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What are the symptoms associated with gallbladder pain?
Gallbladder pain may vary; 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 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,
and bloating; discomfort lasts longer than with biliary colic.
Acalculous cholecystitis (no
gallstones) has similar symptoms to cholecystitis but occurs as a complication
of other problems like trauma or
burns; patients have severe symptoms and appear
Pancreatitis: Gallstones from the gallbladder can
block the pancreatic duct and cause pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
abdominal pain that may radiate to the back, tender abdomen, more
pain after eating, with nausea and vomiting.
Ascending cholangitis (or simply
cholangitis or infection of the biliary system) causes fever, abdominal pain,
jaundice and even hypotension
blood pressure), and
confusion; it is a medical emergency.