Many truck drivers are at an increased risk for gallbladder attacks, caused by Gallstones. The symptoms are often so intense they are often mistaken for a heart attack. Gallstones are one of the unfortunate side affects of a poor diet. Greasy foods that are high in fats and cholesterol combined with an inefficient fibre intake are just one of the causes of Gallstones.
Gallstones may cause no signs or symptoms at all, but quite often, a gallstone lodges in a duct and causes a blockage, or you will eat something and the alarm bells will start ringing and, searing pain will ensue.
It’s important for truck drivers to know the symptoms and seek medical attention when needed.
Symptoms of Gallbladder Attacks
- Stomach pain that occurs in the mid to upper right part of the stomach. The pain is often described as sudden and rapidly intensifying pain.
- Back pain between your shoulder blades or pain in your right shoulder.
- Chest pain can occur if a blocked bile duct forces bile up into your chest, hence the reason many people think they’re having a heart attack. The pain isn’t always severe and can often present a heartburn.
- Digestive issues often occur and present themselves in the form of nausea, gas, heartburn, diarrhea and vomiting. Vomiting after eating is a red flag when it come to diagnosing gallbladder attacks and you should see a doctor.
- Fever and chills often accompany gallbladder attacks when an infection occurs in the bile duct.
- Jaundice is another red flag and you should seek medical attention immediately if you experience any yellowing of the skin or eyes.
When to Seek Medical Attention
As with any medical issue, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Identifying and diagnosing symptoms as soon as possible leads to quicker treatment and reduces the complications of going untreated for too long.
It is best to make an appointment with your doctor if you have experienced any of the signs and symptoms of gallbladder attacks. Keep in mind that intense abdominal pain, jaundice, vomiting after eating and high fever with chills are all symptoms that require immediate medical attention.
Trucking can be hard on drivers. Remember to take care of yourself. Eat a healthy balanced diet, get some exercise in when you can and don’t forget to treat yourself to a little rest and relaxation every once in awhile.