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Got a gallbladder problem? There are natural alternatives to surgery

Gallbladder problems are common. Every day we receive dozens of calls and emails from people seeking help for their gallbladder condition. Between 10 and 15 percent of Americans will develop a gallbladder problem at some point in their life.

Gallbladder surgery is big business. It is one of the most commonly performed hospital procedures. In many cases, patients are rushed into surgery prematurely, when a more natural solution exists. In many cases, diet changes and nutritional supplements can restore the health of the gallbladder, preventing the need for surgery. Of course this depends on how severe the problem is and how long the gallbladder has been unwell.

Unfortunately gallbladder removal leaves some patients much worse off. Some people experience chronic discomfort and digestive problems after losing their gallbladder. The risk of developing liver problems is also higher in those who have had their gallbladder removed.

Luckily there are ways to overcome these problems, but ideally you would keep your gallbladder and dissolve any stones naturally.

What are gallstones?

Gallstones form when bile stored in the gallbladder hardens into stone-like objects. This process usually takes years. In fact the estimated growth rate of gallstones is approximately 2 millimetres per year.

Normal bile is made up of a combination of water, cholesterol, lecithin, other fats, bile acids, bilirubin, waste products and proteins. If the concentration of cholesterol in the bile becomes too high, relative to bile acids, cholesterol can precipitate out and form stones. Gallstones can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball.

There are several types of gallstones:

  • Cholesterol stones
  • Pigment stones – these are formed from calcium bilirubinate (a component of bilirubin) and appear black or brown.
  • Mixed stones – some people have both types of stones in their Gallbladder

Cholesterol stones are by far the most common type, accounting for 80 percent of all gallstones. They are made of hardened cholesterol and look yellow-green in color.

Common symptoms of gallstones

Gallstones are incredibly common, and many people do not realize they have them.

The most common signs and symptoms of gallbladder dysfunction include:

  • Indigestion, particularly after eating rich fatty meals or dairy products
  • Abdominal bloating or a feeling of excessive fullness after meals.
  • Reflux or heartburn, also known as GERD
  • Diarrhea or loose, urgent stools after some foods
  • Abdominal cramps or other pain after a meal
  • Discomfort behind the right shoulder blade, or top of the right shoulder
  • Moody, irritable disposition
  • Low tolerance to alcohol
  • Sweating feet or excess sweating in the body in general
  • Bad breath and coated tongue
  • Fatigue after eating.

Natural ways to help overcome gallbladder problems

  • Include plenty of foods specific for helping the liver and gallbladder function. They include beets and beet leaves, fresh green leafy herbs such as are mint, parsley, cilantro and arugula.
  • Increase the amount of sulfur rich foods in your diet, such as garlic, broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.
  • Taking digestive enzymes at the beginning of your meals may reduce symptoms. A good digestive enzyme supplement will combine enzymes with betaine hydrochloride (hydrochloric acid) and ox bile.
  • Some people need additional ox bile. If you have several stones in your gallbladder, or very large stones, or if your gallbladder is inflamed, you are probably not secreting enough bile into your intestines each time you eat. That can cause indigestion, feeling unwell after oily meals and it can lead to a deficiency of essential fatty acids. Taking ox bile with each meal can help to reduce these symptoms, and it can help to soften gallstones and reduce their size.
  • Take a good liver tonic twice daily; ensure it contains St Mary’s Thistle, dandelion root, globe artichoke and the sulphur bearing amino acid taurine.
  • Find out if you have any food sensitivities. In the vast majority of cases, food intolerance aggravates gallbladder problems. The most common problematic foods are gluten, wheat, dairy products, eggs, soy and nuts. You can try an elimination diet or you can see a naturopath or nutritionist to help you identify problem foods and come up with alternatives.
  • Sip one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar mixed in a quarter of a glass of warm water before meals.
  • Increase your intake of omega 3 fatty acids – Suitable sources are oily fish, good quality fish oil supplements, walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds. Keep oils in the fridge.
  • Another healthy fat to include in your diet is organic, cold pressed coconut oil. It is mostly comprised of medium chain fatty acids, which do not stress your gallbladder because they do not require bile for their digestion.

 

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

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52 comments

  1. I had a HIDA scan about 25 years ago. I am 51 now. My ejection fraction was 18. I also have what showed up as Fatty Liver. No real symptoms. I have vague symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue, but I wonder if some of this is to do with that ejection fraction. What does 18 ejection fraction mean? The doctor said he thought something was wrong with it, but the interpreting doctor (radiologist?) said it was okay. I had the Ultrasound and the HIDA scan due to RUQ Abd Pain. I still get the pain occasionally. I also have TOTAL CHOLESTEROL of 105–not sure why so low or if related to any of this. I don’t get much sunshine and take VIT D supplements. I also have a Pregnenolone deficiency. Since nothing was done, I never went back to the doctor regarding any of these issues. I am currently trying to eat a lot of eggs to increase my cholesterol.

    • Hi Dana,

      A low ejection fraction indicates you have a sluggish gallbladder.
      We recommend you take
      Ox Bile 1 to 2 caps in the middle of meals which will help to supplement your bile level as your gallbladder is not ejecting enough.
      Livatone Plus 1 cap twice daily in the first week and then 2 caps twice daily after that to help remove fat from the liver, promote fat burning and increase bile flow.
      Magnesium Ultra Potent powder 1/2 tsp twice daily OR Magnesium Complete 2 tabs twice daily to help the gallbladder contract.
      These can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com

      Dr Cabot has recently released her 15 Day Cleanse – Two weeks to begin your journey toward improved liver health and function, utilising both supplements and a tasty, easy to prepare dietary regimen. Please go to http://www.drcabotcleanse.com to place an order. As a strongly anti-inflammatory programme, you may find your liver and general blood results being lowered.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritionist for Liverdoctor.com

  2. Hello, my natropath believes I may have a problem with my gallbladder as I have upper right shoulder pain; digestive issues; mild constipation; coated tongue and constant burping. I had surgery last year for kidney cancer and my digestive system has not been the same ever since. My natropath suggested I take ox bile – do you believe this is something that will help relieve my digestive issues and pain?
    Thanks in advance for your assistance.

    • Hi Pina,

      We suggest you get an ultrasound scan or HIDA scan to check on your gallbladder.
      There is great information in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally and What to Do If You’ve Already Lost It’.
      You would benefit from taking
      Ox Bile 1 to 2 caps in the middle of meals to support bile flow and reduce digestive symptoms.
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to increase bile flow and improve liver function.
      These can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutrition Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  3. I had a HIDA scan and the gallbladder never visualized is that a sign that it’s hopeless. PCP wants me to talk to surgeon about removing it . if it doesn’t visualize does that mean that it’s not working at all 0% function? I would like to try something but I don’t know how far gone Yes. When they did a gallbladder scan or year and a half ago they said there were stones in it. Dealing with this for at least 15 years never knew until last week that it was my gallbladder Thanks for any help

    • Hi Sheila,

      Please consult with your healthcare practitioner.
      We recommend you follow the protocol in the above article. There is further information in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally’.
      You may benefit from taking
      Ox Bile 1 to 2 caps in the middle of meals to thin the bile and help soften gallstones and reduce sludge.
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to increase bile flow and improve liver function.
      These can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutrition Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  4. I was diagnosed with diverticulitis 6 years ago. The last four years I have been having pain under ribcage. Every year they have performed MRI, cat scans and colonoscopy. They never find anything. This last episode they did a echo for pain and found 2 lesions on my liver that may be cysts. Performed gallbadder test and gallbadder is functioning at 1%. Before I had scan bowels were moving everyday but after Hilda scan bowels are not moving well. They want to remove gallbladder. There are no stones. I want to keep my gallbadder.

    • Hi Heidi,

      There are excellent recommendations in the above article.
      Read this article for treatment info on diverticulitis: https://www.liverdoctor.com/what-really-causes-diverticulitis/
      We recommend eliminating or reducing grains, sugar, dairy, processed foods and takeout meals in your diet.
      There is an effective eating plan in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally’.
      Whether you do or don’t get surgery, we recommend you take
      Super Digestive Enzymes 1 to 2 in middle of meals to improve nutrient absorption, fat metabolism and reduce digestive symptoms.
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function.
      Glutamine 1 metric teaspoon once or twice daily to heal and seal the gut lining, providing relief from diverticulitis.
      These can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutrition Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  5. Hello,
    I had a gallbladder spell 2 years ago, real bad nausea followed by vomiting and diarrhea felt like I was having a heart attack. This was the only major spell that I have had. I will go six to seven months and have some episodes of nausea and can’t eat much. I went to the ER about 3 weeks ago and had a CT scan, EKG, blood test and ultrasound all came back negative on gallstones and sludge. Went to my gastroenterologist and scheduled an upper endoscopy and everything looked good in my throats and stomach, my gastroenterologist scheduled a HIDA scan and everts went fine during the test. I didn’t have any pain during the HIDA scan or any nausea. The only thing my gastroenterologist said was my gallbladder was functioning at 4% I asked if it needed to be removed he said not necessarily. I’m not having any issues at all and no certain food triggers an attack or anything. I’m not going to have surgery based on one test and no symptoms, is there a way to improve my gallbladder function to keep from having problems down the road? Thanks for your time!

    • Hi Jeff,

      There are excellent recommendations in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally’.
      Gallbladder function can be greatly improved through diet. We recommend avoiding or reducing gluten, sugar, processed food and takeout meals.
      We recommend you take
      Super Digestive Enzymes 1 to 2 caps with meals to improve nutrient absorption and reduce digestive symptoms.
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to increase bile flow and improve liver function.
      These can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutrition Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  6. I was told there is no way to remove just the gallstones but I just read on the comments that someone said they did?? The surgeon also told me there is no safe way to dissolve them, as they can get lodged in duct. I would like to know recommendations for my situation.
    I had one attack a few weeks ago that took me to ER with terrible pain. Ultrasound showed biliary colic with normal gallbladder wall, fluid; normal bile duct opening. It did show a small cyst on my liver 1.4 mm but said it was simple, benign cyst with no treatment needed. I have never had health issues and have exercised everyday for many years. I did eat lots of dairy and chocolates, which I have stopped. I am normal weight. I never did eat much fried foods or red meats. I would love to avoid surgery!

    • Hi Kado,

      There is an excellent eating plan in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally’.
      We recommend taking
      Ox Bile 1 to 2 caps in the middle of meals to reduce digestive symptoms, soften gallstones and reduce their size.
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function and increase bile flow.
      These can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Raw juicing is also excellent for gallstones. There are great recipes in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Raw Juices Can Save Your Life’.
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutrition Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  7. Hi,

    There are multiple small polyps in my gallbladder , maximum size is 4.9mm. Please suggest what i should do? Can i treat them without surgery?

  8. I really wish I would have came across this site before I made the decision to get mine removed. 5 months post-Opt and I have new problems. February of 2017 I went to the ER for pain in the abdomen and the inability to keep anything in my stomach for the entire week. Found out my liver was inflamed and I had gallstones. They treated me with Antibiotics and did an ERCP to make sure gallstones were not stuck in the bilary duct. None were lodged or stuck. They were all in my gallbladder. Right away they recommended surgery. Scared, and not having any past illnesses or diseases I wanted to find another way. They said none existed and the only way is surgery. They didn’t offer a HIDA test not recommend diet changes, just surgery. Two months went on and I felt no pain. But the doctors and sergeons were blowing up phone convincing me of how important it was to get it done. So I did it – Wrong decision. After repeatedly asking about any long terms effects, all stated that it would just be loose stool. Boy were they liars. 5 months post -Opt and I have bad Reflux, heartburn and intestinal
    Irritation. I thought I was getting rid of a problem but it only created more. Word of advice, make sure you take a natural approach to heal your body before you get surgery. Doctors seem to neglect all of the after affects your body will go through once it is finally removed. I wish I knew more. How can I get rid of these new problems that now exist. Please help.

    • Hi Marcia,

      After gallbladder we recommend you eliminate grains, sugar, dairy, processed food and takeout meals from your diet.
      There is some dietary information in this article: https://www.liverdoctor.com/things-you-must-know-you-dont-have-gallbladder/
      There is some excellent information in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally and What to Do If You’ve Already Lost It’.
      Dr Cabot recommends you take
      Ox Bile 1 to 2 caps in the middle of meals to replace the bile that can no longer come from the gallbladder for essential fat absorption.
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function.
      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  9. I’ve been told that I have sludge in my gallbladder her and it was recommended that I remove it however most articles only refer to gallstones . Any recommendations ?

    • Hi Jen,

      Like in the article above, there are alternatives to surgery.
      We suggest you get a HIDA scan to check on how well your gallbladder is functioning.
      We would normally only recommend removal if there are multiple stones and you’re in a lot of pain.
      We recommend you eliminate or reduce gluten, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, processed foods and takeout meals.
      We suggest you follow the dietary principles in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally’.
      Raw juicing is excellent, there are some great recipes in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Raw Juices Can Save Your Life’.
      Dr Cabot recommends you take
      Super Digestive Enzymes 1-2 caps with a glass of water at each meal to help reduce digestive symptoms and reduce sludge.
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to support the liver and improve bile flow.
      These can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  10. I have a fatty liver and gallstones. I don’t have pain on the right side, mine is on the left side. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks

    • Hi Dee,

      We recommend you eliminate or reduce grains, sugar, dairy, processed foods and takeout meals.
      There is some dietary advice in this article: https://www.liverdoctor.com/what-should-you-eat-if-you-have-fatty-liver/ and this article: https://www.liverdoctor.com/natural-remedies-for-gallstones/
      There is some great dietary information in Dr Cabot’s books ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’ and ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally’.
      Raw juicing is excellent and there are some great recipes in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Raw Juices Can Save Your Life’.
      Dr Cabot recommends you take
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function.
      N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) 2 caps twice daily at least 2 hours away from food, if any upset occurs please take with meals. NAC is the precursor to glutathione; the body’s most potent antioxidant. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get the liver better faster.
      Super Digestive Enzymes 1-2 caps at the beginning of meals as they contain Ox Bile which can reduce digestive symptoms and help to soften gallstones and reduce their size.
      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  11. I have been having pain between my shoulder blades. For 3 months now. Started on the right shoulder blade and moved to the left. I have dealt with constipation for a few years. I was taking betaine hcl which seemed to help for a year or so. But now seems to cause more issues then good. I went to the er 3 different times with high blood pressure. 150/100. I couldn’t sleep more then 2 to 3 hours straight without waking to pee and my heart pounding. That would happen 3 to 4 times a night. Sweaty feet. I also suffer from lack of sex drive I am only 35years old. Dry eyes I rarely ever sneeze. A rash on my feet and in between my toes and in between my legs it seems to get itchy worse a hour or 2 after eating. No lotion or cream gets rid of it.
    I had a ultrasound of my abdomen. They said everything looks fine. No Gallstones. I just had a endoscopy done the doctor said my stomach looks good. The shoulder blade pain felt like it was pushing on my heart and the back of my esophagus. I had blood work done where they supposedly tested my liver. I was told my ast was a little high nothing to worry about and my bilburn was also elevated. I have no idea what it means the doc said don’t worry about it. Don’t check your blood pressure too much. I think you need anxiety pills. Lol
    I recently started taking ox bile which seemed to relieve my constipation and also put my blood pressure back to almost normal. I am able to sleep again. 🙂 I have been off work for 2 months. Due to the shoulder blade back neck pain. I believe the ox bile is relieving it slowly. The ox bile i am taking is with 500 milligrams of pantrecan. (Enzymes. ) which I have been only taking for 2 days. Yesterday I must have pooped 4 times after breakfast…and the stool was runny like dark brown and very sticky. It sunk and stuck to the side of the bowl. I was just wondering the enzymes might not be needed or what you recommend. I also just started taking milk whistle. Anyways last night for dinner I didn’t take any ox bile and woke up in the middle of the night again with my abdomen throbbing. So I guess I need it. Just how much would you recommend and do you think my liver is swollen up?
    Is a glass of red wine good for this also? Just 1 a day?
    Thanks
    Ryan
    I would love to get back to normal and not need any pills at all.

    • Hi Ryan,

      A lot of these symptoms do sound like liver and/or gallbladder dysfunction.
      Perhaps you should get a HIDA scan for your gallbladder.
      We recommend you eliminate grains, sugar, dairy, processed food and takeout meals.
      We recommend you follow the eating principles in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It’.
      There is some dietary information in this article: https://www.liverdoctor.com/what-should-you-eat-if-you-have-fatty-liver/
      Dr Cabot recommends you take
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function.
      N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) 2 caps twice daily at least 2 hours away from food, if any upset occurs please take with meals. NAC is the precursor to glutathione; the body’s most potent antioxidant. This supplememt works well with Livatone Plus to get the liver better faster.
      Ox Bile 1 to 2 caps in the middle of meals to replace the bile that can no longer come from the gallbladder for essential fat absorption.
      These products can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  12. Hi,
    I had extreme pain which sent me to the ER. No signs of stones anywhere. My PCP sent me for an ultrasound which showed small polyps on my gallbladder. Since I was so concerned, I went to see a specialist and he ordered a HIDA scan which showed minimal fuction (12). The doctor recommends surgery for removal of gallbladder. I usually dont experience pain after eating and only had one very severe attack. Is surgery the way to go? Thank you!

    • Hi Nancy,

      If you are in a lot of pain, removal may be the best.
      We recommend you eliminate grains, dairy, sugar, processed food and takeout meals.
      Dr Cabot recommends these supplements if you lose your gallbladder or keep it:
      Ox Bile 1 to 2 caps in the middle of meals to replace the bile that can no longer come from the gallbladder for essential fat absorption.
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function.
      N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) 2 caps twice daily at least 2 hours away from food, if any upset occurs please take with meals. NAC is the precursor to glutathione; the body’s most potent antioxidant. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get the liver better faster.
      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

    • hi Nancy,
      i went and got an ultra sound and they found gallstones in my GB 8mm . I now control the pain by not eating or drinking anything from 4pm. before 4pm i eat less and more healthy. green smoothies,no processed sugar, no oily stuff, small portions,no more fast food, no soda, drink lots of water and pure apple juice not from concentrate. the secret is 4pm. (this is very hard to do because the only thing that will make you stick to it is not wanting that stupid gallbladder attack pain…its a nightmare) you will loose weight fast by doing this so make sure you choose the healthiest food to eat before 4pm…start your day early 6-7am) so you can eat 3 meals. p.s. this advise is for woman that are breastfeeding and cannot take pain medicines. i’m going to flush the stones out once i’m done feeding my baby.

      • Hi Melissa,

        We recommend you get a HIDA scan of your gallbladder to see how it’s functioning.
        We recommend you read this article for further information on diet advice for gallstones: https://www.liverdoctor.com/natural-remedies-for-gallstones/
        Please avoid processed foods, margarine and large quantities of oily foods such as cheese and cream.
        There is some great information in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally’.
        After you have finished breast feeding, there are some supplements we can recommend.

        Kind Regards,
        Jessah Robinson
        Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  13. Hi, I’ve been having pain for 7 months. Started with an intense pain under my right ribs at the bottom. This pain started at midnight and was constant until 5pm the following day. I’ve had several tests done including a HIDA scan showing my gallbladder functioning at 72%. They said this was normal. I’ve had a colonoscopy, endoscopy, CT scan, MRI and numerous ultrasounds. All come back normal. I have been eating a very strict diet with lean meats, lots of vegetables (especially green leafy). I am gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and egg-free. I eat all whole foods that are prepared and cooked by myself only. I have been losing weight within these months and I am now extremely underweight. My doctor told me to try Ox Bile along with my enzymes (enzymes have never given me any issues) but after I took a very small amount of Ox Bile I had really intense gas pain in my pelvis up into my ribs for 9 hours!! I could not relieve wind, I tried yoga, meditation, walking, etc. Nothing worked. Now a day later I wake with pain under my right and left ribs, I cannot lift my right leg up all the way without pain under my right rib. This always happens when I eat something fatty- olive oil, fatty meat, etc. I’m a little confused why I am reacting so badly to Ox Bile when it’s supposed to help my gallbladder. Does this mean it’s not my gallbladder? Is this pain from my liver? Thanks.

    • Hi Felicia,

      We recommend you get a liver function test.
      Your diet sounds very good, we recommend you try raw juicing. There’s some great recipes in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Raw Juices Can Save Your Life’.
      To gain weight in a healthy way we recommend you eat more healthy fats such as coconut milk, flesh, oil, hemp seeds and nuts.
      Also, eat more healthy carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables, quinoa, etc.
      Dr Cabot recommends you take
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function.
      N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) 2 caps twice daily at least 2 hours away from meals, if any upset occurs please take with meals. NAC is the precursor to glutathione; the body’s most potent antioxidant. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get the liver better faster.
      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  14. I had a second HIDA scan to compare with the first . The first one said it is functioning at 14% and I’m waiting on the results of the second. Also the first one I also had an ultrasound that did not show evidence of gallstones. I also did an ultrasound with this second HIDA scan but again waiting on results. How can they tell if you have sludge. I’ve never had a problem with pain after eating anything but would always get pain in my upper right quadrant in the abdomen for a few days a few days after I converted from afib to NSR. Now for the past six months I’ve had this dull pain in the center of my back between my shoulder blades, and twice within those six months I’ve had two separate days where I’ve had severe pain behind my right shoulder blade down my right back to around the kidney area accompanied by severe headache. Each time during those two times every time I would breath in deeply the pain would intensify.

    • Hi Brian,

      It sounds like you have an inflamed gallbladder as well as inflammation of the liver.
      We recommend you get a liver function test and/or ultrasound scan of the liver.
      Please eliminate grains, sugar, processed foods and takeout meals from your diet.
      Try to base your diet on good protein sources (poultry,seafood,lean meat,eggs), good fats (avocadoes, cold pressed olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and seeds), fresh fruits and vegetables.
      There is an excellent eating plan and raw juicing recipes in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally’.
      Dr Cabot recommends you take
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function and improve bile flow.
      Super Digestive Enzymes 1 to 2 caps with a glass of water at each meal. This will improve fat metabolism, nutrient absorption, carbohydrate breakdown and reduce digestive symptoms.
      These can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  15. Hello there
    I have had the HIDA scan and my doctor told me my gallbladder isn’t functioning and my liver enzymes are high and my bioduct is inflamed this is so painful the surgery sounds good but is there another way to keep my gallbladder and also be pain free
    Thank you kindly for your time

    • Hi Amy,

      Do you know what percentage your gallbladder is functioning at?
      If you have pain and several gallstones we would recommend you have it removed.
      Whether you decide to get the surgery or not, Dr Cabot recommends you take
      Ox Bile 1 to 2 caps in the middle of meals to replace the bile that can no longer come from your gallbladder for essential fat absorption.
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function.
      N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) 2 caps twice daily at least 2 hours away from food, if any upset occurs please take with meals. NAC is the precursor to glutathione; the body’s most potent antioxidant. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get the liver better faster.
      These supplements are available here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      We recommend you eliminate grains, sugar, dairy and processed foods from your diet.
      There is an excellent eating plan in Dr Cabot’s free e-book on fatty liver.
      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  16. I just came from the doctor today actually my 2nd opinion both of them told me to remove my gallbladder as the result of my ultasound is normal but only have 1 gallstone 15mm I don’t want to remove my gallbladder is there any method or other option to save my gallbladder?

    • Hi Dana,

      There are ways you can break the gallstone up and improve your gallbladder function.
      We recommend you get a HIDA scan to check how your gallbladder is functioning.
      There is an excellent eating plan in Dr Cabot’s book:’Save Your Gallbladder Naturally’.
      Raw juices are excellent for helping to break up gallstones.
      Dr Cabot recommends you take
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function and increase bile flow.
      N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) 2 caps twice daily at least 2 hours away from food, if any upset occurs please take with meals. NAC is the precursor to glutathione; the body’s most potent antioxidant. This supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get the liver better faster.
      These supplements are available here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      NUtritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  17. Hi Jessah, I had 2 gallbladder attacks within 5 days of each other about a 1.5 months ago. Those two attacks were the first ones I’ve ever had. I have been feeling fine now since taking out eggs and oily/fatty foods out of my diet (I’ve been gluten-free for 7 years). Ultrasound shows several (at least 5) that are about 5-11mm. I have a scheduled laparoscopic gallbladder surgery in 2 weeks. However, I really don’t want surgery and I’m looking for any way not to have surgery. I’m otherwise very healthy and fit. I’m 45 yrs old and female.

    • Hi Dahlia,

      It is possible to shrink gallbladder stones by avoiding fried foods, margarine and large amounts of oily foods such as cheese and cream.
      We recommend you follow the eating principles in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Healthy Bowel, Healthy Body’ or ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally’.
      Raw juicing is excellent and there are specific recipes to help break down gallstones in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Raw Juices Can Save Your Life’.
      We suggest you get a HIDA scan to check your gallbladder function.
      Dr Cabot recommends you take
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to increase the production and flow of bile through your liver and gallbladder.
      The books and supplement mentioned can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com/
      There is further information in this article: https://www.liverdoctor.com/natural-remedies-for-gallstones/
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

      • Hi Jessah, Thank you for your quick reply and recommendations. I will read both books and ask for a HIDA scan to check my gallbladder function. And I will look into the supplements and try them. Thank you, again. I will keep you apprised.

  18. Due to have my gallbladder removed. I get painful attacks lasting six to eight weeks about once a year. In between i feel absolutely fine. Not sure wether to go ahead.

    • Hi Linda,

      Have you had an ultrasound scan of your abdomen or a HIDA scan?
      Please let us know your results.
      In the meantime Dr Cabot recommends you take
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function
      Ox Bile 1 to 2 caps in the middle of meals three times daily to improve bile flow.
      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com
      We recommend you avoid grains, dairy, processed food and take out meals.
      There is an excellent eating plan in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally’.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  19. Thank you for the excellent advice on this website. Both my mother and my uncle had their gallbladders removed. I’d rather keep mine.

    Infrequently, I have pain around the gallbladder area after eating a meal that has more fat than I usually consume. If I eat celery, either raw or stewed (remember Ogden Nash’s couplet—‘Celery raw develops the jaw, but celery stewed is more quietly chewed’ ?), the pain subsides. I am including the leaves of the celery stalk in my snack. Any idea why this seems to work for me? Is it the bitter leaves? Is it some compound in the entire plant?

    • Hi Donna,

      This symptom can indicate liver inflammation and/or sluggish bile flow.
      To check liver function we recommend you get an ultrasound scan and/or liver function test.
      Dr Cabot recommends you take
      Ox Bile 1 to 2 caps in the middle of meals three times daily to improve bile flow.
      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function.
      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com
      If this symptom continues we recommend you eliminate gluten, dairy and processed foods.
      Celery is a good liver healing food, along with other green vegetables.
      Let us know how you get on.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  20. So excited I found this article as it made things much quicekr!

  21. Hi, I had my gallstones removed but the doctor still insist removing my gallbladder because my eyes are still kinda yellow under the eyelids but I’m not in any pain but he says to remove it will save us dangers of more stones being developed’ please advice.

    • Hi Edian,

      Sometimes the gallbladder has to be removed to prevent a medical emergency which can occur eg. if gallstones obstruct the bile duct. Jaundice (yellow colour in the sclera of the eyes) may be an indication of bile duct obstruction. We recommend you ask your doctor for an ultrasound scan of the liver and gallbladder to check for any abnormalities or a HIDA scan to check the function and identify any abnormalities of the gallbladder and bile ducts. Following the advice in the Save Your Gallbladder book – changing your diet and taking LivaTone Plus and NAC to reduce inflammation and improve bile quality to prevent bile sludge and stones forming is recommended for long term health. If it is necessary for the gallbladder to be removed, the book has advice to help you live a healthy life without a gallbladder.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  22. I have gallbladder issues. I will be seeing a surgeon about my options. I am not excited about surgery.

    • Hi John,

      We suggest you read Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally’. It contains an excellent diet plan for people with gallbladder issues.

      Have you had a HIDA scan?

      Dr Cabot recommends

      Ox Bile 1 to 2 caps at the beginning of each meal to enhance bile flow.

      Livatone Liver Tonic 2 caps twice daily to tone and boost the gallbladder’s function.

      NAC 2 caps twice daily at least two hours away from food, if any upset occurs take with meals. This supplement works well with Livatone Liver Tonic to get your liver better faster.

      We also recommend a diet free of gluten, dairy, processed food and take-out meals. Low sugar is encouraged and definitely no high fructose corn syrup.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  23. just came from the hospital . no gallstones but full of sludge is there a diet I can do to avoid surgery ? in a lot of pain.

    • Hi Duane,

      Firstly, we recommend you have a HIDA scan done to check your gallbladder function.

      We recommend you follow the eating guidelines in Dr Cabot’s book: ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally’.

      Dr Cabot recommends

      Livatone Plus 2 caps twice daily to improve liver function

      Ox Bile 1 to 2 caps in the middle of meals three times daily to improve bile flow

      These supplements can be purchased here: https://shop.liverdoctor.com

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant

  24. My doctor said my gall bladder is only functioning at 25%. Is there any coming back from that or is surgery the only option? Several women in my family have had theirs removed, I was hoping to keep mine if possible. I’ve been dealing with attacks for close to 15 years, and I have managed to lessen the frequency and the amount of pain by (mostly) watching my diet. Is there any hope? I also have IBS with annoyingly frequent diarrhea almost immediately after meals, did I mention it’s annoying? I’ll do what I have to do, but I thought I would ask someone whos not just in it for the sole purpose of surgery. Thank you! :}

    • Hi Yolanda,

      Dr Cabot says that 25% gallbladder function is able to be function adequately and it’s function may be improved.

      Please avoid all gluten, sugars, high fructose corn syrup, processed foods and especially highly treated fats and oils.

      Good fats are encouraged, like avocadoes, cold pressed olive and nut oils in dark glass bottles.

      Dr Cabot recommends you begin taking

      Livatone Plus – 2 capsules twice daily, to improve liver function.

      N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC 600mg) – 2 capsules twice daily well away from food, if any upset occurs take at the beginning of your meals. As you will see from the attached pamphlet this supplement works well with Livatone Plus to get your liver better faster. This supplement hastens liver healing. This supplement is the precursor nutrient of glutathione; the body’s strongest anti-oxidant.

      Glutamine Powder – 1 teaspoon in water twice daily to calm, soothe, and heal your gut lining and resolve Leaky Gut in conjunction with an anti-inflammatory diet.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant for Liverdoctor.com

  25. Linda lee Martinez

    Had my galbader removed but still have pain after eating and feel sluggish

    • Dear Linda,

      I recommend you follow the guidelines in the above article and this article: https://www.liverdoctor.com/what-to-do-if-you-dont-have-a-gallbladder/
      You should take Ox Bile 1 – 2 capsules at the beginning of each meal to replace the bile that can no longer be delivered from your gallbladder to help essential fat absorption. Take Livatone Plus caps 2 twice daily to improve liver function.
      These can be purchased from http://www.liverdoctor.com.
      You need to eliminate or reduce grains, dairy and processed foods.
      For more information see our book: ‘Save Your Gallbladder Naturally and What to Do If You’ve Already Lost It’.

      Kind Regards,
      Jessah Robinson
      Nutritional Consultant

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