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Do you need to get a prescription from a doctor for gallbladder pain relief?

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Patients with gallbladder pain may ask their doctor for prescription pain relief medication such as morphine, but others may attempt to treat the source of the pain through home remedies such as apple cider vinegar, according to MedicineNet. The most common treatment is surgery to remove the gallbladder.

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Most cases of gallbladder pain result from gallstones, cholecystitis, pancreatitis and ascending cholangitis, states MedicineNet. Sometimes cholecystitis, or inflammation of the gallbladder, occurs because gallstones block the bile duct. Treatments other than surgery include the medication ursodiol, shock wave therapy and contact dissolution, reports WebMD. Patients using these treatments have a high rate of gallstone recurrence.

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