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    Yesterday,2/13, I felt sick and started vomiting. I had a horrible pain in my stomach also ( so bad, I thought that I was going to die from it).

    So, my DH took me to the emergency room. I was admitted for a few hours and they gave me a sonogram come to find out that my gallbladder was thickning. :huh

    The doctor told me that if I don't start taking care of myself then I could form gallstones. :huh

    Now, I am not too familiar with this. Has anybody ever had any? I am quite scared and feel helpless because this came out of nowhere.
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    I haven't had them personally, but I have a lot of Mexican-American and a few Native American friends who have gallstones and many of them have had to have surgery for their condition.

    What causes gallstones?
    Scientists believe cholesterol stones form when bile contains too much cholesterol, too much bilirubin, or not enough bile salts, or when the gallbladder does not empty as it should for some other reason.

    Other Factors
    It is believed that the mere presence of gallstones may cause more gallstones to develop. However, other factors that contribute to gallstones have been identified, especially for cholesterol stones.

    Obesity. Obesity is a major risk factor for gallstones, especially in women. A large clinical study showed that being even moderately overweight increases one's risk for developing gallstones. The most likely reason is that obesity tends to reduce the amount of bile salts in bile, resulting in more cholesterol. Obesity also decreases gallbladder emptying.

    Estrogen. Excess estrogen from pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, or birth control pills appears to increase cholesterol levels in bile and decrease gallbladder movement, both of which can lead to gallstones.

    Ethnicity. Native Americans have a genetic predisposition to secrete high levels of cholesterol in bile. In fact, they have the highest rate of gallstones in the United States. A majority of Native American men have gallstones by age 60. Among the Pima Indians of Arizona, 70 percent of women have gallstones by age 30. Mexican American men and women of all ages also have high rates of gallstones.

    Gender. Women between 20 and 60 years of age are twice as likely to develop gallstones as men.

    Age. People over age 60 are more likely to develop gallstones than younger people.

    Cholesterol-lowering drugs. Drugs that lower cholesterol levels in blood actually increase the amount of cholesterol secreted in bile. This in turn can increase the risk of gallstones.

    Diabetes. People with diabetes generally have high levels of fatty acids called triglycerides. These fatty acids increase the risk of gallstones.

    Rapid weight loss. As the body metabolizes fat during rapid weight loss, it causes the liver to secrete extra cholesterol into bile, which can cause gallstones.

    Fasting. Fasting decreases gallbladder movement, causing the bile to become overconcentrated with cholesterol, which can lead to gallstones.

    Who is at risk for gallstones?
    * women
    * people over age 60
    * Native Americans
    * Mexican Americans
    * overweight men and women
    * people who fast or lose a lot of weight quickly
    * pregnant women, women on hormone therapy, and women who use birth control pills


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    Thank you sooooo much!!
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    I'm sorry that you had to go through this experience BUT I hope that it was your wake up call to be proactive regarding your health. As for the gallstones, they have plenty of information available on the web, just do a search.

    Now you have even more motivation to get your physical health in order...get moving!
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    :blab I hope you feel better.

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    Originally posted by lilkinkyc@Feb 15 2004, 03:34 PM
    :blab I hope you feel better.
    ITA.

    It's never too late to start taking care of yourself.

    Best wishes.
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    hope u get better!!!! i work in a natural health food store and have learned that if you supplement with Esential fatty acids , omega 3-6-9 , such as a combination of flax, primrose , borage , sesame or pumpkin seed oil , it will brreak down the cholesterol so that it passes through the gallbladder more easily. Also one should avoid excess coffee because this too leads to an accumulation of cholesterol. eating dnough fibre also rids the body of cholestrol.

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