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What Are the Common Symptoms of Gallbladder Infection?

A healthy gallbladder and one with gallstones.
Severe abdominal pain may be a symptom of a gallbladder infection.
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  • Written By: Dan Cavallari
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 23 April 2014
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Symptoms of gallbladder infection can be difficult to spot because so many of the symptoms are also symptoms of much less severe conditions such as a stomachache. Pain between or just below the shoulder blades can be some of the symptoms of gallbladder infection, though these pains are usually only indicative of a gallbladder issue if they are accompanied by other symptoms or conditions. Excessive belching or passing gas can also be symptoms of gallbladder infection, but only if the gas is more severe or present than usual. Nausea and vomiting are some more signs of a potential problem.

Some people never experience any symptoms of gallbladder infection at all, though most will feel some sort of discomfort or pain. A gallbladder infection can be quite severe and cause significant pain, or it may be relatively minor and cause only slight discomfort. Many people do not go to the doctor for a diagnosis until the pain worsens, which can lead to more symptoms becoming present. It is important to see a doctor if symptoms of gallbladder infection persist for several days or weeks, or if the pain worsens. Upper back pain between the shoulder blades can radiate toward the front of the body in the chest, at which time it will be necessary to see a doctor.

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Discomfort or pain after eating is another of the more common symptoms of gallbladder infection, and it is sometimes accompanied by chronic diarrhea or painful bowel movements. These symptoms are indicative of a serious infection, and it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible to prevent a perforation from developing. This can lead to more pain and more serious medical conditions and infections. Gallstones may develop, blocking important bike ducts and causing severe discomfort or pain. Gallstones can cause changes in blood pressure, which an be dangerous in itself.

Very serious cases may cause jaundice, or yellowed skin; this is cause to see a doctor immediately as well to seek treatment for the gallbladder problems. If a potential patient realizes he or she is experiencing darker urine or lighter colored stool, he or she should seek medical attention immediately, as emergency treatment may be necessary to prevent complications. Severe pain in the right side of the abdomen commonly accompanies these symptoms.

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