If you live in the Murrieta, Temecula or Redlands area and you think you have gall stones give us a call today at 951.297.9300. We will fit you into our schedule to get an ultrasound scan of your gallbladder. Our trained professionals are ready to assist you and we know you want a quick and painless diagnosis so call us today.
What Are Gallstones?
Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder that may be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball. Gallstones are more common in women, Native Americans and other ethnic groups, and people over age 40. Gallstones may also run in families.
The Cause of Gallstones Varies
There are two main types of gallstones:
Stones made out of cholesterol. Gallstones made out of cholesterol are the most common type. Cholesterol gallstones have nothing to do with the cholesterol levels in the blood.
Stones made from too much bilirubin in the bile. Bile is a liquid made in the liver that helps the body digest fats. Bile is made up of water, cholesterol, bile salts, and other chemicals, such as bilirubin. Such stones are called pigment stones.
Gall Stones Symptoms
Many people with gallstones have never had any symptoms. The gallstones are often discovered when having a routine x-ray, abdominal surgery, or other medical procedure.
Pain in the right upper or middle upper abdomen
Yellowing of skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)
Nausea and vomiting
An Abdominal Ultrasound test is used to detect gallstones or gallbladder inflammation
Surgery, Medication, or Lithotripsy is used to treat Gallstones.
Below is a list of foods that are helpful if you have gallstones:
Fresh vegetable juices (beet and cucumber especially)
Drink lots of water - very important
Garlic and garlic oil
Grapes and freshly pressed grape juice (organic grapes only) are especially helpful
Apples particularly including apple juice
apricots, berries, casaba melons, currants, figs, guavas, lemons, pears, prunes
Cottage cheese - lowfat
Radishes help to dissolve gallstones but may cause some discomfort. Do not use them until your symptoms are gone and then only if they do not disagree with you.
Foods to avoid:
eggs, pork, gluten, onion, fowl, milk, coffee, grapefruit, oranges, corn, beans and nuts, alcohol, saturated fats, hydrogenated oils and partially hydrogenated oils
Author: Robin Badillo