Gallstones are small stones which develop within the gallbladder and are very common. Thankfully many people who have gallstones do not have any symptoms from them. However, gallstones can cause a pain in the upper, right side of the abdomen and pain can move into the right side of the back and up to the shoulder.
Symptoms can be brought on following food, particularly fatty foods e.g dairy, cheese, fried food etc.
Sometimes more serious complications can occur:
Gallbladder infection (Cholecystitis) - symptoms include temperature/fever, nausea vomiting and constant pain in upper or right side of abdomen
Inflammation of the pancreas (Pancreatitis) - Gallstones can move and cause irritation to the pancreas gland. Symptoms include a sudden pain in the abdomen, that is constant and severe. The pain can go through to the middle of the back and cause nausea, vomiting and generally unwell. See your doctor urgently if you are concerned about this.
Yellow skin/eyes (jaundice) - Gallstones occasionally move into the bile duct and cause an obstruction and back pressure on the liver. See your doctor urgently if you are concerned about this.
Mr Harris provides gallbladder surgery in Belfast (surgery for gallstones in Belfast).