What’s the difference between cholecystitis and cholelithiasis?

Cholelithiasis is the formation of gallstones. Cholecystitis is the inflammation of the gallbladder.

How do I take care of myself if I have a diagnosis of cholecystitis?

Educate yourself about the symptoms of cholecystitis so that you and your healthcare provider can identify it and treat it as early as possible.

When should I see my healthcare provider?

Abdominal pain of any sort should always be an alarm. If you have sudden pain or bouts of pain in your upper right area of your abdomen or right shoulder or back, contact your healthcare provider.

When should I go to emergency room?

Don’t hesitate to go to the emergency room if you have severe abdominal pain that does not spontaneously resolve or that continues to worsen.

What questions should I ask my doctor?

  • Is my pain cholecystitis, for sure, or could it be caused by something else?
  • Should my cholecystitis be treated with medication or with surgery, or both?
  • What do you think caused these symptoms?
  • How quickly am I likely to recover from surgery?
  • Keeping my other medical conditions in mind, are there any risks in getting surgery?
  • Could I have any non-surgical treatments?
  • How quickly should I have surgery?
  • What specialist should I follow up with?
  • What foods should I eat/avoid?

A note from Cleveland Clinic

If you have pain in the upper right quadrant of your abdomen, seek immediate answers from a healthcare provider. Gallbladder inflammation, whether it’s chronic or acute, requires swift and vigilant care!

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