By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
Digestive symptoms are extremely common. Bloating, gas, nausea and abdominal discomfort affect a lot of people. How do you know if your symptoms are due to IBS, a liver condition or your gallbladder? It’s important to always see your doctor for a diagnosis, but this article may give you some clues, and tips for resolving your symptoms.
Sometimes symptoms of a sluggish liver and/or sluggish bile flow can be interpreted incorrectly as gallbladder disease and the solution is actually to improve liver function. There may be excessive pressure inside the bile ducts within the liver and this occurs before the bile ducts get to the gallbladder. This increased pressure inside the bile ducts can be caused by thick toxic bile or an inflamed liver.
A fatty liver is swollen and congested with fat; this can cause bile flow to be sluggish, resulting in increased pressure and discomfort over the liver, which is the right side of the mid abdomen.
If the increased pressure remains in the bile ducts, this can result in back pressure in the bile ducts, which can cause liver cysts. These cysts are small to begin with, but if nothing is done, these cysts can grow in size and become painful.