Symptoms of Gallstones

Symptoms of gallstones can be very painful. Usually gallstones symptoms are:

  • Pain in your gallbladder region: Your gallbladder is located right below your liver, on the right side of your body half way between your throat and belly button. The pain can range from a constant, dull ache to sharp, passing pain.
  • Abdominal pain: Though your gallbladder may be having issues with gallstones, other parts of your abdomen may hurt as well. The pain can be continual or when your press on a certain part of your abdomen.
  • Pain in your right shoulder: Pain from gallstones can radiate to your right shoulder blade.
  • Jaundice: The whites of your eyes or your skin can become slightly yellow. This comes from your liver having difficulty filtering your blood when it is full of gallstones.
  • Bloating, gas, or different looking stool: As your gallbladder helps with digesting fats, if your gallbladder isn’t working right due to gallstones, it can affect the rest of your digestive tract.
  • Fever, nausea, and vomiting: Though these symptoms can be tied to many other health issues such as a flu or food poisoning, they can also be tied to gallstones.

What are Gallstones

Gallstones, or cholelithiasis, are small, rock-like materials that can develop in your gallbladder. Right below your liver is a small, pear-shaped organ – your gallbladder. At a high level, when bile – the fluid stored in your gallbladder – gels and eventually hardens, it becomes gallstones. The liver manufactures bile to digest fats and stores it in the nearby gallbladder.

Testing for Gallstone Symptoms

To test for gallstones, the first thing a medical professional will test is seeing if your abdomen is painful to the touch. They will likely also order blood tests (bilirubin levels, liver tests, and pancreatic enzymes), ultrasounds, CT scans, X-rays, an oral cholecystogram, endoscopic ultrasound, and/or a gallbladder radionuclide exam.

Treatment for Gallstones

If you are having severe abdominal pain, seek immediate medical attention. Often, medical professionals will advise removal of the gallbladder. However, there are many alternatives to removal that allow you to avoid surgery, keep your organs in place, and live a healthy, happy life. Please search this site for alternatives.

What To Do If You Have Gallstones

If you have gallstones, you should change to a healthy gallbladder diet. Be sure to browse our site for healthy gallbladder recipes! You can also conduct a gallbladder cleanse. They work!


Symptoms of Gallstones | Gallstone Symptoms — 2 Comments

  1. I have recently had an ultrasound that showed I had some gallstones, and bile buildup in my bile duct. I am still waiting for the doctor to call me on more detailed results. I have been feeling more and more nausuous and feverirsh . I had a severe pain in the right side of my back the other night that I had to take pain medicine to relieve my pain. I also have constant belching, gas, and lightheadness. Do you think this is all related to my gallbladder?

  2. Hi Sharon, in short, yes, all of your symptoms sound like symptoms of gallbladder problems in women. About 8 years ago, as you might have seen on this site, I had the exact same situation — I had an ultrasound showing gallstones, pain on my right side, and didn’t feel well in general. I had the ultrasound on Thursday, and the doctors had me scheduled to have my gallbladder taken out on the next Tuesday. Before that Tuesday, I researched and researched and learned about gallbladder flushes. I tried the Hulda Clark gallstone flush and it worked miraculously. I flushed out many gallstones, and more importantly felt a ton better. I repeated the flush a couple of months later and got out many more gallstones. I’ve been able to keep my gallbladder and don’t have any more pain… (There are arguments that gallstone flushes don’t actually yield gallstones but “soap” that is made from the flush ingredients…regardless of what is flushed out, I always feel great for about 6 months after each flush.) Though now when I do get a little “tightness” in my gallbladder region, I do a mini gallstone flush that I invented and that does the trick. Finally, there are several foods that you can eat that will help — apples, radishes, artichoke hearts, and more. Be sure to read through our site for many more recipes and tips for a health gallbladder diet. We hope this helps and please keep us posted on your progress and decisions!

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