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Is it painful to pass gallstones?

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In brief: Usually painful

Pain is the most common symptom when passing gallstones.
It is possible to have little to no pain though. The pain maybe mild or severe and associated with fever, jaundice, nausea and/or vomiting.

In brief: Usually painful

Pain is the most common symptom when passing gallstones.
It is possible to have little to no pain though. The pain maybe mild or severe and associated with fever, jaundice, nausea and/or vomiting.
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Dr. Barry Rosen
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In brief: It can be.

This can be a bit of a misnomer since gallstones usually cause pain by blocking the opening of the gallbladder rather than being 'passed', like kidney stones.
Occasionally, a small stone may exit the gallbladder and get stuck into the (common) bile duct where it can then 'pass' into the intestine. Either way, it is the obstruction that causes the pain.

In brief: It can be.

This can be a bit of a misnomer since gallstones usually cause pain by blocking the opening of the gallbladder rather than being 'passed', like kidney stones.
Occasionally, a small stone may exit the gallbladder and get stuck into the (common) bile duct where it can then 'pass' into the intestine. Either way, it is the obstruction that causes the pain.
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