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The gallbladder is the organ that stores the bile produced by the liver. It can experience attacks for many different reasons. It may be infected, or you could be suffering from gallstones. Any gallbladder condition is usually diagnosed with a combination of a physical examination and then a series of imaging scans done using MRI or x-ray equipment. Treatment may consist of medication used to eliminate gallstones or surgery.
Pain associated with gallbladder problems can appear in a few different places. More specifically, you may be feeling pain around or under your rib cage on the right side of your body. This pain could be constant, or it may be only on contact. You may also notice a tender spot under your rib cage as well. Pain may also develop between your shoulder blades, and you may begin to experience headaches that seems to stay around your right eye.
Symptoms After Eating
Some of the more common symptoms of gallbladder problems are digestive symptoms, and these symptoms seem to manifest themselves more after you have eaten foods that contain a lot of grease or fat. You may begin to experience nausea or bloating. You could also begin to experience an increase in the amount of gas after eating a meal. You may develop fits of uncontrollable belching, and you may start to taste fluid that comes up during your belching fits.
Gallbladder problems will normally lead to problems with your digestive system. You may experience bouts with constipation, and when you are able to have a bowel movement, you may notice your stool is a lighter color than normal. You may continue to feel full for a long time after meals because your food is not digesting properly. You may also begin to experience loose stool or intermittent cases of diarrhea and watery stool.
More advanced symptoms of gallbladder problems include bouts with jaundice. You may notice your skin is beginning to take on a yellow hue to it, and you may also begin to notice yellow in the whites of your eyes. Jaundice is normally an indication that your gallbladder problems have reached an advanced stage. If you see any initial stages of jaundice, you need to get to a doctor immediately.
It is common to experience one or two gallbladder attacks over a short period of time and then not experience any for a period of months or years. This does not mean that the problem has gone away. The problem could be progressing to the next level, and your next attack could be more severe. Seek medical assistance at the first signs of gallbladder attacks to try to address the problem causing them.