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

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.
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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Can gall bladder pain feel like it is coming from the pancreas?

There is no. Specific type of pain associated with problems w/the pancreas. There are commonly associated types of pain experienced with ball bladder disease: moderate to severe pain under the right side of the rib cage. Pain may radiate through to the back or to the right shoulder. Severe upper abdominal pain (biliary colic). Nausea. Queasiness. Vomiting. Gas. Burping or belching. Attacks are often at night. Read more...