Symptoms of gallbladder problems in women are more likely to occur than they do in men, according to the American College of Gastroenterology, primarily because of the female hormones progesterone and estrogen. Women who have been pregnant, are on birth control pills, and/or hormone therapy (estrogen) are even more likely to develop gallstones and other symptoms.

The symptoms of gallbladder problems that are most common are:

  • Symptoms of gall bladder problems in womenPain in a woman’s gallbladder region: The gallbladder is located right below her liver, on the right side of her body half way between her throat and belly button. The pain be sharp and sudden, or a chronic ache.
  • Pain in her abdomen: Though her gallbladder may be having problems, other parts of her abdomen may hurt as well. The pain can be continual or when she presses on different parts of her abdomen.
  • Pain in her right shoulder blade: Gallbladder pain can be felt in her right shoulder blade.
  • Jaundice: The whites of her eyes or skin can become slightly yellow, or jaundiced.
  • Bloating, gas, or different looking stool: If her gallbladder isn’t working right, it can affect the rest of her 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 gallbladder issues 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.

If you or a woman that you know has these symptoms, take a look at changing to a more healthy gallbladder diet, consider conducting gallbladder flushes, and learn some great recipes for a better gallbladder. 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.



Symptoms of Gallbladder Problems in Women — 32 Comments

  1. I had a couple of painful gall bladder attacks 10 – 12 years ago. It was suggested that I have it removed, but I decided to wait and see if I had more “attacks”. I haven’t, but in the last year or two, I’ve wondered if I have IBS, as I often have diarrhea, especially a small time – maybe 30 minutes after eating. This is very loose diarrhea. My niece just had her gall bladder out, and it made me wonder if my loose stools are actually a gall bladder issue. I have had no, as I call it, “gall bladder pain”, the pain that is worst on the left side of the torso. I get indigestion sometimes, usually at night, but it isn’t bad, and TUMS takes care of it. Before, when I had gall bladder attacks, antacids did nothing to help and the pain in my torso was awful. The only thing that helped was tramadol. The diarrhea is intermittent, but present more of the time than not. I’ve never had surgery, have everything I came with! At least, so far. Thanks.

  2. Hi Ann, this could be a gallbladder issue. I do suggest trying some of the gallbladder flushes, I’ve talked about. Also, I haven’t written a post on this yet, but I cut out all gluten (wheat) three years ago and it dropped my cholesterol 50 points in 6 months with no drugs. Since then, I’ve researched gluten intolerance thoroughly. It was tough as first, but now it’s no big deal – and I feel terrible when I accidentally get some gluten. Many people that I’ve discussed gluten intolerance with have said that as soon as they cut out wheat their IBS disappeared overnight. One of my friends about died from his colon “eating itself” – the doctors had no clue what was going, but a naturopath told him to cut out all grains – he had a miraculous turnaround that baffled the doctors. My suggestion would be to cut out all wheat for a week and see what happens. I’ll bet your diarrhea goes away, especially if you do a gallbladder flush as well. (What should you eat? I suggest some lean, grass-fed beef or other lean meat and lots of veggies. Cutting out all dairy wouldn’t hurt either.) Keep us posted!

  3. Thanks very much. I think the idea of eliminating wheat from my diet for a week is an excellent way to see of I am gluten intolerant. BTW. I am new to this site. How do I find gall bladder flushes? Thanks again.

  4. Thank you very much for the detailed information on gall bladder flushes. Very helpful indeed. Thanks again, Ann

  5. I was hospitalized with severe pain in my back at the base of the rib cage. All tests were done and nothing, especially the gall bladder, seemed to be a problem. My g astrologist has prescribed antibiotics CEPRO, for two weeks. The pain now is tolerable but I continue to have digestive problems and a dull pain in my back at the location I discussed above. I walk after each meal to help the digestive process. The symptoms are keeping me from sleeping and I usually take something for pain, which helps, but not always. Should I do the vinegar treatment? And how do I dose myself?

  6. Hi Barbara, the vinegar treatment should not hurt anything. Take two teaspoons of vinegar in a glass of water or apple juice…you can do that a few times a day and see if it helps. Many people have commented here how it gives immediate relief for gallstones. However, what you described doesn’t necessarily sounds like a gallbladder issue. Good luck and keep us posted.

  7. I’ve had every test done and it came back that I have sludge in my gallbladder. I feel sluggish and keep getting sweaty in the face area, in the crease of my elbows and under my breast and I burp a lot sometimes taste like rotten eggs. is that I symptom? I also continue to have a pain like a hot rod being jammed in at the top part of my ribs. I’m getting a 2nd opinion because the 1st doc want do the surgery.

  8. My symptom is like having a GERD. I had heartburn one day after having a cheesecake. However after having my bowel checked, no problem in there so I decide to have upper-ab ultrasound and found gallbladder stone. I am now taking nexium to reduce acid and eat low fat diet such as boiled chicken breast. I lost my weight and still have gas and bloating. Should I have bile salt supplement? I don’t know why I still have high acid in my digestive tract and I am uncertain if bile salt or gallbladder flush will increase acid in my body. Please suggest. Thank you.

  9. Hey Shirley, I haven’t heard of the sluggishness and sweaty areas as much, but after I do a gallbladder flush I always have a lot more energy for about 3 months…so, I suppose this could be a symptom of gallbladder sludge. The “hot rod being jammed in the top part of your ribs” certainly sounds like gallstones/sludge. Try taking some apple cider vinegar (2 tsp in a cup of water or apple juice.) a couple of times a day, this should bring immediate relief. As I write about a lot on this site…there are many flushes and easy diet changes you can make and hopefully keep your gallbladder (as I’ve been able to do.) Good luck!

  10. Hi Tak. It certainly sounds like gallbladder issues. I think bile salt supplements should help. A gallbladder flush could temporarily increase the acidity of your body, but I think it would be worth it. Once you get the gallstones and sludge out, you’ll feel a lot better. Also try adding apple cider vinegar to your diet (2 tsp in a cup of water a couple of times a day). While vinegar is acidic, it actually alkalizes your body. (It, like lemons and limes, turns alkaline when your body digests it…I’ll save you the science.) But ACV really helps with gallbladder symptoms. Good luck!

  11. Thanks for your reply. I have tried ACV it helps with gallbladder but I’ve got really bad GERD. Will continue using it, though, but with smaller amount, like 1 teaspoon a day.

  12. I am experiencing what I think may be gallbladder problems. It feels like the right side of my abdomen and back are in a vice. Bloating, gas, belching, slower reacting bowels, and pain that feels like a severe muscle cramp deep in right side. I had a bout 2 or 3 months ago same feeling. It lasted 2 to 3 days and then disappeared,. I am on 3rd day of pain. Of course over the weekend! I have been eating nothing high in fat. Healthy in fact! GERD has been worse even with daily meds. I think I will try the ACV treatment and see if that helps. Increase fluid intake, and rest. If not better by Monday, I will go in to Dr.

  13. Hey Rusty, sounds like gallbladder issues. What did the Dr. say?

  14. 2x ACV treatment seemed to help a great deal. I have NOT seen Dr. Yet. I am experiencing some other symptoms that will probably force the issue sooner than later. Gen. Malaise and increased frequency in urination and bm. No pain just a “weakness” and lethargic. Will set appointment as soon as possible.

  15. I have a problem with diarrhea not long after I eat. It does not have to be a certain food either. I have
    cramps in my lower abdomen and I cannot wait to go to the bathroom. the color of my fecas has a
    yellow tinge to it. I thought at first it was my medicine–I take metformin– but I have this issues even
    when I do not take the medicine. I have stopped eating or drinking any dairy products and I still have
    the problem–so I am wondering if could be from my gallbladder.

  16. Hi Margaret, this does not sounds like normal gallbladder symptoms. I’d check with your doc. Sorry!

  17. I suffer from gallbladder attacks also. It usually hits me in the middle of the night and I wake up with stomach pain and it radiates to my upper back. Mostly on the right side. It can last for hours on end. I haven’t tried the ACV and apple juice test yet. I am taking a supplement that seems to be helping called Dr. Christopher’s Liver & Gallbladder Formula. I take it at least twice a day and it helps keeps everything running smoothly and cut my attacks way down. I also changed my diet and eat much healthier and no more late night snacking. I had a mild attack last night and I took two of the supplement and it took away my pain within 15 minutes. That was wonderful! I would have been in pain for hours and missed work if it didn’t help. I am going for an ultrasound next month and trying not to have any surgery. It is pretty upsetting to me when this happens. It’s very painful.

  18. I don’t have any pain with or without pushing on my abdomen. On occasion I get a very bitter taste at the back of my tongue. I don’t know what that’s about. I really don’t suffer from acid reflux or heartburn. Tums help, haven’t tried ACV. I heard gall bladder trouble runs in the family. All of my family have had theirs removed around age 55-65. Any truth to that? I eat whole grain but changed to almond milk or soy exclusively. Any help?

  19. Hi Joan, boy those don’t sound like typical gallbladder issue symptoms. Could be, but I doubt it. If the only symptom is a bitter taste in the back of your mouth…I’m not sure what that is either. Sorry!

  20. Hi Margaret, I have this problem after many meals as well. I don’t have painful cramps, but need to get to bathroom ASAP and have even had accidents on occasion. I still have my gallbladder (had attacks years ago and have mostly been able to ward them off since). I have a friend who had her gallbladder removed several years ago who also frequently has diarrhea soon after eating. I am thinking it might be IBS – irritable bowel syndrome. I need to look into this myself. Good luck.

  21. Hello Joan. My name is Mary. I am 30 years old and for a little over two years I have been having stomach problems. it always starts with nausea and vomiting. I had 1 esophagus scope and two colonoscopies in less than a year. fallowed but more than a few gallbladder tests. all came back fine. But I continue to have problems that have landed me in the hospital at least six times just in the last 8 months. many were short stays. But I spent three nights in the hospital with nausea and vomiting. They called it nothing more than that except they put continual in front of it. I have heard of those who never show true sings of problems in tests and scans of their gallbladder having it removed and it helped them. Any advice?

  22. Hello-
    I am so excited to have found this site. I went to a naturopath and a test I had showed my gall bladder completely blocked. Prior to that apt. I had noticed a yellowing of the whites of my eyes infrequently, nausea, right shoulder pain (which I thought due to being a dental hygienist), pain/pressure behind my right eye, heartburn and digestive problems (bloating, gas, constipation) for years. I have also had abdomen pain, occasionally sharp where it has been hard to move. I always attributed that to constipation and gas. I am ready to do the work to help my gall bladder to optimum health. What would you suggest I start with? Thank you!!!

  23. Abdominal pain below the breast. Pressure like a fist pressing in. Nausea. Feels like a rubber band around my rib cage being pulled at each end. Symptoms on going nonstop for four days now.

  24. Hi. I’ve been dealing with issues since I gave birth to my son 10 months ago. During my pregnancy I was diagnosed with cholestasis. Every 3 weeks or so I have horrible stomach pains, gas, and either constipation or diarrhea, recently my stools have been a grayish color. I’ve eliminated dairy from my diet for about a month but have had no relief. Anytime I feel bad I take gas x pills and it seems to give me temporary relief. The pain seems to get worse if I try to lay down/go to sleep. Does this sound like a gall bladder issue? Planning to schedule a doctor appointment next week.

  25. I will get a full feeling like my food is not digesting and then as I am ready for bed my stomach starts to hurt and feel nauseated. In the beginning I did vomit now it just hurts so bad to where I get not sleep. Next day Of course I am exhausted and it seems to go away. It does seem to happen after a large meal. What can I do???

  26. This may or may not be a gallbladder issue. Is it on the right side of your body?

  27. Hi I have had the following symptoms for about 5 months I have had one attack where the pains were like labor pains also indegeston bad also when i eat dinner first few bites I start burping and hicuping then its like my throat closes up then I throw up everything..very bloated and gassy could this be gallblder related.Thank u also all on right side

  28. I was feeling fine other than some constipation issues and cramping after eating which seems an ongoing problem. But today we had lunch out with friends. We shared an appetizer of fried green tomatoes. After which I had meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green beans and roll. I ate very little and had a very full feeling. Approximately 1/2 later I started feeling like my clothes were very tight then I started horrible cramping similar to labor pains from rib cage down into colon area for about 2 hours with lower back pain. We stopped at nearest restroom and I passed loose stools but felt no relief still severe cramping. When I got home I read your article and did take 2 tsp apple vinegar in water and heating pad on back. It seems to have calmed the spasms a little but still there and lots of gas. Could I be having gall bladder attack?

  29. Basic history, IBS, Gastritis, GERD recent tests Endo w/biopsies (neg) Colonoscopy (neg). Taking 40mg Omeprazole 2x daily, still painful gas that can somewhat be relieved with baking soda and water. The pain and discomfort from wearing a bra is awful, feel like I’m being cut in half. Back ache (more than usual), can actually feel the gas just can’t get rid of it. Help…

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