Several years ago I had a lot of pain two months after giving birth. I went to the ER and they determined it was caused by gallstones. They wanted to remove my gallbladder. I declined and discharged myself from the hospital. I modified my diet to avoid fatty and sugary foods.
A few weeks ago I had another attack (several years after the first in incident) and again went to the ER. The sonogram showed stones. This time the blood test showed elevated levels of liver enzymes and billyruben, and they were afraid a stone was stuck in the bile duct so they admitted me to the hospital. Since the MRI was inconclusive whether there was a stone stuck, they wanted to do an ERCP to clear it. I stalled on the ERCP, and since further blood tests showed the elevated levels of liver enzymes and billyruben were coming down and improving, the doctors agreed to forgo the ERCP, assuming the stone naturally passed through the duct already.
Though, the doctors still wanted to surgically remove the gallbladder, to prevent further reoccurences. I declined the surgery in the hospital and was advised to schedule it after being discharged.
I've read testimonials by various people attesting of natural means to rid oneself of the stones without surgically removing the gallbladder. It might be called a gallbladder flush. Does anyone have experiance or knowledge of this? Is it safe to live with gallstones? Can removing the gallbladder be safely avoided?