Signs and Risk Factors of Gallstones

If you’re having unexplained abdominal pain, it could be traced to a number of culprits – including gallstones, which are crystalline masses in the bile ducts from cholesterol, salts and other substances. Even if you don’t think you’re a candidate for gallstones because you’re still young, it’s not something you should write off your list of suspects.

There are a number of telltale symptoms that can help your doctor separate gallstone pain from other sources of mid-body pain, so here are 12 signs to keep track of to share with your physician…

1. Pain in the Abdomen

First and foremost, the telltale signs of gallstones is pain in the abdomen that comes and goes, especially after fatty meals, notes Women’s Health magazine.

“Gallstone pain is described as an intense, dull discomfort located in the right upper quadrant of the belly,” it notes. The pain may also radiate to the back and right shoulder in some cases, it adds. This is because your gallbladder is trying to push a stone “the size of a golf ball” through an opening “the size of a straw,” says the source. On the flipside, some people may have gallstones and not even know it.

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Jeff Hayward

Jeff Hayward

Jeff has more than 15 years of experience writing professionally about health, travel and the arts among other subjects. He continuously looks to improve his own overall health through exercise, diet and mindfulness. He is also a proud stay-at-home dad that loves taking photographs both professionally and as a hobby.

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