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The most common symptom of gallstones is pain throughout the upper part of the abdomen and can radiate to the back and shoulders. In addition, there are various other symptoms that you also need to recognize so that this condition can be treated early to prevent complications
Gallstones can be caused by various things, such as cholesterol that accumulates and settles in the gallbladder. This condition is often not realized by the sufferer, because in most cases, gallstones do not cause symptoms.
Even so, the symptoms of gallstones can begin to be felt when the stone has blocked the flow of bile into the small intestine. This condition can also worsen when gallstones enter other organs in the digestive system, such as the pancreas or small intestine.
Gallstone Symptoms to Recognize
There are some common gallstone symptoms that are important for you to know, namely:
1. Abdominal, back and shoulder pain
It was previously mentioned that the most common symptom of gallstones is severe pain around the upper right or middle abdomen. This pain can radiate to other parts of the body, such as the back and right shoulder.
Pain symptoms due to gallstones usually appear suddenly, both day and night. However, pain can also be triggered by the consumption of high-fat foods.
These symptoms of gallstones can last for about 1–5 hours, even days and don't subside with bowel movements or bowel movements.
2. Nausea and vomiting
Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms of all types of long-standing biliary disease, including gallstones. These symptoms can also be part of the body's response to intense pain.
3. Chronic diarrhea
Symptoms of severe gallstones can also be characterized by chronic diarrhea, which is loose or watery bowel movements at least 4 times a day for 3 months. Usually, these symptoms also occur because gallstones have interfered with other digestive systems, such as the pancreas.
Yellow skin and eyes are also a symptom of gallstones to watch out for. You can get jaundice if gallstones leak out of the gallbladder and settle in the bile ducts, blocking the flow of bile.
This condition of obstruction of bile flow is called cholestasis. This condition can then cause the yellow bilirubin in bile to "leak" into the blood and into the skin and eye tissue.
5. Dark urine color
In addition to settling and causing a yellow color to the eyes and skin, excess bilirubin in the blood will also be excreted through the kidneys and cause a darker urine color, to be precise, brown or dark red.
6. Pale stools
Pain-colored or clay-colored stools can also be a symptom of gallstones. This occurs because gallstones block the flow of bile, which gives stool its color.
Some of the symptoms of gallstones above can also occur in other diseases related to the gallbladder, liver, or pancreas. So, it is necessary to have a doctor's examination to determine the exact cause of the appearance of the above symptoms.
As previously mentioned, most gallstones cause no symptoms. Gallstones will sometimes pass by themselves through urine.
Even so, you still have to be careful because gallstones that block the bile ducts can cause serious complications, such as inflammation in the gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas, and even severe infections that can lead to sepsis.
If you feel the symptoms of gallstones above, consult a doctor immediately, especially if the pain does not improve for more than 5 hours and is accompanied by a high fever or yellow skin and eyes.