What causes gallbladder problems, and when should you see a doctor?

patient suffering from gallbladder problems

In many cases, gallbladder problems can be minor and not require any treatment. In others, they can be severe and warrant a trip to the hospital—and potentially, emergency surgery.

This article discusses the common causes and symptoms of gallbladder issues, how conditions of the gallbladder are diagnosed, and the different treatments you may need to get things under control.

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What are common appendicitis symptoms? Plus, how it is it treated

woman laying on couch in pain from appendicitis symptoms

Appendicitis is a condition that results when your appendix, a small worm-like structure in the lower-right side of your abdomen, becomes inflamed. You may feel painful appendicitis symptoms if becomes infected, so it’s important to know the signs of an appendix infection to avoid this serious condition.

Although your appendix—which hangs down from the large intestine—doesn't serve any specific purpose in your body, you may require surgery to remove the organ if you are diagnosed with appendicitis.

Read on to learn more about symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of the condition, find out who typically gets appendicitis, and discover whether or not it can be prevented.

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Gallbladder disease: will I need to have my gallbladder removed?

man holds stomach because of pain from gallbladder disease

If you haven’t experienced them for yourself, you’ve probably at least heard of gallstones. You may even know someone who has had their gallbladder removed. But the overarching topic of gallbladder disease can be a confusing one, as it refers to a number of different conditions affecting the gallbladder.

In this blog article, we’ll break down the main conditions that fall into the category of gallbladder disease. We’ll discuss the risk factors and symptoms, and dive into when surgery is necessary—and what to expect if you need it.

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The signs of appendicitis everyone should know

woman on a couch holding her abdomen because she is experiencing pain and other signs of appendicitis

Knowing the warning signs of appendicitis might help you avoid experiencing even worse symptoms or needing to get emergency care for a burst appendix.


Nausea, vomiting, appetite loss, bloating, fever, sudden pain around your belly button ... sometimes, that pain you’re feeling is more than your average stomach ache.

Keep reading to learn more about appendicitis, what to watch out for, and how doctors treat the condition.

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Diagnostic imaging exams explained

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Ever wonder why your doctor recommended that you see a radiologist to get a diagnostic imaging exam? Providers order these procedures whenever they want to understand better what is happening inside a patient’s body—without doing surgery.

If your physician thinks that you might have a specific condition, disease, or injury, sometimes they can use your imaging results to strengthen their diagnosis. With this added information, your care team can provide a more personalized treatment plan to help you.

The type of imaging exam that most people are familiar with is an X-ray, but there are many other varieties, and each is used for different purposes.

Read on to find out more about X-rays and other common types of imaging exams. Plus, learn the typical reasons why doctors order them.

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