Yaz is a drug used for birth control that is under heavy scrutiny because of the many apparent side effects that it has. One side effect that is commonly reported is gallbladder disease that results when gallstones are formed in the gallbladder or the gallbladder becomes inflamed. The gallbladder helps with digestion and storage of bile. It is a non-vital organ located in the liver. There is a lot of pain associated with gallbladder disease as well problems with digestion. However, the disease is not normally fatal. The costs of gallbladder disease caused by taking Yaz can be big.
Gallbladder disease is either cholecystitis, which means the gallbladder becomes inflamed, or cholelithiasis. The latter type happens when gallstones form in the gallbladder and block the flow of bile in the bile ducts located between the liver and the intestine. Gallbladder disease of either type can result in serious infections and considerable pain.
Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease
· Sharp pain in the upper part of the back between the shoulder blades or pain on the right side of the body
· Severe pain in the upper area of the abdomen, resembling the pain of an ulcer
· Fever and sweating
· Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea along with loss of appetite
Gallbladder disease can also cause jaundice. This happens when gallstones obstruct the bile ducts, causing the bile created by the liver to back up into the gallbladder eventually moving into the bloodstream. The visible sign of jaundice is yellowing of the skin. The eyes may also turn yellow if the jaundice worsens. Jaundice has its own serious consequences like liver disease and vitamin deficiencies.
How does Yaz prescription birth control cause gallbladder disease?
The contraceptive pill causes estrogen levels to rise, which can precipitate a hike in cholesterol. High cholesterol is one of the main things that produces gallstones. Attacks of gallstones sometimes have a domino effect. After the first attack of stones blocks the bile ducts, the gallbladder becomes more likely to experience more attacks. The pain from an attack of gallstones is felt in the back or the abdomen and can go on as long as a half an hour to several hours. The length usually depends on how many past attacks there have been.
If the gallbladder disease is cholecystitis the symptoms are the same, but there will be no swelling. The inflammation also causes the bile ducts to become blocked leading to the same problems plus the possibility of affecting the pancreas, which can lead to pancreatitis. When the pancreas becomes involved the consequences can be life-threatening.
If you have been taking Yaz and experience any of the symptoms listed, it is important to see a doctor right away even if that symptom is as simple as a stomach ache. A visit to a doctor or hospital and having the problem detected early can save you from digestive problems for the rest of your life. Medical experts can easily detect the presence of gallstones or inflammation with X-rays, CAT scans, blood tests, and ultrasounds.
Treating Gallbladder Disease
The treatment for gallbladder disease is surgery, an open or laparscopic cholecystectomy. In the first case the gallbladder is removed completely. With a laparscopic cholecystectomy the gallbladder is cleared of obstructions. Both types of surgery cause further side effects. The surgery in which the obstructions are cleared leaves the possibility of future attacks. The way to ensure that the problems do not recur is to remove the gallbladder completely, however this does produce complications with digestion.
If you take Yaz and suffer from any of these symptoms, medical attention is vital so that treatment can be started right away. If you are convinced that Yaz is the cause of your gallbladder disease, you not only have the right but also an obligation to yourself to seek legal advice and compensation for your medical expenses and pain and suffering.