The Causes of Gall Bladder Pain
Gall bladder pain is usually caused by gall stones, although there are
other diseases that affect the organ. When people talk about having gall bladder symptoms, they are usually
referring to those associated with gall stones, although a stone might not cause any symptom at all. Here’s a
look at the gall bladder, the conditions affecting it and how to keep it
The gall bladder is known in medical circles as the
cholecyst. It is correct to spell it with or without a space
between the words “gall” and “bladder”. In other words, whether it
is one word or two, it is proper English.
The small non-vital organ is located near the liver. It is normally hollow and is meant to store excess bile produced by the
liver. It is connected to the “common bile duct”, which connects to
the pancreatic duct.
The liver, pancreas and gall bladder are found in a small area of the upper
right abdominal area. Each of the organs have interconnected ducts,
which are little more than tubes. Because of the ducts, an
infection or disease can spread relatively easily from one of the organs to another.
So, it is important to consult your doctor concerning any gall bladder
pain. While it might not be serious, it could be an early warning
sign of something more serious. Getting treatment for a small stone
or other kind of inflammation could prevent a major infection or inflammation in the surrounding organs and
If gall bladder symptoms are not addressed, they can also lead to
irritation of the duodenum, a part of the digestive system which is also interconnected to the three small
organs. Eventually, a rupture could occur. A person could experience a high fever, shock or jaundice, as the liver becomes
Numerous stones can lead to a calcification of the entire gall bladder,
referred to as “porcelain gall bladder”, which is very painful and, according to some studies, a risk factor
for gall bladder cancer.
In order to keep this and all of the organs of your body healthy, you
should try to maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese
is a risk factor for gall stones.
Your diet should be low in cholesterol, trans-fatty acids and saturated
fats. The composition of the stones varies, but all of them contain
The diets of people with gall bladder symptoms are often low in fiber
(oatmeal, fresh vegetables, and fresh fruit), high in starchy foods (rice, potatoes, bread) and low in
fish. So, changing your diet may be helpful for relieving gall
bladder pain, but it’s still a good idea to talk to your doctor at your next