General Surgery

Pain and Discomfort in the Gallbladder

Many people with symptomatic gallstones develop inflammation in the gallbladder which occurs when stones or sludge block the duct. The symptoms are similar to those of biliary colic but are more persistent and severe.

"Pain and Discomfort in the Gallbladder"

They include pain in the upper right abdomen that is severe and constant and may last for days. Pain frequently increases when drawing a breath. About a third of patients have fever and chills. Nausea and vomiting may occur.

Chronic gallbladder disease involves gallstones and mild inflammation. In such cases, the gallbladder may become scarred and stiff. Symptoms of chronic gallbladder disease include complaints of gas, nausea and abdominal discomfort after meals and chronic diarrhea.