What are the main symptoms of gallbladder problems?

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Alternative names for gallbladder problems are Cholecystitis, choledocholithiasis or bile duct stones. Following is an in-depth report on the symptoms of gallstones.

There are about 90% gallstones that show no symptoms and there is a least chance of pain after their formation in 10 years. After 10 years any chance of developing symptom drops.

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Colic or Biliary Pain

The most common and mild pain in case of gallstone development is called Biliary colic, which occurs in the upper right or mid abdomen. Symptoms can be non-specific. The following features may appear in a typical attack.

    • The primary gallstone symptom is a gnawing pain near the rib cage in the upper right abdomen which can also radiate to upper back.
    • Vomiting or nausea can occur.
    • Passing gas, changing positions and taking pain relievers do not relieve the pain.
    • Biliary colic disappears after several hours, but if it persists, there may be a severe condition of acute Cholecystitis.
    • Fatty meals mainly trigger the pain.

      Digestive complaints like feeling full after meals,belching,heartburn,bloating or regurgitation are not caused by a gallbladder disease rather conditions that can produce this include indigestion of any unknown cause,gastroesophageal reflux disease and peptic ulcer.

      Symptoms of gallbladder inflammation (Acute Calculous or Calculous Cholecystitis)

        • When stones block the bile duct acute Cholecystitis i.e. inflammation of gallbladder occurs. Its symptoms include:
        • Severe and constant pain in an upper right abdomen which can last for days. Pain increases with the intake of breath.
        • Pain can also radiate to back, behind the breasts, under the shoulder.
        • One third of patients have fever and chill.
        • Vomiting and nausea are common.

          Symptoms of chronic Cholecystitis or Dysfunctional Gallbladder

          Chronic gallbladder disease which is called chronic Cholecystitis involves mild inflammation and gallstones. Gallbladder becomes stiff and scarred in such cases. Following are some main symptoms of chronic gallbladder disease;

          • After meals there is a feeling of abdominal discomfort, nausea and gas complaints.
          • Chronic diarrhea

          Symptoms of stones present in the common bile duct (Choledocholithiasis)

          • Jaundice and dark urine
          • Lighter stool
          • Rapid heartbeat and abrupt drop in blood pressure
          • Chill, fever, nausea and vomiting.

          Patients suffering from such symptoms require emergency treatment.

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