While gall bladder symptoms in women are more to occur than they do in men, men actually have more serious complications from gallstones.

The most common gall bladder symptoms in men are:

    • Pain in his gallbladder region: Men’s gallbladders are located right below their liver, on the right side of their body half way between their throat and belly button. The pain be sharp and sudden, or a chronic ache.

Gallbladder Symptoms in Men

    • Pain in his abdominal region: Though his gallbladder may be having problems, other parts of his abdomen may hurt as well. The pain can be continual or when he presses on different parts of her abdomen.
    • Pain in his right shoulder blade: Gallbladder pain can be felt in his right shoulder blade.
    • Yellow eyes or skin: The whites of his eyes or skin can become slightly yellow, or jaundiced.
    • Bloating, gas, or different looking stool: If his gallbladder isn’t working correctly, it can affect the rest of his digestive tract.
    • Fever, nausea, and vomiting: While these symptoms can indicate other health issues, they are also tied to gallbladder problems.

There are many different symptoms of gall bladder problems and each type of problem has different symptoms associated it with it. Please read about different types of gallbladder disease to see which symptoms are tied to each gallbladder problem.

Most importantly, please share your symptoms in the comment section below and others will share their advice on how to fix it! Seriously, please feel free to ask me any question you’d like! Just scroll down and share/ask in the “Leave a Reply” section. I’ll get back to you, usually in 24 hours.


Gallbladder Symptoms in Men — 34 Comments

  1. I don’t know if its my gallbladder. But I get a Sharp abdominal pain. I also get constant stomach acid from stress its burns in my back and chest and groin. I went to Er and they give me pepcid. I think its a( h pylori bacteria) that is eating me please help!!!!

  2. Hi Cleveland. Wow, this does not sound fun. Do the sharp abdominal pains occur all of the time or after you eat?

    In case it is gallstones (or other gallbladder problems), eat apples, beets, artichokes, ginger; and drink apple juice (organic, unfiltered preferably), cleavers tea, and lots of water. As you’ve probably seen on this site, conducting gallstone flushes works wonders. While somewhat of a different topic than this blog, if you do have H. Pylori, you can often take hydrocloric acid pills (HCL)…I’ve seen this work wonders. (Of course, always check with a doctor first.) Keep us posted on how things go.

  3. I don’t know if it’s my gallbladder too. But everytime I eat, I feel like my food is stuck in the center, center bottom of ribcage.

  4. After reading this stuff about gallbladder attacks, it sounds like I have the symptoms. Mine are worse when my stomach is empty and feel alot better after I eat. Is this normal?

  5. Hi Randy, usually it’s the other way around… Most men and women experience gallbladder symptoms right after they eat. About a year ago, I actually had an ulcer that hurt when my stomach was empty…that could be the case? What other symptoms are you experiencing?

  6. I’ve been throwing up everyday within 15 minutes of waking up. This has lasted for more than 4 months. Recently I started throwing up small amounts of blood. Very worried about this…

  7. Wow, Matthew. That doesn’t necessarily sounds like gallbladder or gallstone issues. What are your other symptoms? While we usually advocate for alternative treatments to gallbladder symptoms, in many situations, you should talk to a doctor. I hope you’ve been able to do that?

  8. I recently spoke to a friend who just had gallbladder surgery and she told me before it was fixed, she would usually throw up in the morning when she got up. The doctor said he was familiar with the symptom and that it often sounds like morning sickness.
    I have been having trouble digesting my food properly, I throw up usually within 15 minutes after I wake up and the contents of my vomit usually include undigested food from the day before. Usually meats and vegetables. I also have muscle weakness and weight loss, but I assumed that would be attributed to the digestion problems. I haven’t been able to see a doctor because I just started a new job and my insurance won’t kick in for another month a half.
    I’m afraid to go to the free clinic and get diagnosed with something that I will have to disclose to the insurance company that would cause them to deny me coverage. Not sure what to do.
    Thank you for the concern and the help though…

  9. I’ve had stomach issues for the last 3 months. I have had everything ultrasound-ed in my abdoninal cavity, had blood chemistry done, and tested for H. pylori and ALL came back negative. I have a firend at work who experienced EXACTLY all my symptoms and her Dr. told her to get the HIDAscan done for the gall bladder as it can detect over or under-active g-b function. I am about at the end of my wits and still no better than from mid-July taking scripts and doctored ordered med. I still can’t eat without pain and bloating and gas etc etc etc…even on a highly restricted diet with no alcohol or fat.

  10. Hi Mark,
    Wow, that does not sound fun. Keep us posted on the HIDA scan results. Usually gallstones show up in the ultrasound, so it’s unlikely that you have them. You could have and underactive gallbladder, but I’m not sure that would cause the symptoms you’re having. On top of my gallbladder issues, I did have an ulcer a few years ago (H Pylori)…took some heavy duty medicine which about made me crazy…but in the end it helped. This doesn’t really sounds like gallbladder issues that you’re having. It could be, but sounds like more of a stomach/intestinal issue? Regardless, please let us know how it goes!
    -The Gallbladder Help team

  11. I have that pain under my rib cage, and sometimes in the lower region of my abdomen. Sometimes the pain moves to the side of my rib cage. I got an ultrasound done and the lady said she couldn’t find my gall bladder but the duct was functioning fine. They said I had no abnormality’s. The Doctor gave me Nexium and it seemed to make me feel better. I ran out of Nexium and i started getting a pain in the right abdomen and on the side of my ribcage. I am making an appointment with a GI doctor. Anyone else go through with this?
    P.S. have a family history of digestive problems.

  12. Hi David,

    Usually gallbladder problems are on the right side of your body. It’s strange that they couldn’t see your gallbladder with an ultrasound — that’s very unusual. It is usual, however, for doctors to prescribe medicine even if they don’t know what’s going on. When you say you have gallbladder pain on the right side of your body, it’s very likely that’s gallbladder issues. My suggestion is to try some of the gallbladder flushes we have on this website. They have been a godsend for me. I’ve kept my gallbladder, had no surgery, and have no pain. I’ve also changed my diet per all of the things I’ve written about on this site.

    Hope this helps!

  13. Hello, I have always had digestive problems but for the most part can be treated with antacids. About a year ago @ work I got the worst pain on my right side, it was too high to be my appendix so I ran to my doctor. He thought it may be my gallbladder, went for an ultrasound, no stones. Had pain for months till I could not stand it anymore it was this gnawing constant pain. Finally had a HIDA scan, my gallbladder was functioning @ 6%. Well I am 59 and never was in a hospital so I was scared to death. So what do I do- my doctor says he cannot tell men to have surgery or not- the surgeon says if left there it can become infected………………… met with 2 different surgeons made an appointment for surgery the following week, called that surgeon back cancelled- got another surgeon’s opinion & let the 2nd surgeon remove my gallbladder through my bellybutton, hurt bad when bending the first day or 2 but, pretty quick recovery and no more pain on my side as soon as the gallbladder was gone. I would never have gotten the surgery unless I absolutely had to.

    Best Wishes

  14. Thanks for sharing. While I strongly advocate for doing gallbladder flushes and changing diet before surgery…sometimes, surgery has to be done. Glad it all worked out for you!

  15. My boss has been in major pain for the past few months. He isn’t wanting to seek medical attention but he is feeling all of these symptoms and it has gotten progressively worse. Should he seek medical attention?

  16. I always recommend getting medical attention. I would also say that there are alternative methods to dealing with gallbladder issues – changing the diet and conducting gallbladder flushes work wonders.

  17. my name is David I have liver pains and radiates to lower right side also have constant pain in my shoulder blade region had a cat scan done and stones were found this has been going on since June and it is Feb. 13 2015 I have a appt Tuesday for a ultrasound will this test prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that stones are the problem I have also went through vomiting diarrhea a big weight lose and long periods of sleep 15 to 19 hours a day , Constantly fatigued im worried about this the VA did not do any tests being a retired military I got diagnosed through them thank you

  18. David B Marshall I have had the weight lose 30 pounds in under a month liver pain as well as pain going to my lower right side the worst pain is non stop pain between my shoulder blades this is scary stuff a cat scan reveled stones and I have a ultra sound set up for Tuesday will this finally tell the doctors what they need to move forward on treatment….. thank you

  19. Hi David, I hope everything is ok. We all on this site know how painful gallstones can be. Hopefully, you were able to try some the flushes I write about on this site as well as changes to diet. Good luck!

  20. My son (43) had terrible pain in right side after eating at an out of town restaurtant so we dismissed it. He had such continuing pain he ended up in ;the emergency romm 5 days later diagnosed with a gall stone in the neck of the organ. They of course wanted to remove his gall bladder immediately but also told him as long as his vitals looked so good he could consult his family doctor first to consult. He doesn’t have one so i’m trying to get outside opinions. Is it serious to wait? and what are the down side to having no gall bladder?

  21. Hi Kris, if a stone is completely blocking the neck of the gallbladder, my understanding is that’s quite severe and can become problematic. While I strongly advocate for people trying to keep their gallbladders (by conducting the flushes I talk about on here, changing diet, etc.), there are times where removing the gallbladder is the safest option. The downside as I understand it is 1) many people complain of diarrhea for years after having their gallbladder removed 2) that stones then start to build up in the liver (not 100% proven, but many indications this happens) 3) any operation can alter other functions of the body and 4) people have to change their diets to feel good. With all of this said, for immediate relief he should try drinking Braggs apple cider vinegar – that can bring immediate relief and my help dissolve the stone (http://gallbladderhelp.com/apple-cider-vinegar-acv-gallbladder-gallstones)…also, search for the Hulda Clarke flush on my site, by using the epsom salts and doing that flush, he may be able to push the stone out and solve it himself. (Since it’s already stuck, all the flush could do is help.) Hope this helps and keep us posted!

  22. I’ll start at the beginning: I am 30 years old and I have a ten-plus year history of undiagnosed binge eating disorder, complete with periods of yo-yo dieting and impressive weight fluctuations. Needless to say, I am still significantly overweight, but I had a huge wake-up call two nights ago (I’ll get to that in a minute)! About three years ago, I first noticed a very mild point tenderness at a specific point under my rib cage on the right side of my abdomen. Later I realized this was likely the location of my gallbladder, so I figured I had some mild gallbladder inflammation. It never hurt very bad at all, and virtually all of the time I can only feel the tenderness when I press on the spot. I did notice that when I went through a few days of poor eating/bingeing, the spot would become a little more tender and only require a light touch to notice, but nothing ever too painful. Conversely, if I was eating well, I had to work really hard to even find the tender spot, although I could usually always find it eventually. Most recently, I did the Whole30 program during the month of February, probably the longest stretch I’ve eaten 100% clean in my adult life (sad, I know). Early March comes around, and I “reward” myself with a “cheat” meal, which inadvertently turns into a “cheat” day, then month. I had a new symptom show up a couple of times in March. It was a throbbing ache in the right side of my back just beneath the shoulder blade, and it would only occur in the middle of the night, keeping me up for a few hours each time until it subsided. I noticed my “gallbladder spot” was also quite tender during and after these episodes. It happened about once every week and a half or so, always after a “cheat” day. It never happened on a day when I ate well. Most recently, tt happened a couple weeks ago, then again nine days after that (four days ago). Then, after that most recent episode, I decided to “test” it by indulging in way too much pizza the very next evening. Needless to say, I had the worst night of my life. I woke up at around 1 a.m. having what I now think was my first legitimate gallbladder attack (perhaps the earlier ones over the past month were “warning” attacks?). I had excruciating pain in my upper abdomen (right and middle), the right-side back pain underneath my shoulder blade, and a bloated/distended upper abdomen. I almost went to the ER. I took both ibuprofen and apple cider vinegar in grape juice, and the pain subsided fairly quickly afterward (I’m not sure which one actually worked). I awoke again a few hours later with what I would describe as residual tenderness, most notably at that same gallbladder spot, and a feeling of fullness in my upper middle abdomen. I was sore and tender in those areas virtually all day the next day (yesterday), with some bouts of nausea (which I think were mainly nervousness/anxiety). Everything seemed to calm down last night right before bed and I (finally) got a good night of sleep. I’ve eaten well yesterday and today, and the spot tenderness has eased, though it’s still there if I push on it just like always. I’ve also had two pale-stool bowel movements since the attack. Is it normal for pale stools to occur after a gallbladder attack? How long before they return to normal?

    I have no doubt that this episode has cured me of my binges, it was terrifying.

    Do these symptoms sound like a gallbladder issue? Best I can tell from my online research is that I’ve had chronic cholecystitis that finally resulted in a gallbladder attack.

    Moving forward, as I lose weight and clean up my diet long-term, is it possible for the spot tenderness to eventually go away completely? If it doesn’t, should I eventually see a doctor to discuss gallbladder removal?

    Sorry for the long post, wanted to give as much info as possible.


  23. Hi Weslee, thanks for the detailed post. I’ll jump right in. First, these are classic symptoms of gallbladder problems – the pain in your gallbladder region as well as your right shoulder blade. I’m not sure about stool movements returning to normal. You did the right thing by drinking apple cider vinegar with grape juice. (I suggest continuing to do that even if you do not have gallbladder pain.) While I’m not a doctor, I do agree with your analysis that this is chronic cholecystitis that is inflamed when you eat fats and sugars (like in pizza.)

    It’s very possible for your gallbladder issues to disappear. If you conduct the gallbladder flushes that I talk about on this site (http://gallbladderhelp.com/category/gallbladder-gallstone-liver-flushes-detox-cleanse/) and change your diet (add in turmeric, apples, ACV, chamomile tea, etc, eat lots of veggies, watch the fats) you should be feeling great in a few weeks..and over the long run. If you continue to have gallbladder pain, do see a doctor. Know, though, that most doctors recommend getting your gallbladder out as it’s the quick and easy fix, and they are unaware of natural methods to fix your gallbladder. Removing gallbladders is the most common surgery in North America…but I feel, in most cases, it’s not necessary…but that’s my opinion ;-).

  24. My father had an ultasound and has gallstones. He has pain just below the rib cage in his back. Can the pain he is having be from his gallstones?

  25. Absolutely, Roger. Normally the pain is a bit towards the front, but it can be the back too. Classic symptoms. Have him try a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water…try this a few times a day. It often gets rid of the pain quickly. Then, he can conduct some of the flushes I talk about on this site, as well as diet changes, etc. Good luck!

  26. anyone out there. have a gnawing ache/pain… in the ” right” upper back should blade area?
    eases with full stomach…. had all the tests… like mri, cat scan.. chest back xray. nothing showed.
    i have had this for 11 months . i eat healthy diet . no gluten.. and no dairy. sometimes i have to put ice on it and lay down.. anyone have any ansswers thank you so much

  27. My son is 29 years old! He has been diagnosed with gallbladder problems. These problems have only started a year ago! Saw a surgeon and the surgeon wants to just remove it??? I questioned him about seeing a second surgeon and of course he doesn’t want too! What are the precautions of having your gallbladder removed at such a young age????

  28. Hey Lori, I was about that same age when the doctor told me I should have my gallbladder removed. Now, 10ish years later, I still have it due to years of research and experimentation. This whole website, in fact, is based on how to keep your gallbladder without surgery. If you dig deeply here, you can learn how to do natural gallbladder flushes, change his diet and more so that he can keep it. One possibility, is that he could try what’s on this site first, and then, if it doesn’t work do surgery. My bias is that anytime you can avoid surgery, especially cutting out an organ, you should. There are many stories of people who had their gallbladder removed that regretted it. Let me know if you have specific questions!

  29. My pain comes usually later at night but not always. Sometimes sitting up isn’t enough I have to get up to get relief then it is on and off. I have had problems with these pains over 6 yrs. or so. My scan showed that my gall bladder is working at 10 per cent. I am 70. I have had digestive problems and pain as long as I can remember and have had every scan but they can give me no reason I feel so bad all the time. Nausea. Pains are in areas ranging from middle of abdomen under rib cage all the way up my right side and even into my jaw. Thank you

  30. Hi Franklin, have you tried sipping a bit of apple cider vinegar in water from time to time. That can help! I also have tons of other advice on this site for how to add foods and drinks to your diet that will help with all of this…

  31. I had 2 attacks over the last 2 months, both after eating high fat foods.they lasted 8 and 12 hours. Continual aching pain(not sharp) non stop in the center of chest on lower end of breastbone. no position will alleviate the pain. Some sweating, a need to walk(i couldnt sit or lay down). Dr suspects gallbladder.(rulled out heart with ekg and stress test)..abdominal untrasound is normal..but md says it doesnt pick up “sludge”,,,,Need a gall bladder ejection fraction test.
    Meanwhile I have altered my diet, to low low fat, and drink alot of apple juice and a small amount of apple cider vinegar daily. From what I read pickled beets are good as well. I have a few slices a day. I havent had an attack for a month while on the diet. The intense pain and duration for 12 hours through the night combined with sleep deprivation, and the physical exhaustion of constantly walking while in pain,,,those memories are enough to keep me on the diet without cheating.

  32. Also to help with that type of Bacteria. The Pylori cayenne pepper can be used to eliminate it. Cayenne kills this type of Bacteria… If you have ulcer caused by this it will surely eliminate. I also use Zantac to quickly clear up symptoms of serious stomach ulcer… It literally saved my life twice when all other conventional treatments failed…

  33. Hi I think I’m having some kind of Gall Bladder issue because I am having all of the symptoms but I was also wondering if belching or passing gas plays a role in this because when I’m having all the pain and then I belch or pass gas the pain goes away for a few minutes and then it comes back along with the nausea.

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