Symptoms of Gallstones
Symptoms of Gallstones: Introduction
The types and severity of symptoms of gallstones vary between individuals depending on a variety of factors, such as where the gallstones are located and the size of the stones, and the presence of complications.
Many people have no symptoms or physical problems and may be totally unaware that they have gallstones.
When symptoms do occur they often include severe, sharp epigastric pain, abdominal pain, ride sided abdominal pain, and/or pain that radiates around the right rib cage and into the back. This pain may occur just after eating. A commonly used general term used for the pain caused by gallstones is biliary colic.
Other symptoms may include fever, chills, loss of appetite, jaundice, nausea, and vomiting. The abdomen, especially the right upper area, may be very tender to the touch.
Serious complications of gallstones include the development of pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a serious disease of the pancreas, an organ and gland in the upper abdominal area. It is characterized by a sudden and severe inflammation of the pancreas and can be life-threatening and led to other serious complications.
Other complications of gallstones include biliary cirrhosis, peritonitis, and cholangitis....more about Gallstones »
Symptoms of Gallstones
The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources
for Gallstones includes the 26
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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Gallstones:
Gallstones: NIDDK (Excerpt)
Symptoms of gallstones are often called a
gallstone "attack" because they occur suddenly. A typical attack can cause
- Steady, severe pain in the upper abdomen that increases rapidly and
lasts from 30 minutes to several hours.
- Pain in the back between the shoulder blades.
- Pain under the right shoulder.
- Nausea or vomiting.
Gallstone attacks often follow fatty meals, and they may occur during
the night. Other gallstone symptoms include
- Abdominal bloating.
- Recurring intolerance of fatty foods.
People who also have the following symptoms should see a doctor right
- Low-grade fever.
- Yellowish color of the skin or whites of the eyes.
- Clay-colored stools.
Many people with gallstones have no symptoms. These patients are said
to be asymptomatic, and these stones are called "silent stones." They do
not interfere in gallbladder, liver, or pancreas function and do not need
(Source: excerpt from Gallstones: NIDDK)
Dieting and Gallstones: NIDDK (Excerpt)
However, most people with
gallstones don't know they have them and experience no symptoms. Painless
gallstones are called silent gallstones. For an unfortunate
minority, however, gallstones can cause painful attacks. Painful
gallstones are called symptomatic gallstones, because they cause
symptoms. In rare cases gallstones can cause life-threatening
complications. (Source: excerpt from Dieting and Gallstones: NIDDK)
Gallstones: NWHIC (Excerpt)
Most people with gallstones do not have symptoms. They have what are
called silent stones. Studies show that most people with silent stones
remain symptom free for years and require no treatment. Silent stones
usually are detected during a routine medical checkup or examination for
another illness. (Source: excerpt from Gallstones: NWHIC)
Gallstones: NWHIC (Excerpt)
A gallstone attack usually is marked by a steady, severe pain in the
upper abdomen. Attacks may last only 20 or 30 minutes but more often they
last for one to several hours. A gallstone attack may also cause pain in
the back between the shoulder blades or in the right shoulder and may
cause nausea or vomiting. Attacks may be separated by weeks, months, or
even years. Once a true attack occurs, subsequent attacks are much more
likely. (Source: excerpt from Gallstones: NWHIC)
Gallstones as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions
When considering symptoms of Gallstones, it is also important to consider Gallstones as a possible cause of other medical conditions.
The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Gallstones may cause:
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The symptom information on this page
attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Gallstones.
This signs and symptoms information for Gallstones has been gathered from various sources,
may not be fully accurate,
and may not be the full list of Gallstones signs or Gallstones symptoms.
Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Gallstones may vary on an individual basis for each patient.
Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they
are indeed Gallstones symptoms.