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Gall Bladder – The woman’s silent complaint and why its symptoms often go unnoticed by doctors?

By Emma Atkins

Yes, men have gall bladder problems as well. But the majority of sufferers are women, and their suffering may last for years before it is properly diagnosed. Why? It is because the symptoms for gall bladder malfunction and/or stones can imitate so many other diseases, even stress. Often doctors just treat the symptoms before they finally diagnose the cause.

Let’s first look at the gall bladder’s job in our bodies. Simply put, it is our oil filter. The gall bladder stores the digestive juices known as bile that is made in the liver. Bile is needed to process or eliminate all the salts, fats and oils from the food that pass into our upper intestines. We all know that our fast food lifestyles add too much fats and oils in our diets. And when under stress, if we reach for that chocolate too often, the cocoa butter fat can stick in our system. The result? Too much bile way too often. See if perhaps you recognize any of these symptoms:

  • Sharp pain in the shoulder blades, especially on the right.
  • Frequent indigestion, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea.
  • Headaches over the eyes and temples, especially on the right.
  • Back pains.
  • Moodiness and irritability.
  • Excess gas and the inability to eat the spicy foods you once could.
  • Fatigue.
  • Daily use of antacids to combat reflux or heartburn.

If you frequently experience two or more of these symptoms, talk with your doctor about the possibility of gall bladder problems before it gets so bad that the only things you can digest are saltine crackers and applesauce. The tests are simple. A blood test and perhaps a sonogram can help diagnosis whether the gall bladder is malfunctioning. And surgery may not be necessary. A change in your diet by taking replentative supplements such as acai berry laden antioxidants, fiber and vitamins, leafy greens and beets and less fried foods, along with regular exercise, can all help balance the gall bladders bile release. A good liver flush and colon cleanse may be appropriate if your doctor agrees.

If you are a woman and you have these symptoms, don’t write it off to stress, hormones or IBS and think it’s just a woman thing as doctors have for way too many years. First, find out if a malfunctioning gall bladder is the cause of your symptoms. Then make positive, nutritious changes to help stabilize it and keep it that way. There are many good articles on the web you can read up on and get the facts about your health, your diet and your gall bladder.

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