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Am I having a gallbladder attack?

If you lie down after a large meal where you have over indulged in the wrong foods and food combinations, such as greasy fried foods, and try to sleep you may have a series of symptoms which will cause you to know you have really pushed your limits. After this type of meal you might feel like an elephant has sat on your chest and/or your rib cage. You might feel back pain right between your shoulder blades along with that feeling of pressure right around the center or towards the right of your rib cage. It is possible that these symptoms become so severe you might even think you are having a heart attack and some people will end up, and rightly so, in the emergency room. More often than not, the diagnosis will be a gallbladder attack! I know this firsthand as I was with my very best friend when this happened to her. We got her into the emergency room where it was determined that her blood pressure was soaring out of control and after an ultrasound scan revealed gallstones in the bile duct, she was scheduled for emergency gallbladder removal surgery the very next day. This was not something I would wish on my worst enemy, ever!

What causes a gallbladder attack?

Many people think that it is only a diet that is too high in fat that causes gallbladder disease but, did you know, that lack of fat in your diet can also bring on a gallbladder attack? You may think you are following a healthy diet by trying to totally eliminate fat, such diets that severely restrict foods or such as when following an HCG diet protocol (I will do a piece on this topic in the future) or other regime low in calories and fat. But it is important to know that fats are critically important in our diet, but it’s the right fats that count. So too much or too little are triggers as is over eating and indulging. Moderation is such a beautiful word when comes to eating because research shows that a balanced diet high in unsaturated fats (essential fatty acids) may reduce risk of gallstones, especially in men.

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that a diet which is too low in the right fats can be a strong reason to suspect that you are having a gallbladder attack just as much as if you went to bed with a quart of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Vanilla.

Remember to seek medical help right away in order to get a proper diagnosis.

How does one know if they are having a gallbladder attack?

If you have experienced some or all of the following symptoms it’s time to consider that you may have had a gallbladder attack. Gallbladder attacks can certainly be both very painful and frightening. It is easy to understand why so many people opt for gallbladder surgery after experiencing even one gallbladder attack. However there are natural alternatives such as natural supplements and specific organic foods that can manage gallbladder disease to help prevent both surgery and the discomfort of gallbladder colic if you catch it in time.

NOTE: A gallbladder attack is a serious and often life-threatening condition so you must have a medical evaluation and make an informed decision on what treatment options are available. The diagnostic tool your doctor will schedule will include a gallbladder and abdominal ultrasound scan.

The following list of symptoms are to be used as guidelines to help you share with your doctor what has been going on in your particular case.

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Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall, PhD shares musings on myriad of topics at her Celestial Musings Blog. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care with Jean Hofve, DVM and Paleo Dog. Celeste is an actress/producer/activist/writer and keynote speaker. She and her husband Nazim Artist created the Art of Wellness Collection and are the producers of Femme: Women Healing the World. They live in Los Angeles, California with their beloved Tonkinese cats. Join Celeste at her website or on Facebook.


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9:46AM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

I was diagnosed with way too many stones in my gallbladder, so began doing a cleanse regularly each month. You can find several different recipes for it on the web. Now don't have any more problems, and focus on eating healthy foods to prevent a re-occurrence.

6:11AM PDT on Aug 5, 2014

Risk factors for gallbladder disease are easy to remember- they are: the 4 "f's"- fat, fertile forty and female. No judging here- it's a simple mnemonic taught in med school. Rapid weight loss can also precipitate an attack. While these recipes are wonderful, dont beat yourself up if an attack occurs, many times a predisposition to this disease is hereditary. Just get help, an infected gallbladder can be lethal!

6:13PM PDT on Aug 4, 2014

Been there.....done was not fun.

5:40PM PDT on Aug 4, 2014


8:59AM PDT on Aug 4, 2014

good information, thank you

4:43AM PDT on Aug 4, 2014

Consult your doctor

8:26AM PDT on Aug 3, 2014

Thanks for the info

1:04PM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

If you have gallbladder problems, you probably should get tested for celiac disease, and even if you test negative, could still have gluten intolerance. Gallbladder removal is incredibly common in people who haven't been properly diagnosed as having celiac. It is an autoimmune disease that attacks your organs. Rather than just blame thyroid disease for causing gallbladder problems, find out what caused the thyroid disease.

12:54PM PDT on Jul 21, 2014


6:10PM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

Thanks for the informative post. A little long, though.

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