Cholelithiasis is a medical term from the presence of Gallstones in the Gallbladder. They are more common in women (10%) than men (6%) and they can vary in size and number.
Some can be as small as a pebble and others as large as a big marble. They can be found as a single stone or in some cases as many as a few to dozens.
The cause of stones is not always known – but genetics, diet, water consumption, exercise, history, excessive cholesterol or calcium, and many more.
Complications can arise from stones including pain, gallbladder irritation and inflammation, infection, and more.
4 Primary Classifications or Types of Stones are seen:
4.) Fake stones
Cholesterol stones are green, white or yellow in color.
Calcium stones (also can be bilirubin) are usually small and dark in color.
Fake stones are typically a sludge like material.
Pigment stones – falls into some classifications and is formed from excess bilirubin, a waste product created by the breakdown of the red blood cells in the liver.
– Rapid weight loss
– Movement of grudge through Gallbladder
– Body chemistry
– Glucose intolerance
– High intake of carbohydrates.
While exercise, high-fiber diet, and low carbohydrate diets all help reduce your risk
– Typically an individual has no symptoms initially
– Can be discovered on routine radiographic studies.
– 10-20% have pain in abdomen generally or specifically on the right side
– Pain can follow meals
– Pain may radiate to shoulders [between shoulder blades]
– Treatment is not always required
– Laparoscopic surgical procedure may be needed
– Drinking water prior to meals may be beneficial
– Ursodeoxycholic acid
– Removal of Gallbladder