Cholelithiasis

ExitCare ImageCholelithiasis (also called gallstones) is a form of gallbladder disease. The gallbladder is a small organ that helps you digest fats. Symptoms of gallstones are:

  • Feeling sick to your stomach (nausea).

  • Throwing up (vomiting).

  • Belly pain.

  • Yellowing of the skin (jaundice).

  • Sudden pain. You may feel the pain for minutes to hours.

  • Fever.

  • Pain to the touch.

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Eat a low-fat diet until you see your doctor again. Eating fat can result in pain.

  • Follow up with your doctor as told. Attacks usually happen time after time. Surgery is usually needed for permanent treatment.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your pain gets worse.

  • Your pain is not helped by medicines.

  • You have a fever and lasting symptoms for more than 2–3 days.

  • You have a fever and your symptoms suddenly get worse.

  • You keep feeling sick to your stomach and throwing up.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.