Signs and Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease & How It Relates To Hypothyroidism

Gallbladder and hypothyroidism connection

The basic signs and symptoms of gallbladder disease are:

  • Pain: The most common symptom of a gallbladder problem is pain. This pain usually occurs in the mid- to upper-right section of your abdomen. It can be mild and intermittent, or it can be quite severe and frequent. In some cases, the pain will begin to radiate to other areas of the body, including the back and chest.
  • Nausea or Vomiting: Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms among all types of gallbladder problems. But only chronic gallbladder disease may cause digestive problems, such as acid reflux, gas, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Fever or Chills: An unexplained fever may signal that you have an infection. If you have an infection, you need treatment before it worsens and becomes dangerous. The infection can become life-threatening if it’s allowed to spread to other parts of the body.
  • Chronic Diarrhea: Having more than four bowel movements a day for at least three months may be a sign of chronic gallbladder disease.
  • Jaundice. Yellow-tinted skin may be a sign of a common bile duct block or stone.
  • Unusual Stools or Urine: Lighter-colored stools and dark urine are possible signs of a common bile duct block.

Pain was the signs and symptoms of gallbladder disease I had experienced but didn’t really know what I was experiencing until the doctor identified it for me!

For the longest time I thought it was either constipation or a hernia trying to start. The pain is located just under your right rib though can migrate to your back, down your side or even into your right shoulder. My experience was that it felt like gas on some occasions. So I was consulting the google doctor about diverticulitis. Even though I had a woman who was zoning my feet tell me I was having gallbladder problems, it didn’t really occur to me that the pain I was experiencing was related to signs and symptoms of gallbladder disease!

After my emergency room visit for unbelievable pain that was unrelenting, and an ultrasound, several good sized gallstones were discovered.

Apparently gallbladder disease, gout and hypothyroidism are related.

Everything revolves around the liver to start with. The gallbladder is a small organ that sits just inside the dent of the liver on the right side under your ribs. Your liver makes bile. This bile is used to digest fat in your diet. It is stored in the gallbladder. Once your stomach signals the gallbladder that it needs to process fat, the bile is squeezed out and released into your small intestine.

What is Gout?

Gout is a form inflammatory type of arthritis that usually causes tender, hot, red and swollen joints. The commonly affected joint is the metatarsal-phalangeal joint which is located at the base of the big toe the point where your big toe and your foot connect.

Gout is usually caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood that usually crystallizes forming tophi which is then deposited at the tendons, joints and several other tissues near the joints. This is pretty painful.

Gout is a signal that if you have symptoms of hypothyroidism you might be having gallbladder issues too.

Gallbladder and hypothyroidism connection

How Hypothyroidism and Gallbladder Disease Are Related

Because hypothyroidism reduces the amount of thyroxine the ability for the liver to metabolize cholesterol is lowered. This lowering of the ability for metabolizing makes material for the gallstones to form. Even if  your gallbladder is removed stone can still form in the bile duct.

In general, the pathogenesis of gallstones is a complex process involving mechanisms affecting bile content and bile flow. There are several factors that may contribute to the formation of CBD stones in hypothyroid patients. Based on the investigations currently available, it cannot be concluded whether hypothyroid individuals develop isolated CBD stones or present with CBD stones in addition to gallbladder stones.

 

However, based on what is known about the effects of hypothyroidism on the formation of gallbladder and CBD stones, it seems likely that in hypothyroidism both the risk for gallbladder-originated as well as for de novo CBD stones is increased. In hypothyroidism, the lack of thyroxine (1) decreases liver cholesterol metabolism [6] resulting in bile cholesterol supersaturation, which in turn impairs the motility [13], contractility [14], and filling [15] of the gallbladder, contributing to the retention of cholesterol crystals and to the nucleation and growth of gallstones [13]; (2) diminishes bile secretion from hepatocytes [7] resulting in impaired clearance of precipitates from the bile ducts; (3) reduces SO relaxation [8, 9] resulting in delayed bile flow [16, 17] and thus the formation and accumulation of CBD stones.

 

4.1. Hypothyroidism Decreases Liver Cholesterol Metabolism

 

A 90% of hypothyroid patients have elevated cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, or both [38–42]. Treatment of hypothyroid patients with concomitant hyperlipidemia will have beneficial effects on serum cholesterol levels [40]. In hypothyroidism, decreased LDL receptor activity leads to impaired removal of cholesterol from the serum [38, 43, 44], and reduced regulation of HMG-CoA reductase expression leads to decreased cholesterol synthesis [45, 46]. Even though THs reduce the synthesis of bile salts in human hepatocytes [46], a decrease in biliary bile salt concentration in hypothyroidism has been reported [47]. Hypothyroidism lowers biliary cholesterol secretion in rat, while thyroxine replacement in hypothyroid animals markedly increases cholesterol secretion [48]. However, in cholesterol-fed hypothyroid rat, biliary cholesterol content is significantly increased and the rate of bile secretion decreased [7].

 

[you can read the whole article here]

No Thyroid or Gallbladder Makes Weight Loss A Losing Battle?

 

Prudiddy from my fitness pal shares this encouraging comment:

Hi,
I had my gallbladder removed in 2005 and my thyroid removed in 2013. I have since lost over 70lbs. Since the thyroidectomy last January, I continued to lose weight. It has been a little difficult because not having a thyroid completely works against your metabolism. I fluctuate back and forth between 70-73lbs. I started out on 300 mcg’s of synthroid and after one year, I am at 200 mcg’s. This has affected me in a serious way.

 

The weight is coming off a lot slower, but is still coming off. One major thing my surgeon advised when I first underwent the thyroidectomy was to focus more on duration of the activity/exercise over intensity. This is because the med’s will automatically increase your heart rate until you are at a stable dose. I am now at a stable dose and have increased the intensity of my workouts. I had to increase slowly over the last 3 months.

 

Over all we will have to watch what we eat for the rest of our lives and not slack off like before. We can and will be successful even not having our gallbladder or thyroid. This will take a little extra effort on your part. It is possible. You just can’t give up. Don’t let the hormonal effect of not having these organs make you an emotional eater. You can do it…You will just need prayer and a little extra motivation from within. Hope I didn’t scare you. Good luck..I’m not an expert, but I have gone through both so I can give you the best information from experience. :)

With These Signs and Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease What Should You Eat?

If  you have had  your gallbladder removed it is still possible to have gallstones form in the bile duct so paying attention to your diet is extremely important. As well as getting your hypothyroidism under control.

Foods to Avoid If You Have GallBladder Disease & Hypothyroidism

 

High-fat foods include:

  • Foods that are fried, like French fries and potato chips
  • High-fat meats, such as bacon, bologna, sausage, ground beef, and ribs
  • High-fat dairy products, such as cheese, ice cream, cream, whole milk, and sour cream
  • Pizza
  • Foods made with lard or butter
  • Creamy soups or sauces
  • Meat gravies
  • Chocolate
  • Oils, such as palm and coconut oil
  • Skin of chicken or turkey

High-fiber and gas-producing foods that can be an issue after surgery but also interfere with your thyroid production

  • Cereals
  • Whole-grain breads
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Legumes
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage

 

Be sure to grab  your copy of Eat More Weigh Less for more ideas about how and what to eat if you are suffering from gallbladder and hypothyroidism issues.

eat more weigh less

Save

Save

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather