Gallbladder Disease and Gallstones
Written by Andrew Sarski on February 9, 2011
Since women are traditionally twice as likely to develop gallbladder disease than men, any factors that increase the risk of this condition can be exponentially worse for women. For example, approximately one hundred million women take oral contraceptives. Unfortunately, the hormones in certain oral contraceptives have been shown to increase the level of cholesterol in the bile secreted from the liver as well as decrease the activity within the gallbladder. Large amounts of cholesterol in the gallbladder can result in the crystallization of gallstones, and limited gallbladder activity can affect the organ’s ability to push bile through the duct and into the small intestine. Reduced contractions allows concentrated bile to remain in the gallbladder, causing infection and inflammation.
Symptoms and Treatment of Gallstones and Gallbladder Disease
The most common symptoms of gallbladder disease are steady, severe pain in the upper abdomen, nausea, vomiting, intolerance of fatty foods, and loss of appetite. Less common symptoms include dizziness, fever, constant fatigue, shivering, and sometimes jaundice if the gallbladder duct is blocked. Symptoms of this condition can be minor or severe; most people with gallbladder disease will find themselves unable to eat broccoli, cauliflower, nuts, or any foods that are high in fat. Many individuals with this disease will require the removal of their gallbladder in order to alleviate their symptoms. However, if gallbladder disease is left untreated, it can lead to serious complications, including liver disease, a ruptured gallbladder and other dangerous injuries or illnesses.
Gallstones and Gallbladder Disease Legal Help
Gallbladder disease is a serious condition that can lead to major health complications in the future. Individuals can decrease their risk of developing gallbladder disease by limiting their use of pharmaceutical medications that research shows may cause this condition. Unfortunately, without adequate information from drug manufacturing companies, consumers may unknowingly continue taking a medication that is harmful to their health. Some pharmaceutical companies employ deceptive practices in order to expedite the FDA approval process for new drugs, such as concealing the more serious side effects of drugs. This is an extremely dangerous situation for a consumer to be in, as misinformation about a medication can potentially lead to the development of life-threatening health conditions, and even death. By failing to reveal side effect information, big drug companies rob consumers of their right to make informed decisions about their medications, based on the risks and benefits. The only way to fight this deceptive act and collect reimbursement for your injuries is to file a defective drug lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company.
Victims of injuries sustained from defective drugs are not at fault. In fact, they should contact a defective drug attorney to discuss the benefits of filing a lawsuit. Many defective drug lawsuits are already pending against drug manufacturing companies and other defective drug cases are currently being investigated. If you or a loved one has suffered from gallbladder disease and you believe pharmaceuticals to be the cause, seek legal guidance from an experienced defective drug lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and a qualified defective drug attorney can help you develop a successful case.