Do You Have Gallbladder Problems? You may not think it’s serious, that it’s just heartburn or indigestion, but if it’s chronic, it could be serious.
•Do you have intense pain in the upper right abdomen during an attack, sometimes accompanied by fever and nausea? (it may be gallstones)
•Do you have periods of nausea, vomiting, fever and intense abdominal pain that radiates to the upper back? (it may be cholecystitis, gallbladder inflammation)
•Do you have recurring abdominal pain, bloating and gas after you eat a heavy meal? along with headaches, sluggishness or nervousness? (it may be gallstones or Crohn’s disease)
Do You Have Gallstones?
In the United States, high bile cholesterol levels are the main cause of gallstones, with most stones (80%) composed of cholesterol and varying amounts of bile salts, bile pigments and inorganic calcium salts. When bile in the gallbladder becomes supersaturated with cholesterol, it combines with other sediment matter present and begins to form a stone. Dietary factors like high blood sugar, high calorie and saturated fat intake that lead to obesity are also involved. A stone may grow for 6 to 8 years before symptoms occur. Continued formation of gallstones is dependent on either increased accumulation of cholesterol or reduced levels of bile acids or lecithin. It’s easy to see that diet improvement will deter, even arrest, gallstones.
Gallstones Can Be Serious
Ninety-five percent of people suffering from cholecystitis have gallstones. If these symptoms sound like you, pay close attention and seek medical help immediately. An ultrasound test provides a definitive diagnosis.