The gall bladder is a sac under the liver that stores bile. Bile is produced by the liver. After meals, the gallbladder contracts and releases bile into the intestines, which helps in digestion. The bile is stored in the gallbladder and over a period of time, it becomes more concentrated, which makes it better at digesting fats.
Gall bladder stones occur when one of the substances that are present in the bile (usually a waste product called bilirubin, or cholesterol) becomes too concentrated and forms a stone. Gall bladder needs to empty bile to be healthy and function properly. If it fails to empty its bile content, the bile becomes overly concentrated, which causes stones to form.
Often gallstones do not cause any problems when they do not move. But sometimes they block the exit from the gallbladder, called the cystic duct causing spasms inflammation of the gallbladder, a condition known cholecystitis.
Gallstones are common in females than males and with increasing age chances of gallstone formation are more.
Types of gallstones:
Cholesterol stones: This is the most common type of gallbladder stone. Around 80% patient suffering with gall stones known to have cholesterol stones.
Pigment stones are made up of bilirubin, a component of bile.
What are the Risk Factors for developing Gallstones?
Following conditions can favor the gallstone formation:
- Females infertile period or females on hormonal therapy
- Family history of gallstones in first-degree relatives
- Sudden weight loss (from either dieting, fasting or weight-loss surgery)
- Overuse of antibiotics, cholesterol lowering medicines
- Recurrent liver infections or other liver conditions like cirrhosis.
What are the common Symptoms?
In few people, gallstones may not cause any signs or symptoms but if a gallstone lodges in a cystic duct and causes a blockage, signs and symptoms may result:
-Mild to severe pain in upper abdomen and upper back that can last for several hours
-Nausea and Vomiting
-Other digestive symptoms
-Fever and chills
Diagnosis of Gallstones is primarily done with ultrasound of abdomen or CT scan.
What are the available treatment options?
1) Surgery: When gallstones are symptomatic and do not respond to conservative management, surgery is recommended in such cases for removal of gall bladder. Laproscopic surgery is very effective way to remove the gall bladder.
Few surgical procedures are used only to remove gallstones without removing the gall bladder.
2) Medications like chenodiol (Chenix), ursodiol (Actigall), or both, are prescribed to dissolve cholesterol stones. These medicines are to be taken for years to completely dissolve the stones.
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Can homeopathy help?
Mostly the small sized gallstones can be treated with homeopathy in the initial stages of the disease. The symptoms accompanied in gall stones can be managed in the initial stage with homeopathic medicines. When homeopathic medicines administered appropriately the tendency of forming stones can be stopped with no side effects.The length of this treatment depends on the size and chemical composition of the stone and varies from case to case.
Cases having large and multiple stones needs immediate surgery where homeopathy does not play any significant role.
In cases where only stones are removed by surgical procedure, homeopathic medicines can be given after surgery to stop the tendency of stone formation.
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– Written by Dr.Aparna Hingmire Life force Team