Gallstones

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What is gallstones?

Gallstones (choleliths) are crystalline bodies formed within the body by accretion or concretion of normal or abnormal bile components. Gallbladder stones can lead to acute cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) or obstruction of bile flow in the bile ducts.

Common symptoms reported by people with gallstones

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with gallstones

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
38
Tried for
gallstones (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Pain (16) depressed mood (1)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
13
Tried for
gallstones (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
Pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
anxious mood (9) stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
depressed mood (8) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
depressed mood (8) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
depressed mood (7)

Data from patients with gallstones, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with gallstones

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Perceived effectiveness
for gallstones (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization diarrhea 9 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
gallstones (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood brain fog 4 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
Pain (16) depressed mood (1)
Perceived effectiveness
for gallstones (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
gallstones (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue vivid dreams 1 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
Pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 11 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
Pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsy in a.m.
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
anxious mood (9) stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constant tiredness mood swings 2 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
depressed mood (8) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation decreased sex drive (libido) 2 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
depressed mood (8) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux stomach pain
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) depression with suicidal thoughts
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (7)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with gallstones, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has gallstones on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 19
30s 83
40s 143
50s 167
60s 98
70+ 29
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 25
20-29 years 79
30-39 years 85
40-49 years 72
50-59 years 53
60-69 years 13
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

85% Female
15% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 398
Not Diagnosed 13

These charts show data from gallstones patients who have completed their condition history
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