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What are Some Symptoms of Gallbladder Problems?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Gallbladder problems can cause a great deal of discomfort. From a sense of feeling bloated to being unable to stand upright, people can exhibit a wide variety of symptoms of problems with the gallbladder. If you suspect you may have a problem of some type with your gallbladder, here are a few of the most common symptoms associated with the gallbladder.

It is not unusual for gallbladder problems to exhibit nothing more than minor symptoms in the early stages. The condition may at first appear to be nothing more than indigestion after consuming certain foods. This example of a symptom of a problem may or may not be accompanied by burping or a buildup of gas that must be released with a load belch.

The mild indigestion may move on to a lingering sense of nausea or queasiness that is similar to mild food poisoning. As the condition continues to worsen, gas and bloating move from being uncomfortable to being painful. If stones are developing and working their way through the bile duct, the individual may begin to experience sharp pains in the lower right side of the abdomen. The sharp pains associated with gallbladder problems caused by the presence of stones usually reaches a peak and then levels off as the stones settle in the bile duct for a short time.

In the most advanced situations, gallbladder problems may be manifested in pain that emanates from the area between the shoulder blades. While this is one of the more common symptoms of advancing gallbladder issues, people often mistake this symptom as being pulled muscles or a problem with the back or spine. However, physicians are well acquainted with this symptom and can easily identify if the pain is due to a problem with the gallbladder or has another cause.

When gallbladder problems reach their most advanced stages, the pain may become so intense that walking in an upright position is not possible. The sharp pains along the right side and between the shoulder blades make it impossible to sit or stand with any degree of comfort. If a doctor has not been consulted before reaching this stage, it is imperative that medical treatment is sought immediately.

Fortunately there is more than one way to treat gallbladder problems. A physician can determine the current status of the problem and initiate a treatment that will help alleviate the pain and also address the core issue. In some cases, it is possible to use prescription medication to deal with gallbladder issues. However, some of the more severe problems may require some type of surgery in order to correct the issue.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including The Health Board, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By Charlie89 — On Jul 31, 2010

@Planch -- While there are a ton of "gallbladder problems diets" out there, it's all pretty much the same thing.

You're going to want to avoid eggs, pork, milk, coffee, citrus fruits, alcohol, saturated fats, nuts, and partially hydrogenated oils.

Good foods for gallbladder problems include cucumbers and beets, green beans, fresh vegetables, and flax oil.

Of course, everybody is different, and these are just general guidelines. If you are really concerned about it I suggest you ask a doctor or see a nutritionist.

Good luck!

By Planch — On Jul 31, 2010

What is a really good diet for gallbladder problems?

My husband is prone to them, and we wanted to know if anybody had had any experience with a good gallbladder diet, specifically, what foods to avoid with gallbladder problems.

Does anybody have any experience with this, or know where we should look?

By CopperPipe — On Jul 31, 2010

Some other gallbladder problem symptoms include a headache over the eyes, pain after deep inhalation, light-colored stools, and diarrhea.

By anon37522 — On Jul 20, 2009

how can a surgeon mistakenly cut the aortic valve as indicated in the article about the surgeon performing a gallbladder removal on an Air Force member, who ends up losing both his legs as a result?

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Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
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