Description: A lot of people worldwide suffer from gallstones. Though most people think surgery is the answer, there are other more natural means to deal with them.
Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong with your health. We go through a lot of bodily aches and pains in our lives. However, there are some hurts that we have to pay particular attention to. One of these is abdominal pain.
Abdominal pain is particularly worrisome since it means that there’s something wrong with the major parts of your body. Most of the time it’s something as harmless as a stomachache. However, there are times when the pain is a sign of something worse.
One of the most common causes of abdominal pain is gallstones. Gallstones are lumps of material that form in your gallbladder. Eventually, they try to leave your body and this is what causes the pain. Imagine a large solid object trying to pass through a small passage – and the passage can feel the movement every step of the way. That’s why it hurts so much when gallstones try to pass.
Over 20 million Americans suffer from gallstones. Worldwide, around 10% of the population of industrialized countries report to having gallstones. This amount is projected to rise in the future. The fact that others are suffering, too, is not going to console you when you’re suffering from pain caused by gallstones.
What Causes Gallstones?
If you want to get rid of gallstones, then you need to understand exactly how gallstones form. Physicians classify gallstones in two types:
a) Cholesterol gallstones. These stones are formed from excess cholesterol. 80% of all gallstones are classed as cholesterol gallstones. When they are extracted they are usually yellow-green in color.
b) Pigment stones. These stones are darker in color because of their origins. They come from excess bilirubin, a byproduct of the bile that your liver produces. These are much less common and are usually found in those suffering from liver diseases, anemia, and other conditions.
Gallstones form when the substances inside your gallbladder harden and solidify. A healthy gallbladder is regularly squeezed and releases the gall and bile inside to help with digestion. The trouble occurs if these are not released. This is when gallstones form.
There are several reasons why the gallbladder is not performing well or is forming stones quickly. Obesity is a large factor since it means your cholesterol levels are high. The result is the gallbladder cannot release enough cholesterol regularly.
Other reasons can be traced to diabetes, medication, and even fasting. Even your genetics can influence gallstone formation. All of these result in your gallbladder receiving an increased concentration of cholesterol or fat.
The Symptoms You Can Feel
Most of the time, gallstones remain inside your gallbladder. When they are like this, they are no trouble. Occasionally, they may cause inflammation, but there are low chances of this. The problem is when the gallstones move. They either try to leave your gallbladder or block one of the bile ducts that allow for bile to leave your bladder.
When a gallstone leaves your gallbladder, it can cause pain. Called bilary colic, this pain is felt in your abdomen and can last for several hours. Unlucky sufferers will feel pain constantly for 24 hours.
However, the negative effect of a gallstone on your health can extend beyond pain. Bilary colic is actually one of the more fortunate results you can hope for. Gallstones can cause infections by inflaming the gallbladder. If this happens, you will experience fevers and may have to be hospitalized.
The gallstone may also end up blocking one of your bile ducts. This will stop the passage of bile into your intestine. This will then cause the bile to go into your bloodstream. You will eventually show symptoms of jaundice as your skin and the whites of your eyes start to yellow. If the gallstone does not stop blocking your bile duct, then further complications will ensue.
The most common way for gallstones to be treated is by having them surgically removed. There are two types of surgery used to do this. First, there is laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
The procedure has a doctor making a few small incisions in your belly and inserting a laparoscope, this is a thin tube with a camera attached to it. The laparoscope then shows the doctor the way to separate the gallbladder from the other organs so that it can be taken out of the body, where the gallstones are removed.
Open cholecystectomy is done less frequently and is only done in emergencies. This usually means that the gallbladder is severely inflamed or infected. This is major surgery so will result in you being in the hospital for a week or so.
The surgical options for removing gallstones are not without risk. There have been several fatalities when it comes to gallstone surgery. There can also be non-fatal injuries like damage to the bile ducts.
Get Relief Painlessly and Naturally
It is possible to avoid surgery for gallstones. There are several treatments that can help remove gallstones without being invasive. A popular treatment for those who are not in any immediate danger is to use certain chemicals.
Doctors often prescribe ursodiol and chenodiol as medication. These are bile acids that can help dissolve gallstones. They take time however and will be most effective with smaller gallstones made up of cholesterol. It does cause minor diarrhea as a side-effect.
Another non-surgical option is extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy. This method uses a lithotripter to break down the gallstones into smaller pieces. They can then pass through your body without difficulty. The lithotripter induces ultrasonic shockwaves that do not harm the soft tissues of your body but can affect harder particles like your gallstones.
There are also natural treatments to gallstones for those hesitant in ingesting chemicals. If you change your diet, it is possible to improve your liver and gallbladder health. This involves eating more vegetables and fiber-rich foods. It also focuses on eating healthy fats to reduce the stress on your organs.
Avoid gallstone surgery and needless pain with these alternative treatment options. Try them out and become free of gallbladder pain!