Before we talk about the actual gall bladder stone symptoms, we would like to make a point that a majority of the people who develop gall bladder stones will not feel or see signs or symptoms.
A lot of people are unaware that they do have gall bladder stones. Gall bladder stone symptoms usually appear later in life. Usually, when gall bladder stone symptoms are observed or developed, they will likely worsen.
Some symptoms like dyspepsia, abdominal bloating, discomfort after eating, belching, farting/passing gas, and intolerance to fatty foods are not gall bladder stone symptoms. These are often mistaken as gall bladder stone symptoms, but in reality they are not.
The most common among the gall bladder stone symptoms is called biliary colic. 80% of patients suffer from the symptoms identified with biliary colic. It is a very specific type of abdominal pain. The pain is usually felt right in the middle of the person’s upper abdomen, just below the sternum.
Patients have complained of pain on the right upper abdomen below the margin of the ribs. The pain may also be felt in the back occasionally.
The pain from biliary colic either comes suddenly or builds up rapidly and would usually peak in a matter of minutes. It is not a pain that comes and goes. It is rather constant. Pain from biliary colic would last for fifteen minutes to four to five hours.
The pain a patient feels is usually severe, but patients can still move. Movement doesn’t affect the pain to make it worse or lessens it. A complication develops whenever the pain lasts more than four or five hours.
Other than the pain, one of the other gall bladder stone symptoms is nausea or vomiting. Patients who have developed gall bladder stones may experience chills, clay-colored stools, or low-grade fever. If you see a patient showing any of the gall bladder stone symptoms mentioned above they should be taken to the doctor right away.
Jaundice is one of the many gall bladder stone symptoms. Jaundice is a condition where the skin and all the whites of the eyes of a patient would become yellowish in color. Patients will usually notice that their urine would darken and their stool color will become lighter than usual. Jaundice is usually caused when the liver is not working properly. It can also be caused when the bile duct leading to the gall bladder is blocked.
These are the gall bladder stone symptoms. When you see these symptoms you should take your patient immediately to the doctor to get an accurate diagnosis.