This year alone an estimated 700,000 people with gall bladder symptoms will have undergone gall bladder surgery. That is a staggering figure, but most astounding is that according to studies, the majority of those cases that involve abdominal pain do not necessarily require surgery.
A recent study published in the British Journal of General Practice reports that symptoms of upper abdominal and biliary pain cannot solely be attributed to gall bladder stones.(1) In fact, 63% of the patients in the study that elected to keep their gallstone (s) showed significant pain relief, even after a year, without having chosen the surgery option. On the other hand, a significant number of the ones that elected to have gall bladder removal, returned to their doctors within a year with the same symptoms and biliary pain as they felt before their surgery. American studies do seem to confirm that gallstone symptoms can in fact return in up to 50% of cases, and in some cases the symptoms can be worst and more frequent after the surgery than before it. (2)(3)(4)
Granted there are some circumstances where the gallstone symptoms or gall bladder pain have become so severe, as in the case of an acute gall bladder attack, that gall bladder surgery is deemed as necessary. Another circumstance, which may warrant gall bladder removal is in cases where gallstone have been allowed to grow to excessive proportions. This author has had a few such cases come before him, where individuals have developed a single gallstone that exceeded a golf ball in size. In this case the only alternative was gall bladder surgery because dissolving the gallstone would take too long because of the sheer massive size. Such gallstone (s) usually occur in certain individuals under very toxic conditions that extend over decades. In my experience, the development of a single gallstone is a very rare condition.
What are the Classic Gall Bladder Symptoms of Gallstone Related Problems?
There are classic gall bladder symptoms associated with gallstone formation. In some instances they can be recognized quite easily. Please see the chart below.
Gall bladder symptoms will sometimes be experienced after a meal or at night and this is why it is so easy mistaken for a simple case of indigestion.
Because women experience back pain more often than men, gallbladder symptoms and gallstone related pain can often be mistaken for aches resulting from spinal structures or back muscle fatigue. This is one reason why women with ‘chronic back pain conditions’ should never dismiss gallstone or gall bladder problems as the culprit for their symptoms and pain, and should consider taking steps to optimize the health of their liver, since the liver is where a gallstone begins forming first. This is a case of referred gallstone pain and it is one of the more elusive gallstone symptoms. Men can also experience referred back pain.
What Exactly Is It Meant With Referred Gallstone Pain
Referred gallstone pain pertains to pain that radiates from one part of the body, usually an internal organ, to another seemingly unconnected area. For example, when a person is experiencing a heart attack, that person may also feel an ache in the left arm. Nothing really is wrong with the arm, but that person is experiencing referred pain from the heart.
People often feel shoulder pain. Well in some instances, the pain experienced may be a direct result of referred gallstone pain. This gallstone related pain is a popular gallstone symptom that often felt between the shoulder blades or at the top right shoulder blade at the same instance that a pain in the right upper abdominal region is experienced. In other words, every time a dull pressing sensation or sharp pain is felt in the right upper abdominal area, it radiates to the shoulders blade. Sometimes the sufferer may even feel the pain wrap around the upper right torso as it travels from underneath the right breast, through the upper right rib cage and to the shoulder blade. This is what is meant with referred gallstone pain and it is one top classic gallstone symptoms and a congested gall bladder.
How Can You More Definitively Tell If Gallstones
Are To Blame For Your Gall bladder Symptoms
There are other Indicators that aid in determining if gallstones are present. These indicators can help narrow down the source of the problem when the symptoms being experienced seem elusive. These markers can be cataloged into the following classes:
1. Physical markers
2. Digestive markers
3. Muscular or joint related markers
4. Emotional markers
5. Other markers
Although having a few of these markers is not enough to preclude gallstones as the source of your symptoms, if enough of these are being experienced, then there is a good chance gallstones in the gallbladder, liver or bile ducts, are the likely cause.
Physical Symptoms :
Digestive Symptoms :
Muscular/Joint Related Symptoms :
Other Symptoms :
The major offenders that contribute to gallstone formation and gall bladder symptoms are:
1) External or environmental toxins that stagnate in the liver and gall bladder
2) Overmedication – all pharmaceutical medications are metabolized in the liver
3) Excess of proteins and dairy in diet
4) Not enough naturally-occurring enzymes in diet
5) Overconsumption of processed foods, dead foods, or junk foods.
These are foods that are meant to fill, but have no nutritional value whatsoever. These foods are usually high in transfats, or hydrogenated oils that the body cannot digest, so they endup accumulating in the liver and intestinal tract. They are also high in refined carbohydrates and sugar.
These contribute greatly to exacerbate any symptoms of gall bladder and gallstone formation.
The gall bladder is very much dependent on the state of your liver. A fatigued liver eventually gives rise to gall bladder symptoms. Gallstone formation is causes by lifestyle/dietary choices.
The liver plays a major role in clearing and transforming potentially damaging chemicals. For this reason it is more susceptible to injury and toxicity, called hepatotoxicity. Whether these chemicals are environmental toxins or pharmaceutical in nature, prolonged exposure to them brings about more serious complications.
Examples of common toxins that most westerners are exposed to are herbicides, pesticides, fluoride and chlorine, industrial or household chemicals, heavy metals (arsenic, lead, mercury etc.). All of these have a cumulative detrimental effect in the liver because they are there to be transformed and cleared.
On the other hand, there are over 900 drugs that have been associated with liver damage. (5) Drug induced liver damage is to blame for 5% of all hospital admissions and 50% of all acute liver failures. (6)(7) For this reason, individuals that have made taking medications for extended periods of time a way of life, are at higher risk of liver toxicity or more serious liver issues. These individuals are also more susceptible to gallstone pain and other gall bladder symptoms. Cleansing the liver and gallbladder is of grave importance especially to these individuals.
When the liver gets overtaxed, it gets inflamed or gets congested with toxic waste and fat; the result is a fatty liver. The presence of excessive toxins and fat in the liver transforms bile thick and toxic; its flow becomes sluggish. To compensate, the liver increases pressure. The elevated stress is usually accompanied by discomfort over the liver.
Mind you, there are various degrees of a fatty liver. You do not wake up one morning having a fatty liver and having a clean and normally functioning liver the day before. A fatty liver is a condition that builds gradually over time and is brought on by lifestyle and dietary choices.
When the liver looses the ability to purge waste and cholesterol deposits, domino reactions always follow. Gallstones only crystallize when there is thick toxic bile.
That is when gallstone symptoms manifest.
Removal of the gall bladder will not prevent these toxins from accumulating in and impairing your body over time. If you have ever partaken of any of the above practices and diets you are likely going to have an accumulation of toxins in eliminatory organs such as the intestinal track and purification organs such as the liver.
Conducting gradual and regular detoxification (detox) of your eliminating organs including your liver and gall bladder will not only remove the cause of many symptoms, but will help purge toxic gall bladder stones and other deposits from the liver, gall bladder and other detoxification pathways. Cleanse your body on a regular basis and avoid symptoms.
Consider the Pulverexx Protocol'”‘ as one of your alternatives for ridding your body of accumulated toxins and crystalized gall bladder stone deposits and relieving gallstone/liver symptoms. The Pulverexx Protocol TM is a program that dissolves both types of gall bladder stones, cholesterol based as well as Calcified or Pigmented gall bladder stones. It also helps you purge any sludge accumulation in the gall bladder that may be causing digestive symptoms.
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