How Do I Know I Have a Gallbladder Problem
What is the gallbladder and what are the symptoms
The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ that sits just under the liver. The gallbladder stores bile, which is produced by the liver and helps in breaking down fats.
The symptoms of a problem with the gallbladder can vary depending on the severity of the issue. Some people may experience severe pain in their upper abdomen, nausea, and vomiting, fever, chills, and jaundice.
Symptoms of a Gallbladder Problem
The most common symptom of gallstones is pain in the upper right part of the abdomen. Sometimes this pain is felt as a constant dull ache or may be sharp and intense. The pain can radiate to the back or to the shoulder blades. It can also feel like it is coming from deep inside the chest.
Nausea and vomiting are also common symptoms of gallstones and more often than not accompany abdominal pain. Nausea may be brought on by eating fatty foods or by any other type of physical activity that puts pressure on the abdomen such as bending over, coughing, laughing or sneezing.
It is important to recognize the symptoms of gallbladder problems, such as abdominal pain and nausea. If these symptoms last longer than a few days or become more severe, then it is important to seek medical attention.
A doctor can confirm the diagnosis of gallbladder problems through imaging tests or through blood tests that measure bile acid levels. They may also prescribe medications or suggest lifestyle changes to help reduce pain and other symptoms.
Fever is less likely to occur but if it does it usually happens when an infection has been introduced into the bile ducts from an inflamed gallbladder wall due to a chronic infection with bacteria called…