Gallstones are crystalized components in bile that are typically made of cholesterol, but can also be made of calcium salts and bilirubin. The stones start to from hard deposits in the gallbladder, leading to a blockage of bile flow. Bile then starts to collect inside the gallbladder resulting in an increase in the pressure that can sometimes lead to rupture.
Gallstones may only be detected when undergoing x-rays or having surgery on the abdomen since a lot of people do not experience any symptoms. However, some others do complain of painful ones which can include the following.
1. Pain on the Right Side
Pain is a common symptom of gallbladder attack. While where the pain is felt varies with each individual, most people will experience it directly over the gallbladder itself which is positioned under the liver just below the rib cage on the right side of the abdomen. The pain is typically felt from the middle to upper right side of the abdomen. The pain can either be mild or moderate, or it may be very severe.
In certain instances, this right sided pain may also diffuse to other parts of the body such as the chest and may feel like chest pains.
2. Back Shoulder Pain on the Right Side
Gallbladder pain can also be experienced in the back on the right side when nerves are pressed. Once again, this can be varied from pain at the bottom tip of the right shoulder blade to between the shoulders and even extend into the top of the shoulder, all on the right side.
This is actually pain felt on the right side that spreads and diffuses to the back as well. Occasionally the pain may be steady, or it may come and go. On occasion, it may even worsen after meals.