Gall Bladder Pain

Would you know if you had gall bladder pain? It seldom hurts right in the gall bladder (do you even know where it is?). Most of the time, people don't know what's going on and end up in the doctor's office or the emergency room having lots of tests. The symptoms range from mild discomfort to severe pain. So, pay attemtion--lots of people are having problems and don't realize it.

Often, you notice right side pain, pain between the shoulder blades, tightness around the midsection, burping or belching, or a upset stomach an hour or more after eating. You might have an ongoing feeling of mild nausea with no other symptoms but it just doesn't go away. Pregnant women will recognize that. Any of these symptoms may occur after eating a fatty meal or just plain lettuce! Or the problem may have progressed far enought that anything will cause a reaction.

The gall bladder is a "holding tank" for bile that is created by the liver. It is used to digest fat and when the stomach detects a need for bile, it is released into the beginning of the small intestine. If the bile is very thick, there may be some sediment and it is difficult to get it through the narrow duct and the gall bladder will spasm. The longer the bile sits around, the more sediment will precipitate out and cause the beginnings of gallstones (or "sand"), like growing a pearl.

Often, the symptoms alone will cause the suggestion of surgery to remove the gall bladder. It is estimated that 75% of these surgeries are unnecessary. If you're having severe pain, you must have your gall bladder evaluated by ultrasound. However, if you're having any of the pains listed above, most likely you will be able to get rid of the pain with conservative treatment.

There are nutritional treatments and physical treatments using TBM (Total Body Modification), BRT (Body Restoration Technique) and visceral manipulation. All of these treatments are pain-free and very effective. But, the most important part of the treatment is addressing the reason for the gall bladder pain and the thick bile. Almost without exception, the reason is Estrogen Dominance. In other words, the level of estrogen is too high in relationship to the progesterone and testosterone (that's why most of the people who have gall bladder problems are women!). Yes, men can have Estrogen Dominance too and it's becoming more of a problem since we're exposed to the outgassing from plastics and various artificial scents.

So, before rushing off to surgery, consider conservative treatment.

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