How does your body feel when you have gallstones?

When you have gallstones, you may experience a range of symptoms that can vary in severity. Some people may have gallstones and never experience any symptoms, while others may have severe symptoms that require medical attention. You may feel or experience the following symptoms when you have gallstones.

  1. Abdominal pain: The most common symptom of gallstones is pain in the upper right or middle part of the abdomen. The pain can be severe and may last several hours.
  2. Nausea and vomiting: Some people with gallstones may experience nausea and vomiting, especially after eating a fatty meal.
  3. Jaundice: In some cases, gallstones can block the bile duct, leading to jaundice, a condition in which the skin and whites of the eyes turn yellow.
  4. Fever and chills: If a gallstone causes an infection in the gallbladder or bile duct, you may experience fever and chills.
  5. Back pain: Some people with gallstones may experience pain in the back, between the shoulder blades.
  6. Indigestion: You may experience indigestion, bloating, or gas after eating, especially if you eat a fatty meal.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In some cases, gallstones can lead to complications, such as pancreatitis or an infected gallbladder, so prompt medical attention is important.