You have gallstones, hard, pebble-like deposits that form inside the gallbladder. You received drugs to reduce the swelling and to fight the infection. You may have had surgery to remove your gallbladder or to remove a gallstone that is blocking a duct.
You may continue to have pain and other symptoms if your gallstones return.
You may be on a liquid diet for some time to give your gallbladder a rest. When you are eating regular food again, avoid overeating. If you are overweight try to lose weight.
Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain. Ask your doctor about stronger pain medicines. If your doctor prescribed drugs to help fight an infection, take them as your doctor told you to.
You may be able to take drugs that dissolve gallstones, but they may take 6 months to 2 years to work.
Call your doctor or nurse if you have:
Chronic cholecystitis - discharge; Dysfunctional gallbladder - discharge; Choledocholithiasis â€“ discharge; Cholelithiasis - discharge