Specialist GallBladder Surgeon Abu Dhabi

What does GallBladder pain feel like?

As your surgeon, I want to explain the common characteristics of pain and discomfort caused by gallbladder problems. Understanding the location, severity, duration and other qualities of the pain can help accurately diagnose the issue.

I will describe gallbladder attack pain as well as the tenderness caused by cholecystitis and other conditions. Recognizing what gallbladder pain feels like is crucial for getting proper treatment.

Characteristics of Gallbladder Pain:

1. Location

Pain is usually felt in the upper right or middle abdomen below the ribs. It may spread to the right shoulder or between shoulder blades.

2. Severity

Gallbladder pain can range from a mild ache to severe or sharp stabbing pains. Severe episodes are called biliary colic. The pain may come and go in waves.

3. Duration

Attacks typically last from minutes up to several hours. Chronic gallbladder issues cause more persistent pain.

4. Triggers

Eating greasy, fatty foods may trigger attacks. Pain may start soon after eating or during the night.

5. Nature

Gallbladder pain is often described as a dull, squeezing sensation. It may also feel sharp and stabbing, especially as attacks worsen.

6. Radiation

Pain often radiates from the abdomen to the back and right shoulder blade. This is caused by irritation of the diaphragm.

7. Risk Factors

Those with gallstones, women, and people with high-fat diets are most at risk of pain.

Summary of Key Points:

– Usually felt in the upper right abdomen

– Can range from mild aches to severe pain

– Lasts from minutes up to hours

– Often triggered by fatty foods

– Described as squeezing, cramping, or sharp pain

– May radiate to back and right shoulder

– More common in those with gallstones

Please let me know if you experience any of these signs of gallbladder pain, so we can identify the cause and get you prompt treatment.


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