After reading 5467 threads about sharp pains and Gallbladder issues, I decided to post this thread to perhaps get some information out there.
Since my gallbladder issue was terrifying, it would of been nice to know that I wasn't dying and there was not a tiny ninja inside of my chest stabbing me with swords from the inside out!
The gallbladder is a sac located under the liver. It stores and concentrates bile produced in the liver. Bile aids in the digestion of fats, and is released from the gallbladder into the upper small intestine in response to food (especially fats). Conditions that slow or obstruct the flow of bile out of the gallbladder result in gallbladder disease.
Abdominal Pain that is:
Severe Located on the right side (right upper quadrant) or in the upper middle of the abdomen (epigastric
Decreased over 12 to 18 hours in uncomplicated cases
Recurrent or similar to pain in past
Occurring after meals
Worse during deep intake of breath
Radiating to back or below the right shoulder blade
Worse after eating or drinking fatty foods or fluids
The symptoms that are highlighted I notice the most that are posted on here.
They are also the same symptoms that I had when my Gallbladder had decided it would attempt to explode.
I would also like to make it known that Doctors can and will misdiagnose the symptoms as a Panic Attack or Anxiety.
It happened to me four times, each time I was drugged up, and sent home as a crazy, only for it to reoccur.
If this happens, FIND A NEW DOCTOR
Cholangitis is an infection of the common bile duct, the tube that carries bile from the liver to the gallbladder and intestines. Bile is a chemical made by the liver that helps digest food.
Cholangitis is usually caused by a bacterial infection, which can occur when the duct is blocked by something, such as a gallstone or tumor. The infection causing this condition may also spread to the liver.
Pancreatitis is inflammation or infection of the pancreas. The pancreas, a gland located behind the stomach, releases the hormones insulin and glucagon and substances that help with digestion.
Pregnancy can cause gallbladder problems to develop or aggravate existing problems.
The high levels of hormones (estrogens) in pregnancy cause the bile to be much thicker, thus increasing the tendency of gallstones to form. In addition, other hormones (progesterone) inhibit the gallbladder's normal ability to contract, further increasing the likelihood of stone formation. Any recommendations regarding the need for gallbladder surgery during pregnancy depend on the severity of symptoms.
When gallstones are present in the gallbladder itself, it is called cholelithiasis. When gallstones are present in the bile ducts, it is called choledocholithias. Gallstones that obstruct bile ducts can lead to severe or life-threatening infection of the bile ducts, pancreas, or liver
. Bile ducts can also be obstructed by cancer or trauma.
Here is a link to Gallbladder tests and or scans.[HIDA]
Having a family member or close relative with gallstones may increase the risk of gallstones. Up to one-third of cases of painful gallstones may be related to genetic factors.
Studies recently found that a mutation in the gene ABCG8 significantly increase a person's risk of gallstones. This gene controls a cholesterol pump that transports cholesterol from the liver to the bile duct. It appears this mutation may cause the pump to continuously work at a high rate.
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