As many as 40 percent of people experience some form of abdominal pain at some point in their lives. Many times, the underlying cause of this pain can be difficult to identify. Even physicians have difficulty concluding on whether upper abdominal pain is being caused by gallbladder disease or acid reflux. Exploring your symptoms however can oftentimes get you closer to the answer and identifying gallbladder symptoms.
What Kind Of Pain Is It?
Acid reflux’s most common symptom is heartburn, which begins as a burning and increases in intensity quickly. Sometimes the pain is so severe that it can be similar to someone squeezing your chest. Typically heartburn resolves in less than an hour if left alone.
Where Is The Pain?
The pain experienced by gallbladder symptoms must be understood according to the function of the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a hollow organ, found beneath your liver and up to the right side of your abdomen. If the pain you are experiencing is beneath your lower right ribs, and potentially radiating into regions of the right upper back, chest, or shoulder, these are symptoms of gallbladder disease.
Compare this to heartburn or acid reflux. Any pain you experience from acid reflux is due to the contents of your stomach rising into your esophagus, typically causing sharp pain in your stomach and lower chest, which is in and of itself a different location. This is perhaps the most important identifier of whether a pain is due to gallbladder disease or from acid reflux.
When Does The Pain Occur?
Acid reflux is most likely to happen after a meal though it can be aggravated by lying down. If any type of upper abdominal pain, regurgitation, or chest pain is happening immediately after eating or while lying down, it is leaning more towards general heartburn than gallbladder disease.
The pain of gallbladder disease can typically strike at any moment, potentially several hours after eating and oftentimes at the same time every day. Gallbladder pain can wake people up in the middle of the night. It’s also not particularly linked to the eating of fatty or greasy foods. In effect if it cannot be explained by the symptoms of acid reflux, the pain you’re experiencing can likely be gallbladder-related pain.
What Do I Do If I’m Suffering From Gallbladder Pain?
If you are suffering from gallbladder pain, there are a number of alternative health approaches that can benefit you. For example, gallbladder pain is oftentimes associated with the toxicity levels present in the body and the domino reactions that take place when a high toxic load has been maintained for a long time and waste eliminatory organs such as the liver have been overtaxed.
The gallbladder is a hollow organ whose sole job is to store the bile that is manufactured in the liver. Because the liver is also a biochemical filter, when there is excessive congestion in it, the PH of the bile it manufactures becomes acidic. This acidic bile becomes saturated with toxic compounds that are quite irritating to the tissues it comes in contact with, particularly when it sits for long periods of time in the gallbladder. The bile thus turns stagnant.
Though the pain can be severe, know there are ways to deal with gallbladder pain that involve eliminating the cause first: the toxicity along with the gallstones. Once the congestion has been relieved, you can get back on track to living a normal, pain-free lifestyle.
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