- Gallstones are crystalline calculi that form inside the gall bladder.
- It can be large or small, single or multiple.
- Most people with gall stones do not have any symptoms and are accidentally found in routine medical check-ups. Such stones are called as SILENT STONES.
TYPES OF GALLSTONES:
- Broadly gall stones are classified into:
- Pure stones like Cholesterol stones, Pigment stones, Calcium carbonate stones, which are commonly seen.
- Mixed or Combined stones are mixtures of cholesterol, Calcium carbonate, Palmitate phosphates, Bilirubin, in varying proportions.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:
- Gall stone attack: Patient experiences colicky pain in upper-right side of the abdomen especially after taking fatty foods and especially during night times.
- Referred pain between the shoulder blades may occur.
- Fever accompanied with chills.
- Itching all over the body.
- Abdominal bloating
- Acute Pancreatitis
- Obstruction in common bile duct
- Obstruction in pancreatic duct
- Gall stone ileus
- Ascending cholangitis
- Ultrasonography – ideal test
- CT scan
- ERCP – Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography
- Blood tests – Finding out Bilirubin level, Liver Function Test, Pancreatic enzymes level,ishelpful.
Cholecystectomy (removal of the gall bladder) is the choice of treatment.
BUT THINK!!! BEFORE YOU SAY “YES”:
Gall bladder plays a vital role in the process of digestion. Hence removal of this vital organ reduces the efficacy of digestive process. So, say ‘YES’ only if the size and number of stones are greater. Otherwise, hold on the “PAUSE” button.
- Homoeopathy removes the suffering and not the Organ”
- Homoeopathic medicines help in the alleviation of pain and other symptoms of gall stones.
- It aids in removal / dissolution of stones from the gall bladder and prevents further stone formation.
- Also it gives a helping hand in relieving the digestive disturbance that result from cholecystectomy.
- Homoeopathy considers you as a whole where the medicine acts specifically and constitutionally and the treatment is based on your individuality.Thus, the sweet pills add sweetness to your well-being.