First of all I absolutely love this website! It is so helpful and... eye-openingly refreshing!
I am a vegetarian and know the importance of getting protein especially. Little did I know until later that I wasn't getting enough protein when I thought all along I had! Last year I went through a sleugh of tests to try and figure out why I was having this God-awful stabbing,jabbing pain directly below my right rib cage which to me, felt like a heart attack. It seemed to flair up an hour or two after a meal. I also suffer from Gerd so I would somehow associate it with that. But, I would have this uncomfortable pain consistantly every day -And it was more apparent at night or in the wee hours of the morn. My doc thought it might be gallbladder so I underwent tests for that. They came back Negative. During the many visits and not to mention the dollars spent trying to get to the bottom of what was causing that pain - I decided to get up on the internet to try and find the answer myself. Realizing that I am a vegetarian and have been for many years, I checked out everything food related and that I needed in the way of nutrtion, that was beneficial to my living this vegan lifestyle. During the research I found that a lack of B12 could be the cause for this sharp, unexplained pain that I was having - and I had been having it for more than a year or so - Anyways. to make this long story short, I went back to the doc. Told her what I found that might be causing this pain - She ordered up a blood test and found out that I was deficient in B12! She didn't want to give me the shots so I was put on B12 supplements that she recommended from the health food store ( Must contain methylcollomin - check my spelling on that word though ok?) - Anyways,after taking the 1,000 mcg's of B12 - 2 a day at first - now down to one,the pain was gone almost immediately (with-in a week I'd say) and remains to be gone to this day!!!! Yeah.... The brand I take is B12 Infusion by Enzymatic, for those of you who might be interested. Thanks for letting me share my story.
I just hope that this message reaches as many gallbladder attack victims as possible because what I am going to state is the absolute truth and the last thing I want to see happen is another senseless surgery. When you feel an attack coming on or if it is in its peak pain just take one 600 mg tablet of betaine HCL and the attack will subside in just a few minutes. People get these attacks due to their stomachs not producing enough natural HCL. 50% of the people above 40 yrs old have this problem. HCL naturally stimulates the gallbladder to pass bile and stones through the duct. It is wise to take 100 mg of B6 each day as B6 dissolves the gall stones over time. Also, instead of waiting for a gall bladder attack to take the HCL, it is best to take one 600 mg tablet of HCL with each large protein meal. Just give our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ credit for this tremendous piece of advise.
Keeping the bowel moving is a key to stop the liver/gallbladder system gettting congested; probiotics, raw food, healthy fats, fibre such as psyillium, inulin, kefir etc. Chlorella can help normalize bowel function, and gut ecology but should be introduced slowly, and may require the help of digestive enzymes.
Artichoke extract can help, five days on followed by two days off.
if nuasea or an attack develops, lay off fats and oils for a few days, take plenty of water and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Choline bitarterate each day in body temp water will help, especially with nausea.
A Cacommile or choline bitarterate retention enema follow by swedish bitters will help. some people do 3 enemas within 36 hours, but dont forget to drink plenty of water, fibre, moderate amounts of healthy food and probiotics.
got to normalize bowel function as priority. if constipation is present or you alternate between that and loose fatty pale stools the liver is struggling and will do so as long as bowel function is poor.
some people find a castor oil pack with hot water bottle on it, - over the gallbladder/liver area for 30 mins gives relief AFTER an enema has been given.
do keep well hydrated, especially if using enemas.
There are a couple of herbs with anti-spasmodic properties: dill, fennel, caraway seed, cumin, peppermint in lesser degree. They are all relatives, except peppermint. When I feel pain coming in I take 1/3 of tea spoon of caraway seeds and chew them, then swallow. It helps to take the spasms off and does not interfere with digestion. The ACV works also, but the mechanics are different, it reduces need for bile, so it does not try to get out of the gallbladder, so no pain, but you need bile to digest fats and proteins.
There is an over the counter medication in Europe, called No-Shpa. It is widely used to alleviate gallstone attacks and spasms. I do not know if it exists here, the active ingredient is dropaverine.
I use ACV with meats, just pour over a piece. And take some caraway seeds in the end of the meal. Also, add caraway seeds in soups and other dishes.
Just my 5c, :)
If I have a gall bladder attack, I use a castor oil pack. I make a square of several layers of flannel (I think wool is better but didn't have a wool cloth.) and pour castor oil on it. Lay it over the gall bladder area. (maybe a 5 inch by 4 inch square?) Cover with plastic wrap. Cover with a heating pad. Usually the pain subsides in 1/2 hour. But I leave this on for 2 hours. Some say you should then rise the area with water and baking soda but I don't do that.
Sometimes Apple Cider Vinegar in water (1 T. in 8 oz. Water) will help a lot. I usually do the ACV and castor oil.
Over the years I have figured out what triggers attacks... Caffeine, dairy (except butter). If I stay away from those two things I very rarely have any trouble. If I have them once in a while, it doesn't seem to be a problem. I also only use coconut oil and olive oil in food prep and almost never eat out. (Fast food, fried food etc. Is usually a trigger for gall bladder problems. )
~Mama to Many~
For gallbladder attacks, or when you feel it coming, boil water and in a 250ml cup add fresh celery leaves, mint leaves and 1/2 lemon juice and drink it gradually. This may cut down the pain from regularly 3 hours to 1 hour. I have been scheduled for surgery in August and had been using this as backup.
After 25 years of suffering periodic, severe attacks of abdominal pain, I have finally figured out it has been my gallbladder. For relief, I have been relying on activated charcoal tablets (can buy at most natural food stores). After I feel the first twinge, I take 2, then two more every 30 minutes until the pain subsides. It doesn't work immediately, but it definitely helps. I don't go anywhere with charcoal.
To stop muscle or sphincter spasms, use the homeopathic product Cinchona Officinalis at 30X, usually available at health food stores. Take 4 tablets or pellets and allow to dissolve in mouth, repeat in a few minutes if spasm doesn't stop. I have had stomach sphincter spasms for 15 years--thought the first two were heart attacks. Found this remedy and carry Cinchona with me at all times. Stops them immediately.
Hi- I just wanted to post something I stumbled across completely by accident. I had been having daily gallbladder pain and had tried a flush (the apples one on here) and used lemon juice daily for two weeks with some success.
Then I accidentally bought some Chai tea and it tasted funny so I added cinnamon to it- and no gallbladder pain for the last few days- WEIRD and wonderful!
Granted- this is totally my expereince and I would not presume to tell anyone this is a cure- but cinnamon is cheap and easy to add to tea - so try it and post if it works for you too.
I add about a teaspoon to a cup of tea (Vanilla chai by bigelow) either once or twice a day.
Chronic gallbladder pain: I took 2 tablespoons of VCO (Virgin Coconut Oil) and within 2 weeks felt much better. It also helped me in my bowel movements. I used to very irregular. Now its every day! VCO that has been extracted using a cold press method.
I just had my gallbladder removed in emergency surgery, and told to be on a low fat diet. I want to do well, but I know we need some good fats, and heard bad things about low fat diets. Any help and suggestions would be very appreciated.
I came across this site when looking for feedback on something I discovered by accident. I too have to watch fats in my diet because of gallbladder pain.
Recently I began having plain yogurt in the mornings mixed with a little honey (for flavor). I have been amazed at the positive impact it has had on my digestion and my gallbladder. Hope this helps.
Hi guys, I also suffer GB attack. I've been this situation for about 5years. The pain occurs 1-3days, and it is very painful everynight. When it gets better I feel im so tired and hungry but I don't want to eat because it may cause another gb attack
I suffer from gall bladder pain (I guess they are called gall bladder attacks) and have tied the pain to oily food and also nuts. I take the apple cider vinegar in apple juice as prescribed on Earth Clinic whenever I get an attack, but it still takes a few days for the pain to go away. Eliminating fatty and oily foods during this period is essential to healing.
Dieting is a real problem for the gall bladder and juicing veggies is just the low fat type of diet to cause cycling of your OWN body fat into a real bad attack. I used the cabbage soup diet to lose 60 pounds a few years back and I recall a few friends losing their gall bladders to that diet. I knew how to do the gall bladder cleanse and every second week I did the diet(1 week a month) I would do a GB cleanse. I still have my gall bladder and only when I veggie feast do I have attacks now.