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Tylenol, rest, MD: The gallbladder normally stores bile made in the liver, for use during digestion, where the bile assists in absorption of fats. A gallbladder "attack" is related to gallstones that block the expulsion of bile from the gallbladder. The pain is usually shortly after meals, worse with fatty foods, and lasts about an hour or so, right upper abdomen sometimes radiating to back. Removal is recommended ...Read more
Pain meds, time.: Gallbladder pain is almost always due to blockage of the outflow of bile from the gallbladder due to a stone. Usually, the obstructing stone will "fall back" into the gallbladder within an hour or so, leading to complete resolution of the pain. If the attack lasts for hours, it is advisable to go to an er to receive pain meds (which may "break" an attack) +/- admission for definitive care-surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How bad?: Transient obstruction of the gb will cause "biliary colic"-an attack of ~hour duration that resolves on its own. Persistent obstruction (>24hrs) leads to inflammation+/-infection that should be managed in the hospital, often culminating in urgent surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies: The most common symptom is right upper quadrant pain, which can radiate to the back. There can be associated nausea, bloating, and increased flatulence. Eating triggers the symptoms, especially fatty and greasy foods. ...Read more
Each person is: Different. People experience pain in many different ways. Gallbladder symptoms are most often upper abdominal pains with nausea & pain can move to the right upper abdomen. Some feel pain into the right upper back. Some feel pain in the right shoulder due the the nerve of the diaphragm muscle. Some feel chest pain, etc. ...Read more
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