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Gallbladder Disease

Symptoms and Signs of Gallbladder Disease

While women are more at risk for developing stones than men, gallbladder symptoms in women and men are similar. The symptoms of gallbladder disease are often the same as the symptoms of gallstones, including indigestion, burping, belching and more.

While most people with gallbladder disease do not experience any symptoms, inflammation of the bile duct can cause these mild, common symptoms:

  • Indigestion, gas, bloating burping or belching—especially after a meal
  • Abdomen pain on the right side and the upper back
  • Pain after eating fatty foods when passing gas or over-the-counter pain relievers do not relieve the discomfort
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Headache over the eyes—especially at night
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Intermittent pain occurring regularly

For acute gallbladder attacks, symptoms caused by a gallstone blockage or build up of bile blocks the duct can have much more severe consequences when not treated immediately. These symptoms are more constant and acute:

Severe abdomen pain on the right side or in the back that lasts for days.

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Pain in the back, under the shoulder blades or the breastbone, or on the left side.
  • Pain often happens at night and may be worse when taking a deep breath
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting

Florida Hospital specialists encourage anyone experiencing these symptoms so seek medical help immediately.

These gallbladder symptoms are often similar to the symptoms of other medical conditions. With screening and tests, Florida Hospital specialists diagnose and treat gallbladder disease and gallbladder attacks with a range of effective treatments.

Locations for Gallbladder Disease