WHAT IS GALL STONES ?
Many people can develop gallstones and never know it. Gall Stone, also called a cholelith , is a calculus (stone) formed within the gallbladder as a concretion of bile components mainly Cholesterol. Gall Stones are hard deposits in your gallbladder, a small organ that stores bile, a digestive fluid made in the liver.
The Gallbladder functions to store bile,a brown or greenish fluid that helps the body break down fatty foods. Normally,the concentration of bile acid is high enough to break down the cholesterol in the mixture and keep it in liquid form. But, when a diet it high in fat, it can tip the balance causing the liver to produce more cholesterol than the bile acids are able to handle. When this happens, some of this excess cholesterol beings to solidify into crystals,which we call gallstones. Most gallstones are created this way.The other way they could be created is of calcium mixed with the bile pigment bilirubin.
- High Cholesterol
- High Bilirubin
- Incomplete Emptying
Gallstones Signs & symptoms:
- Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the upper right portion of your abdomen
- Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the center of your abdomen, just below your breastbone
- Back pain between your shoulder blades
- Pain in your right shoulder