Pain On The Right Side of the Abdomen
The most common sign that something is wrong with your gallbladder is a pain in the middle and upper right part of the abdomen. This pain, called biliary colic, usually lasts several hours and doesn’t go away after changing positions or taking over-the-counter pain medicine. Most people who experience gallbladder pain describe it as a sudden, sharp pain that radiates out from the upper right section of the abdomen. Biliary colic can vary in severity and may get worse when you take deep breaths or after eating. It may also be accompanied by tenderness around the site of the pain. Many conditions can cause gallbladder pain. The most common cause is gallstones that block the flow of bile out of the gallbladder, causing the organ to contract or spasm. Gallstones can also get stuck in the bile ducts or cause damage to the gallbladder wall. Non-gallstone causes of gallbladder pain include infections, liver diseases that affect bile production, and cancer of the gallbladder or bile ducts.