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How to Recognize the Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease

Posted by Rachel Jones on Mar 26, 2014 11:35:00 AM

There are many people who do not know the first thing about gallstones, even though thousands of people have their gallbladder removed annually. Learning the gallbladder symptoms will allow you to identify if there is a possibility that you could have gallbladder issues that need to be addressed.  

Common Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease

    Tenderness under the ribs on the right side of the body
    The pain can radiate to the right shoulder
    Lightly colored stoolquestion_gb
    Stools that are fatty
    Nauseous feeling after eating

What Are Gallstones?

Gallstones are hard masses that are made of calcium salts, cholesterol, and bile pigments. The masses form within the gallbladder and are usually caused by an infection or a blockage. Gallstones are typically discovered through an abdominal sonogram. Individuals who are overweight are far more susceptible to gallstones. If you want to decrease your chances of developing gallstones, you need to work with your doctor to establish a nutrition plan that allows you to lose weight while providing your body the nutrients needed for healthy weight loss. Restricting your diet and rapidly losing weight can also cause gallstones to develop because your body will not be getting the vitamins and minerals that it needs.

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Gallbladder Issues without Gallstones

Not every gallbladder pain problem results in the formation of gallstones. Biliary dyskinesia occurs when the gallbladder collects bile that the liver releases, but fails to fully release it. Biliary dyskinesia is discovered through a specialized nuclear medicine radiological exam that measures the function of the gallbladder. A substance is injected into the bloodstream, which then goes through the system and makes the gallbladder easily identifiable on an x-ray.

How to Handle Gallbladder Problems

If you notice that you have any of these symptoms, especially after eating, it is best to see your doctor right away. Gallbladder attacks can be extremely painful and often lead to surgery. If you start to feel pain under your rib cage on the right side of your body and intense pain in the upper portion of your abdomen, you may be experiencing a gallbladder attack. This pain is often accompanied by burping, nausea, and feel intensified when someone breaths deeply. The pain can last for a very long period of time or just a few minutes. Another thing, just because you have gallstones does not mean you need surgery.

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