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How can I tell the difference between pancreas pain and gall bladder pain?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Location, type

Gall bladder pain tends to be right upper quadrant to middlle, below breastbone), achy to spasmy (colicky), may radiate to top shoulder or between shoulder blades .
Panc pain tends lower, around belly button (periumbilical) to left upper quadrant, typically constant, can feel like it bores straight thru to back. Both can have vomiting aasoc. Fever, dark urine, pale stool: er, not: md asap.

In brief: Location, type

Gall bladder pain tends to be right upper quadrant to middlle, below breastbone), achy to spasmy (colicky), may radiate to top shoulder or between shoulder blades .
Panc pain tends lower, around belly button (periumbilical) to left upper quadrant, typically constant, can feel like it bores straight thru to back. Both can have vomiting aasoc. Fever, dark urine, pale stool: er, not: md asap.
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Dr. John Edmison
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Pain characteristics

Gallbladder pain typically occurs in the right upper quadrant, is sharp, intermittent, occurs following fatty food intake, and can radiate to you right shoulder. Pancreas pain occurs closer to your midline, is sharp, constant, tends to move through you towards your back, and is worse when lying down.
Of course these are generalities and abdominal pain can present in an atypical fashion.

In brief: Pain characteristics

Gallbladder pain typically occurs in the right upper quadrant, is sharp, intermittent, occurs following fatty food intake, and can radiate to you right shoulder. Pancreas pain occurs closer to your midline, is sharp, constant, tends to move through you towards your back, and is worse when lying down.
Of course these are generalities and abdominal pain can present in an atypical fashion.
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