What are the symptoms of gallstones?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

You may not have symptoms with gallstones. About 80 percent of gallstones cause no symptoms and require no medical help. However, if a gallstone should end up blocking a bile duct in your gallbladder, you may experience sudden and severe pain in the upper right area of your abdomen. This is frequently referred to as a "gallbladder attack," and often occurs after eating fatty foods and at night. You might also feel pain between your shoulder blades and in your right shoulder. Pain can last for minutes or several hours. Other symptoms, any of which indicate a need for medical help right away, include fever or chills, clay-colored stools, jaundice, and nausea or vomiting.

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