into the blood stream; you put on a new patch every three weeks. The patch is 98 to 99 percent effective. The NuvaRing is a ring that let’s out hormones. And is 98 to 99 percent effective. The last form of birth control is Emergency Contraception, which is an emergency form of birth control. This pill is also known as “the morning after pill.” The pills are 75 to 89 percent effective.
    Some of the disadvantages of birth control method are Amenorrhea (missed period), Irregular bleeding, heavy bleeding, abdominal pain, headaches, nausea, vomiting, blood clots, can contribute to gallstones and rare liver tumors, weight gain, and weight loss. Some of the advantages are it reduces the chance of unintended pregnancy, can be obtained easily, it can improve your menstrual cycle, can protect from forms of cancer, improves bone density, and can protect you from ovarian cysts.
    It's two pages out of 4. my rough draft.

    • ANSWER:
      Looks pretty good - do you also want to comment on fact that the male pill that was never widely released because of its side effects? Just an interesting contrast when you see all the side effects of hormone based birth control for women. And do you talk about Plan B - or is that the same as the emergency contraception? Not to stir up controversy - but since your report is on birth control, rather than contraception - are you going to include abortion? Oh, and even the ancient Egyptians had some interesting methods of birth control - I seem to remember something about crocodile dung (I know - yuk) - so your report is OK if you are just discussing modern birth control, but there's some fascinating historic stuff as well. Are IUDs and spermicides in your report?

      Edit: Sorry - Just one more thing - when you discuss advantages and disadvantages - it may be better to discuss it for each type. In regard to cancer, I recall that the rates of some types of cancer also go up with the pill - but, my info may be out of date.

  19. QUESTION:
    I don't know where to ask this, but I have a question about gallbladder removal! Please advise, I'm scared.
    I am 16 years old, and I recently had a baby girl (please do not lecture on that, as it is obviously not why I am here). However, I had several complications post-delivery and one was some gallbladder issues. Apparently, I have several gallstones in which I never felt (silent gallstones, which my doctor said may be pregnancy induced-I'm quite healthy!). I never have gallbladder attacks, pains, etc.
    However, my surgeon advises that I have gallbladder removal soon to reduce the risk of problems in the future.
    I know I don't NEED my gallbladder removed since I have no pains, but I figure it would be a good idea and I should have it done anyway.

    Has anyone experienced gallbladder removal surgery? If so, what were the after-experiences like? Weight gain? Recovery?

    ANY info at all would be helpful, and I've read a lot on the internet but I would still like some personal experience information if possible.

    Please, and thank you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Hey Little Sister:

      Congratulations on your new Daughter!!

      Avery is a great name for a little bundle of love, I'm sure you will be a great Mommie. Now about gall bladder removal surgery - no sweat. I had mine aout about 4 years ago - same day surgery. They used Laprascopic surgery, which is minimally invasive. You get three little holes, in your tummy, (or was it 4?), anyway they are very small - like a stich or two each to close them is all. Pain-wise, - was nothing really - sore mostly for a day or two, - I used the pain killers for a day to get some sleep, and after that I just took advil for a couple more days, and then that was it. (If you are going to breast feed, you will have to talk with your Doctor about the use of pain killers and the baby - probably not a good idea, so you may need to express enough milk to take care of the princess for a week to 10 days, so that she has plenty of mama's milk - and you might have the time to use pain killers as needed - provided they can be flushed out of your system - before you begin to breast feed again - something you need to go over with your doctor.

      Remember that how much pain you have after surgery, and how fast you recover is - to a great extent - up to you. Truth! So much depends on your positive attitude and desire to get better quickly. So you need to let the discomfort go, work through the soreness, and focus on your new baby - and forget about the mild discomfort of the first dsay or two. Follow the Dr's instructions on diet, and you will be back to your old self in a week or so.

      Good luck - and DON'T WORRY !!! THIS IS NOT A REALLY PAINFUL PROCEDURE, AND YOU WILL NOT BE IN PAIN FOR WEEKS!!!

  20. QUESTION:
    Does Gallstones and losing weight have anything to do with eachother?
    I have just recently been diagnosed with having gallstones.I believe that it is my fault because of my yo-yo dieting.Can this have anything to do with eachother?. I noticed it was a yo yo diet cause i would diet lose a few pounds, then my weight gets stuck i'll stick with it for a while trying to lose the weight, i then get frustrated then get off the diet, gain back what i lost then try to go back on just doing the same thing. My question is, Did me having gallbladder issues affect why i wasnt losing weight the way i hoped? And once i have my gallbladder removed, would my dieting be more affective

    • ANSWER:
      First, getting gallstones is not your fault. They don't know with confidence what causes gallstones. What and how you eat is not likely the source.

      Second. I've seen no changes in my weight or diet since having my gallbladder removed. So don't count on dieting being easier or harder for you. It's still the same old story; eat right and get plenty of exercise.

  21. QUESTION:
    Epigastric pain, all-over back ache, weight loss, mild nausea....what could this be?
    I suffered from constant nausea and epigastric pain for about 2 weeks. The nausea eased off but the pain has persisted. It happens sporadically throughout the day right around my xiphoid process and in the bottom of my ribs on both sides, but more on the right. I have a constant discomfort in the epigastric region that sometimes feels like bloating, but other times feels more like extreme emptiness. I have lost 5 pounds in just a week or two and am now down to only 103 lbs. I have actually been trying to gain weight since I'm 5'7".I am 26 years old I suffer from Interstitial Cystitis, Fibromyalgia, TMJ, PCOS, and leaky so I have a lot of chronic pain issues anyways. I have felt a pulling sensation in my upper abdomen before that turned out to be ovarian cysts, but my sonogram and CT scan came back clear. I was tested for COPD and had a chest Xray done just a few weeks ago that came back fine. My doctor is stumped, what kinds of tests should I suggest? Could it be gallstones or liver related?

    • ANSWER:
      Your two suggestions are reasonable differential diagnoses (although you said you had a sonogram that came back clear - was this done recently? was the biliary tree examined?).

      Blood work (specifically liver function tests and lipase) would help to exclude hepatitis, pancreatitis or biliary disease.

      Upper endoscopy would be useful to look for peptic ulcer, gastrooesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and other conditions.

      Be prepared that no diagnosis is made for your symptoms.

  22. QUESTION:
    HOW DID I GAIN SO MUCH WEIGHT!?!?!?!?
    ok so first off im 16 years old... i had gallstones in december and i had surgery to remove my gallbladder...i lost 17 pounds in 13 days when i was in the hospital went from 174 to 159 idk if that helps with anything but w.e

    ok so im 6'1" 160lbs

    anyway around 3 months ago it said that i gained 2 pounds in 1 month then but before that and until now i dont eat breakfast i dont eat lunch i just eat dinner and like cereal (frosted flakes) around 9 o'clock also on weekends i go mountain biking anywhere between 2-8 hours and on school days about 1-3 hours....

    so yesterday i weighed myself and it said that i was 170lbs!!! idk if its my scale or something but i just thought there is no way thats possible UNLESS i gained 10 lbs of muscle which sounds like alot.

    so i was wondering is it my scale or what is going on??but i dont think its my scale cuz my mom and brother weighed themselves and they were normal

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      with all the exercise you're doing no wonder you've gained 10lb. You need to eat more though, or your body will start using muscle to fuel itself rather then any fat you want to lose. Calculate your BMI, if it's between 18.5 and 25 you're healthy.

  23. QUESTION:
    what does this mean about sugar?
    Health Issues: Simple sugars have been documented to contribute to and/or aggravate health problems, including: asthma, mood disorders, mental illness, nervous disorders, diabetes, heart disease, gallstones, hypertension, and arthritis.
    Insulin Impacts: Sugar raises insulin levels, inhibiting the release of growth hormones which depresses the immune system. Further, too much insulin promotes the storage of fat, so that when you eat foods that are high in sugar, you're enabling rapid weight gain and elevated triglyceride levels, both of which have been linked to cardiovascular disease.
    Degenerative Disease: Sugar has no real nutritional value (minerals, vitamins and fiber) and as a result, has a deteriorating effect on the endocrine system, causing sugar consumption to be one of the 3 major causes of degenerative disease.
    Cancer Culprits: Turns out that cancer's preferred fuel is none other than glucose. Controlling one's blood-glucose levels through diet, exercise, supplements, meditation and prescription drugs - when necessary - can be extremely important to a cancer treatment program.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a book called "Sugar Blues" by William Dufty.
      The whole book is about the not so nice things about sugar.
      It even discusses how the demand for sugar was one of the corner stones for slavery in the U.S.

  24. QUESTION:
    Gallbladder as stones relate to liver function being affected.?
    I quite possibly had two slight episodes before the emergency surgery, two in two days. The doctors said that the sudden high cholesterol and 15 lbs of weight gain in 4 months is likely related to the liver not functioning correctly because of the gallstones. I am trying to figure out how this relates. I have always been healthy, but gallbladder disease runs in my family. I am pretty good considering I kept it until 10 days before my 41st birthday....I guess I miraculously thought the bloating would go away, that 15 lbs would come off etc. I just want to know how the liver function relates to weight gain. No I am not obese, I am not happy wtih my weight, but I still look great.......so doctors kind of poo poo it, thinking I look awesome......but I'm not happy with it. I know most people gain weight because they can eat everything. I didn't lose weight before this happened and I refuse to gain weight...but how does liver function affect it?
    Thanks TR, great way to put it. I didn't have typical symptoms so I am not sure how many attacks I had. I only had serious constant pain once....I knew when I looked up the gallbladder that that was what it was inspite of my symptoms being atypical. They removed 5 or 6 stones from the bile duct and the following day removed the gallbladder, that was three weeks ago....
    Kenotbgo, thanks for the response, but he didn't understand the question....I already had the darned thing out.....it wasn't caused from spicy foods and it wasn't caused from being overweight. The second response answered the question clearly and concisely....he gets the points!

    • ANSWER:
      They are both part of the billiary system. Actually, the gall bladder is attached to the Liver as well. The Gall Bladder helps us digest food, by storing bile and releasing it into the stomach when needed. If the Gall Bladder is malfunctioning, the lilver will produce the bile, but the bile will be backed up, due to the gall bladder disfunction. This will cause the liver to not function properly. The Liver like the filter of a swimming pool. All the crap in the water goes through the filter in the pool to, well, filter all the bad crap out. The water is then sent back into the pool by the pump, through the plumbing. Most toxins in the human body get filtered out in the liver. Any disfunction of the liver will cause chaos in the rest of the body, including weight control.

  25. QUESTION:
    Gallbladder Removal - Who Has Had Theirs Removed?
    I have had severe pain caused by gallstones and gallbladder inflammation now for over a year. The pain can come once a month or as frequently as 3 times a week and can last for anything from 20 minutes to several hours. I have put off having my gallbladder removed as I have read stories on the web about people regretting having it removed. But now, my doctor has told me it is getting more serious and I really need to have it taken out, especially as my last attack brought on the early start of pancreatitis.

    I am 39 years old, 5ft 8 and a normal weight for my height. I eat quite healthily during the week but have been known to indulge in something a bit more tasty (but not so healthy) at weekends. I have cut out all the major things that were triggering my attacks, such as eggs, cheese, fried food etc. and have tried drinking lots of apple juice, lemon juice and olive oil etc. as recommended in "alternative to gallbladder removal" advice pages. Since my last attack, I was too scared to eat as I had only had a jacket potato with baked beans to eat before the attack and during this time I lost 5lbs in weight.

    I have read about people who have put on huge amounts of weight after having the gallbladder removed, have still had pain, severe diarrhea and other complications. Obviously I know that if I have it removed I will not be able to eat junk food all the time, but I would like to think that I would be able to eat a little bit of what I fancy when I fancy it as any normal person would?

    My questions is really to people who have had their gallbladder removed or have genuine knowledge of this operation. Did you regret it or are you pleased you had it removed? Are there any other alternatives (apart from the flush)? Im trying to get a more accurate idea of the pros and cons of the operation as there seems to be a lot of stories on the web of people who have regretted having it done due to all the issues that come with it, but not so many stories of people who have never regretted having it done. I only know 2 people who have had it removed, in both cases it was over 20 years ago, but they both report no side effects, no problems, no change in diet, no weight gain, no diarrhea etc. So I would really like to know of anyone who has had this operation more recently and their personal opinions.

    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Having gallstones can be life threatening if a stone becomes lodged in your common bile duct. The common bile duct drains the liver and the pancreas. The gallbladder stores bile, which emulsifies fat. Having your gallbladder removed does not cause you to gain weight. Excess calories cause weight gain. There are NO foods or substances that will dissolve gallstones. The body can continue to produce stones even after the gallbladder is removed, that should have no influence on removing your gallbladder. Diseased organs are more likely to cause infections. An infection of the gallbladder can lead to peritonitis, which can also be life threatening. The symptoms that your having after eatting a high fat meal are typical when your body needs bile to help with fat digestion, the gallbladder is stimulated to release bile, and this causes pain for some one with cholycystitis (medical term for an inflammed gallbladder). You should speak with a general surgeon regarding this type of illness. This is the physician who would perform the surgery and they will be able to give you accurate information that you can depend on.

  26. QUESTION:
    Help? Multiple conditions, looking for diagnosis? (cancer/autoimmune?)?
    Hello all,

    I have come to the internet in desperation after years of constant medical problems that seem to have no end. My GP is not very helpful. It is getting to the point where my medical problems have taken over my life and I would like to just know what is wrong (if anything).

    I am an obese 20 year old female. I had multiple ear infections as a child; my ear drum popped twice so I have slight hearing problems in one ear. At seven, my tonsils and adenoids were so large that I suffered from severe sleep apnea, so they were removed as the ENT was worried about brain damage. When I was six, they discovered that I was missing 9 adult teeth and they considered it to be a genetic defect of some sort, the cause was never investigated. Aside from cholestrol issues at 8 (solved through the Atkins diet, ironically enough), I was very healthy from about age 7 to puberty. At this point, I was just a little chubby. Puberty hit, and I gained probably 70-80lbs in a year. Although I developed in all other ways, I never produced a period. This was not dealt with until last year. Around this time, I started suffering from gastro-intestinal distress but it was tolerable, so life continued.

    Around 14, I noticed that my left pupil was constantly dilated. I had multiple test and was referred to many doctors before I was diagnosed. They had suspected a brain injury/tumor (cancer was brought up), but it turned out to be Adie's tonic pupil. Adie's can be caused by lesions on the neurons/muscles that contract the pupil, or it has no cause (like in my case). There is also no cure.

    Then I discovered a large lump on my right foot. Doctors orginally thought it was osteomyelitis, or sarcoma/similar cancer. I underwent multiple tests. They still weren't positive what it was, but they decided surgery was the best option so it was removed in January. It turned out to be an ostechondroma, so they removed it, I spent 3 mos on crutches and they told me that there was less than 5% chance that it would ever recurr. It had recurred by the time I went back for a checkup. Because of it's incredibly fast regrowth, they were worried it had come back as a malignant lesion so I underwent surgery again in August of the same month. Turned out it was just a regrowth of the osteochondroma, so they removed a ton of bone from the surrounding areas as well, so I was non-weight bearing and on crutches for nearly 6 months this time. By the time I went for my 3 month checkup, it had regrown. I was referred to a new, younger orthopaedic surgeon for another surgical option but it was an extreme idea so I declined. The foot is just xrayed 3x a year to make sure it doesn't become malignant.

    At this same time, I also had dental implant surgeries to try and correct my missing adult teeth. Also, my gastro-intestinal distress became so severe that I couldn't function properly so I was sent to a gastro-entrologist as my mother sufferes from Crohns disease and they were afraid I did too. My GP sent me for a blood test for Celiac, but it came back as negative. She suggested I go gluten-free anyways because sometimes the blood test is wrong. I went gluten free and almost all my gastro symptoms disappeared. I went for an endoscope and colonscopy approximately 8 months after I went gluten free, but by then (as the gastro-enterologist explained to me) any damage to the villi from Celiac would have been healed, so no problems were found.

    I had to have my gallbladder removed in Feb of this year due to gallstones, after which I developed GERD. I went to an OBGYN because I was 19 and had never had a period, and testing concluded that I have PCOS, or poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, which explains my excessive weight gain and lack of period. (I do have bad eating habits, but I should not be as large as I am - I have always been a very active person so the PCOS/hormonal imbalance explains some of that).

    Finally, for the last year or so, I have been overwhelmed by all consuming exhaustion. I need about 12 hours of sleep to function, and the, and then that can usually get me through class or a bit of work, but then I need about a 3 hour nap if I want to do something in the evening. I was given 2 at home sleep apnea tests - the first came back as indictiative for central apnea (not obstructive!), the second test came back as inconclusive. I am currently on a 2 year wait list to get into our local sleep clinic.

    Recently, I found a lump in my throat. The week later, I fainted at work. The ER doc performed blood work and an EMG, said it was probably heat exhaustion, which doesn't make sense at all. He also checked my throat lump, and said it was likely a cyst so he sent me to an EMT who said tonsil regrowth. I also have frequent dizzy spells, incidents where my eyes shake, recurrent headaches and a recurrent rash in my inner elbows and across my abodomen (not weight related). I am always incredibly flushed and hot & awake sweaty.

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Help: seemingly unrelated disorders, possible underlying condition? (cancer/autoimmune, etc)?
    Hello all,

    I have come to the internet in desperation after years of constant medical problems that seem to have no end. My GP is not very helpful. It is getting to the point where my medical problems have taken over my life and I would like to just know what is wrong (if anything).

    I am an obese 20 year old female. I had multiple ear infections as a child; my ear drum popped twice so I have slight hearing problems in one ear. At seven, my tonsils and adenoids were so large that I suffered from severe sleep apnea, so they were removed as the ENT was worried about brain damage. When I was six, they discovered that I was missing 9 adult teeth and they considered it to be a genetic defect of some sort, the cause was never investigated. Aside from cholestrol issues at 8 (solved through the Atkins diet, ironically enough), I was very healthy from about age 7 to puberty. At this point, I was just a little chubby. Puberty hit, and I gained probably 70-80lbs in a year. Although I developed in all other ways, I never produced a period. This was not dealt with until last year. Around this time, I started suffering from gastro-intestinal distress but it was tolerable, so life continued.

    Around 14, I noticed that my left pupil was constantly dilated. I had multiple test and was referred to many doctors before I was diagnosed. They had suspected a brain injury/tumor (cancer was brought up), but it turned out to be Adie's tonic pupil. Adie's can be caused by lesions on the neurons/muscles that contract the pupil, or it has no cause (like in my case). There is also no cure.

    Then I discovered a large lump on my right foot. Doctors orginally thought it was osteomyelitis, or sarcoma/similar cancer. I underwent multiple tests. They still weren't positive what it was, but they decided surgery was the best option so it was removed in January. It turned out to be an ostechondroma, so they removed it, I spent 3 mos on crutches and they told me that there was less than 5% chance that it would ever recurr. It had recurred by the time I went back for a checkup. Because of it's incredibly fast regrowth, they were worried it had come back as a malignant lesion so I underwent surgery again in August of the same month. Turned out it was just a regrowth of the osteochondroma, so they removed a ton of bone from the surrounding areas as well, so I was non-weight bearing and on crutches for nearly 6 months this time. By the time I went for my 3 month checkup, it had regrown. I was referred to a new, younger orthopaedic surgeon for another surgical option but it was an extreme idea so I declined. The foot is just xrayed 3x a year to make sure it doesn't become malignant.

    At this same time, I also had dental implant surgeries to try and correct my missing adult teeth. Also, my gastro-intestinal distress became so severe that I couldn't function properly so I was sent to a gastro-entrologist as my mother sufferes from Crohns disease and they were afraid I did too. My GP sent me for a blood test for Celiac, but it came back as negative. She suggested I go gluten-free anyways because sometimes the blood test is wrong. I went gluten free and almost all my gastro symptoms disappeared. I went for an endoscope and colonscopy approximately 8 months after I went gluten free, but by then (as the gastro-enterologist explained to me) any damage to the villi from Celiac would have been healed, so no problems were found.

    I had to have my gallbladder removed in Feb of this year due to gallstones, after which I developed GERD. I went to an OBGYN because I was 19 and had never had a period, and testing concluded that I have PCOS, or poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, which explains my excessive weight gain and lack of period. (I do have bad eating habits, but I should not be as large as I am - I have always been a very active person so the PCOS/hormonal imbalance explains some of that).

    Finally, for the last year or so, I have been overwhelmed by all consuming exhaustion. I need about 12 hours of sleep to function, and the, and then that can usually get me through class or a bit of work, but then I need about a 3 hour nap if I want to do something in the evening. I was given 2 at home sleep apnea tests - the first came back as indictiative for central apnea (not obstructive!), the second test came back as inconclusive. I am currently on a 2 year wait list to get into our local sleep clinic.

    Recently, I found a lump in my throat. The week later, I fainted at work. The ER doc performed blood work and an EMG, said it was probably heat exhaustion, which doesn't make sense at all. He also checked my throat lump, and said it was likely a cyst so he sent me to an EMT who said tonsil regrowth. I also have frequent dizzy spells, incidents where my eyes shake, recurrent headaches and a recurrent rash in my inner elbows and across my abodomen (not weight related). I am always incredibly flushed and hot & awake sweaty
    In case it helps, I am on medication for GERD and depression. I apologize for writing such a lengthy question but I seriously hope someone can help!

    Is it possible the throat lump is not a tonsil but lymphoma?

    • ANSWER:
      Going Gluten free has helped me in a few ways, However weight was not one of them , In addition the life style will bankrupt you as it did me , However it may be worth a try it does help with a host of health conditions and I too suffer from GERD and am obese as well but Im twice ur age, Good luck!!

  28. QUESTION:
    What do you think my chances are of delivering vaginally?
    Hi there. I'm 18 (will be 19 when I deliver) and I'm 22.2 weeks pregnant. I really want to deliver vaginally. I hate the idea of a c-section.
    I understand that if an emergency situation arises, I need the c-section and in that case I will be glad to accept the life saving procedure.
    BUT
    I know a lot of OB/GYN's preform c-sections unnecessarily. For instance the ultrasound says the baby is big, but it turns out the ultrasound was wrong and the baby could have been delivered vaginally.
    Or labor isin't progressing quick enough.

    Here's a little about me.
    I'm a big lady. Over 250, we'll leave it at that. (And no I'm not like, 400lbs or anything)
    I'm 5'6
    but I am very narrow hipped. I've had a lot of pain in this pregnancy because my hips are very small.
    I have no other health problems except gallstones, which don't bother me that much, I've only had a couple attacks.
    I have panic disorder but have been managing pretty well without the medication.

    I do not plan to use an epidural. I understand that may change given the circumstances, but I'm very commuted to giving the natural birth thing all I've got. =]

    I am prepared to go through a long, hard, labor if it means I get to avoid a c-section.
    Also, I have recently switched from an OB/GYN to a midwife who is VERY pro natural child birth and very size friendly.

    In your experince, what do you think my chances of vaginal delivery are. (Once again I understand that emergency situations cannot be predicted.)

    And please don't lecture me on my weight. I made it my new years resolution to , once I've had my son, get down to a health size so I can be the best mother I can be. =] (And I am very careful about my pregnancy weight gain, I lost 20lbs in the first trimester due to morning sickness, doctor said that was fine, and have gained 5 back in the second)

    THANKS!!!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you are making good choices to improve your chances of having a natural birth. Working with a care provider who supports you in your choices and believes you can do it is so important. Also taking care to improve your overall health will keep you low risk. (And no, being a woman of size does not mean you will automatically need a cesarean, although there are doctors out there who believe that!)

      I would also recommend that you take a good, comprehensive childbirth class like Brio Birth. This will help you learn exercises and healthy pregnancy choices, as well as give you the knowledge and tools you need to handle the sensations of labor. I'm not talking about a brief, hospital-based class either. You need something specifically geared toward preparing for an unmedicated birth.

      Also check out plus-size-pregnancy.org.

      Good luck and congratulations!

  29. QUESTION:
    Problems with my liver?
    I got my gallbladder removed about 5 months ago after having severe upper abdominal pains since I had my last daughter.. When I went into the hospital before they found out I had gallstones they said my liver wasn't working properly. I thought that may have something to do with the reason I could take 6 double straight shots of vodka and feel nothing. I used to be able to take 10 shots and be on my knees. (I'm not an alcoholic; I only drank that much like every other week for about 3 months.. and this was back in oct of 08.) But I didn't mention it to the doctors. Now after having my gallbladder removed, I still have the same pain, just not as intense. But I have gained a lot of weight since then and pills don't seem to go through my body like they used to. For example, I can take my percocets and feel nothing at all; but I used to. Is it possible for my liver to be blocking stuff to pass through.. could that explain the pain I still have, the weight gain, and the reason why the alcohol isn't passing through right? I know I should ask a doctor but I don't have insurance. If worse comes to worse, I will go to the ER.
    I wanted you let you know that I never took percocet with alcohol. I don't think my drinking had anything to do with this problem because I never had any alcohol during my pregnancy and I didn't get the pain until after I gave birth. I would get the pain randomly.. not just after drinking. All I am saying is, I used to be able to have quite a few straight shots and either be really buzzed or be on my knees and be able to take percocets and feel something from them. I got codeine and percocet while I was in the hospital during my surgery for the gallbladder removal and then they gave me vicodin for when I got out. I couldn't feel anything from those either. And I should.
    Oh and also, I had my daughter May 08.. and had the surgery in Feb 09. I haven't had any alcohol whatsoever since the surgery.

    • ANSWER:
      If you truly are concerned about whether this is
      a liver problem or not...the doctor can do
      simple blood tests that will show him how
      well the cells of the liver are functioning and
      if the cells have become damaged.
      Considering you have drank high doses of
      alcohol...it could be a liver problem.
      Don't ever take alcohol with Percocet.
      Percocet contains acetaminophen (tylenol) and
      the alcohol and this drug together can cause
      immedicate liver damage to the liver cells.

      I would not try to hide the drinking from your
      doctor. If this is a liver problem...it will need
      treatment right away. I will explain why.
      When the cells of the liver become damage,
      the immune system of the body responds
      to this and can cause inflammation to
      develop in the liver. If the cause is not
      removed and the inflammation treated,
      it can lead to the death of the liver cells and
      become a progressive, irreversable disease
      known as Cirrhosis of the liver. When the
      cells die off, scar tissue forms inside the
      liver and blocks the flow of blood.
      Considering you have a new daughter, I
      don't think you want to leave her until see
      is full grown. So this is quite serious that
      you seek and receive care....even if it is
      only to relieve your mind that everything is
      fine.

      If you contact your local hospital...they
      can sometimes tell you if there are free
      clinics in your area and some hospital...
      may even work with you for payment or
      give you care without payment. It doesn't
      hurt to ask.

      Best wishes to you and congratulations on
      your new little girl.

  30. QUESTION:
    Freaking out about gallbladder surgery!!!?
    I cannot believe I have to start the year this way...I am getting my gallbladder removed two weeks from now I am having such bad anxiety. All I've read online are horror stories about how people totally regret the surgery and how sick they are afterwards...(constant diarrhea, vomiting, etc.) AND weight gain?

    AH. I am having the surgery done laproscopically. I've been having gallbladder attacks and stomach problems for months now and have gallstones...will the surgery be worth it? I've never experienced pain as bad as a gallbladder attack...it was HELL and I literally want to die. I am a 22 year old female, 187 lbs, and losing weight...how will this surgery affect me? I will be taking 9 days off of work..and have been permitted for light duty for an additional 10 days when I return (I'm a housekeeper)

    Please somebody, make me feel better :(

    • ANSWER:
      Oh my god I know exactly how you are feeling right now! I had my gallbladder removed yesterday!! I was terrified, in tears all the time, could barely sleep and when I did I had nightmares about the surgery. I was a total mess! Like you I had read all the horror stories which is why today I felt I needed to come online and reassure some people.

      So I had my suregry less than 24 hours ago and I feel AMAZING! Yes i'm in a little pain which strangely feels similar to a gall bladder attack but no where near so painful or scary. My scars generally don't hurt, it's more internal and my scars only hurt when I have overdone things which I most certainly have but still do not hurt very badly. My right shoulder hurt for a little while due to the gas they pump into your stomach but nothing major and it's gone now. When I left hospital I was told to go home and go straight to bed. When I asked about eating low fat I was told it was not necessary (although of course it's healthy for everyone to eat healthy) and to eat as you normally would. Of course I was weary but I was given a cheese sandwich and some biscuits after which aren't exactly healthy and had no problems at all. I went home, went to the shop, spent most of the night standing in the kitchen chatting to my friend whilst she cooked dinner and slept on a blow up air bed. I also ate quite a large dinner of vegetable lasagne, garlic bread and salad with nooooo problems. I'm currently eating some trifle and my cat is cuddled up on my lap. I honestly feel really good and so so so relieved that this whole nightmare is (fingers crossed) over.

      The worse thing about the actual surgery is right now for you. The waiting around and the anxiety. I felt so emotional before the surgery (and after from relief and probably a reaction to the general anesthetic) and sick at the thought of what they were about to do but really there was nothing to worry about. It's easy to say that when it's all over and done especially as most of your fear is caused by the unknown of what is going to happen. Please try not to worry you really will be fine. Remember that there are millions of people that have had this surgery completley successfully like myself but very few of these people will come on the internet and speak about it because they don't feel the need to. Remember that in general if someone has a complaint about something they will tell at least 10 other people but if they have a good experience they will tell only 3!

      You are definitely doing the right thing. Gall flushes can be very dangerous (google that) and you have a diseased organ in your body which could burst or cause problems to your liver or pancreas which are important organs. I don't know where you live but i'm in the UK and i'm pretty sure that if this operation wasn't the best possible solution then the NHS would not do it.

      So yeah i've had no diarrhea, no vomiting and not much pain especially considering that I certainly haven't been taking it easy. Obviously can't comment on the weight gain but from what i've read it's not a huge amount just a couple of pounds which can easily be lost with exercise and healthy eating.

      Also, this is the best time to have your surgery! What a positive start to the new year, your gall bladder out and no more pain!! I've suffered for the last 8 months with gallbladder pain pretty much every single day. I can feel already that it's gone. It sounds strange but I feel lighter. I am so relieved that I had the op and that this whole nightmare is over. I feel fantastic and so will you just stop reading the horror stories and try find some positive info to read. Anything else you want to know just let me know. Good Luck you will be fine!!! :) xx

      Sorry forgot to say...The surgeon told me to take 2 weeks off work/uni. I work in a day centre for adults with dementia so our work loads are probably fairly similar in terms of moving about. I could probably go back to work before that though. I would ask your surgeon how long he thinks you should take off though as he might suggest you take a few extra days and even if you do feel ready for work after days there's no harm in resting a little longer.

  31. QUESTION:
    Why are so many Americans morbidly obese these days?
    The major symptoms of obesity are excessive weight gain and the presence of large amounts of fatty tissue. Obesity can also give rise to several secondary conditions, including:

    arthritis and other orthopedic problems, such as lower back pain
    hernias
    heartburn
    adult-onset asthma
    gum disease
    high cholesterol levels
    gallstones
    high blood pressure
    menstrual irregularities or cessation of menstruation (amenorhhea)
    decreased fertility, and pregnancy complications
    shortness of breath that can be incapacitating
    sleep apnea and sleeping disorders
    skin disorders arising from the bacterial breakdown of sweat and cellular material in thick folds of skin or from increased friction between folds
    emotional and social problems
    Richard Wood (below) I am rooting for you!

    • ANSWER:
      Most Americans are eating SO much processed, high-calorie food, & not getting enough exercise. Some may have an actual medical problem that causes them to gain the weight, but that's a very small percentage. The rest are just either too lazy to get healthy, or they simply can't afford fresh foods. Hope my answer helped! (:

  32. QUESTION:
    Worried I'm over reacting?
    Okay, so I'm probably annoying everyone with my questions. If so, I'm sorry for that.

    Anyways, I was hoping to go to the doctors on Monday. However, college has now been muddled up and I can only go Wednesday. I'm actually worrying about my situation being nothing. And it be me over-reacting.

    Anyhow, for a week or so now, I've had cramping, headaches, nausea here and there, and what felt like period cramping, that randomly came and disappeared after an hour or so. I've also had weight gain that has been steadily creeping for weeks. For the first time EVER, last night my boyfriend and I had sex, and it felt like someone had hit me around my waistline/uterus area, it literally had me keel over. I had cramping, and sharp pains here and there. We did the usual as we always have, even before I miscarried, I never had this pain before. My back aches like heck, and I've had this cramping around my waistline mainly, my sides, near my hip, and today around my thigh too.

    One thing I forgot to mention in previous questions. I miscarried in July, and bled lightly throughout the pregnancy, up until where I miscarried. Bleeding beforehand I checked out by doctors, and they said nothing to worry about. The miscarriage symptoms disappeared, but in recent weeks, steadily coming back? Oh, and I did bleed at the end of August, but it's basically what I experienced throughout the last pregnancy. Not heavy, just a light/medium flow, not dark or bright red either.

    Last time at the doctors, they didn't even test for pregnancy, and said it was gallstones, and sent me on my way. I'm worried they'll do the same this time around? What should I mention?

    Oh, and for some reason, my nipples have become increasingly sore, enough where I can't lay on my stomach or touch them much. They've also become swollen around the actual nipple, basically like it's expanding or something, and there's a darker ring around it too. Hard to explain.

    Something I'm over reacting about? Or could pregnancy be a good possibility? I'm just hoping so much to be honest! :(

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy is definitely possible. Next time you go to the clinic, tell the doctor about your previous miscarriage. Sometimes with doctors they get so caught with the constant flow of patients that they forget to take a second to hear out the patient. Be strong and politely demand his attention toward your previous miscarriage. Also share that you are truly concerned it could be the same thing again.
      Good Luck and Best Wishes

  33. QUESTION:
    Wondering If I'm depressed, or just need anger management?
    Recently I've caught myself holding my hand up like I'm going to hit my daughter over the head(I don't do it) when she continually disobeys me. I feel so bad afterward, and I apologize. Otherwise, I'm a very loving mother. I also feel my face twitching into this ugly curled lip expression when that happends. I don't mean to do it, it's just like I get so exhausted with housework, taking care of the kids, bills, playdates, etc. that I have very little patience when she doesn't obey the first time.
    The other issue is that I've gained weight (30lbs+) and gotten gallstones. My husband is in construction, and because of the downturn in the economy, our debt has been mounting over our heads. I'm just wondering if I'm depressed and stressed out because of my environment, or if I just need some anger management. My husband sometimes gets the brunt of my "venting" when he doesn't leave things in their "place", or respond lovingly enough for me. I feel as though I'm justified to be nasty in the moment...because all I wanted was a little bit of help or respect. But then comes the wave of guilt. I'm so sick of this yo-yo-ing. I am ashamed to have to ask for some sort of diagnosis, but I just haven't a clue on how to get rid of the emotional roller-coaster. I do think in-part, it has to do with my parents divorcing recently, and just so many intigral parts of my life, seemingly falling apart. I desperately want to keep "it" together for my kids, and husband. I love them all so much, and I hate to be the one who's causing them pain. I myself grew up in a torn houshold. Sometimes I think that despite myself, I'm continuing the cycle. I believe in God, and I believe that we have an enemy who wants to divide homes, and even our very spirits and mind, to leave us miserable messes. But I also believe God uses doctors and counselors to help direct us. If anyone can relate, and has come out the other side, please respond. I really do not want to hear any negative comments. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You've named MANY sources of stress - and let me name one more. You beat yourself up for losing it whenever you lose it, which leads to feelings of inadequacy, which leads to the tendency to lose it again. That is a painful feeling, and you are spiralling downward with no relief, nothing to lift you up, and I don't see anything in your post about what you do to cope with this increased level of stress.

      I had a colicky baby - and took my frustration out on my husband, who then had to "work a lot." I was home alone with no relief with a colicky baby, and thought that I had postpar tum depression. The symptoms ALMOST fit, but not really. Then my mother noticed that my neck was swollen. I had hypothyroidism - and irritability/weight gain is a symptom. All the symptoms fit.

      I don't know if you will find that you also have hypothyroidism, or if this is more of a situational depression. It is worth getting the blood test first, and then you will have to start medication, and it will take 3 or 4 weeks before you can check if you are taking the appropriate dose, and on...with relief at the end of the process when you have figured out the appropriate dose for replacement. Make sure that your MD is proactive and brings your level as close to 1 as possible if you have hypothyroidism - I am irritable when my thyroid is off, and it is not fun to realize what a witch you can be.

      If it ends up being a situational depression, you can stop the downward spiral with some antidepressants - it helps you focus on the important aspects of life, and leave some other things go.

      Good luck - I'm glad you are so open minded about getting help.

  34. QUESTION:
    Those of you who have had Gallstones/Gallbladder Removal - are you overweight or have other health issues?
    I just had my gallbladder removed 3 months ago and was told I most likely developed the gallstones while pregnant. But also I have read that obese or overweight people are more likely to develop gallstones. Since I got pregnant I have gained about 50 lbs. and am very overweight. Along with the gallstones, I have plantar fasciitis (ouch my heels hurt!) and my hip has been bothering me. Has anyone else who's had gallstones or gallbladder removal had any other health issues? Have any of you gained/lost weight since then? Have you had trouble losing weight since having your gallbladder removed?
    the_ only -
    Actually, pregnancy CAN cause you to be more prone to gallstones due to the higher levels of cholesterol. Why did you even waste your time (and mine) answering? Couldnt you have just called me fat and been done with it? Are you sure you're a Nurse? After your answer, I cant help but feel sorry for any of your patients you might think are overweight...

    • ANSWER:
      gall stones are linked to obesity, saying that they developed while pregnant was a nice way of saying you got fat. I did the same thing. NO, it doesn't interfere with your ability to lose weight, stuffing your mouth does. Not exercising regularly does, and those are the two things that got you where you are. You need to consider your life style and dietary patterns, change them, and stop trying to find excuses in other ailments for not losing the extra weight. It is self defeating.

  35. QUESTION:
    Question about Gallbladder removal?
    For those of you who have had your gallbladder removed, did you gain or lose weight? How much? Just wondering because I'm having mine removed tomorrow morning and I do not want to gain weight. I've already lost 10 pounds since having gallstones.

    • ANSWER:
      Weight loss or gain is the least of your problems dear. 99% of all gallbladder removals are unnecessary! There are other safer, easier, and more natural ways of dealing with gallbladder issues. The gallbladder has many functions in the body, other than just holding bile. Doctors make a lot of money removing gallbladders and they refuse to accept the fact that removing the gallbladder only treats the symptom, NOT THE ROOT CAUSE of why your gallbladder is insufficient, stones, etc.

      The first thing you need to know is that you will now wrinkle and age much faster. Your digestion of fats will be greatly impacted. You will have a constant stream of bile going from your liver into your small intestine instead of only when you eat fats. Bile emulsifies fats so the lipase enzyme can break it down. Normally when the fat glob hits your small intestine, the bile is excreted from the gallbladder within about 1 minute. It takes about 15 minutes for the bile to emulsify the fat and then the lipase enzyme secreted from the pancreas (that is water soluble) can break the fats down to be digested into the blood stream.

      Most likely your gallbladder problem is due to a liver issue and removing the gallbladder will only relieve some pain you may be experiencing, but do nothing for the liver. Addressing the liver issue and gallbladder cleansing will make you healthy.

      Doctors that tell you liver & gallbladder flushes don't work are either lying or ignorant because I have several cases where intrahepatic gallstones from the liver and gallbladder stones came out from doing flushes and the people are now healthy and their liver's and gallbladder's are working very efficiently and they are reaping the benefits.

      In regard to weight gain, it can go either way, but usually people have more problems digesting after the operation and so they tend to lose some weight for a while and then they start gaining after a few years due to the problems associated with having no gallbladder.

      good luck to you

  36. QUESTION:
    I have Gallstones and im have major Pains all in my Stomach ?
    My name is Nichole and I am 21 years old and I just found out a couple of weeks ago that I have Gallstones. I had Gained almost 60 pounds with the Gallstones and i know it’s not the way i eat because i don’t really eat Fatty foods i very active so i don’t understand why i gained so much weight but anyways I Am going into Surgery in a couple of days it will be my first one. But I have been having the strong Pain in my Lower abdominal it seems to get Really Bad after i eat or drink anything or even when i Lay down. The Pain is just unbearable and it seems to get worse with the days Which causes me more pain in the Upper Abdominal to the Point i feel Sick everyday. If Anyone can help me

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  37. QUESTION:
    Why am I having so much pain after gallbladder surgery?
    I understand that they only way to get a true answer is threw a physician but I am curious if anyone can possibly identify what might be wrong with me.

    In early April I had my gallbladder removed after finding out through an ultrasound that I had a large gallstone.

    I had the laparoscopic surgery preformed on me shortly after finding the gallstone and have been increasingly getting sicker ever since. I was told the surgery went well but everyday I feel weak and sick to the stomach and every night I wake up with severe upper-middle abdominal pain since the surgery six weeks ago.

    Since the pain is so severe I have undergone ten blood tests, several urine tests, multible pregnancy tests, three ultrasounds, an endoscopy, three stool culture tests, trials of many medications and countless doctor and hospital visits. These tests found nothing abnormal enough for the doctors I've seen to help me.

    I recently spent five days in a big hospital about an hour away from where I live to receive treatment for the pain but was ultimately left with no clear answers and scheduled for more tests to be done on an out-patient basis. I have become very frustrated that my pain has been unanswered and only morphine could calm it down.

    During testing the only odd things that they have found (but failed to follow up on) are: an elevated white blood cell level signally some sort of irritation, a "rough" looking liver from what was seen in the ultrasound, a metal clip from the gallbladder surgery that has somehow ended up in my pelvic area(which scares me because I'm allergic to some metals and it's just generally creepy), a thirty pound rapid weight gain, stool backed up somewhat although I am not constipated and finally, an unsual amount of bile sitting in my intestine.

    I'm unsure if these complications are any to worry about but I am discouraged that this surgery has made me so sick and no doctor seems to have an answer yet. I can't live my life in this much pain and I can't help but wonder if my surgeon made a mistake. I would really appreciate your thoughts on my condition.

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  38. QUESTION:
    Ongoing issues after gallbladder surgery, what could it be?
    I started waking up with stomach pain last January and my doctor believed these were gallbladder attacks since they found a large gallstone in me through ultrasound.

    In April I had surgery to remove my gallbladder, thinking this would solve my pain. After my surgery I just seemed to get sicker, although my pain is currently managed with medicine. The doctors still can't figure out what is wrong with me but I have had daily intense stomach "attacks" in the upper middle abdomen area since then, unexplained weight gain, chronic constipation, and again I can't stress enough the awful stomach attacks.

    What could be the reason I am still so sick? What could have gone wrong or what else could it be? Sadly, I have had many tests without any results.

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  39. QUESTION:
    why should i get my gallbladder removed?
    I’ve had gallstone for about 4yr as long as I don’t eat fatty foods I don’t have any pain, but now it does not matter what I eat stomach pain occurs.

    In a matter of weeks, I will have my gallbladder taken out, what worries me the most is, will I gain more weight due to not having a gallbladder. I’m thinking, I should look for other option and not get my gallbladder taken out at all.

    • ANSWER:
      My advice to you is HAVE IT OUT....I had mine out 5 weeks ago...I also had gallstones, in fact the doctor gave me a picture of it and I had over 100 of them....The surgery is very easy, if you are able to have it done laprocopicly (spelling) I went into surgery at 10:30 and was going home by 2:45...never took anything for pain because there was none, just discomfort....and weight gain, don't worry about it....I lost 5 lbs, and so far keeping it off....So have the surgery before, like the doctor said you wake up during the night in bad pain and it becomes an emergency....Good Luck

  40. QUESTION:
    Gallbladder rupture during labor?
    I have gallstones that cause lots of pain and was even hospitalized 5 days last week. I found out that I have to have my entire gallbladder removed 1-2 weeks after I give birth. I'm afraid that I'll be having a gallbladder attack during labor and I may have to push while having one. Does anyone know if it's possible for a gallbladder to rupture during labor? I know I have to get an early epidural b/c of the pain and be constantly monitered, but I wanna know if I'm at risk for rupture or if it's even been heard of. By the way, gallstones during pregnancy sucks. I lost 20 pounds and my baby couldn't gain weight until now, but last tuesday she weighed about 5 pounds, 8 ozs, estimated. She's fine now, I'm just worried about me for once. Plz help. . . any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      I had gall stones through my pregnancy and had mine taken out shortly after she was born with no complications. I followed the diet they gave me and that was it.

  41. QUESTION:
    CAN YOU STILL KEEP YOUR GALLBLADDER EVEN AFTER YOU GOT A GALLBLADDER ATTACK?
    Hi, i'm 23 years old and like 3 months ago, i started to get abdominal pains and sometimes i felt like throwing up.. then thru ultrasound and x-ray i found out that i have gallstones. I'm a very healthy person and i'm fit as well, so i don't know why i got it. Anyways, my doctor told me that Surgery is the only option to avoid getting those pains and to avoid creating more gallstones. However, i do have second thoughts and i know that Gallbladder is not a useless organ like some people say. 2 months ago, i got the attack every other day, then i haven't had an attack for a month, now I had an attack last night. my attacks are not that sharp, just mild ones with a back pain. I want to know, is it still possible to keep your Gallbladder even after u got the attack? Is there a way to keep your gallbladder healthy even if there's gallstones and avoid getting attacks? OR is Surgery the best option to avoid these pains? If i leave it for too long then will my gallbladder get infected and devolop cancer? i google a lot and found out that people gain weight and there r a lot of side effects of gallbladder removal. is this true? if so, what is the percentage? i hope someone could help me. i really want to make a choice but right now, i'm just confused. i do want to keep my gallbladder but at the same time i really want to avoid these pains.

    • ANSWER:
      The best solution really is to get it removed. The danger of keeping it is that the gall stones will keep forming and eventually one of them might block one of the ducts from the pancreas, which would lead to pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a life threatening condition. That is what happened to me, and as a result I had my gall bladder removed 8 years ago.

  42. QUESTION:
    What should I do if I love my doctor, but someone on her staff is always rude to me?
    I've been seeing this doctor since 1997 and I'm about to be 24 years old in 2012. I took a 5 year break from 2005-2011 and I just saw her again in October 2011. When I was younger her nutritionist on staff tried to help me lose weight (I was obese young), but to no avail. In June 2011 I was diagnosed with a metabolic syndrome and an endocrine disorder that causes me to gain weight rapidly, but losing it is impossible without prescription medications. I was not diagnosed at my primary doctors office, but my primary doctor knew about the diagnosis because my parents continue to see her.

    So with those dates in mind I made an appointment with their office because I'm married and I thought I was pregnant, again in Oct. 2011. I got there and that same nutritionist was all like, "so how many kids do you have now, Jane?" I said, "I don't have any kids, you're thinking about my younger sister." And she got all snippy. Turns out I wasn't pregnant and she just became super rude like I was wasting everyones time. Sad thing is my endocrine disorder renders me infertile so I was hoping beyond hope that I was pregnant because I'd taken fertility drugs and missed a period.

    So I went to the ER in Nov. 2011 and was diagnosed with gallstones and I told to see my primary doctor to find a surgeon. I called their office and the nutritionist answered and when she heard it was me she became very rude saying I had to go back to the ER myself and get a physical copy of the ultrasound and blood work they did on me because there was no way of knowing what I was diagnosed with. She said they couldn't fax it over. I was on bed rest. Anyways the hospital faxed it over and when I saw my doctor there was no issue and that nutritionist wasn't there.

    Ok so with that how can I deal with my doctor when that rude lady is always there like 99% of the time?
    Thanks! I tried to tell my parents about the nutrtionists attitude, but they keep saying she's a very nice woman who hasn't given them problems. My parents tend to defend outsiders a lot.

    Oh and let me correct myself. When I went in October 2011 to see her about my possible pregnancy I'd never seen my primary doctor before about that issue. I typed, again in Oct. 2011, because I was reminding the reader that this took place in that month.

    • ANSWER:
      I would mention it to him. If I was a dr, I would appreciate the feedback. He may be losing patients because of that womans actions.

  43. QUESTION:
    Should I trust this doctor?
    I went to see the doctor 22nd of this month he has a LONG patient list and he discussed getting my gallbladder taken out...I've really worried about that even though they have different procedures out now a days. He told me he never ran into complications during surgery but can't say everyone of his patients lived-which is concerning. He sounds like a good doctor and gave me an 8% blood clot rate after surgery and a 1% chance of complications during surgery which is so small; but knowing this, should I trust him? I have gallstones 2CM wide and I got them from gaining weight and then dropping it rapidly (twice) and I have a fatty liver but since I lost a hundred pounds it's shown a slight decrease so its not concerning, but to watch food that has fat in them. So-should I just go for it or get a second opinion? because my side as of late has been getting worse-my mom says to wait until I lose more weight to get it done, but I dunno if my gallbladder is going to last that long. I've had surgery done before on my feet but never stomach-what can I expect should I decide to get the gallbladder taken out, and will it have any effect on my health in the future?
    Thanks for taking the time to respond guys, the answers helped a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      the gallbladder is a relatively useless organ, so no... it won't

  44. QUESTION:
    Help with personal colours and wardrobe colours for brunette woman!!?
    I'll try to keep this basic. Ase I have aged, the colours I used to use don't work for me anymore. I have gained weight (which I am working on) and have gallstones, which make me feel yuk! (again working on that)! so when I apply makeup I am fine till I get to the eyes and lippy.
    I want more colour in my face, but when I add colour, I think...eek, that looks yuk! Either too reddish or too pinkish which enhances the "hayfever" look. Bronze seems to work ok, but I would like some guidance. I feel that I am very dark in features (not skin).
    I am very dark naturally (see pics) natural hair is near black, my skin tone is tan olive, my eyes are dark with green in some light but you have to be close to see that. From afar they just look nearly black. I have posted photos from 2008 thru 2010 with varying make up shades.
    Any ideas from someone who is good with colours for the Summer/Autumn/Winter/Spring thing for women, or with makeup. And ideas for wardrobe colours, please. My wardrobe is black, black and more black and gues what........... I am sick of black.
    Spare me the unkind comments... just the helpful ones please.
    Thanks in advance.

    SEE LINK FOR PHOTOS FROM AGE 40 - 44
    http://coloursandstyle.shutterfly.com/pictures/8

    • ANSWER:
      As you get older you have to tone down your make-up.What worked at 20 won't work at 40 or 50. With your skin color you should probably wear autumn colors, And go for the corals, bronzes and peaches in lipstick and blush In eye color again the bronzes and browns.

      Keep your black but spruce it up with a bright autumn color--a scarf, a belt, a shawl, a sweater, A left open blouse or those half sweaters that they wear--can't remember what they are called right now

  45. QUESTION:
    21 days late neg test?
    i am now 21 days late, always have 28 day cycle. on day 3 late rushed into hospital my stomach pain. blood and urine test neg? gallstones found. feel sick all the time. boobs not sore just sensitive. gained weight. neg test on day 16 being late. no bc. scared i could be pregnant and not even know. married with one four year old boy. I feel pregnant and do not know why. has anyone ever had neg tests this late and been pregnant. not stressed out lately.
    forgot to say have got a app for ultrasound and vaginal ultrasound on Friday will let you know

    • ANSWER:
      You may not feel stressed, but when you're trying to conceived, you are stressed. Your body could possibly be giving out mixed signals, but you never know. Try to relax, take a warm bath, take a few days off (if possible), and most importantly (and yes, I've been there) don't think about trying to get pregnant again.

  46. QUESTION:
    Whenever I eat something unhealthy, I suddenly get "pains" in my arm and in the area around my heart?
    I usually get these pains when I'm having a panic attack (I have GAD, and I often get pains in my arm/chest including my lungs, and my throat also gets dry). It doesn't happen that often, usually with a few months in between and only when I'm stressed or worried.

    Now I've been having this three days in a row, always after eating. I'm overweight and I eat unhealthy food everyday but I've never felt any pain after doing so.
    I just got up and so far I've eaten some cereal, probably not the most healthy kind, and the pains started almost immediately after I finished eating. I don't think it has anything to do with anxiety because my weight doesn't concern me that much since I haven't gained weight in a long time and the doctors say there's absolutely nothing wrong with me.

    What could this be? High blood pressure? Gallstones? I'd just like to try get some clarity in this before I go to the doctors.
    As I said, it only happens right after I eat something unhealthy and it doesn't last very long. I work 9 hours each day outside so I eat a lot (I'm on my break right now), and I don't exactly go for a salad when I'm hungry. I ate an apple about an hour ago and I didn't feel any pain, then I had some sandwiches with red meat on them and it started hurting again.
    Obviously I'm no doctor but I don't think I'm having heart attacks, I only know it happens when I eat food that's not good for me. I mean... This isn't normal.

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  47. QUESTION:
    OMG, like, Could I be pregnant!!!?
    Ok, so i haven't had a period since November. i've been gaining weight , but only in my stomach. Like, it's a much rounder harder stomach and my belly button has popped out! i felt nauseous, but only till like feb or march, then i felt fine. But for the past 11 weeks it's felt like there is something inside my stomach. like something is moving in there and sometimes I can see something poke my skin! My breasts did hurt, were fine for a while, and now they're starting to hurt again. And leaking something. They've also gotten a lot bigger. But jeez guys, i just don't know. What do you all think? I think it's just gas or gallstones.... :)

    • ANSWER:
      Lol I totally get it :p

      made me laugh :D

      Someone calling you a troll made me laugh even more... lmao

      EDIT: People... duh, it's obviously not serious...

  48. QUESTION:
    Stomach Pain- Misdiagnosis?
    I went to the ER in March (2011) with sever stomach pains. I was diagnosed with Diverticulosis. I have been sticking to the diet and doing everything I was supposed to do. Then, I found out that I had diverticulosis, NOT diverticulitis, so that was never the issue or cause of pain. I have been tested for gallstones (ultra sound) and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (ultra sound/ pap). These results all came back normal. I am in pain every morning and every night. I have gained weight in the past year and I am all around sickly. It is started to affect my overall functioning at home and school and in general. I am tired a lot and I just want to be better.
    Endometriosis runs in my family, but no one has taken me seriously because I am 20.
    Anyone who has been in a similar situation PLEASE help me.
    My symptoms are SERIOUS SERIOUS SERIOUS pain in my lower abdomen, usually the right side. My stomach swells right under the rib cage on the right side. I am nauseous all the time, and the pain is keeping me up in the morning. I get constipated MOST of the time. Please help.
    I have been at the doctor all week having tests that all came back normal :/
    Where do you find an herbal doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      i had severe stomach pain just like the one you are describing in the lower abdomen. The doctors did loads of tests on me and they all too came back normal. We knew someone who had see na herbalist and i went with a very closed view that a herbalist would not be able to help me if the doctors cant. However after a few months of taking the medicine that the herbalist made especially for me the pain just disappeared and now i dont even have to take the medicine the pain has just gone away completly.
      I really think that it is worth a try.

      Hope you feel better soon

      xx

  49. QUESTION:
    Gallbladder Surgery? PLEASE if you have any experiences - help me!!?
    So I'm a 19 year old female who in the past 2 months has had two incidents of passing gallstones. During the times when they're being passed, eating ANY food caused me severe pain and nausea. Each time it took roughly a week for them to get passed, then afterward I'm back to eating normally. After the first time I thought it would all be over but then I had another week long eat-followed-by-attack period. I'm supposed to get my gallbladder taken out this Tuesday but now I'm not sure anymore. I passed some stones and am back to eating normally for now, so I feel as if maybe I should cancel my surgery date and wait to see what happens?

    I've heard so many horror stories about people after surgery, gaining weight or having horrible after-effects, or not being able to at certain foods ever or never being able to drink alcohol that it makes me very concerned!!! I don't want to have irreversible consequences due to taking out an organ that maybe I don't need to remove?

    That being said, the next available appointment is in the end of August... so if I don't get mine out when scheduled I will have to wait a long time if I need it out later. I'm so conflicted and obviously I just want to whats best in the long run but I just don't know what that is!!!! Any stories/advice/opinions? I would be so grateful for any!!! Thanks!

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  50. QUESTION:
    Confused. How could I have not known?
    Tonight, I went to hospital with suspected gallstones, and instead came out with a totally different answer than expected, I'm pregnant. However, I'm at a loss, I don't see how I could not have known? About 2-3weeks ago, my boyfriend and I were intimate, but used protection. During that time I was finishing my period.

    However, about 3 weeks ago, I finished my period. It had lasted for a month, but was slightly unusual, it was nothing but a brown colour for 3 weeks and only in the end of the last week was there some blood. My period however was late by a month. 2 months before I started my period, I finished birth control pills, as I wasn't taking to them well.

    The last time we were intimate should be around 3 months or so ago? I'm so lost, how could I have not noticed? The only thing I have noticed is I've gained weight, I thought that was due to me eating more than usual. However it's only the last week or so that I've been getting rib pain, dizziness and nauseous. How could I not have noticed sooner? We did pregnancy tests during the time I was on birth control and all were negative...

    I'm so lost. Is it easy to be pregnant and not notice any signs?

    Thank you!
    I actually have no idea. The doctors at the hospital were pretty shocked, considering I came in with something different and end up with something unexpected. I'm going to my GP tomorrow, hopefully find out a bit more then. If anything, it would be around the time of the birth control. The last time we were intimate on the last days of my period, we didn't completely finish.

    So quite a few weeks, If I'm correct in saying so. Looking at my stomach too, I'm considerably larger in size than what I can remember...

    • ANSWER:
      Well if you're not looking for signs, then you probably wont notice them, especially if you're on b/c. Most woman who notice signs at an early stage are either trying to concieve, or paranoid about pregnancy and then on the other end of the scale, some woman have hysterical pregnancies where they exhibit all the common symptoms, including no periods, because they've tricked themselves into thinking they're pregnant.

      I never had symptoms with my first. Some woman don't know until their last trimester. I'm curious, how far along are you? You said you had sex 3 weeks ago, but with protection, but that doesn't always matter. I got pregnant while on the pill. So could you possibly be 3 weeks pregnant?


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