Sometimes there are symptoms we feel that we think they are just normal. What we don't know is that we may be suffering from gallbladder attack caused by gallstones.
Gallstones are small, pebble-like substance or solid crystalline that develop in the biliary tract and formed in the gallbladder. Gallstones are formed when the bile from the liver contains too much cholesterol, bile salts, or bilirubin.
The medical term for gallstones is cholelithiasis. Chole is a Greek word and it means “bile”. Lithos is “stone” and iasis is “condition of”. In other words, cholelithiasis is a condition of having bile stones in the gallbladder.
Symptoms of gallstones
Gallbladder attacks are often caused by gallbladder stones. As gallstones move into the bile ducts, blocking the neck of the gallbladder, pressure increases in the gallbladder and one or more symptoms may occur.
1. There is pain or tenderness under the rib cage on the right side.
2. There is pain between shoulder blades.
3. The stools are light or chalky colored.
4. You feel indigestion after eating, especially fatty or greasy foods.
5. You feel nauseated.
6. You feel dizzy.
7. You feel bloated.
8. Gas is more often expelled.
9. There is burping or belching even if you have not eaten yet.
10. You experience diarrhea.
11. You may experience constipation, too.
12. There is bitter fluid coming up after eating.
Symptoms of gallbladder attack
1. There is moderate to severe pain under the right side of the rib cage.
2. The pain may radiate through to the back or to the right shoulder.
3. Severe upper abdominal pain, also called biliary colic.
4. You feel nauseated.
5. You feel queasy or dizzy.
6. There is vomiting or bloating.
7. Gas is often expelled.
8. You have diarrhea.
9. There is burping or belching,
10. Attacks are often at night.
11. The attacks often occur after over eating.
12. The pain often follows right after an oily or greasy meal.
13. There is pain when inhaling deeply.
14. The attacks can last from 15 minutes to 15 hours.
How to Prevent Gallstones
1. Eat just enough food; don’t overeat.
2. Eat foods that are rich in fiber.
3. Avoid foods with refined carbohydrates.
4. Avoid foods with saturated and trans fat.
5. Eat moderate amount of lean meats.
6. Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water every day.
7. Have a regular exercise.
Prevent gallstones while you can. It is important to stay healthy and live a much happier and longer life. But when you do have the symptoms and you suspect that you have gallstones, it is advised to ask your doctor what treatment is best for you.
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