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There is no relationship between acid reflux and gallbladder disease, other than the fact that the diseases can give similar symptoms and therefore can be difficult to distinguish from on another.
While classic acid reflux disease will cause heartburn, at times it may only cause upper abdominal pain. When it does, the pain is usually located in the upper epigastric area, the region just below the breastbone in the center of the body. Classic gallbladder pain is present in the right upper quadrant, below the ribs on the right side. At times it can radiate to the back or around the right side, and if the gallbladder is infected, may be associated with fever. If there is involvement of the bile duct, there may be jaundice or elevation of liver enzymes. In around fifty percent of patients with gallbladder disease, the pain can be in the epigastric area instead of the right upper quadrant. If there is no fever or liver enzyme abnormalities, this might be difficult to distinguish fro...
Introduction Gallstones are small, hard deposits that can form in the gallbladder, a sac-like organ that lies under the liver in the upper right side of the abdomen. Most people with gallstones don't even know they have them. But in some cases a stone may cause the gallbladder to become inflamed, resulting in pain, infection, or other serious complications. Bile and the Gallbladder The formation of gallstones is a complex process that starts with bile, a fluid composed mostly of water, bile salts, lecithin (a fat known as a phospholipid), and cholesterol. Most gallstones are formed from cholesterol. Bile is important for the digestion of fat. It is first produced by the liver and then secreted through tiny channels that eventually lead into a larger tube called the common bile duct , which leads to the small intestine. Only a small amount of bile drains directly into the small intestine, however. Most flows into the gallbladder through the cystic duct , which is a side branch off the common ...
I'm in fairly good health but for the past 30 years I have been experiencing a sharp pain in the front left side of my head, its not a headache. It comes and goes sometimes I wont have it for maybe 5 years then it comes and goes today and a few months ago, please help me on this, I'm a 53 year old female. Anabela.
Get thee to a doctor!
Seriously, what you're describing could be ice pick headaches. You can find more info on them in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics . Also, please see Seeking Migraine and Headache Diagnoses and Medical Advice .
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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