If you have stomach pain, it might be caused by gallstones. Gallstones are painful because they are a solidification of excess cholesterol or Bilirubin in your gallbladder. You can have them without knowing, as some are small enough to not cause any pain, though these carry risks of their own of possible gallbladder cancer. The more apparent gallstones are the larger ones that may cause sharp, stabbing pains in the upper abdomen, or cause gallstone pancreatitis by blocking natural flow to the pancreas. You should see a doctor right away if experiencing these symptoms. There are several factors that may increase your chance of getting gallstones: Being a woman (particularly if you are over 40), sudden weight loss, obesity, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, and genetics. Depending on the severity and your ability to receive treatment, the solution could be; taking pills that dissolve the gallstones, removing them with an endoscope, or having surgery to remove the gallbladder completely.
- Gallstones, small hardened items in your gall bladder, can get lodged in the duct causing pain and infection
- These stones are typically made of bile, something excreted by your gallbladder, or cholesterol.
- The pain is typically located on your upper right side but can radiate to your shoulder blades.
“But there’s another health condition that can cause bad stomach pain and probably isn’t on your radar: a gallbladder attack.”
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