Gallstones or Cholelithiasis

What is Gallstone Disease or Cholelithiasis:-

The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ of the human body, situated below the liver and is attached to the under-surface of the liver on its right side. It stores the bile secreted by the liver. Bile is a waste product that contains various substances like water, fats, bile salts, proteins, cholesterol, and bilirubin.

Bile is a digestive fluid which is required to digest dietary fat in small intestines. Normally acidic bile prevents cholesterol becoming too concentrated. However bile hardens when it contains excessive cholesterol and bile salts to form gall stones.

These crystalline formations can be round or jagged, small as a pea or large as a ping-pong ball. Some people may have a single gallstone while others may have multiple stones.

Gallstone disease is one of the most common and costly of all digestive diseases. The third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimated that 6.3 million men and 14.2 million women aged 20 to 74 in the United States had gallbladder disease.

The general medical opinion about gallstones is that there is no available treatment and surgery is the only answer. Non surgical treatment is less common and usually limited to the patients who cannot undergo surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is most commonly done.

Gallbladder surgery involves the removal of gallbladder and not just stones. As every organ in the body is meant for a reason, many people have these questions that do they really need surgery? The answer to such questions is the homoeopathic treatment for gallstones with which the various signs and symptoms can effectively be taken care of.

Gallbladder surgery : Gallbladder surgeries are the most popular surgeries of the 21st century. The various side effects following surgery are :

  • Abdominal pain.
  • Nausea.
  • Gastric distension.
  • Diarrhea.
  • A major side effect of this surgery is the increased risk of developing bowel and colon cancer.
  • Post cholecystectomy syndrome which includes all the above symptoms plus indigestion and constant pain in the right upper abdomen may be experienced for months to years after surgery.

                          All the above mentioned side effects following a surgery are the symptoms of gallstone attack which means that even after the removal of the gallbladder, biliary pain doesn’t resolve because the common bile duct may expand as the bile backs up in the bile duct between the sphincter or muscular opening of small intestines and the liver from which it flows.

So the best option for gallstones is to try and treat what is wrong before taking it out. However, it is not possible sometimes and surgery remains the only option. In cases of obstruction of gallstones in the bile duct leading to jaundice, recurrent attacks of acute inflammation of gall bladder, surgery becomes necessary.

                          Homeopathy is a viable and beneficial option for the management of gallstones. The remedies cannot remove the gallstones but make them silent so the stones do not cause any harm or discomfort. The treatment addresses the root cause and provide the patient with improved gallbladder health as well as with vital pain management support.

How homeopathy helps:-

  • The medicines can manage and treat the emergency symptoms like pain, nausea, vomiting associated with gallstones.
  • The remedies can help to reduce the recurrent problems of indigestion and acidity.
  • The treatment have a tendency to stop the formation of stones. To stop this tendency of stone formations, these medicines play a major role genetically with no side effects.
  • The treatment is economical.
  • If a patient has to undergo surgery, the post surgical conditions like nausea, vomiting, pains and so on can be effectively taken care of with treatment.

                      Homoeopathy medicines which give great relief in gallstone disease or cholelithiasis. However, the correct choice and the resulting relief is a matter of experience and right judgment on the part of the doctor. The treatment is decided after thorough case taking of the patient. Thus remedies are designer made unlike conventional medicine in which all patients receive the same surgery or drugs although trade name may be different.

Types:-

Gall stones can be divided into two categories :

Cholesterol stones are usually green, but are sometimes white or yellow in color. They are made primarily of cholesterol.

Pigment stones are small, dark stones made of bilirubin and calcium salts that are found in bile. They contain less than 20% of cholesterol. Risk factors for pigment stones include hemolytic anemia (such as sickle cell anemia and hereditary spherocytosis), cirrhosis, and biliary tract infections.

Risk Factors:-

Females are affected twice as common as men.

  • Age 60 or older.
  • Overweight or obese.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Having a high-fat diet.
  • Having a high cholesterol diet.
  • Eating a low fiber diet.
  • Having a family history of gallstones.
  • Diabetes.
  • Losing weight very quickly.
  • Taking cholesterol lowering medications.
  • More common in American Indians and Mexican Indians.

Signs and Symptoms:-

Gallstones may cause no signs and symptoms. Symptoms may be variable. It could be just recurrent episodes of indigestion and flatulence with slight abdominal pain or frequent back pains on the right side or at times acute attacks of severe abdominal pain which makes the patient very restless.

If a gallstone lodges in a duct and causes a blockage, signs and symptoms may result, such as :

  • Intense and very sudden pain in the upper portion of the abdomen that may radiate to the right shoulder blade which may last several minutes to a few hours.
  • Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the center of your abdomen, just below your breastbone.
  • Back pain between your shoulder blades.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Indigestion.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice).
  • High fever with chills.

Diagnosis:-

To diagnose gallstone disease or cholelithiasis, the doctor conducts a physical examination (to look for jaundice) and feels your abdomen to determine whether your gallbladder has obstructed and distended. A blood test and ultrasound may be conducted to confirm the diagnosis.

Complications:-

  • Inflammation of the gallbladder
  • Blockage of the common bile duct
  • Blockage of the pancreatic duct
  • Gallbladder cancer .