The prescription birth control drug Yaz has been accused of causing a wide variety of side effects. Among the most common alleged side effects is gallbladder disease, which is caused by the creations of gallstones in the non-vital organ. The gallbladder is a small organ in the liver that aids in digestion and the storage of bile. While gallbladder disease is typically not fatal, it can cause a great deal of pain and digestive problems. Women are twice as likely as men to develop a gallbladder disease. The consequences of Yaz gallbladder disease can be immense.
Aside from the mostly uncommon gallbladder cancer, gallbladder disease is generally either known as cholecystitis and cholelithiasis. The former is when the gallbladder becomes inflamed, while cholelithiasis occurs when gallstones are formed in the organ and obstruct the flow of bile in the ducts between the liver and intestines. Both forms of gallbladder disease can lead to dangerous infections and a great deal of pain that comes in waves.
Symptoms of gallbladder disease include:
Severe pain in the upper back, generally between the shoulder blades or on the right side of the body
Intense pain in the upper abdomen, similar to the sensation of an ulcer
A mild to medium fever, combined with sweating
Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
Another more serious symptom of gallbladder disease is the development of jaundice. When the bile ducts become clogged with gallstones, the bile from the liver backs up in the gallbladder and eventually gets into the bloodstream. When this happens, the skin will become yellow, as will the eyes as the jaundice becomes more serious. Jaundice can lead to liver disease and vitamin deficiencies.
The prescription birth control medicine Yaz causes a hike in estrogen, which can, in turn, lead to a rise in cholesterol. Increased cholesterol is a major factor in the production of gallstones. Gallstone attacks occur as if a damn has burst inside the body. Once the initial attack of gallstones takes place and the bile ducts are blocked, the gallbladder becomes increasingly susceptible to further attacks. The intense pain from one attack can last as long as five hours. The pain will be located in either the abdomen or the back, and it can last anywhere from a half hour to many hours, depending on severity and the amount of previous attacks.
The inflammation that takes place with cholecystitis provides nearly the same symptoms as gallstones, with the exception of increased swelling, obviously. The inflammation also blocks the bile ducts and leads to problems in bile displacement, digestion, and can even cause problems with the pancreas, leading to pancreatitis. The pancreas is an essential organ for the body’s digestive process, and should the gallbladder disease lead to the inflammation of the pancreas, there could be life-threatening consequences.
Because the symptoms of gallbladder disease are very common and similar to other illnesses, it is essential that you or a loved one receive professional medical attention if the aforementioned symptoms occur while you or the victim have been taking Yaz. Even if the only symptom is a stomach ache, medical attention could mean the difference between early detection and a lifetime of digestive complications. In the most severe cases, it could mean saving a life. Physicians and medical experts can use X-Rays, CAT scans, ultrasounds, blood tests, and various other methods to detect gallstones or gallbladder inflammation. As with any illness, early detection is the key.
There are two types of surgery associated with gallbladder disease – open cholecystectomy and laparoscopic cholecystectomy. In the open cholecystectomy operation, the gallbladder is removed through an incision under the rib cage. The operation can last an hour or two, but the time required for in-hospital recovery can last up to five days. For a laparoscopic procedure, four incisions are created around the abdomen, hip, and rib cage in order to clear the gallbladder of obstructions as opposed to completely removing it. This type of surgery also takes an hour or two, however does not require more than one day of in-hospital recovery.
In addition to the risks the gallbladder already faces through the initial disease, both surgeries are also accompanied by additional side effects. Through cleaning methods, the possibility of future attacks remains. This means recurring abdominal and back pain, as well as increased chances for jaundice, liver disease, and pancreatitis. Gallbladder removal is the only surefire way to eliminate gallstones. However, as with any surgical procedure, organ removal can lead to blood clotting and infection. Removal of the gallbladder also creates digestive complications.
If you are experiencing these symptoms or have been diagnosed with gallbladder disease, medical attention is essential with a great emphasis on immediacy. Seek a physician or medical professional’s assistance and begin treatment without hesitation. If you believe that Yaz is responsible for your gallbladder disease, you possess the legal right and personal obligation to be compensated for your medical expenses, as well as your personal and familial pain and suffering. The Newsome Law Firm offers consultation at no cost for prescribed Yaz users who have experienced serious side effects.