View Full Version : Gallstones and diet

09-24-2009, 04:09 PM
hi everyone,

ended up in the er this morning with severe pain in my back that radiated to the front and they finally did a ct scan and found gallstones.

I am referred to a doc, but until then should I be eating certain foods? or not eating certain foods?

I just really don't want to make these things angry until I see a specialist.

09-24-2009, 04:16 PM
oh, forgot to add ---

they found a little blood in my urine. Is that connected to the gallstones?

09-24-2009, 07:06 PM
hi lovepinkpeeps, i too have blood in my urine, and i also have gallstones. I have not had any of my drs. to associate the two. My nephrologist watches my kidneys for the blood count and their function. I don't remember who is supposed to be watching my gallstones...guess i better check on this. Where is your pain? I have really bad pain on the right side of my groin area, but i don't know if it is the gallstones or not.

09-24-2009, 07:29 PM
Hi M,

My pain is in my upper back, and wraps around to just under my ribcage in the middle...kind of a tightening and burning pain.

I am thinking that the blood in the urine isn't related to the gallstones...

The pain lasted for 4 hours this morning, it was awful.

I am very glad it is gone now!

they gave me percocet and phenegen in case I have more pain and possible nausea.

09-24-2009, 07:32 PM
so glad that your pain has let up. I used to have a stabbing pain that went from my back around to my left rib cage, but the gallbladder is on the right side, so i know that wasn't it. oh this disease is so interesting....i am always chasing the reason for some pain, and i am usually told "it must be your lupus." yuk yuk yuk

09-25-2009, 06:11 PM
I had gallstones from the time I was 13 years old, but didn't have surgery to remove them and the gallbladder until 2004. Let's see...I was...36 then. (Sheesh, can barely think and it's just after 9pm, lol) What I was told as far as diet is to avoid anything fried, milk or milk products, raw vegetables, especially lettuce and cabbage, anything spicy/highly seasoned, and anything greasy. Basically a bland diet works best.

At the beginning, I had pain in my stomach in the middle towards the right side. When it got bad toward the end in 2003-4, however, I had pain from my back around to my chest along with really bad indigestion. It nearly took my breath away at times.

Want to hear something weird, but cool???? I insisted I wanted to save my gallstones, and my mom had earrings made from them!!!! :) She painted 2 of them gold, 2 of them silver, and they look like regular earrings. They are literally irreplaceable and one-of-a-kind. I had about 25 stones, so there are still lots to do things with one day. :)

09-26-2009, 09:03 PM
oh wow! earrings??? you know, I think I have heard of that before!

well, the bland diet sounds horrible to me, I just LOVE spice.

But, I will do whatever I need to in order to avoid more problems.

I am more concerned about the blood in the urine I think....I hope to see a doc soon for that.

Off to search for some bland recipes...................

09-26-2009, 09:05 PM
By the way Brandichi,

love that you are a chi mom also! I love my lil guy Tiko so much!!

09-27-2009, 05:15 AM
I was going to say the same thing - I love your picture and that you're a chi mom too!! Your Tiko is adorable, and reminds me of my first chi. Brandi is my baby, totally spoiled, totally loved, especially since I don't have kids. She's my kid with fur. :yes:

Your diet doesn't have to be totally spice-free. I found I could handle garlic powder, seasoned salt, and other similar spices. But hot seasonings like hot pepper-type things were totally out of the question. You might want to keep a food diary for a while, writing down what you eat and how you feel afterwards. That will guide you into what makes you feel the best.

I think I'm going to wear my gallstone earrings to the next lupus group meeting. :laugh: