Specific symptoms may vary based on what type of gallbladder condition you have, although many symptoms are common among the different types of gallbladder problems.
But most gallbladder symptoms start with pain in the upper abdominal area, either in the upper right or middle.
Below are common symptoms of gallbladder conditions:
– Severe abdominal pain
– Pain that may extend beneath the right shoulder blade or to the back
– Pain that worsens after eating a meal, particularly fatty or greasy foods
– Pain that feels dull, sharp, or crampy
– Pain that increases when you breathe in deeply
– Chest pain (angina)
– Heartburn, indigestion, and excessive gas
– A feeling of fullness in the abdomen
– Vomiting, nausea, fever
– Shaking with chills
– Tenderness in the abdomen, particularly the right upper quadrant
– Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
– Stools of an unusual color (often lighter, like clay)
Some gallbladder problems, like simple gallstones that are not blocking the cystic duct, often cause no symptoms at all.
If you spot any symptoms of gallbladder trouble, head to your doctor for a diagnosis and prompt treatment to get your digestive tract running smoothly again.