Gallstones are small hard stony objects which form within the gall bladder. It is believed that around one in five of us has gallstones, but only 5% of these will cause any symptoms. Typical gall bladder symptoms will include acute pain in the upper right side of your abdomen which is typically made worse following consuming rich fatty foods and is frequently connected with sickness.
Gallstones are far more prominent in women than in men and research has shown being overweight or obese continues to be one of the greatest risk factors. You can help reduce the risk of manufacturing gallstones by carefully watching your diet and reducing the amount of fatty foods whilst ensuring you consume plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Attaining your ideal weight (for your height and age) also go a long way to reduce the risks.
If you are currently experiencing pain and discomfort due to gallstones there are a number of drugs which can help with the condition. Principally a drug which is able to dissolve the stones is now available however its success rate is less than 50%. The majority of patients however tend to opt for an operation to remove the gall bladder which can be undertaken through keyhole surgery in the majority of patients. You can expect to make a full recovery within a couple of weeks.
Cirrhosis occurs when healthy liver tissue is replaced by scar tissue thereby preventing the ordinary flow of blood through the organ preventing it from functioning efficiently. The common causes of cirrhosis as most of us are aware, is excess alcohol consumption along with the hepatitis C infection. Within the initial stages of developing cirrhosis patients may continue to feel normal, however, as the condition started to progress, symptoms will start to develop which will include jaundice, nausea, loss of appetite, lethargy, confusion, swollen ankles and itching. Following diagnosis of cirrhosis your doctor or medical practitioner will arrange further blood tests. A blood test is able to confirm or deny permanent liver damage and from this, practical steps can be taken to treat the condition.
Given cirrhosis is classed as a permanent damage to the liver and is irreversible, around half of the individuals who are diagnosed with the condition will not live beyond a five-year period. The only outright cure available to treat this disease is a liver transplant but there are a number of things that you can do should you have the condition;
1. Do not consume any alcohol.
2. Keep close liaison with your doctor and monitor the drugs you have been prescribed.
3. Sticking to a low salt diet will help to reduce your body’s fluid retention thereby reducing the dependence upon your liver.