August 18, 2023

How to Relieve Gallbladder Pain

The gallbladder is a small pouch in the upper right side of your abdomen that stores and releases bile, a liquid that helps break down fat during digestion. The gallbladder has a duct that connects it to your liver and a pipe-like system that carries bile from the liver to your small intestine. If you have gallstones, the stones can block this duct, which causes pain in your abdomen, usually under the rib cage on the upper right side. The pain can be so severe that it might feel like a heart attack, and you should seek immediate medical care.

Gallstones are hard, crystal-like particles that range in size from the size of a grain of sand to the size of a golf ball. They can be asymptomatic, or they can cause pain and other problems. In many cases, a doctor can treat gallbladder pain with medications or surgery. But many people turn to natural or home remedies, such as acupuncture and diet changes, for relief.

Medications that reduce inflammation and increase the flow of bile may relieve gallbladder pain. Taking a magnesium supplement, drinking peppermint tea and applying a heating pad or hot water bottle to your abdomen can also help ease gallbladder pain. If you continue to have gallbladder attacks, your doctor may recommend that you have your gallbladder removed.

In a small study, acupuncture reduced back pain and abdominal pain in people with cholecystitis. But more research is needed to find out whether acupuncture helps patients with gallstones.

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