6 Most Common Gallblader Symptoms

Do you often have gastrointestinal problems that you can’t find the root cause of? Well, it is possible that you are experiencing gallblader symptoms without realizing it.

The gallblader is a small pear-shaped organ that helps your body digest dietary fats and it concentrates the bile that is produced by your liver.

Often, symptoms of these attacks are similar to other diseases, indigestion, or they may have no symptoms at all. Therefore, pain is often ignored or misdiagnosed as something more minor.

Some major gallbladder symptoms include

1)     chest pain on the right side of the body (dull ache or sharp pain)

2)     pain on the upper abdominal area

3)     difficulty walking

4)     difficulty sitting up straight

5)     pain spreading between the shoulder blades

6)     nausea and vomiting

You  might realize that you have stomach and abdominal pain, but how do you know this is a real gallblader symptom and not just normal stomach pain? The answer is remembering that this is just one of the symptoms of having problems with this organ.

Gallblader symptoms can include other symptoms such as pain on the upper middle or right abdominal area. This is often caused by gallstones in the bile duct. Gallstones are small pebble-like structures in the small organ.

The size of these stones can range from tiny grains of sand to the size of golf balls. When they are large, they can get stuck in the bile duct and can either slow or block the flow of the bile in the duct that connects the liver and and small intestine, resulting in either a dull ache or sharp pain in the area. This may also cause jaundice, a condition where the flow of bile is blocked, backed up into the liver, and is released into the bloodstream, causing the skin and whites of the eyes to turn yellow.

If you notice that you have this condition, you should see your doctor immediately.

Gallblader symptoms also include chest pain on the right side of the body and can spread between the shoulder blades.

You might find it extremely painful to touch the area around the organ, and you may experience vomiting, nausea, and a loss of appetite. Some other symptoms may include difficulty while walking or sitting up straight, burping and belching, as well as acid reflux.

The gallblader attack can last anywhere between 30 minutes to 15 hours. You will most likely feel the peak of pain around 15 minutes. However, you may find relief by lying down on top of a pillow on the left side of the body. This will aid in decreasing the pressure from the gallbladder.

The above symptoms should help you recognize gallblader symptoms and how to differentiate them from other gastrointestinal problems. If you experience chills or a fever with the above symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately. Your doctor will fully diagnose you by examining your gallbladder via ultrasound and recommend you a treatment suitable for your condition. In more serious conditions, your doctor may remove your gallbladder through surgery to prevent more painful symptoms.