A gall stone is a crystalline concretion formed within the gallbladder by accretion of bile components. These calculi are formed in the gallbladder, but may pass distally into other parts of the biliary tract such as the cystic duct, common bile duct, pancreatic duct or the hepatopancreas ampulla. Gall stones a small sac found just under the liver that stores bile, which helps to digest fats. Bile moves from gallbladder to small intestine through tubes called cystic duct and common bile duct. The most common symptom is pain in stomach area or in the upper right part of the belly, under the ribs. The size of gallstones ranges from grit like to several centimeters in width. There may be a single stone but more often there are many.
CAUSE: The cause of gallstones, also called cholelithiasis is uncertain. It has been suggested that bile containing more than the usual amount of cholesterol, a normal bile constituent and a smaller than usual amount of bile acid may be likely to lead to stone formation. Production of this type of bile is an inherited tendency, which would explain why gallstones often run in families. Other possible factors include inflammation or infection of gall bladder, increased bile pigment formation and hormonal and other genetic factors.
INCIDENCE: Gallstones are common in men and women.
PAIN: It may be developed suddenly in center of upper belly and spread to right upper back or shoulder-blade area. It is usually hard to get comfortable; moving around does not make pain go away. It also prevent from taking normal or deep breaths. Normally it begins at night and is severe enough to wake you and mostly occur after meals. There are many other conditions that cause similar symptoms, including heartburn, pain caused by heart attack, and liver problems. Stomach flu (gastroenteritis) and food poisoning also can cause symptoms like gallstones.
Pancreatitis: Pancreatitis is an inflammation of pancreas, which is an organ in the upper abdomen that makes insulin and digestive enzymes. Pancreatitis may cause sudden, severe abdominal pain. It is most commonly caused by excessive use of alcohol or by blockage of tube (duct) that leads from pancreas to beginning of small intestine (duodenum), usually by a gall stone. Other causes include an infection, injury, or certain medicines. It may develop suddenly, it may be a long-term, recurring problem, but may develop complications such as bleeding, infection, or organ failure may develop. The pancreas is an organ in upper belly, behind stomach and close to spine. It makes digestive enzymes that body uses to break down and process food. The pancreas also makes insulin, hormone that regulates sugar (glucose) in the blood.
SYMPTOMS: The most common symptoms are bouts of moderate upper abdominal pain or in upper right part of belly, sometimes brought on by a fatty meal. Pain may spread to right upper back or shoulder-blade area. Sometimes pain is more severe. It may be steady, or it may come and go. Or it may get worse even after eating something heavy. When gallstones keep blocking bile duct, there is a pain with fever and chills, or the skin or whites of your eyes may turn yellow. Having stones in bile duct increases the chance of having swollen pancreas (pancreatitis). These symptoms may also be a sign of an infected gallbladder. A stone wedged in the ducts that drain the gall bladder causes the agonizing pain of biliary COLIC. If the stone blocks the common bile duct that drains bile from both the liver and gall bladder there may be jaundice as well as colic. A stone below the junction of the common bile duct and the pancreatic duct can, also cause acute PANCREATITIS. However many people with gall stones have no symptoms, the stones may be discovered by chance if abdominal x-ray or ultrasound is performed for other reasons.
Symptoms of Gallbladder disease simultaneously be of
•Steady, severe pain in the upper abdomen that increases rapidly
•Pain in the back between the shoulder blades
•Pain under the right shoulder
•Nausea or vomiting
•Recurring intolerance of fatty foods
The current belief is that cholesterol stones are the result of bile made of too much cholesterol or bilirubin and not enough bile salts. Cholesterol stones may also form when the gallbladder fails to properly empty during the digestive process. But those who develop pigment stones most often include people who have cirrhosis of the liver, biliary tract infections, and hereditary blood disorders that include sickle-cell anemia. These are all conditions that lead to the formation of too much bilirubin.
TREATMENT: Surgery to remove the gall bladder (cholecystectomy) is most commonly advised if opt through the medicinal concept. But if opting through alternative treatment particularly Onnuri SuJok acupuncture, one may also get positive effective results. The beauty of acupuncture is that each treatment is catered to the needs of an individual patient. SuJok is a component of Onnuri medicine, and involves inserting of very thin, fine, metal needles into the specific ‘correspondence points’ located on the miniature form of hands or feet, along the meridians pathways along which Qi travels, connecting the surface of the body energetically with the internal organs, it’s the energy concept chosen for overall wellbeing with the goal of increasing circulation of the blood and vital energy. The remission of the disease can be achieved and the course of treatment is definitely uneventful.
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