Health Conditions

Gall Bladder Disease

The gallbladder is a sac located under the liver under the lower right rib cage. It stores and concentrates bile produced in the liver. Bile aids in the digestion of fat, and is released from the gallbladder into the upper small intestine in response to food (especially fats)

Gall bladder disease includes inflammation, infection, stones, or blockage of the gall bladder.

Gall Stones

It is extraordinary to think that 80 percent of people with gall stones are walking around without any symptoms. Gall stones are very common, with thousands of people developing them each year, but only about fifty percent of “sufferers” experience symptoms or complications.

Attempts by the gall bladder to expel the stones can cause severe pain in the upper abdomen and this pain can radiate into the back, particularly behind the shoulder blades. If a gall stone becomes stuck in the outlet for the gall bladder, the trapped bile may irritate and inflame the gall bladder, which can result in a fever with severe abdominal pain and tenderness under the ribs on the right side.

At LifeWorks we have a lot of experience in helping residents of Tampa Bay with Gall Bladder disease and with our programs people rarely have to have surgery to correct them.

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About Dr. Minkoff

In 1995, Dr. Minkoff's wife became ill and her physicians couldn't find what was wrong. Not accepting their "no hope" conclusion, Dr. Minkoff went on a search to help her which led him out of emergency medicine into complementary and alternative medicine to find the answers. In the process he gained expertise in Biological medicine, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. The answers he found were soon in demand when others learned of his wife’s return to good health. In response to this, he and his wife, Sue Minkoff RN established LifeWorks Wellness Center in 1997 and it quickly became one of the most comprehensive complementary and alternative medicine clinics in the U.S.