About Gallstones

Symptoms of Gallstones

Gallstone "attack" may follow a fatty meal and may occur during the night

  • Steady pain in upper abdomen that increases rapidly and lasts from 30 minutes to several hours
  • Pain in the back between shoulder blades
  • Pain under right shoulder
  • Nausea or vomiting

Other symptoms include

  • abdominal bloating
  • recurring intolerance of fatty food
  • colic
  • belching
  • gas
  • indigestion

People who have the above and any of following symptoms should see a physician right away:

  • chills
  • low-grade fever
  • yellowish color of skin or whites of eyes
  • clay-colored stools

People at Risk for Gallstones

  • Women between age of 20 and 60 (twice as likely as men in this age group)
  • People over age 60
  • Native Americans
  • Mexican Americans
  • Overweight men and women
  • People who fast or lose a lot of weight quickly
  • Pregnant women, women on hormone replacement therapy, and women who use birth control
  • People with diabetes
  • People taking cholesterol-lowering drugs


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