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Suggest treatment for severe chest pain post a gall bladder attack

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Posted on Tue, 26 Jul 2016
Question: I believe that I did have a gall bladder attack,extreme pain in my chest area for at least 20minites,but no other symptoms (heart attack symptoms) and my fecal matter was the consistancy and color of clay.I have felt fine since.

that was about one month ago.The fecal matter has improved to brown color. Do I need to Have it out or can I help it by diet changes?
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Need an ultrasound of the gall bladder.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome,

It does sound like you had an episode of cholecystitis. Given that your stool was clay colored during that period of time, the most likely explanation is that you have one or more gall stones which temporarily blocked the exit of the gall bladder. Blocking the exit of the gall bladder would cause both the pain you experienced and also prevent the bile pigments from reaching your intestinal tract which results in clay colored stools.

I see that you have not had a recurrence of this problem. But likely, if the problem was caused by a stone, it is still there. Because the majority of people who have had one attack will have a recurrence, I think it would be wise to see your doctor and get a gall bladder ultrasound done to see what is going on in there. This will provide more information about what needs to happen next. There is the possibility that it was not caused by gall stones (sometimes a transient gastrointestinal virus can cause enough inflammation in the GI tract that some of these symptoms can happen), but an ultrasound can provide more information about your current state. If there are significant gall stones, recommendations are to have it removed.

Avoiding greasy fatty foods will put less stress on the gall bladder, but will likely not cure the problem if stones are what caused your attack.

I hope this information helps. Please let me know if I can provide further information or clarification.

Also, if you are interested, here is an article on gallstones and how they are evaluated and managed: http://www.yyyyyy.org/yyyyyy/00000/0515/p795.html
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Suggest treatment for severe chest pain post a gall bladder attack

Brief Answer: Need an ultrasound of the gall bladder. Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome, It does sound like you had an episode of cholecystitis. Given that your stool was clay colored during that period of time, the most likely explanation is that you have one or more gall stones which temporarily blocked the exit of the gall bladder. Blocking the exit of the gall bladder would cause both the pain you experienced and also prevent the bile pigments from reaching your intestinal tract which results in clay colored stools. I see that you have not had a recurrence of this problem. But likely, if the problem was caused by a stone, it is still there. Because the majority of people who have had one attack will have a recurrence, I think it would be wise to see your doctor and get a gall bladder ultrasound done to see what is going on in there. This will provide more information about what needs to happen next. There is the possibility that it was not caused by gall stones (sometimes a transient gastrointestinal virus can cause enough inflammation in the GI tract that some of these symptoms can happen), but an ultrasound can provide more information about your current state. If there are significant gall stones, recommendations are to have it removed. Avoiding greasy fatty foods will put less stress on the gall bladder, but will likely not cure the problem if stones are what caused your attack. I hope this information helps. Please let me know if I can provide further information or clarification. Also, if you are interested, here is an article on gallstones and how they are evaluated and managed: http://www.yyyyyy.org/yyyyyy/00000/0515/p795.html