Symptoms of gallstones home remedy
Bloating, gas, and discomfort or indigestion after a heavy meal of rich, fatty food.
When a gallstone passes (a “gallbladder attack”), the pain can be very severe and last a few seconds or minutes, and recur frequently for hours or days. Chills and fever may accompany the attack. The symptoms often occur after the person has eaten fried or fatty foods.
Causes of gallstones
CAUSES—Gallstones may form in the gallbladder or (more rarely) in the bile ducts of the liver. They may form in the gallbladder as a result of infection or inflammation of the gallbladder wall.
They occur more often in women than men, more often women who have given birth to children, especially several of them. They are more frequent in obese women and occur more often after the age of 40. In the United States, about 10-20% of the population have gallstones.
Persons with diabetes, migraines, cancer of the gallbladder, cirrhosis, and pancreatitis are more likely to have gallstones.
Gallstones are formed from bile, a brown digestive fluid produced by the liver. Cholesterol (a blood protein) combines with the bile to form stones. But they do not look like regular “stones.” Whereas kidney stones are sharp and crystalline, gallstones are smooth, soft, and gelatinous. They feel like dense fat. Often persons with them have no symptoms.
But, when they block the exits of the liver or gallbladder, they produce nausea, vomiting, and pain, as described above.