As anyone who has suffered from a bout of food poisoning or the flu know, abdominal pain is no fun. Sometimes it takes a little investigation to find out what culprit lies behind the pain, because there are many reasons why a person might experience pain in their abdomen.
Gallstones are one of reasons pain is experienced in the abdomen, though only a fifth of people suffer from any symptoms or complications. However, when gallstone pain is experienced it is felt in the upper abdomen which leads to a tenderness under the ribs on the right side. This happens when a stone is stuck in a duct which causes biliary colic. Other reasons for gallstone pain might be bile duct obstruction, and inflammation (called cholecystitis).
Indigestion causes discomfort in the upper abdomen or chest usually caused by eating too much food, eating too fast or eating foods that are too fatty, spicy or rich. The clinical term is called dyspepsi and the symptoms include: heartburn, nausea, flatulence and hiccups. Very rarely, indigestion could be a sign of gallstones.
Gallstones are small, hard pebbles formed from calcium and cholesterol that is present in the bile. The stones are found either in the gallbladder (which is a sac found under the liver), or sometimes in the bile duct (the place which connects the gallbladder and the liver to the duodenum).
The most common form of indigestion is heartburn, which causes a burning discomfort in the lower and central part of the chest. It is caused by the stomach’s acidic juices backing up past the sphincter flap (the flap which separates the stomach from the food pipe).
The symptoms of gallstone difficulties may involve severe, acute upper abdominal pain which could produce a high fever as well. Bile duct obstruction could cause a person to become jaundiced which causes a yellowish tinge to the skin and eyes.
Indigestion and heartburn can become quite painful, and is also sometimes linked to strong, negative emotions such as anxiety, stress, anger and fear.
Strong negative emotions can exacerbate the intensity of gallstone attacks.
When digestion is the problem, eating slowly and regularly without rushing could be helpful.
*ant-acids drugs can be taken short term
*antiulcer and antibiotics might be prescribed
*clinical tests such as endoscopy (physical light tube investigation) may be indicated
*avoiding late meals, and avoiding late meals will be advised.
Gallstones form in people who produce bile which contains too little bile, or too much cholesterol, or it could be an imbalance in the composition of the bile.
Risk factors for gallstones are a high fat diet, being female and aging as well as allergies, being overweight and taking contraceptive pill at an early age.
The things that might help with gallstones (treatment is only necessary for gallstones that are causing symptoms):
a low fat diet
a high fiber diet
limit fat and sugar intake
acute cholecystitis needs treatment with painkillers, antibiotics and intravenous fluids, while biliary colic may need only pain-killers
surgery may be offered if no other solution works
The gallbladder may be removed by open operation, or with key-hole surgery as well some hospitals may be able to use shock waves (shatters the stones), and a possible solution taken internally which dissolves stone. Each individual will be assessed according to their own needs.
Other natural remedies for indigestion and heartburn:
hot tea: chamomile, cinnamon, fennel, peppermint
postural balance therapy (which helps with efficient breathing and relaxation)
stress and anxiety therapy
Natural remedies for gallstones:
herbs such as golden seal, dandelion and gentian
polyunsaturated oil plus vitamin C
bitter herbs and bitter salads such as endive, globe artichoke and chicory (bitter herbs can help reduce gall bladder inflammation)
Foods for indigestion and heartburn:
Bromelain (eat your pineapple!)
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Healing food for gallstones:
Gallbladder, digestive and heartburn symptoms can be very distressing, and it is not always easy to determine the exact cause of abdominal distress, because there are so many possibilities. Once determined, there are many natural remedies for these and other disorders.
*I am not a doctor, please consult your physician