What does a gallbladder attack feel like? And, exactly what is a gallbladder attack? If you experience sudden pain in the middle or upper right section of your abdomen, you may be having one. The gallbladder pain may last a few minutes to a few hours, … Read More
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 … Read More
Whether you’re suffering from tendinitis or bronchitis, inflammation can make you feel awful. You pop an NSAID (like ibuprofen or aspirin), but it doesn’t seem to touch your pain. Plus, now you’re suffering from its side effects—nausea, vomiting, constipation, and headaches. If … Read More
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 … Read More
Our gallbladder—a pear-shaped organ that sits beneath the liver—has a simple function: to store and concentrate bile, a digestive enzyme made by the liver. Within the gallbladder, however, solid deposits known as gallstones can form, a condition that affects up to 9 million people in the U.S. each year. Among … Read More
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—possibly gallstones. Older adults are at particular risk, with gallbladder disease one of the most common causes of … Read More
Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ located on the right side of your abdomen beneath your liver. Your gallbladder stores bile that is produced by your liver. When you consume foods that contain fat, your gallbladder releases bile into ducts (tubes) that carry the bile to your small intestine, … Read More
Worried about your gallbladder and gallstones? It helps to understand how the gallbladder operates.
A small, pear-shaped pouch beneath the liver, the gallbladder plays an essential role in maintaining a smooth and healthy digestion. Here’s how it works. First, the liver produces bile (a combination of water, acid, Read More
Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped pouch that sits next to the liver and plays a simple role in digestion. The liver produces a fluid called bile (a combination of water, bile acid, cholesterol, bilirubin, and lecithin) that helps to digest fats in the small intestine. Once bile is produced … Read More