Gall Bladder Problems...
April 6, 2007 9:07am CST
What can you tell me about gall bladder issues? I have a family member that has some pain and they have been told that it could be the gall bladder. I am curious as to anyone elses experiences with this problem. Thanks so much for your help !
• United States
6 Apr 07
Boy can I tell you about it! I had my gall bladder removed in 1998 after giving birth to my first child. Let me tell you, gall bladder pain is the most excruciating pain I have ever felt! I would trade child birth pain (of which I have went through 4 times) for gall bladder anyday! It is so hard to explain how it feels. It is a very severe ache that goes from your chest straight through to your back and NOTHING makes it go away. changing positions doesnt help, walking, standing, sitting, laying, NOTHING! Eventually the symptoms go away (could be minutes, hours) until you eat something else that aggravates it (greasy foods, high fat foods, spicy foods, nuts) I will never forget the first time I experienced the pain. I was pregnant and just had really greasy onion rings. At first I was just like, it must be heartburn. But it didnt take long to realize it was something more. I beared with it through a few episodes, however eventually I ended up going to the emergency room, I would have swore I was dying, it was that bad! They did an ultrasound and found that I had a gravel pit in my gall bladder. I even had a seizure while in the hospital. I was in so much pain, and of course pregnant at the same time that my body just went nuts! I had it removed right after I gave birth a few months later. That being said, if I could do it all over again, I would not have had the surgery. I have studied natural medicine for years and if I had known then what I know now, I would have kept my organ! Now I know people that have successfully treated gall bladder symptoms on their own. Here are some tips to try: You should know though that the gall stones themselves are not as concerning as cholecystisis, inflammation of the gall bladder. This can be life threatening, so your friend should get checked out to make sure the gall bladder is not inflammed. If not and he or she is just dealing with the stones and the associated pain. You can try these things to bring relief. You may never end up having to have the surgery like I did. Some considerations: 1. Lecithin granules or capsules act as a fat emulsifier and aids in the digestion of fats. That is necessary for someone suffering from gall bladder disease. It is best to take 1200mg 3 times daily before meals. 2. Peppermint oil capsule are used in Europe to cleanse the gall bladder. 3. Turmeric can reduce your risk of further development and complications associated with gall bladder disease. 4. If you have an attack, drink 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. That should relieve the pain quickly. If it doesnt, I would go to the emergency room. 5. For inflammation of the gallbladder, eat no solid food for a few days. Consume only distilled water or spring water. Then drink juices such as pear, apple or beet for three days. Then add solid foods like freshly made uncooked applesauce made in a blender or food processor. Apple juice aids in the softening of gallstones. 6. Take 3 tbsp of olive oil with lemon juice before bed and when you first get up (or use grapejuice). Often you will pass the stones in the stool. Sometimes you can actually see them....yuck! 7. To relieve immediate pain, you can also try hot castor oil packs on the gall bladder area. Warm the castor oil just shy of boiling and dip cheesecloth in it. Apply it to the area and put a piece of plastic over it and then put a heating pad on top of the plastic to keep it warm. 8. Diet is very important to control pain and flareups. Eat a diet of 75 percent raw foods. You can also eat applesauce, eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, broiled or steamed fish, fresh apples and beets. 9. Drink as much pure apple juice or pear juice as you can for five days. It will cleanse the system which may not sound exciting, but it will bring relief. 10. Avoid sugar and processed foods. People who consume a lot of sugar have more gallbladder problems. Avoid animal fat and meat, saturated fats, full fat dairy products, fried foods, spicy foods, margarine, soft drinks, commercial oils except olive oil, chocolate and refined carbs. 11. When you are experiencing pain, nausea and/or vomiting, follow a fasting diet and try a coffee enema. Did you know that research showed that people who drink three cups of coffee per day usually develop less gall stone problems? I am not a big fan of recommending coffee drinking, but would do so in this case. Better yet, try Teeccino herbal coffee. It tastes like coffee but is so much better for you. 12. A detox program for liver and colon are important for proper gall bladder function. Hope this serves as a good place to start, I could go on and on and on. If you want more info or tips just let me know! Many blessings