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Recognizing the Signs of Gallstones

Nov 28, 2007
The gallbladder is one of the most important organs in the body. Its job is to store and to slowly release bile into the digestive system for the digestion of fats.

Gallstones are one of the most common problems associated with the gallbladder, and can become dangerous if left untreated. A lot of the time gallstones will go unnoticed for an extended period of time, and this is why it is so important to recognize the signs of gallstones, so that if you ever do develop any you will be able to notice them as soon as possible and take the necessary steps to getting better.

There are many risk factors for gallstones, including age, sex, bile duct abnormalities, cigarette smoke, hazardous chemicals, and obesity, just to name a few.

There are actually quite a few signs of gallstones that you may notice. Chronic indigestion is usually one of the first and most noticeable signs of gallstones. You may also experience upper abdominal pain, especially sudden and steady pain in the upper middle or right abdomen. This pain may last for several hours even longer and often indicates a gallbladder attack. Nausea, vomiting and a fever are also common signs that you have developed gallstones.

If you ever notice any of these signs of gallstones, then the next step you are going to have to take is to begin a treatment method. A change to your diet will be the first thing your health care professional will recommend. For more serious gall bladder problems surgery may be required. Laparoscopic surgery involves the use of a laparoscope, which is a pencil thin tube that has its own lighting system and miniature video camera and is commonly used for the removal of small gall stones.

Then there is also the option of open surgery, which differs from laparoscopic surgery in a few distinct ways. For one, in this surgery the gallbladder is removed through a large abdominal incision rather than through several smaller incisions. Recovery is also typically longer with this surgery and usually entails up to a week's stay in the hospital followed by several weeks at home as well.

If you develop gallstones you are going to need to speak to your doctor and work together with them in order to come up the best treatment and recovery plan. Remember to stay positive and know that gallstones are treatable and with the right treatment and a little time you will be able to get back to feeling like your regular old self in no time.

Common Vitamins and over the counter products can help with treating gall bladder problems such as vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, natural antioxidants, Cranberry Juice and garlic.

Vitamin A is a known antioxidant and can assist the human body in the healing process. Vitamin A is stored in the liver and fat cells of the human body and can reach toxic levels. DO NOT take more than the recommended dosage of Vitamin A.

All of the different Vitamin Bs taken together as B-Complex work together as a team to perform vital biological processes, such as energy production and efficient metabolic function. Vitamin B boosts energy levels and help fight fatigue.

Vitamin C is essential for defending the body against pollution and infection. It enhances the immune system and aids in growth and repair of bone and tissue.

Substances called Antioxidants can neutralize free radical by pairing up or binding with the free radical elections thus inhibiting them from damaging cells in the human body. Natural Antioxidants are abundant in fruits and vegetables such as, apples, blueberries, broccoli, cherries, cranberries, Grapes, spinach, and Spirulina a blue-green algae.

Cranberry Juice may also help prevent kidney and bladder infections. If you are taking COUMADIN then check with your doctor before using cranberry.

Garlic counteracts the usual result of high fats in the diet.

Always consult your doctor before using this information.

This Article is nutritional in nature and is not to be construed as medical advice.
About the Author
David Cowley has created numerous articles on gall bladder problems. He has also created a Web Site dedicated to gall bladder problems and how to treat them. Visit Gall Bladder Treatment
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