What you’re going to hear next is nothing but facts about gallbladder causes. Things doctors won’t tell you, unless you know how to ask them.
The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ located under your liver. This organ’s main function is to aid in dietary fat digestion as well as concentrating the bile that is produced by your liver. As you may have heard, gallstones and sludge are often associated with painful gallbadder symptoms. However, many people also suffer from silent gallstones or they don’t recognize the gallbladder symptoms if they are minor.
Gallbladder symptoms causes gallstones and sludge, and they often feel like normal stomach pains or other gastrointestinal diseases, which causes people to ignore their symptoms or it results in misdiagnoses.
Sludge can be formed in the gallbladder when bile particles, cholesterol crystals, and calcium salts combine. Biliary sludge may progress to form cholesterol gallstones, a major cause of gallbladder symptoms. Luckily, in most cases, biliary sludge don’t develop into gallstones. Instead they dissolve in the gallbladder and pass through harmlessly out of the body.
Sludge buildups also occur more readily in pregnant women, those who are dieting, and losing weight quickly, or in those who are on certain medications. Despite this, sludge also forms with no apparently reason.
Luckily, sludge don’t produce many gallbladder symptoms at all, but it is the formation of gallstones that may cause problems. A major problem related to gallbladder sludge is the formation of these gallstones.
Gallstones are small pebble-like structures in the gallbladder. They can get stuck in the bile duct and slow or stop the flow of bile. They are often the reason for gallbladder attack symptoms, They can be painful and cause discomfort in the abdominal area. You may find it difficult to touch or poke the area where your gallbladder is. In addition, it may be difficult to walk or sit up straight without feeling extreme amounts of pain. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, increase of gas in your body, pain in your back or right shoulder, and a loss of appetite. These symptoms happen more often after a fatty meal and the attack may be anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours. The peak of the attack generally occurs around 15 minutes.
If your gallbladder symptoms cause a lot of discomfort or are accompanied with a fever and chills, you should see your doctor immediately, as it is a sign that your condition may be more serious. Your doctor will diagnose how serious your gallbladder attack symptoms are and will determine if gallbladder surgery removal is needed or not to relieve you from the symptoms.