Symptoms gallstones

What are symptoms of gallstones? About 1 in 10 people has experienced or ever had to deal with gallstones. Usually you do not even notice it. A gallstone looks like a stone that consists out of calcium and cholesterol and appear in the gallbladder or bile ducts. The size of the gallstones can vary from about 1 mm up to 2.5 cm. What causes gallstones is not known, but there are some factors that may be related to the formation of gallstones. Heredity plays a role with gallstones.

The gallbladder

The gallbladder is a small organ that looks like a small pouch. This bag stores bile that is produced by the liver. Bile is used by our body to digest fats that are in our foods. The gall bladder is located at the front of your liver and is connected with small ducts to the liver and to the small intestine. As soon as you eat fatty foods, the gallbladder squeezes bile into the small intestine. Gal ensures that the fat breaks down into small droplets which makes it easier to digest and can be included in the blood.

Gallstones signs and symptoms

There are several symptoms and signs that indicate gallstones. For example you can think of a blockade of the gall emission, but also a too high cholesterol level. In addition, an infection could indicate gallstones. If gall exit gets clogged, there will be no more bile to digest food. The older you are the more chance you have of developing gallstones. Children generally do not get gallstones and thus almost never occurs in children. When you are overweight you have a greater risk of gallstones. If gallstones particularly consists from cholesterol then it is more common in women than in men. Generally, you do not suffer from gallstones as long as they do not impede the flow of bile. If that does happen, we speak about of gall stone disease. The symptoms are then an aching, burning and painful sensation in your upper abdomen, which usually arises suddenly. Burping and gassiness can also be symptoms.

Large gallstones

If the gallstones become so large that the bile can not properly eject from the gallbladder anymore an infection may arise. This can be a high fever and great pain. In addition, gallstones could result in jaundice. The bile contains bilirubin, which is a degradation product of your red blood cells. This makes the stools brown in color. If the gall exit is obstructed by a large gallstone the bile no longer flows passed the gallstone, which is causing the bile not to flow into the small intestine any longer. Your stools will become white instead of brown and your bile can get into your bile bloodstream, leaving your skin color yellow and your urine darker colored.

Preventing gallstones

To prevent your gallbladder from functioning worse, you can make sure you take an adequate amount of vitamin C and B.

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