Gallstones in Denver, CO
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What are gallstones?
Gallstones are deposits of digestive fluid that have hardened and formed in your gallbladder. Your gallbladder, the pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, is right below your liver. The digestive fluid held inside (or bile) that is released into your small intestine can sometimes become a deposit and harden before it is released.
The size of gallstones can range from a small grain of sand to the width of an entire golf ball. While it is possible to develop only one gallstone, you can end up with many at the same time. Some gallstones will resolve on their own, but when symptoms are present, it is important to have yourself evaluated by our GI team.
To learn more about gallstones and how they are treated, schedule an appointment in our Denver, CO office. Our team of gastroenterologists will create a treatment plan aimed at providing you minimal downtime so that you can get back to life as normal. Contact the office today for more information.
What are the symptoms of gallstones?
Once a gallstone gets stuck within a duct and causes a blockage, that is when some signs and symptoms will most likely occur. You may experience the following symptoms, that could come on rapidly:
- Sudden intensifying pain in the upper right portion of your abdomen
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sudden intensifying pain in the center of your abdomen, below your breastbone
- Back pain between your shoulder blades
- Pain in your right shoulder
These symptoms could last ranging from a few minutes to a few hours. Immediate care should be taken if you have pain so intense that you can’t sit still or find a comfortable position, if you experience jaundice, or if you have a high fever with chills.
If you've experienced any of the symptoms outlined above, contact our team of GI specialists. We will get to the bottom of your pain and determine whether or not a gallstone is a reason. Schedule an appointment by calling our Denver, CO office today.
What causes gallstones?
While it isn’t clear what exactly causes gallstones, there may be a few reasons why they occur. This includes when your cholesterol levels are undissolved and form into hard gallstones (otherwise known as cholesterol gallstones) within your gallbladder, and when your bile contains too much bilirubin and causes pigment gallstones. Some risk factors for gallstones also include:
- Being 40 years or older
- Being sedentary
- Eating a high-fat diet
- Eating a high-cholesterol diet
- Having diabetes
- Having liver disease
- Eating a low-fiber diet
When you need treatment for gallstones and want to learn about some of the causes, contact our GI physicians. We will work with you to determine the best course of treatment in a timely manner. Connect with us by calling our office in Denver, CO for more information.
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Connect with our GI physicians at Colorado Gastroenterology to receive professional treatment for your gallstones. We will work as quickly as possible to ensure that you experience quick relief so that you can get back to doing what you love. Call our Denver, CO office today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to assisting you.
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