The gall bladder is a pear shaped, 7 to 12 cm long organ situated in the concavity of liver. The main function of gall bladder is to store bile made from liver. Bile is required for food digestion, especially fatty food and fried food.
When food reaches the upper part of small intestine, bile is released from gall bladder for its digestion.
Gall bladder pain is common symptom of gall bladder disease. The incidence of gall bladder disease increases with age. Patients above fifty years of age are more likely to suffer from gall bladder disease, especially women.
Gall bladder diseases can be due to gall stone, inflammation of gall bladder (cholecystitis), or gall bladder malignancy.
Symptoms of Gall Stone Disease
- Biliary colic, it is sudden pain in the right side of upper abdomen. Some time the pain radiates to back or between the shoulder blades.
- Nausea, vomiting and sweating are the associated symptoms of gall bladder colic.
- If the pain due to gall stone lasts for more than six hours and if there is associated fever, there is a chance of inflammation of gall bladder which in medical term is called cholecystitis.
- Jaundice sets in when the bile flow is obstructed due to gall stones.
- Attack of gall bladder pain often occurs after overeating.
- Fatty meals may often trigger gall bladder pain.
- Burping and belching.
Gall Bladder Pain Treatment
- If the pain is acute, doctors advise analgesic and antibiotics.
- Once the pain settles, to prevent another episode a person has to follow healthy food habits. It is an integral part of gall bladder treatment. Foods such as French fries, hamburgers which are loaded with fats should be avoided.
- Juices of fruits especially pear juice is effective in gall bladder disease.
- Obese persons should try to reduce weight.
- If the pain is recurrent due to gall stones, your doctor may advice removal of gall bladder through endoscopic surgery.
Also see Remove Gallbladder with Surgery