Gall Bladder Attack Symptoms

Symptoms of Gall Bladder Attack

1. The mildest and most common symptom of gallbladder disease is intermittent pain called biliary colic, which occurs either in the mid or the right portion of the upper abdomen.  Biliary colic typically disappears after 1 to several hours.  If it persists beyond this point, acute cholecystitis or more serious conditions may be present.

2. A gallbladder attack, whether in acute or chronic cholecystitis, begins as pain. The pain of cholecystitis is similar to that caused by gallstones (biliary colic) but is more severe and lasts longer.

3. Chest pain on the right side. This pain is caused by stones in the bile duct.  The other reason for this pain may be inflammation of the gallbladder.

4. Moderate to severe pain under the right side of the rib cage.  Presence of stones in the bile duct region will lead to such pain and also because of inflammation.

5. Steady, severe pain in the upper abdomen that increases rapidly and lasts from 30 minutes to several hours.

6. Some patients with biliary colic experience the pain behind the breast bone.

7. Abdominal bloating-a feeling of fullness particularly after eating even with consuming a little amount of food.

8. Heartburn is often associated with a gallbladder attack or infection and may occur mainly after eating a meal.

9. Within a few hours, the abdominal muscles on the right side may become rigid.

10. The tender gallbladder becomes painful even to touch.

11. Unable to walk without bending over or sit up straight due to the excruciating pain.

12. Many times the pain spreads to the back shoulder blade on the right side or in the middle between the shoulder blades. The intensity of the pain may vary from sharp to dull.

13. It mostly occurs during the night and may be constant or can come and go.

14. Constipation/diarrhea.

15. Nausea.

16. Vomiting.

17. Gas may be observed.

18. Queasiness.

19. Burping or belching.

20. Bitter fluid coming up in the mouth after eating.

21. Attacks often occur after overeating.

22. Pain will often but not always follow a meal with fats or grease.

23. Pain may be worse with deep inhalation.

24. Attack can last from 15 minutes to 15 hours.

25. Gallbladder attack symptoms may intensify and cause the skin and whites of the eye to turn yellow. This is because the bile backs up the liver leading to jaundice.

26. Indigestion.

27. Clay-colored stool.

28. Fever because of the infection.

29. Changing position, taking over-the-counter pain relievers, and passing gas do not relieve the symptoms.

30. Older people may lose their appetite, feel tired or weak, or vomit.

31. Regurgitation to the point of dry heaving.

32. If the pain is persistent and severe, or if you have experienced  fever and chills and a marked increase in the white blood cell count, then seek medical attention immediately.

The gallbladder is a 3 to 4 inch-long pear-shaped large muscular organ located on the right side of the body, directly under the liver.  The liver excretes the poisonous substance from the blood with the help of digestive agent called bile.  Bile goes first to the gallbladder, which holds it until food arrives in the small intestine.  The gallbladder then releases the bile, which passes through cystic and bile ducts into the small intestine. Ultimately, the toxins are passed out of the body through the feces.  Gallstones, polyps or cancer are a few gallbladder diseases or problems that can develop in the gallbladder.  When cholesterol, bilirubin and calcium are not of the right consistency, they block the bile ducts and form a stone and will start blocking the passing of bile.  Gallstones cause a lot of pain and discomfort and enter the ducts.  This pain is known as gallbladder attack.

Most people who suffer from gallbladder attack symptoms are not aware that it is the beginning of a gallbladder disorder.  A gallbladder attack may be minor and the pain may subside after a few minutes or it may be severe enough to require hospitalization.

The pain in gallbladder can come from a stone making its way down the biliary duct or bile tube toward the duodenum of the small intestine.  It can also be caused by a backup of bile in the gallbladder (with or without stones) that causes it to swell from fullness causing discomfort.  The remaining bile then becomes stronger or more concentrated, which in turn irritates the bladder walls resulting in severe inflammation or it can come from an infected gallbladder itself that becomes inflamed known as cholecystitis.

1. People with hypothyroidism.

2. Food allergies.

3. High cholesterol and fatty foods intake.

4.  In woman, especially pregnant women, due to increased estrogen secretion.

5. People with diabetes.

6. American Indians or Mexicans.

7. People with family history of gallstones.

8. Woman taking birth control pills.

9. Overweight or obese people.

10. Consuming low-calorie diet in order to lose weight quickly.

11. Sometimes cholesterol lowering drugs can increase the amount of cholesterol secreted into bile and the risk of attack increases.

12. Women above age 60 are more prone to these attacks.

13. Severe emotional stress causing spasm in the smooth muscle in the gut.

14. Adverse drug reactions from anti-inflammatory drugs which can upset the liver and stomach.

Some of the tests done to identify cholecystitis or gallbladder attack are:
1. Simple physical examination.

2. Abdominal ultrasound.

3. Cholescintigraphy(HIDA scan) or oral cholecystogram.

4. Liver function tests.

5. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).

6. Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography (PTC).

7. CT scan.

8. X-rays.

1. If you are suffering from a gall bladder attack symptom, then lie down immediately by placing the left side of the body on top of a pillow or sitting on a high-backed chair.

2. Try with heating pads.

3. Try not to eat any foods during the attack, as it can aggravate the symptoms.

4. Try to have a bowel movement or in cause of nausea try to vomit without forcing too much.

5. Some pain killers like paracetomol or ibuprofen can be taken if you donít have any other complications.

6. It is believed that consumption of cucumbers and cucumber juice and tea with flax seed bring relief to gallbladder attack symptoms.

7. If no other remedy works, then seek medical attention immediately.  Depending upon the seriousness of the condition, the patients are treated with IV fluids or in worst case with removal of gallbladder (cholecystectomy).

A low-fat, low-cholesterol diet with regular exercise can reduce the risk of symptoms of gallstones but cannot prevent formation of stones.  It has been found out that some of these foods trigger these gallbladder attacks; eggs (93%), pork (64%), onion (52%), chicken (35%), milk (25%), coffee (22%), oranges (19%), beans, nuts, and corn (15%) each, apple and tomato (9%) each) and consuming alcohol.

Fortunately, you can live without your gallbladder.   Living without a gallbladder does not require much change in diet.  When the gallbladder is gone, bile flows directly from the liver into the small intestine.  Because there is nowhere to store bile, sometimes bile flows into the intestine when it is not needed. This does not cause a problem for most people, but causes mild diarrhea in about 1% of patients.

So to stop and reverse a gallbladder attack is to stop overloading the liver with toxins and saturated fats and leading a healthy stress free life.  Take care of your precious gallbladder and liver.


Disclaimer - As accurate as the author's research might be we strongly advise you to consult an expert before assuming that you suffer from this condition.
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