Gall bladder symptoms in women are not any different than those of men, but studies do show that gallstones are more common in women. In fact, according to the American College of Gastroenterology, women are twice as likely to develop gallstones than men.(1)
Most articles on gallbladder symptoms give you a list of common symptoms and perhaps describe how they come about, but they never give you viable solutions beyond “seek medical advise.” In this article you will not only be shown why these symptoms come about, but how you may minimize or eliminate them altogether.
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What are the gall bladder symptoms in women?
Even though, gallstone symptoms in women are similar to those of men, women usually tend to experience more abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms include abdominal pain that may begin under the rib cage and migrate to between the shoulder blades or under the right shoulder blade. Women occasionally feel a dull ache that does not go away.
This pain is caused by gallstone congestion. In some instances gallstones block the cystic duct, which is the channel through which bile travels from the gallbladder, where bile is temporarily stored, to the small intestine. Bile fluid is prevented from flowing to the common bile duct. As the bile becomes more concentrated, it begins to irritate the inner lining, which causes the gallbladder’s wall to eventually become inflamed. This triggers sharp abdominal pain and nausea, vomiting, as well as restlessness.
Some individuals may complaint from a constant dull pain under the V of the ribs as well as increased flatulence after eating a fatty meal. This condition is known as Chronic Cholecystitis (Billary Colic) or chronic inflammation (or infection) of the gallbladder. (2) (Chronic refers to continual symptoms)
A gallstone attack may last between 20 or 30 minutes but sometimes may go for several hours. Attacks may be separated by weeks, months, or even years. Most important, once a gallstone attack occurs, subsequent attacks are much more likely. The reason is gallstones grow in size over time. The larger they are allowed to get, the more pressure they put on the surrounding tissue. This results in pain.
In more advanced cases, more serious problem may occur when gallstones become lodged in the bile duct between the liver, where bile is manufactured, and the intestine. This channel is known as the common bile duct. This condition impedes the flow of bile from the liver or gallbladder to the small intestines and is forced to enter the bloodstream instead. Because bile is yellow-lime green in color, the sudden presence of bile in the blood leads to yellowing of the skin or yellowing of the whites of your eyes. Stool may also turn clay-colored. This is referred to as jaundice. The urine can also turn dark colored.
Although at first abdominal discomfort may have been due to chemicals or waste materials in the bile that caused inflammation, in fifty percent or more of cases bacterial infection then ensues. The resulting pain comes on quite suddenly, and is severe with pain persisting more than five hours. It is felt across the right and central parts of the upper abdomen and under the right shoulder blade. The pain may be made worse by movement or coughing.
Vomiting can follow this, with fever or temperature lasting more than 12 hours and shaking chills following. The above symptoms are quite suggestive of infection travelling through the bile duct system. This condition is known as acute cholecystitis. Individuals with acute cholecystitis may not always have gallstones, but usually do in the majority of cases. The reason is the flow of bile fluids can often be impeded by sludge that can sometimes have a heavy gelatinous consistency.
Gallstones can also obstruct the flow of digestive fluids secreted from the pancreas into the small intestine, a condition known as pancreatitis, or inflammation (infection) of the pancreas.
Guidelines For Minimizing Gall Bladder Symptoms In Women and Man
Although gallstone symptoms in woman tend to be more common than those in man, there are certain diets and lifestyles that increase the incidence of stone formations on both sexes. These are:
✘ Eating too much food in one meal
✘ Eating too much food too frequently
✘ Eating too heavy meals too early or too late in the evenings
✘ Skipping Meals
✘ Not drinking enough water
✘ Overconsumption of Protein
✘ Environmental toxins such as: Fluoride, chlorine, monosodium-glutamate
✘ Overconsumption of dairy products
✘ Hydrogenated oils and the processed foods that contain them
✘ Refined carbohydrates: such as sweeteners (sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc), beverages (sodas, highly sweetened fruit juices), Junk foods and other ‘noon foods’, white flour and other processed grains.
✘ Sugars: table sugar, sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners: Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure)
Minimizing or eliminating the above will help diminish or prevent gallstone formation and its symptoms because they cause excessive formation of fatty deposits and toxins in the liver.
Removal of this important organ will not prevent these toxins from accumulating in and impairing your body over time. If you have ever partaken of any of the above practices and diets you are likely going to have an accumulation of toxins in eliminatory organs such as the intestinal track and purification organs such as the liver.
Conducting gradual and regular detoxification (detox) of your eliminating organs including your liver and gallbladder will not only remove the cause of many afflictions, but will help purge toxic gallstones and other deposits from the liver, gallbladder and other detoxification pathways. Cleanse your body on a regular basis.
Consider the Pulverexx Protocol™ as one of your alternatives for ridding your body of accumulated toxins and crystalized gallstone deposits. The Pulverexx Protocol™ is a program that dissolves both types of gallstones, cholesterol based as well as Calcified or Pigmented gallstones. It also helps you purge any sludge accumulation in the gallbladder.
Continue to Part 2 – Why Are Gall Bladder Symptoms In Women More Prevalent
From the desk of Mario Avino
March 10, 2011, Revised July 27, 2011
(1) Robyn G. Karlstadt, M.D., FACG (2002) What Everyone Should Know About Gastrointestinal Disorders In Women
(2) “Gall Bladder Disease” by the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery at Penn State Surgery http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/surgery/clin/gi/gallblad.html
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