Gall Bladder Attack Symptoms

How They Could Be Treated?

By: - Disease & Illness - February 17, 2011
gall bladder attack symptoms

The abdominal area of the human body is surrounded by a muscle known as the gall bladder, which when contracted secrets bile juice into the intestine. Bile juice plays a vital role in the digestion of fats. When bile juice gets trapped in the gall bladder it generates pressure causing severe pain and inflammation of gall bladder. This gall bladder infection is known as acute cholecystitis.

One might have experienced abdominal pain at some point or the other during their life span, which could be due to the problems that are associated with a gall bladder attack. Some of the other problems associated with a gall bladder attack are development of gallstones, polyps, and tumors. Most of the time gall bladder attacks are ignored, since gallstone problem are symptom less.

According to the gastroenterological association, gall bladder attacks are very common and every year one million people are diagnosed with gall bladder problems.

Common Gall Bladder Attack Symptoms

• Patients experience pain on the right side of the ribs, specifically under the rib cage, which may be due to the presence of gallstones or inflammation.
• Nausea, vomiting and gas.
• Burping
• Bloating
• Feeling of stomach fullness or food not digested.
• Pain in the upper part of the abdomen, usually the right side.
• Passing dark colored urine and grayish colored stools
• Jaundice
• Constipation and diarrhea
• Frequent headaches
• Queasiness
• Pain is aggravated with deep inhalation
• Pain is mostly felt during the night
• Pains usually lasts anywhere from 15 minutes to 15 hours
If pain in the gall bladder is accompanied by fever there could be other serious problems. One should not ignore them and should seek a doctor’s help immediately.

Gall Bladder Infection Treatment

Blood tests and imaging scans can be done to detect gall bladder infections. Blood tests involve a complete blood profile specifically complete blood count (CBC), bilirubin level detection tests and liver function tests. Image scanning tests involve X-rays and ultrasounds of the abdomen, radionuclide scans of the gall bladder and oral cholecystograms. After confirming the infection, the following gall bladder infection treatment is adopted. The first step in the gall bladder infection treatment involves injecting antibiotics into the body to fight the infection. Painkillers are also given to reduce the abdominal and rib pain, followed by a suggested gall bladder diet. However, if cholecystitis becomes acute then gall stone surgery is an option.