Gallstone Symptoms

Gallstone Symptoms

Many people have gallstones in the gallbladder without having any symptoms at all and these are typically referred to as silent gallstones.  The current feeling is that asymptomatic gallstones do not require any treatment.  The symptoms that we typically look out for are pain in the upper abdomen, typically on the right side.  This pain can radiate around to the back or sometimes between the shoulder blades and can last anywhere from 15 minutes to as long as several hours.  Patients can also very commonly have an element of nausea and vomiting.  Attacks from gallstones can be quite intermittent and can occur days, weeks or even months apart.  Intermittent attacks of abdominal pain from gallstone disease are typically referred to as biliary colic.