Gallstone disease is a disease characterized by the formation of stones in the gallbladder due to the violation of certain metabolic processes. Another name for the disease is cholelithiasis.
The gallbladder is the organ adjacent to the liver and serves as a reservoir for the liquid bile produced by the liver. Gallstones, or concrements, can be found both in the gallbladder itself and in its ducts, as well as in the liver and trunk of the hepatic duct. They differ in composition and can have different sizes and shapes. Gallstone disease often provokes the development of cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder), as the stones irritate its walls.
Concrements in the gallbladder are formed from cholesterol crystals or calcium pigment-calcareous salts (in more rare cases). Biliary colic occurs when one of the stones clogs the duct through which bile flows from the bladder into the small intestine.
The formation of gallstones is a fairly common disease that affects about 10% of the adult population in Western Europe and the United States, and in the age group over 70 this figure reaches 30%.
Gallstone disease is mainly found among the population of industrialized countries, where people eat large amounts of food rich in animal proteins and fats. According to statistics, in women, cholelithiasis is diagnosed 3-8 times more often than in men.
Symptoms of gallstones
In most cases, the disease is asymptomatic and has no clinical manifestations for several (usually five to ten) years. The appearance of symptoms depends on the number of stones, their size and localization.
The main symptoms are:
Paroxysmal drilling or stitching pains in the region of the liver and right hypochondrium;
Nausea, in some cases vomiting;
Bitter taste in the mouth due to leaky bile in the stomach, belching with air;
Flatulence, stool problems (constipation, diarrhea), fecal discoloration;
The disease usually develops after eating fatty, heavy food, sharp and fried foods, alcohol, and also stressful work environment. Painful sensations begin on the right side under the ribs, they can be in the right arm (shoulder and forearm), lower back, right half of the neck. Sometimes the pain can spread to the sternum, which is like an attack of angina.
Pain appears due to spasm of the muscles of the gallbladder and its ducts, which occurs in response to stimulation of the walls of the bubble with stones.
A strong pain syndrome is also noted when the stones move along the bile ducts and the stones are obstructed by the lumen of the bile duct. A complete blockage leads to an enlargement of the liver and the dilatation of its capsule, which causes constant blunt pain and a feeling of heaviness in the right hypochondrium.
Usually the attack lasts no more than 6 hours. To relieve the pain, you can apply a heating pad to the area of the right hypochondrium. In case the stone is too large, it can not leave the bile duct itself, further outflow of bile becomes impossible and pain intensifies, immediate surgical intervention is required. The development of cholecystitis is accompanied by a decrease in appetite and increased fatigue.
What You Will Need, To Do A Gallbladder Flush
- About 1 liter of fresh green apple juice for each day of cleanse
- 4 tablespoons of food grade Epsom salt dissolved in three glasses of water
- ½ cup of cold-pressed virgin olive oil
- 6 ounces of fresh grapefruit juice, or fresh lemon and orange juice combined
Drink at least 1 liter of freshly-extracted apple juice for 6 days prior to cleanse day. Spread the 32 ounces apple juice throughout the day—drinking them on empty stomach (30 minutes before food or 2 hours after food). Consuming Epsom salt will help you relieve the bile ducts to make it easier for the stones to be passed.