Are Gallstones affecting your daily life? Treat the root cause with Ayurveda. Up to 80 percent of people who have gall stones do not have symptoms.
Gallbladder stones are pieces of stone- like hardened deposits of digestive fluid that form in your gallbladder or bile duct. The condition of having gallstones is called Cholelithiasis. Gallstones are usually made up of cholesterol or bilirubin. For some people it may develop as a single large gallstone and for other it may develop as several small gallstones. Certain lifestyle factors, unhealthy dietary habits, body weight, genetic predisposition and certain medications play a role in gallstone formation. Most gall stones do not cause any problem. They can cause problems if they get loose and travel into your bile duct. Cholecystitis, or inflammation of the gallbladder, often occurs when a gallstone blocks a duct in the gallbladder leading to the manifestation of symptoms.
For most people, the gallstones may remain silent and do not show any symptoms. These types of silent gallstones usually do not pose any major risks or health concerns. However, if the gallstones block or get into the bile duct, they may cause health complications.
- Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the upper right portion of your abdomen which may radiate to other regions.
- Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the center of your abdomen, just below your breastbone
- Pain in your right shoulder or between your shoulder blades
- Nausea or vomiting
- Other digestive issues including indigestion, heartburn, and flatulence
- Yellowish skin
- Fever in cases of sudden infection of the gallbladder
It’s not clear what causes gallstones. However, numerous factors increase the risk of developing gallstones which include:
- Excessive secretion of cholesterol in the liver
- Chemical imbalance of bile in the gallbladder
- Incomplete emptying of the gall bladder
- Adverse effects of post organ transplant
- Certain medications.
- Certain lifestyle factors and unhealthy dietary habits.
Factors that may increase your risk of gallstones include:
- Having a family history of gallstones
- Being born female
- Having age older than 40 years
- Having Liver disease
- Being pregnant
- Taking certain medications to lower cholesterol
- Taking medications with a high estrogen content such as oral contraceptives or hormone therapy drugs
- Having certain blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia or leukemia
- Being obese
- Having type 2 diabetes
- Being sedentary
- Having a diet high in fat or cholesterol and low in fiber
- Undergoing rapid weight loss
Cholelithiasis is the medical term for gallstone disease.
Many factors lead to the formation of gallstones, including:
- Bile containing too much cholesterol or bilirubin
- Bile is getting concentrated due to incomplete emptying of the gallbladder.
Yes. Most people with gallstones do not experience any symptoms.
Most people with gallstones do not have serious problems. However, gallstones can sometimes cause complications, such as:
- Inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis)
- Inflammation of the bile duct (cholangitis)
- Inflammation of the pancreas (biliary pancreatitis) and
- Obstruction of the intestine (gallstone ileus)
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