What is likely to cause pain in the upper right part of my stomach?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Most common diagnosis: Gallstones 

If you experience a sharp, stabbing pain in the upper right part of your abdomen, lasting anywhere from mere seconds to a few hours, you could have gallstones. The gallbladder is located beneath the liver. The gallbladder is charged with producing bile to break down the fat in food. Too much cholesterol in bile leads to the sometimes painful presence of gallstones. 

What you can do: While one brief episode is not a cause for alarm, if the pain persists, if you experience it several times, or if it’s accompanied by a fever, go to your doctor immediately.

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Your gallbladder contains digestive fluids that help you process foods that you eat. When these fluids harden they are call gallstones. Gallstones range in size from smaller than a grain of sand to golf ball size. Gallstones might ...

not cause any symptoms. If you experience sudden pain in the upper right part of your abdomen or in the center of your abdomen, pain in your right shoulder or back pain between your shoulders, you may have gallstones that need medical attention.

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