They might not be life threatening (in most cases), but gallstones can surely cause pain and discomfort. Your gallbladder stores bile that helps break down fats. Aiding in food digestion, the gallbladder is essential.
The gallbladder can develop stones. These are called gallstones and can vary in size from that of a grain to as big as a golf ball. When left unattended, these cause severe pain in the abdomen.
Gastroenterologists advise against fatty foods.Here are some warning signs of gallstones:
1: SEVERE UPPER RIGHT ABDOMEN PAIN EXTENDING TO UPPER BACK
One of the first signs of gallstones is severe pain in the upper right abdomen. This might extend to your upper back as well. What you need to know is the fact that a solid stone in your gallbladder will cause friction.
Gastroenterologists can diagnose this pain immediately.Be sure to find your qualified and experienced ‘GIs’at Parkchester Medical.
2: UNEXPLAINED FEVER AND SHIVERING
Gallstones may blockbile transfer to the intestines.Unexplained fever and shivering may be symptoms.
Your body temperature can also rise significantly, with mild or severe shivering occurring at any time of the day. When you have unexplained fevers, it’s definitely time to visit your doctor at Parkchester Medical.
3: SEVERE NAUSEA AND EXTREME VOMITING
If your intestines miss the important bile component that is necessary for fat digestion, severe nausea and vomiting can occur. This is one of the most revealing symptoms of gallstones.
Gastroenterologists are able to diagnose this feeling with proper equipment and procedures. They might prescribe an Endoscopy procedure to visualize theGI tract. An Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) can also be performed todiagnose.
4: JAUNDICE WITH PALE SKIN AND YELLOW EYE COLOR
Another visible sign and symptom of gallstones is jaundice with pale skin and eye color.
5: DARKENING OF URINE WITH CLAY COLORED STOOLS
A lesser noted and observed symptoms of gallstones are changes in your urine and stool. Because only the patient is able to see these, often they are missed altogether. However, darkening of urine and also clay colored stools may be warning signs.
Oral medication, regular monitoring of the gall stone size, and/or surgical gallbladder removal are all potential forms of treatment.For large or numerous gallstones, a surgical gallbladder removal may be recommended. Call now or visit us at Parkchester Medical to schedule your appointment