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
35
Tried for
gallstones (35)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
pain (15) depressed mood (1)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
15
Tried for
gallstones (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
anxious mood (10) stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
depressed mood (7) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
anxious 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 (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization pain 8 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
gallstones (35)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood grogginess 3 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (15) depressed mood (1)
Perceived effectiveness
for gallstones (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization flatulence
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
gallstones (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue vivid dreams 1 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
bowel problems constipation 4 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (10)
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 (7) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dizziness 4 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious 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 23
30s 100
40s 152
50s 171
60s 113
70+ 33
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 27
20-29 years 83
30-39 years 89
40-49 years 77
50-59 years 53
60-69 years 14
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 89
Female 502

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 422
Not Diagnosed 13

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