Dark Pee or Clay-Colored Poop
The buildup of bilirubin in the body caused by blocked bile ducts doesn’t just discolor the skin and eyes. It also causes unusually colored waste well. A characteristic sign of gallbladder issues is pale, clay-colored poop. This is because the salts in bile turn poop brown. If bile is backed up in the gallbladder or bile ducts, these salts never reach the intestines, and poop ends up being light-colored. Gallbladder problems can also result in poop that is fatty and particularly smelly because of a lack of bile, making it into the intestines to break up fat in food. People with unhealthy gallbladders may also have dark urine that is dark brown or orange due to a buildup of bilirubin in the body. Along with abdominal pain and jaundice, changes in the color of waste are the primary symptoms of gallstones and other gallbladder diseases. Dark urine is also caused by dehydration, liver issues, or infections, so without the other symptoms may not be a sign of gallbladder disease.