What Are Gallstones
Gallstones are tiny, yet hard stone-like substances that can sometimes form in the gallbladder from cholesterol, calcium salts, and bile pigmentation. The stones can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball. Statistics reveal that at least 15 percent of those above 50 years of age are affected with gallstones. Studies show that gallstones affect at least 1 in 10 Americans and over 500,000 patients undergo gallstone surgery annually. Gallstones occur in about 20% women in the United States, Europe, and Canada.
There are basically two types of gallstones – pigment stones and cholesterol stones. Cholesterol stones accounts for 80% of the gallstones. While cholesterol stones have a characteristic yellow-green color because they form due to crystallization of excess cholesterol in bile, pigment stones are tiny in size and dark in color.
What Causes Gallstones
Various factors, including sex, weight, family history, diet, age, ethnicity, diabetes, obesity, pregnancy, cholesterol lowering drugs, amplified triglycerides level of blood, diseases, intake of birth control pills, and hormone treatment, may contribute to the formation of gallstones.
Some of the causes of gallstone formation include:
- Too much cholesterol in the bile
- Excessive bilirubin
- Mild to Severe headache in the morning
- Inadequate bile salts
- Inability of the gallbladder to empty itself
On the other hand, people affected with biliary tract infections, cirrhosis, and hereditary blood disorders tend to develop pigment stones. Gallstones create blockage of the bile duct, increasing the pressure inside the gallbladder. The sign of a blocked bile duct is often known as a “gallbladder attack,” which occurs all of a sudden.
Individuals that often take a heavy and fatty meal at night tend to experience such gallbladder attacks. The attacks can occur due to the movement of the gallstones, infectious gallbladder, and rupturing of the gallbladder. Those suffering from a “gallbladder attack” experience continuous pain in the upper right abdomen, which increases rapidly and can last for about 30 minutes to a few hours.
Common Gallstone Symptoms:
- Nausea and weakness
- Clay colored stools
- Constant pain in the abdomen for more than five hours
- Pain in the right shoulder
- Yellowish eyes and skin
- Sudden chills and fever
- Gas, belching
There are some cases where people who have gallstones do not show any symptoms. These types of gallstones are known as the “silent stones,” which do not affect the functioning of the pancreas, liver, or gallbladder.
Treatment and Prevention of Gallstones
Surgery for gallstones does not promise permanent relief from the problem, nor do the prescription medications. Nevertheless, research has shown that there are numerous natural remedies and even certain vegetable juices that aid in the removal of gallstones naturally, which do not pose any risk of side effects. You do not have to have your Gallbladder removed, instead adapt an anti-inflammatory diet to reduce chronic inflammation.
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