Gallbladder Disease – Why women get affected?
Gallbladder disease is common phenomena these days. With erratic lifestyle, food habits and stress in life, gallbladder disease are on the rise. Gallbladder related problem affect women in particular than men. Obesity, weight issues, high cholesterol, diabetes and pregnancy, increase the risk of gallbladder diseases. In women, during the third trimester, gallbladder malfunction is very common. Women are also at a risk to develop this ailment after delivery. Regular check ups are must to avoid any complication. Here are some symptoms of gallbladder disease, which any women, might experience, in their lifetime.
Gallbladder, many a time, doesn’t show any prominent symptom. During the first ten years of the formation of gall stone, there are rarely any apparent symptoms. Acalculous gallbladder disease will often cause symptoms similar to those of gallbladder stones. It is said that the symptoms takes 8 yrs to develop and declines even faster, resulting in practically no symptoms of ant ailment related to gallbladder.
Biliary Pain or Colic
Biliary Pain or colic is the mildest and the most common of symptom of a gallbladder disease. Colic pain is intermittent and occurs in the either in the mid o the upper abdomen of the body. Nausea or vomiting may occur. Some patients with biliary colic experience the pain behind the breast bone. The pain lasts for about an hours. However, if the pain keeps coming back and becomes a regular complaint, acute cholecystitis or more serious conditions may be present. In general, the symptoms are so mild that it is difficult to gauge any ailment base on that.
Gallbladder Inflammation (Acute Calculous and Acalculous Cholecystitis)
One of the more severe and common symptom of gallbladder stone is gallbladder inflammation. Patients experiencing persistent pain in the upper right abdomen, heartburn and feeling of bloating, can be suspected with gallbladder inflammation, also known as Acalculous Cholecystitis. Few patients have fever and chills along with severe vomiting and nausea. The pain occurs when the stones block the duct. People with diabetes are at particular risk for serious complications. Patients experiencing these symptoms must see the physician urgently. If left untreated, this can lead to other complications, as well.
Chronic Cholecystitis or Dysfunctional Gallbladders
Patients who regularly complain of gas, nausea, and abdominal discomfort after meals, are more likely to have Chronic gallbladder disease (chronic cholecystitis). This disease, which is also known as dysfunctional Gallbladder, involves gallstones and mild inflammation. Such symptoms occur when the gallbladder becomes scarred and stiff. However, these symptoms can be at times deceptive. It might be difficult to from similar complaints in people who do not have gallbladder disease. Repeated episodes, nevertheless needs medical intervention to avoid further damage and other complications.
Stones in the Common Bile Duct (Choledocholithiasis)
Stones lodged in the common bile duct can cause symptoms that are similar to those produced by stones that lodge in the gallbladder. Stone in the bile duct is one of the most common symptom of any malfunction related to the gallbladder. Typical symptoms may include, jaundice, dark urine, lighter stools, an abrupt drop in the blood pressure along with fast heartbeat. For same patients, fevers with chills, frequent vomiting and nausea and severe abdominal pains, also indicate a high possibility of stones in the bile duct. In some extreme cases, the patient might have to seek surgical intervention to get rid of the stones. However, it is possible to treat the stones to oral medicines as well if diagnosed at the right time.