When very small in size, stones may not cause pain, but as they grow larger, symptoms of gallstones can become severe. Gallstone attacks occur when gallstones grow large enough to block bile from moving through the bile duct.
Each patient can experience different signs of gallbladder inflammation, but these are common symptoms of gallstones:
- Severe, steady abdominal pain and/or bloating
- Pain between the shoulder blades
- Belching or gas
- Intolerance to fatty foods
- Jaundice (yellowing of skin/eyes)
Severe symptoms of gallstones that require immediate medical attention include:
- Low-grade fever
- Clay-colored stools
Many of the symptoms of gallstones can mimic other serious medical conditions, such as heart attack, appendicitis, IBS, hernias, pancreatitis or hepatitis. If you have any of these symptoms, Florida Hospital encourages you to seek medication attention immediately.