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What are the symptoms of gallstones?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Right upper abd pain: People with gallstones have symptoms typically because they block the function of the gallbladder which is to store and release bile due to a fatty meal. Therefore , symptoms of pain, cramping, nausea and sometimes vomiting occur after eating fatty foods. Diarrhea or fatty stools may also occur.
Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 27 years experience
Pain with fatty food: Many patients report sharp right upper abdominal pain following a rich meal that can "wrap around" the right side with occasional pain between shoulder blades. More severe attack can cause your urine to turn dark and give you pale color loose bm. If you don't get treated in time, your eyes may turn yellow, run a fever and really get into a bad shape... Get checked, don't take a chance.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The symptoms of Gallstones include:: Epigastric pain, Nausea, Pain in right upper abdomen, Postprandial pain, Upper abdominal pain, Vomiting, Yellow eyes and skin.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Gallstones: Gallstones are made of various crystal that grow into stones in the gallbladder. They can be from bile (bilirubin) or cholesterol origin. They grow in the gallbladder, may be present without any symptoms, or may cause upper abdominal pressure, bloating, discomfort, nausea, or vomiting. Often eating fatty foods may aggravate the discomfort from gallstones.
Dr. Viswanath Chinta
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Cholelithiasis: Pain in right upper belly associated with nausea/vomiting which usually worsens with greasy/fatty food. If sever may cause jaundice.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are gallstones and what are the symptoms?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Gallstones are: Precipitants that form when the bile is supersaturated. It can form from any combination of cholesterol, bilirubinate, lecithin, and bile salts. It can cause biliary colic or acute cholecystitis. Classic symptoms are right upper quadrant postprandial pain with radiation to tip of scapula. But they can cause other symptoms too, so check with your doctor, he'll get tests to find out for sure.
Oklahoma City, OK
A 54-year-old female asked:

What are the symptoms of having gallstoned?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Pain: Often intermittent pain in the right upper abdomen especially after a fatty meal. There may be waves of crescendo type pain and nausea/ vomiting. If things get really ugly you may develop systemic signs of infection with fever.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are signs/symptoms of gallstones?

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Dr. Larry Grissom
Radiology 43 years experience
May be none: Gallstones may be present for years and never cause symptoms. The gall bladder is a storage compartment for bile. The gall bladder is signaled to contract after a fat containing meal to aid digestion. If a gall stone is caught in the duct system leading to the bowel, it can become lodged in the duct and cause pain under the right rib cage in the abdomen. Ask your doctor if this fits your complaint.
Tulsa, OK
A 37-year-old female asked:

What are the symptoms of gallstones and what causes them?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
RUQ pains : Starts as right upper quadrant , back, and shoulder pains, fatty food intolerance and some times fever and jaundice, as complications sets in. Several reasons to form gall stones, from infections , change in bile composition, altered ration of bile salts, cholesterol , fats ( lecithin ) and in some hereditary, what ever the reason lap.Chle. Is best option , invariably it will lead to complications.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the most common symptoms for gallstones?

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Dr. Michael Ginsburg
Interventional Radiology 12 years experience
Right upper abd Pain: Gallstones can be asymptomatic for years and require no therapy. If symptomatic you may experience characteristic symptom of intense pain in the upper right side of the abdomen, often accompanied by nausea and vomiting, and possibly referred pain in between shoulder blades or below right shoulder. If gallstones are symptomatic you may need to remove your gallbladder surgically (cholecystectomy).

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