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Winter ChillsGall Bladder Stones (Cholelithiasis)

Symptoms of gallstones can be vary a lot between different people. Some common symptoms include:

Many gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms such as bloating, belching, fullness, and nausea are sometimes inaccurately associated with gall bladder stones. These are also common to other diseases such as peptic ulcers, food intolerances, stress, and inadequate digestive abilities. The diagnosis of gallstones can be done through different types of ultrasound, CT scan, MRI, and with a scope. Be sure to seek professional help in diagnosing and treating your condition.

What is cholelithiasis?
Cholelithiasis is the presence or formation of stones in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small sac that is nestled against the liver, and serves the function of storing bile. Bile a complex mixture that is produced by the liver, and required for the digestion of food - especially fatty foods. The components of bile include: bile salts, bilirubin, cholesterol, phospholipids, fatty acids, water, electrolytes, and other organic & inorganic substances.

Possible causes of gallstones.
Do you remember doing experiments in chemistry class that involved super-saturated solutions? And if you add more to that solution, the components crystalizes? That's pretty much the basis of gallstone formation. When the bile becomes too saturated, some of its components crystalize, and then these crystals grow into stones. Stones can be divided into classes according to what they are mostly made out of. Most stones (80%) are made of a mixture of cholesterol and other materials in the gall bladder, and some stones are made from minerals like calcium.

Major risk factors for gallstone formation.

Gallstones are easier to prevent than to reverse! Make sure you live a healthy lifestyle, and reduce the effect of these risks to avoid developing stones, and to avoid further stone-size increase.

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