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Gallstones: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, and More

Released on Jul. 18, 2023

People are more likely to suffer from gallstones in the summer, people like to eat cold, spicy and other foods in the summer, many people also have the habit of eating late-night snacks, unhealthy eating habits will make the gallbladder overload.

This small stone should not be underestimated. Messing up not only causes abdominal pain, but can also be life-threatening. In the beginning, you may feel some pain in your abdomen, but if it gets worse and you break out in a cold sweat, you should rush to the hospital.

"According to the clinical point of view, 80 per cent of cholecystitis is a 'precursor' to gallstones, which prompts us to pay attention to our gallbladder health. You must eat breakfast in the morning, and you must eat well to stimulate the gallbladder. This is so that the gallbladder is emptied and the concentrated bile is discharged into the intestinal cavity to help us digest and absorb. Also, get proper physical activity and lose fat and weight.

Stones hurt like hell.

Stones should be treated as soon as they are discovered. Under the guidance of the doctor, a small number of relatively small gallbladder stone patients can benefit from conservative treatment. However, if the symptoms recur or the stones are too large or too many, surgical treatment may be required. It is particularly dangerous to develop severe cholangitis when there are stones in the bile duct. ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) or laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) are options depending on the location and severity of the stones. LC+ERCP surgery allows patients to solve multiple problems with a single anaesthetic."

Urinary stones are also one of the most prevalent conditions during summer. Summer urinary stones are three times higher than usual. This is mainly due to increased evaporation of human sweat in summer, urination is reduced, urine concentration, coupled with habits such as holding urine, often leads to a large number of metabolic wastes in human urine that cannot be discharged in a timely manner, urea and other weakly alkaline wastes in the urine react with proteins, inducing the birth of stones. At the same time, summer ultraviolet light, vitamin A and D synthesis, promote the absorption of calcium ions in the small intestine, urinary calcium excretion is increased, but also easy to form stones.

Dietary tips

As a way to prevent urinary stones,  drink more water until urine that is bright yellowish, eating more fruits and vegetables, but limiting food containing oxalic acid, such as spinach. To promote calcium salt flow to the bone, drink less beer, eat less seafood and other foods high in purines; and exercise more.