Most people with gallstones do not have symptoms and in this case these patients are said to be asymptomatic, and the stones are called “silent stones”. This condition often detected during tests for an unrelated condition and usually do not require treatment.
However, when gallstones become larger, or when they start blocking the bile duct, symptoms begin to occur. When symptoms appear, they are often called ‘attacks’ because they occur suddenly. The following are some common symptoms of gallstones:
- Pain in the upper right part of the abdomen or near the right shoulder.
- Abdominal bloating
- Belching or gas
- Nausea or vomiting
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or the white eyes)
The symptoms of gallstones may resemble other conditions or health problems such as heart attack, ulcers, appendicitis, hepatitis, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Pain is one of the most common symptoms of gallstones. In more severe cases, gallstone pain accompanies a yellowing of the skin (jaundice). If these symptoms occur, it is important to seek medical treatment because this condition often suggest that surgery is necessary.