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Okay, so at age almost 20 my gallbladder is acting up, causing immense pain. Any other veggies suffer from this? My Dr. was on vacation so I saw a temp who was not aware of my dietary habits, who suggested I cut down on my meat consumption <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:">. Most of the suggestions I have received are to eat what I already eat, which is really, really irritating.
 

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My omni sister had her gallbladder removed in her 20s. She basically ate a no fat diet for a couple of months until her insurance kicked in, she was transferring universities. Anyways, it seems to me that gallstones are usually in women and usually genetic. Stress and yoyo dieting seems to make it worse. If you're having frequent pain, you need to go see a doctor. There might be treatments available that don't require surgery, but if you're having pain, then you very much might need surgery. Removing the gallbladder is usually done laproscopically and my sister didn't even have to spend the night in the hospital. In the mean time, avoid eating a lot of fat and don't start yoyo dieting. But get yourself to a doctor!<br><br>
HTH,<br><br>
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Wow, interesting...I was 44 when I had my gallbladder removed and I wasn't vegetarian at the time. Sorry I don't have any advice...I hope you get it sorted out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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My omni sister had hers removed after she had her baby (she was 19). Apparently pregnancy can cause gallbladder problems. She did really well on a super low fat diet for several months, but when she had to have her appendix out she opted to go ahead and take out the gall bladder too.<br><br><br><br>
If you're still having pain on a low fat veg. diet it will probably have to come out. My sister had a really bad time after her operation but that was all the appendix part of it, they said if she had done her gallbladder separately she would have been out of hospital the same day.
 

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I had my gallbladder out in my 30's and I was a vegetarian. It was such a relief not to have that pain anymore. All I could do to try to avoid attacks was eat as little fat as possible but I still had pain.<br><br><br><br>
My doctor originally said it was nothing when I complained about the pain, and only did tests when I kept complaining. When my bloodwork came back showing a problem with my liver they did an ultrasound and found a lot of gallstones. Have you had an ultrasound done yet or any bloodwork?<br><br><br><br>
You might want to push for the tests to see if you need surgery or not.
 

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I had my gallbladder removed at 16 (yeesh, I know), after about a year of blinding, horrible back pain that would crop up every few weeks.<br><br><br><br>
The surgery was laproscopic, it would have been an easy hospital visit but I ended up being rushed to the hospital because a gallstone got stuck somewhere dangerous or something. Usually it is no big ordeal.<br><br><br><br>
I haven't had any lingering symptoms or problems, sometimes I get a tummy ache when I eat fried food, but that might be more just my body being grossed out than my non-existent gallbladder.
 

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Well, it's good to know that I am not the only veg or the youngest person to have this done. I am trying to go back to my raw only diet, since I felt the absolute best on that one and it's very low fat.
 

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Sometimes drastic changes of diet cause the gallblatter to react, like people suddenly reducing fat intake and restrict dietary fiber. Bile salts are fatsoluble and if there aren't enough fats they tent to fall out (gallstones) or at least alter the fluidity of the bile. Some people however get colics by eating fats (especially saturated fatty acids) or other foods like onions. If you have found out dietary measures that help, take advantage of them and reintroduce one fooditem after the other.<br><br>
If it continues then have an ultrasound done to know if you have gallbladderstones or not.
 

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I read of a method to remove gall stones without surgery. Anyone know about that ? (it involves a preparation based on olive oil and the application of heat).<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.curezone.com/cleanse/liver/huldas_recipe.asp" target="_blank">http://www.curezone.com/cleanse/liver/huldas_recipe.asp</a><br><br><br><br>
It sounded much more attractive - if slightly more complicated - than having an internal organ removed. I think I might have problems with my gallbladder in the near future myself so I'd be interested in knowing about experience with alternative methods... Lothar might say this is total quack science of course... hahahaha ! (but it does seem harmless)<br><br><br><br>
I have also read some comments on this method, like here:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.healthboards.com/boards/archive/index.php/t-13529.html" target="_blank">http://www.healthboards.com/boards/a...p/t-13529.html</a><br><br><br><br>
so I am wondering. But in all, besides the "zapping" (which imo is total bull****) the method seems to work...
 

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It would take some time and not all gallbladder stones can be removed with olive oil. Gallbladder stones contain layers of calcium which isn't soluble in oil. You might change the consistency of the bile and cholesterol might dissolve again. But pure cholesterol stones are an exception.<br><br>
Olive oil may play a stronger part in prevention of gallbladder.<br><br>
This discussion is interesting enough to make rumage in my cellar to find the book of a surdeons I've worked with in the same clinic, who researched the composition of gallbladder stones. If I#ll find anything interesting, I'll post it here.<br><br>
And, let's not forget: not all stones have to be removed. Most stones are detected by chance (untrasound for other reasons).
 
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