If you experience sudden pain in the middle or upper right section of your abdomen, you may be having a gallbladder attack. The pain may last a few minutes to a few hours, and it may lessen or disappear, only to recur. Or, the pain may be located in your
If you tend to suffer from sharp pain in your upper right abdomen after eating, and the pain radiates to your shoulder blade and back, you may have a gallbladder problem. Older adults are at particular risk, with gallbladder disease one of the most common causes of acute abdominal pain
In the cardiology world, high blood pressure has been dubbed “the silent killer” because it produces no obvious symptoms as it damages the heart, kidneys, and other areas of the body. In the oncology world, that same label could apply to pancreatic cancer. Symptoms may not show up until a
Pancreatitis can be either short-lived (acute) or long lasting (chronic). While chronic pancreatitis tends to be more serious, either type can cause dangerous complications. Excessive alcohol is known to cause pancreatitis. Or a gallstone from the gallbladder may lodge in the bile duct in such a way that it blocks
If you’ve been experiencing a nagging abdominal pain that seems to worsen after eating, it might not be a stomach upset—it might actually be pancreas pain. If pancreatitis is at the root of your pain, it can manifest acutely, or as a chronic illness.
Acute pancreatitis is most likely due
Like the upper back, the mid-back region is very stable, and this stability gives it some protection from injury. But the same underlying conditions and circumstances that can result in upper back pain also can result in middle back pain. These include:
Poor posture: This is a major risk factor
Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is the name of a group of diseases in which the body is unable to properly utilize blood sugar (glucose) for energy. There are three primary forms of diabetes—type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes—and, in each case, the body is unable
When it comes to determining health risks, cholesterol numbers are given a great deal of attention, but there’s another substance that’s often neglected: triglycerides.
“Triglycerides are a form of lipids [fats] in the blood, as are the various types of cholesterol. After a meal, unneeded calories are stored as triglycerides and then
Ask the Doctors: Triglycerides
Q. At my last checkup, my triglyceride levels had gone up significantly. I’ve been taking a statin for about two years, and it’s keeping my LDL numbers under control. Shouldn’t the statin help keep my triglycerides down, too? What are the risks of high triglycerides, and what