If you think you have changes in your bowel habits due to gallbladder problems.
If you are one of those people who have diarrhea or constipation due to gallbladder problems.
If you feel that you have changes in your digestive system due to gallbladder problems or the process of digestive digestion of food has changed, and you consider these changes to be related to gallbladder problems.
If you have diarrhea after a meal.
If your stool is chalky colored and light.
Learn everything you need to know about changes in bowel habits following gallbladder and gallbladder problems. Learn everything you need to know about diarrhea or constipation from gallstones.
If you have gallbladder problems, you are more likely to have diarrhea and, to a lesser extent, constipation.
What is the relationship between gallbladder problems and changing bowel habits?
Can gallbladder problems lead to diarrhea?
Can gallbladder problems lead to constipation?
Read on to find the answers to the above questions.
Everything about the gallbladder
The gallbladder is a very small part of our digestive system, the gallbladder is located under the liver and helps in the process of digestion and digestion of food, but the presence of the gallbladder is not necessary for your health and wellness.
The gallbladder is where bile fluid accumulates and thickens.
Now let’s see the problems with the formation of gallbladder stones:
- inflammation of the gallbladder walls or cholecystitis
- gallstones become trapped at the exit of the gallbladder bile fluid accumulates behind the site of obstruction and inflammation. (cholangitis)
The bile ducts of the liver from the right and the secretory ducts of pancreatic enzymes from the left reach a common hole and are emptied at the beginning of small intestine. Sometimes gallstones get stuck in these holes and now both cause inflammation of the bile ducts of the liver and block the outlet of the pancreatic duct. Enzymes secreted by the pancreas, which were supposed to enter the small intestine and break down food, begin to accumulate behind the obstruction inside the pancreas itself. And the digestion of pancreatic tissue begins, which is associated with serious conditions. The inflammation created in the pancreas during the process of self-digestion of pancreatic tissue is called pancreatitis.
Gallstones are the most common cause of acute pancreatitis.
Gallbladder wall immobility, poor diet, and hormonal changes predispose people to gallstones.
The most important symptom of gallstones is pain, but 80% of people with gallstones have no symptoms.
Who is at high risk for gallstones and related problems?
The following people are at high risk for gallstones and the problems we mentioned above:
- Age over sixty years
- Family history of gallstones in first-degree relatives
- pregnant women
- Women taking birth control pills
- People with uncontrolled diabetes
- Overweight people
- Alcohol consumers
- People with high and rapid weight loss
Symptoms in cholecystitis and cholangitis
- Sharp and severe pain in the right and upper abdomen that spreads to the right shoulder and sometimes the back.
- Severe abdominal pain that gets worse after eating.
- Exacerbation of abdominal pain following a high-fat, heavy meal
- Exacerbation of pain with deep breathing
- Feeling full
- Early satiety
- Accumulation of gastrointestinal gases
- Yellowing of the skin
- Yellowing of the eyes
- loss of appetite
- Dark urine
- Light stools
In cholecystitis and chronic cholangitis, the severity of symptoms is less and will generally improve after a few hours. In chronic cases, there is no jaundice of the skin and eyes and changes in urine and feces. But in acute cholecystitis and cholangitis, as well as pancreatitis caused by gallstones, the severity of the symptoms will be much more severe and the pain will be really debilitating.
The only way to treat a problematic gallbladder is to remove the gallbladder after controlling the infection and inflammation.
In acute pancreatitis, the hospitalized patient is usually given gastrointestinal rest and receives plenty of intravenous fluids, and pain is controlled. In the event of severe criteria, therapeutic interventions will be necessary.
Can diarrhea or constipation be caused by gastrointestinal problems?
Yes, Doctors consider diarrhea to be common in both men and women following gallbladder problems.
Why is diarrhea common due to gallbladder problems?
We said that the entry of bile into the small intestine is useful to help digest the eaten fats, if there is an obstruction in the movement of bile from the liver into the intestine (For example, the exit of the gallbladder or bile ducts after the gallbladder is closed with gallstones.), Bile cannot enter the intestine, so the digestion of consumed fats that have entered the intestine remains incomplete and therefore a large volume of undigested fats enters the large intestines.
Undigested fats will cause diarrhea and diarrhea, so if you have this problem frequently, it is best to see a doctor for a further examination of the gallbladder.
Constipation can also be caused by gallbladder problems. However, constipation occurs less often than diarrhea in gallbladder problems. When will a person with gallbladder problems have constipation?
Constipation is considered a rare complication that may occur following gallstones and bile problems. The most common causes of constipation following gallbladder problems are pancreatitis ilea or Gallstone ileus.
What kind of disease is ilius?
It refers to the occurrence of an obstruction of the intestinal lumen that has occurred due to the entrapment of gallstones in the intestine. It is very rare for gallstones to enter the intestinal lumen without obstruction in the liver and the common duct of the liver and pancreas. Obstruction and ilius will prevent the material inside the intestines from moving forward.
In fact, a type of intestinal obstruction is called ilius.
Ilius is actually the cessation of forward movements and smoky bowel movements that can be temporary but painful. Ilius occurs when the intestines are unable to move their contents normally. Ilius is the cessation of peristaltic bowel movements. Stopping the smoky movements of the intestines, defecation and the movement of gastrointestinal gas also cause problems, as if the intestines are paralyzed.
Symptoms in Ilius
Symptoms in Ilius include:
Abdominal swelling and distention and flatulent, inability to defecate from the anus, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, lethargy, significant loss of appetite, feeling full and constipation.
Sometimes, in addition to constipation in the ilius, there may be some completely watery stools.
- Admitting the patient and hydrating the patient
- draining the accumulated contents through the NG tube
- prescribing appropriate analgesics.
So you noticed that following ilius gallstones, which will rarely occur, constipation may become a manifestation of gallbladder problems. Gallstone ilius is a mechanical obstruction of the gut that causes the gallbladder to become large. Gallstones are most common in women around the age of seventy.
The main treatment for gallstones is to open the abdomen and remove the stone by making a small incision in the wall of the intestine. It should be a few centimeters in diameter. The bowel above the obstruction should be checked for other gallstones so that the disorder does not recur after the abdomen is closed.
It is better after this surgery and after the improvement of the patient’s general condition and especially the continuation of chronic gallbladder symptoms, the patient’s gallbladder is removed electively and not urgently.
there will be 20% of mortality in bile duct surgery.