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Gall Bladder

The gall bladder is a muscular small organ that sits behind the liver and is used to store bile, an enzyme produced by the liver to help you digest fats in your diet. When the body senses fat in your diet, the gallbladder contracts and pushes bile into a "biliary tube", also known as a "duct" that empties into the small intestine.

Gallbladder symptoms are usually a surprise when suddenly you start feeling the pain. Though pain is the main symptom of gallbladder problems, you may also experience shoulder pain, nausea or vomiting, gas or bloating or indigestion. The pain of gallbladder symptoms may last from 30 minutes to several hours.
This pain is caused by the presence of gallstones that will block the ducts of the gallbladder. These ducts usually transport bile, an enzyme to help you digest fats into the digestive tract and are not large enough to let some of the larger stones pass. Gallbladder symptoms may come and go, but if your body is prone to creating them, the first gallbladder problem symptom may just be a warning sign of more to come.

Gall bladder problems happen if gallstones are formed, infection occurs or the gall bladder loses its ability to contract. Gall bladder disorders are linked to diet, though conventional medicine doesn't recognize the correct linkage. Eating a whole food, more natural diet free from processed foods will go along way to preventing gall bladder problems.

Prevention of the formation of gallstones centers on your diet. Healthy people don't get gallstones and the eating of a more natural, whole food diet is the key. See your physician if you suspect you have experienced the first symptom of gallbladder problems.

A gall bladder attack because of gallstones is a very common event, happening in about 1/2 million people each year. Painful and sometime requiring hospitalization, the usual treatment is the removal of the gall bladder.

Infection occurs less commonly and also is treated with surgery and removal. Gall bladder disease from sludge or lack of contractions, though treated with a change in diet by alternative physicians is conventionally managed with surgery also.

Fats in meals can cause any of the symptoms described above and are the first warning sign of gall bladder disease. These symptoms of gall bladder disease can begin with tenderness on the right side of your abdomen and can progress to extremely sharp pain.

Gallbladder disease symptoms should be taken seriously to avoid further pain. Please see your doctor if you believe you are experiencing this discomfort.

Gall bladder surgery happens for over 1/2 million people each year. Unfortunately, depending on the reason you have had gall bladder surgery, you may or may not feel any better. Laparoscopic gall bladder surgery is the most common surgery as it involves a very small incision and quick recovery time.

The main reason for gall bladder surgery is because the patient has gallstones that are causing steady or intermittent pain. Though there are other possible treatments to dissolve and help the gallstones pass, laparoscopic gall bladder surgery is the most common.

Another reason for this type of surgery is because of the gas, bloating, indigestion, cramping and pain usually associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Many times gall bladder surgery for this reason is a "guess" on the part of your doctor and about 50% of the time is it effective.

Complicating the matter even further, your diet after gall bladder surgery can be more important than is emphasized by the conventional physician. Considering the gall bladder is a storage organ for bile...an enzyme that helps break down fats from your diet...and if you lose the ability to store it, you will lose the ability to digest fats properly and that carries with it additional gastrointestinal distress.

Though your liver will still produce bile after gall bladder surgery, undigested fats moving through your small intestine can cause diarrhea, gas, bloating, pain, indigestion and cramping. The exact same...or worse...symptoms that caused you to have your gall bladder removed in the first place.

The solution to this problem is not the avoidance of fats...as they are necessary for health, but it is the taking of a specific digestive enzyme with each meal to replace what you have lost when you have no bile available.

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