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Can I talk to a doctor on Maple about my gallstones?

Yes. In most cases, a doctor on Maple can help you manage a previously diagnosed case of gallstones. Our General Practitioners can write necessary prescriptions and recommend an appropriate course of treatment. If the doctor suspects you have a more serious problem, they may suggest that you go to a clinic for a thorough physical examination.

Additionally, Maple’s Gallbladder surgeons can offer comprehensive second opinions on your case of gallstones, if you are considering undergoing surgery.

Can I get a prescription on Maple?

Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or to have it delivered right to your door at no additional cost.

You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

What are gallstones?

Gallstones are hard deposits formed from your digestive fluids. These stones form in your gallbladder — a small organ on the right side of your abdomen that holds bile. Gallstones range in size, and can be as large as a golf ball.

What are the symptoms of gallstones?

Small gallstones often cause no side effects. However, if a gallstone becomes lodged in a duct, causing a blockage, it will cause symptoms that include:

  • Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the upper right part of your abdomen or the centre of your abdomen, under the breastbone
  • Pain between your shoulder blades or in your right shoulder
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Indigestion, belching, bloating
  • Intolerance of fatty or greasy foods
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)

These side effects can come on episodically, as an attack, but if the pain persists and jaundice or fever develop, your gallstones might be causing serious complications that require urgent medical attention.

How can I treat gallstones?

Gallstone treatment depends on your symptoms and the severity of your case. Medications can be used to dissolve gallstones, but this can take months or even years. These medications don’t always work, so they aren’t commonly prescribed. You may also have to make dietary changes, such as avoiding fatty foods. Surgery to remove the gallbladder is the most common treatment for chronic or painful gallstones. You can live without your gallbladder, though your body may have to adjust. If a gallstone becomes stuck in your bile duct, and endoscopic procedure called an ERCP may be necessary to remove the stone. 

What is Maple?

With Maple, you can start talking to a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.

You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video. You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.

Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.

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