How To Get Rid of Gallstones

By Subodh / August 28, 2011

Gallstones (cholelithiasis) are abnormal crystallized bile deposits. They oftentimes are found in the gall bladder, and they cause similar problems as does a kidney stone. These stones could also accumulate in other parts of the digestive system such as the kidney, pancreas, and/or bile ducts.

Oftentimes these stones are quite painful and uncomfortable. The pain you experience is most likely in the upper right hand side of the abdomen and usually it is accompanied by nausea or vomiting. Pain might also be felt between the shoulder blades or below the right shoulder. Women nearing age 40 who are premopausal are highest at risk of getting a gall stone and it often occurs in obese people.

Here are some ways to get rid of gallstones:

  • If adominal pain persists, see a doctor. A thorough examination and assessment of your health history via a questionnaire is the first step towards diagnosis. From here, the appropriate course of treatment will be planned based on the severity of your condition.
  • Treatment option #1: Oral ursodeoxycholic acid– This prescription medicine can be used to dissolve most cholestoral gall stones. However, this may not work for larger formations. Sometimes more serious action is required for removal or dissolution. Note: gall stones could re-develop once medicine is stopped.
  • ¬†Treatment option #2: Endoscopic retrograde sphinceterotomy (ERS) before endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) – These two procedures performed consecutively can remove gallstones that have blocked bile ducts. It might also be used in other places in the digestive tract where obstructions have occurred.
  • Treatment option #3: Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy- This is a procedure that usually works better on kidney stones. However, this treatment can also be used on softer and less brittle gall stones. If this does not work another type of surgical or laser procedure can be used.
  • Treatment option #4: Cholecystectomy- This is a gull bladder procedure that helps in the event a person experiences recurring cases of cholelithiasis. However, this procedure is usually limited to people who are showing physical symptoms currently, but lack of a gall bladder does not seem to affect most patients. There is a traditional knife procedure that can be used to perform this operation and there also is the laparascopic version that involves laser usage.
  • Treatment option #5: Gall bladder flush- Usually this procedure requires drinking a liquid solution for the purpose of cleansing the gall bladder organ. One popular remedy for this purpose is this recipe and menu: Four glasses of apple cider, five apples, and a magnesium supplement.

Along with these items taking daily for five days in a row, large quantities of lemon juice or grapefruit juice should be consumed. These acidic juices are easier on the stomach when mixed with olive oil or lemon juice. You will know this solution worked if green and/or brown pebbles have passed out of your body.

Prevention Advice

Gallstones may not always be preventable. However, eating a healthy diet with plenty of whole grain pastas and breads, fresh fruits and vegetables, along with lean meats and dairy will benefit the body. Risk of gallstones is also reduced when you cut down on consumption of fats, sugars, and salts.

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Prevention Advice

Gallstones may not always be preventable. However, eating a healthy diet with plenty of whole grain pastas and breads, fresh fruits and vegetables, along with lean meats and dairy will benefit the body. Risk of gallstones is also reduced when you cut down on consumption of fats, sugars, and salts.