6 Signs and Symptoms of Possible Gallbladder Problems

17 January, 2020
Although they could result from some other condition, if you suffer from these symptoms regularly, it's advisable to go to a specialist to rule out possible complications and get an adequate diagnosis and treatment.

Your gallbladder is a small organ located under the liver. It’s main task is to secrete bile which helps to break down fat, and eases digestion. In this article we’ll look at gallbladder problems.
Some substances are retained in the ducts, thus generating obstructions that impede the passage of the bile. As a result, there’s a series of symptoms that, when not attended to in a timely manner, can have a negative impact on your quality of life.

Because of this, it’s essential to know how these difficulties show themselves. Then, after identifying them, it’s important to see a doctor to get treatment.

Next, we want to share 6 signs of gallbladder problems.

1. Inflammation and gas


Once there are obstructions or difficulties in the ducts that facilitate the passage of bile, digestion become more difficult. In those situations, there may be symptoms such as inflammation of the stomach, the accumulation of waste (which when it isn’t expelled properly will ferment and cause discomfort) and excess intestinal gas.

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A woman in pain.

2. Pain and abdominal heaviness

In addition to digestive discomfort, gallbladder problems produce abdominal pain and heaviness. This symptom, which sometimes extends to the right side of the back, comes from the inflammatory imbalances caused by poor digestion.

  • The pain usually occurs suddenly, and lasts about 15 minutes.
  • Then, it disappears and reappears, and is more and more intense, lasting between 12 and 15 hours.
  • This symptom should be analyzed with medical help, as it can indicate the presence of gallstones.

3. Nausea and dizziness


Nausea and recurrent dizziness are symptoms that can be caused by several different issues, and even when they don’t seem serious, they show us that something is wrong with the body.

When the gallbladder is unable to use bile juices in the process of digestion of fats, this increases the presence of waste in the intestine and blood. In addition, when gallstones form, a pressure occurs in the stomach that can cause nausea and vomiting.

A woman being sick.

4. Bad breath

We know that bad breath can be caused by bacterial infections or poor hygiene habits. However, when it’s recurrent and doesn’t get better from better hygiene habits, then it may come from difficulties in the functioning of the liver, gallbladder, or both.

  • In the latter case, there may be a metallic taste in your mouth that, together with the unpleasant smell, generates discomfort.
  • The accumulation of toxins and the low production of bile are responsible for this problem.

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5. Lack of appetite


Losing your appetite suddenly is a sign that something is not working well in your body. While it can occur due to chronic inflammatory diseases, it’s also common because of the digestive problems generated by the malfunction of the gallbladder.

  • A lack of appetite that lasts several days may indicate that the bile ducts are inflamed or obstructed due to the formation of stones.
  • As the problem continues, affected patients feel inflammation and fullness.

6. Jaundice

This condition comes from the accumulation of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is produced in the liver and is excreted through the feces, thanks to traveling through the bile ducts. If there’s an obstruction then it will accumulate in the blood, giving a yellow tone to the skin.

Final comments

Do you recognize the symptoms mentioned? Do you have two or more of them? If so, see a doctor to receive the relevant tests that can help detect problems in this organ. Avoid auto-medicating.

As well as following the treatment, you should improve your health habits to improve the overall results of the treatment prescribed.

It’s vital to have a balanced diet, low in fried and processed food.

  • Rogers, A. B., & Dintzis, R. Z. (2012). Liver and Gallbladder. In Comparative Anatomy and Histology. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-381361-9.00013-5