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Gallbladder Pain

There are many instances of gallbladder distress that should not be ignored. Discover important signs and the gallbladder problems they might indicate with Oswego Health.

Signs of Gallbladder Distress and Potential Issues Associated with Them

It’s important to be in tune with the nuances of your body, and acknowledging your aches and pains is a crucial part of maintaining good health. At times, these aches and pains can progress from everyday annoyances to being a serious and persistent health problem – including issues with the gallbladder. Here, we review some common signifiers of gallbladder distress that you should take seriously, as well as possible problems that could be associated.

Get to Know Your Gallbladder

Located on the right side of the abdomen under your liver, the gallbladder helps promote digestion. The shape of a pear, this pouch holds bile, a fluid that helps break down fat and food. The gallbladder helps with digestion by controlling the bile that flows to your small intestine. However, while the gallbladder performs an important function, it is not essential. For this reason, it is especially important to acknowledge signs of the organ’s distress because should it pose a threat to your health, your gallbladder can be removed.

Warning Signs of Gallbladder Issues

When there are problems with your gallbladder’s function, your body has a variety of ways to let you know. The following are some signs of gallbladder distress that you should be aware of:

Experiencing Pain

Pain associated with gallbladder problems can vary in severity but is typically focused in the upper-right area of your abdomen, where your gallbladder is located. Discomfort or other concerning symptoms in this area is a sign to seek medical attention.

Stomach Issues

Since the gallbladder deals directly with digestion, certain digestive issues can alert you that something may be wrong. Some of these stomach and digestion problems to look out for include:

  • Nausea and vomiting: These types of problems can be indicative of all types of gallbladder problems.
  • Chronic diarrhea: If you suspect you may be suffering gallbladder issues, keeping track of bowel movements is important. Having more than four bowel movements per day could signify a chronic gallbladder disease.
  • Unusual stools or urine: Pale-colored stools and urine in darker shades might be the cause of a duct block caused by bile.

Feeling Feverish

Running a high temperature is an indicator of a variety of health problems, including that of the gallbladder. Fever and chills as they apply to this organ might be the sign of an infection.

Possible Gallbladder Problems

If you are experiencing pain or another sign of gallbladder distress, it’s important to know what afflictions might be at stake. The following are some potential gallbladder disorders that could be the source:

  • Inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis)
  • Gallstones
  • Bile duct stones (choledocholithiasis)
  • Gallbladder disease or cancer
  • Abscesses and polyps
  • And more.

Get Help for Gallbladder Issues from Oswego Health

Oswego Health is happy to provide additional resources so you can learn more about the gallbladder, its functions, and what symptoms mean. If you’re concerned about any symptoms you may be experiencing and would like to seek an accurate diagnosis, visit Oswego Health. If necessary, our surgeons can address your gallbladder condition with surgical relief. To learn more, contact us today at one of our locations in the Oswego, New York, area.

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