Gallstones are defined as hardened deposits that consist of digestive fluid. They form in the gallbladder and can vary in size and numbers. Depending on the individual, gallstones can form one at a time or in groups. Women are three times more likely to develop gallstones than men.
Symptoms of Gallstones
Gallstones don’t always cause symptoms. However, some common symptoms that patients may experience include:
- Sudden, intense pain in the center or upper right abdomen
- Pain in the right shoulder or between the shoulder blades
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes
- High fever accompanied by chills
Types of Gallstones
There are two main types of gallstones we treat in Noblesville:
- Pigment stones. These types of gallstones are small and dark in color. They’re made of bile from the liver.
- Cholesterol stones. These types of gallstones are yellow-green in color. They’re the most common kind of gallstones.
Gallstones Risk Factors
You’re at an increased risk for developing gallstones if you:
- Are obese. When you’re obese, your cholesterol levels are high, which makes it difficult for the gallbladder to empty.
- Have diabetes. When you have diabetes, you have higher levels of triglycerides, which can cause gallstones.
- Take birth control pills. When you take birth control pills, you’re adding extra estrogen to your body, which increases cholesterol and makes it difficult for the gallbladder to empty.
- Are pregnant. When you’re pregnant, you have higher levels of estrogen, which increases cholesterol in your body.
Treatment for Gallstones at Riverview Health
Seeking quick treatment for gallstones in Noblesville, IN? Our experts at Riverview Health are committed to delivering a quick diagnosis so you can get back to your normal lifestyle.
Request an appointment today with a primary care physician at Riverview Health today by calling 317.565.0535 or by completing an online appointment request form.
The experts at Riverview Health can provide gallstone treatment for people living in Noblesville, Carmel, Cicero, Fishers, Sheridan and Westfield.