If you have gallstones, I know how painful and debilitating your condition can be. With serious bouts of abdominal pain, gallstones are not fun to live with.
Luckily, there are a number of gallstone treatment options available. But before we get into them, let’s first learn more about the disease.
What are Gallstones?
Gallstone disease or “cholelithiasis” happens when small cholesterol stones form in your gallbladder. Most of the time you can live with them, without experiencing any symptoms. But when one of these stones gets stuck in your bile duct, it can cause excruciating pain that can last for several hours. People often refer to gallstone pain as a gallbladder attack or “biliary colic”.
Other gallstones symptoms include “cholecystitis”, where your gallbladder becomes inflamed. This often leads to ongoing abdominal pain, fever and jaundice (yellowing of your eyes and skin).
Sometimes the gallstones may even be released into your pancreas, causing inflammation with increasing pain.
What and where is the Gallbladder located?
Your gallbladder is a tiny organ located beneath your liver on the right side of your abdomen. It’s main purpose is to store and concentrate bile from the liver. During digestion, the gallbladder releases concentrated bile through the common bile duct into your small intestine to help break down fat in the partly digested food.
Why do Gallstones form?
Many experts believe that what causes gallstones is a chemical imbalance in your gallbladder’s bile. Usually there is too much cholesterol in your bile, which causes it to harden and form gallstones. For some reason, gallstone attacks happen more to people over 40 years old, and to women. But you may be at risk if you:
- are overweight;
- suffer from Diabetes;
- are pregnant or have had several pregnancies;
- recently lost a lot of weight from a calorie-restricted diet.
Most doctors would recommend surgery as the primary gallstones treatment. By way of keyhole surgery or a “laparoscopic cholecystectomy”, your gallbladder is removed through small cuts in your abdomen.
Many people believe that the gallbladder is not an essential organ, and that once it is removed, the gallstones and symptoms will disappear. The truth is, you can still get gallstones after gallbladder surgery. Furthermore, it can lead to digestion problems, such as heartburn, acid reflux, and diarrhea.
Other than surgery, there are other treatments available, such as medications, lithotripsy, going on a gallbladder diet, taking herbal remedies, or having a periodic gallbladder cleanse. However, in most cases your gallstones may return if you continue to live the same lifestyle.
Gallbladder stones form in many people without them ever getting gallbladder attacks. There is only a small chance of ever experiencing gallstones pain. But in the unlikely event that you do, just remember that there are many effective treatment options available.
For a safe and natural approach, have a look at the Gallstone Removal Report. It’s a complete guide to dissolving and cleansing your gallstones at home.
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