Often when you have gallstones, gallbladder inflammation, or other forms of gallbladder disease, you will feel pain in your right shoulder even though your gallbladder is located on the right side of your abdomen, about half way between your belly button and your Adam’s apple. Why is this?

  • Western medicine: The nerves that control to your gallbladder connect to the celiac plexus and the vagus nerve. The nerve that communicates pain, tightness, or other sensory feelings about your gallbladder, though, is the right phrenic nerve which exits your spinal cord at your C3, C4, and C5. Stimulating this nerve by having gallbladder pain often “refers” the pain to under your right shoulder blade.
  • Eastern medicine: Chinese meridians, or paths where energy flows, show a path from your gallbladder to your right shoulder (continuing upward to various points on your neck and head.) When you have gallstones or other gallbladder problems, the energy stalls often resulting in pain along other points of the meridian – one of which is under your right shoulder blade.


Gallstone Symptoms: Right Shoulder Pain — 2 Comments

  1. Thank u I was misdiagnosed as I developed right pain shoulder plus rapid heart beat had gallstones for 10 years a second scan 8 months ago telling me they were small stones drink loads of water they are border line. Last six weeks I have been in agony can’t sleep hardly eat only dry bread. Was given beta blockers for 9 days felt really out of it terrible headaches and problems with right eye. Doc said come off them. Glad to my blood pressure got high I’m 77 slim and otherwise was healthy. Going to insist on removal

  2. Great, Vera. I’d also suggest drinking apple cider vinegar when you get the pain. If often gets rid of it quickly. Just put two teaspoons in a glass of water and drink that down a couple of times a day. (I like Bragg’s Organic kind.) If you search this site, you’ll also see more tips on eating right for gallbladder issues as well as how to do gallbladder flushes. I’ve used flushes for years now and completely avoided gallbladder removal!

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