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Too young for gallbladder problems? D:

Posted by @wingedwhale in Digestive Health, Jun 18, 2013

I'm a 17 year old female. Yesterday I thought it would be fun to eat some really rich ice cream - and I ended up eating a whole pint. I didn't think much of it, as I can usually get away with eating like a cow. Still, I calculated that I'd eaten about 1100 calories, 100 grams of sugar, and 60 grams of fat, so I just considered the ice cream dinner and didn't eat anything else.

Then I woke up at 5:30 in the morning and I was in AGONY (this was almost 12 hours after I'd eaten the ice cream.) It felt like someone had punched me repeatedly; my whole upper back was spasming uncontrollably and so was my abdomen, right below my breastbone. It lasted an hour - at least the worst of it - and during that time I was seriously considering going to the hospital.

Eventually it went away and now I'm fine. I had a few black berries awhile ago, no repeat attack yet, though I'm still scared to eat anything else.

I think it was a gallbladder attack, because of how fatty the ice cream was, but now I'm concerned. I'm only 17! Should I be having gallbladder problems already? Do I have gallstones, or was that just because of all the ice cream I ate? Should I go to a doctor?

I'm not overweight, and this has never happened to me before. My aunt had to have her gallbladder removed, though she was like 40 when that happened.

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