Gallbladder Pain Relief in Omaha
Did you know… located beneath the liver, there is smaller, pear-shaped organ? This your gallbladder, a 4-inch long organ responsible for helping the body digest and absorb energy. The gallbladder assists by storing bile, produced by the liver, which can break down fat into usable vitamins and nutrients.
A healthy gallbladder results in proper digestive process and nutrient absorption. During a meal, the gallbladder fills up with bile and releases it to break down food as it passes into the small intestine. The process occurs without even realizing it. However, when the gallbladder is not functioning properly, whether there is a blockage or not, the pain is very evident.
Here at Diamond Chiropractic, Dr. Nilles uses Zone Technique to pinpoint the cause for improper gallbladder function. Based on his findings, he focuses on several zones of the body connected to the gallbladder, working to bring it back to proper working order.
Symptoms of a Malfunctioning Gallbladder & Gallbladder Issues
If an individual is suffering from any pain, it is important to understand the signs. Especially if the pain is due to improper gallbladder function.
One of the most common symptoms of gallbladder problems is abdominal pain. Radiating primarily in the mid- to upper-right section of the body, this pain can range from mild to severe, from irregular to constant. Back and chest pain are common as well.
Aside from physical pain, several other symptoms appear due to a malfunctioning gallbladder. Fevers and/or chills occur, along with feeling nauseous and vomiting due to digestive issues. In addition, unexplained diarrhea and darker urine indicate a blockage in a bile duct, or even a chronic disease. If bile cannot reach the intestines, jaundice begins to appear.
Gallbladder Conditions to Consider
When a patient suffers from abdominal pain, especially from gallbladder issues, it is important to consider any possible diseases or conditions. The following are potential causes behind gallbladder issues, and their corresponding symptoms:
Gallstones. These solid, crystal-like masses form due to high levels of fat and bile in the gallbladder. Gallstones range in size, from small grains of sand to average-size golf balls. While they can go undetected for years, they can cause inflammation (acute or sudden), infection, and pain over time.
Inflammation. Inflammation of the gallbladder can be a result from several other conditions. Regardless, it can be short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic). Chronic inflammation develops from the organ suffering several cases of acute inflammation, especially if there are gallstones present. As such, due to the bile being blocked, the gallbladder becomes damaged, even being unable to function properly.
Bile duct stones. Despite their name, these are gallstones that travel into the bile duct. Sometimes forming in the duct, though rare, they can cause an infection to form. Caught early, the infection can be treated and prevented from spreading.
Gallbladder abscess. Also known as empyema. An abscess is made primarily of pus. When an abscess grows in the gallbladder, patients experience abdominal pain.
Gallbladder polyps. Gallbladder polyps are characterized as unusual tissue growths, typically benign in nature. Having small polyps can go unnoticed, posing no threat to your overall health and your gallbladder. Larger polyps, however, could become troublesome, needing to be removed before they worsen over time.
Porcelain gallbladder. Porcelain gallbladder occurs when calcium deposits in the organ harden. This causes the organ’s muscular walls to become rigid and stiff, resulting in the gallbladder not functioning properly. The organ gains a bluish pigment and turns brittle to the touch.
Patients may have cases of gallbladder problems without having gallstones present. Regardless, pain caused by these conditions indicates there may be something else going on. This can include any complications – any interference – between the nervous system and the gallbladder.