Gallstones

Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that form in the gallbladder, an organ just beneath your liver responsible for releasing bile into the small intestine. Gallstones can vary in size and number and may or may not cause symptoms.

What are symptoms of gallstones?

If you do experience gallstone symptoms, they may include:

  • Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the upper right portion of your abdomen
  • Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the center of your abdomen, just below your breastbone
  • Back pain between your shoulder blades
  • Pain in your right shoulder
  • Nausea or vomiting

Seek immediate care if the pain described above becomes so intense that you can’t get comfortable or sit still, your skin or the whites of your eyes appear yellowish, or you have a high fever with chills. Gallstone pain may last several minutes to a few hours.

 How is gallstones diagnosed?

How is gallstones treated?

Gallstones that don't cause symptoms usually don't need treatment, but people who do experience symptoms may need surgery to remove the gallbladder or medication to dissolve the gallstones.

If you have concerns about gallstones, request an appointment at San Bernardino Gastroenterology Associates.