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Gallstone Symptoms In Women

By on November 18, 2011

Gallstone Symptoms In WomenOne of the most common digestive diseases and also one of the costliest, in terms of the treatment available for it gallstone is a disease that is spreading quickly in the developing world, and has its roots in the current lifestyle settings, especially those of young women. The most common cause of this disease is obesity.

It has been found that in over 90% of the cases of it is a cholesterol gallstone which is formed when the bile that is secreted by the liver is unusually saturated with cholesterol, the excess part of which solidifies in the form of crystals and result in the formation of stones, which are stored in the gall bladder or cystic duct.

The various risk factors contributing to this disease are fat, flatulence, diabetes, cirrhosis, Crohn’s disease, sickle cell disease, pancreatic disorders, rapid weight loss and multiple pregnancies.

Typical gallstone symptoms usually onsets suddenly and hence are referred to as attacks. Some of the common ones are:-

A severe pain for a steady period in the upper abdomen, that has the tendency to increase rapidly and can hang around for half an hour in some cases to several hours in some.

A disjointed pain in the region between the shoulder blades on the back. A painful feeling in the underlying area of the right shoulder. Severe nausea, accompanied by vomiting, fever and body ache.

Some other secondary symptoms of gallstones are bloated feeling in the abdomen, developing intolerance towards food high in fat content, colic, belching, indigestion etc. However there are some symptoms which may require you to seek immediate medical attention like excessive sweating, sudden chills, fever of low-grade, skin and the white portion of the eyes slowly turning a yellowish shade.

Gallstone Symptoms In Women

Pain

It is mainly caused by stones that are stuck in the bile duct or their movement in it. It is a kind of cramp or dull pain which quickly travels from lower right abdomen to back and then the shoulder blades.

Gallstone Symptoms

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Pain generally starts after intake of a high fat content food, and lasting from half an hour to more than several hours.

Nausea

Usually beginning after eating, nausea followed by vomiting can last for several hours. As a result of this, an excess of bile is secreted, this if it enters the small intestine or the stomach can cause disease of the gallbladder.

Identifying Gallstone Symptoms In Women

The bile crystals so formed block the bile duct and form stones. As a result, the body is unable to take up the too much bile salt through the small intestine resulting in severe nausea accompanied by vomiting. As a result, flatulence is experienced.

Fever

Bile ducts blocked with bile crystals and cholesterol can cause inflammation. This infection if it leaches to the small intestine will cause the immune system to rush white blood cells to the affected area, which temporarily takes care of the infection.

Gallstone Symptoms In Women

But, the trapped gallstones will cause gallbladder disease, which is characterized with fever, painful upper abdomen and nausea and vomiting.

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