My gallbladder hurts all the time now and my upper abdomen is sore. Is this the natural progression of gallbladder disease?

Probably. Repeat obstruction of the gallbladder leads to more symptoms and eventually complete blockage of one of the ducts, leading to an emergency. Seek surgical care soon. The source of pain may be different.
Possible. Gallbladder disease can progress and become constant. Most people complain of right upper or middle upper abdominal pain that is sharp and occurs after eating. It will generally last a few hours and then go away. Frequent or worsening abdominal pain should be evaluated by a physician.