There are many types of gallstones, and depending on their location, they can be divided into gallbladder stones, common bile duct stones, and intrahepatic bile duct stones. The term “gallstones” generally refers to gallbladder stones. Gallbladder stones are associated with a variety of factors such as obesity, pregnancy, diabetes, high blood cholesterol, gastrointestinal surgery, long-term high-fat diet and irregular eating patterns, which are all common risk factors for gallbladder stones. What are the symptoms of gallstones? What should I do if I have a painful gallstone?
What are the symptoms of gallstones?
The symptoms of gallstones can help patients to treat and detect this disease well, but in real life, people do not know what are the symptoms of gallstones?
- Gallstones usually have no obvious symptoms in the early stages, and most are found during routine physical examinations. Sometimes minor discomfort can be mistaken for stomach problems without immediate medical attention.
- Some single or multiple gallbladder stones that are free within the gallbladder are less likely to become lodged and rarely produce symptoms, and are called asymptomatic gallstones.
3, Gallstones in the gallbladder can be embedded in the neck of the gallbladder and cause clinical symptoms, especially when the gallbladder contracts after eating oily food or when the body changes during sleep, the symptoms can be aggravated.
- When gallstones are embedded in the neck of the gallbladder, they can cause acute obstruction, resulting in increased pressure in the gallbladder. Bile cannot drain through the gallbladder neck and cystic duct, resulting in clinical symptoms that usually manifest as biliary colic. Persistent right upper abdominal pain that worsens in paroxysms and radiates to the right shoulder, often accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Some patients are able to relieve themselves after a few hours.
- If the gallbladder stones do not continue to break down, the gallbladder will continue to grow and may even combine with infection, leading to the development of acute cholecystitis. If not treated promptly, acute suppurative cholecystitis may develop in a minority of patients and may occur when severe gallbladder perforation has serious clinical consequences.
What not to eat with gallstones?
With the modern standard of living, people’s diets have changed a lot, but these changes are often not all beneficial and many people suffer from gallstones as a result of their diet. For patients with gallstones, it is important to pay more attention to their diet. Foods that are high in cholesterol and fat, such as animal offal, egg yolks, chocolate, lard, and fried foods, can cause discomfort in patients with gallstones, so these foods should be avoided by patients with gallstones. Some spicy and pungent condiments such as chilies and peppers, and drinks such as coffee and wine can also cause irritation to the patient’s body, and these types of foods should also be avoided in large quantities.
Many people believe that fresh vegetables and fruits are good for the body and that eating more of them is good for the body. However, for patients with gallstones, foods that are too acidic, such as sour fruit juices, orange juice, and grapefruit juice, can stimulate the body to secrete bile hormones, causing contraction of the biliopancreatic sphincter and the gallbladder, preventing the discharge of bile and causing stones, so foods that are too acidic should not be eaten.
What should I do if I have painful gallstones?
The most common way of talking about gallstones is that the bile ducts are infected by some kind of inflammation and the formation of stones, the incidence of gallstones is still relatively high, especially some young and strong friends are very prone to this kind of disease, so when gallstones are painful, how to do? Here is a summary of the following points for friends to refer to.
First of all, if friends suffering from gallstone pain, you can use the massage method to treat, there are studies on Chinese medicine can be some acupuncture points to massage to reduce the symptoms of pain.
Secondly, patients with gallstones should drink more water, because drinking water can effectively accelerate the metabolism of the body, so it is easier for the stones to be excreted from the body, which is the easiest and most effective way to relieve pain.
Finally, the most basic cause of gallstone pain is eating too much, or eating too much fatty food, then the pain can be relieved by finding a way to expel food from the stomach as soon as possible, such as pressing the tongue with your hand, which can quickly vomit to reduce the secretion of bile in the body, thus relieving the pain.