Table of Contents
- What is gallbladder pain?
- What are the causes of gallbladder pain?
- What is biliary colic?
- What are the symptoms associated with gallbladder pain?
- What are the symptoms associated with gallbladder pain? (Continued)
- How is the cause of gallbladder pain diagnosed?
- What is the treatment of gallbladder pain?
- Home remedies
- What are the complications of gallbladder pain?
Quick GuideWhat's Causing Your Abdominal Pain?
What are the symptoms associated with gallbladder pain?
Gallbladder pain may vary or feel different depending on the cause. Many people with gallstones never experience pain. However, there are some variations in gallbladder pain that help the doctor to make a diagnosis.
- Biliary colic (intermittent duct blockage): Sudden and rapidly increasing pain (ache or pressure) in the right upper abdomen or epigastric area; some people will have pain radiating to the right shoulder (or back pain in the tip of the scapula) and/or also develop nausea and vomiting. The pain usually subsides in about 1 to 5 hours although a mild ache may persist for about a day.
- Cholecystitis (inflammation of gallbladder tissue secondary to duct blockage): severe steady pain in the right upper abdomen that may radiate to the right shoulder or back, abdominal tenderness when touched or pressed, sweating, nausea, vomiting,fever, chills, and bloating; discomfort lasts longer than with biliary colic.
Heuman, D. "Gallstones (Cholelithiasis)." Medscape. Updated Apr 14, 2016 .