Posted on Dec 16, 2018
David S Edelman MD
This Holiday Season, when we are eating many treats and unable to follow a strict diet, a gallbladder attack is common. A gallbladder attack may feel like a "heart attack". Bloating, gas, and problems with digestion. When you have a gallstone, this blocks the bile the liver produces from entering the digestive tract, and thus directly impacts the digestive process. You will have problems with digestion, and experience bloating and flatulence. The body will also be less able to absorb crucial nutrients and fats from the intestinal region. This is accompanied by pain and is medically known as biliary colic. The pain can radiate out from the upper right of the abdomen into the shoulder region, and into the upper back area. Symptoms to look for: Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the upper right portion of your abdomen. Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the center of your abdomen, just below your breastbone. Back pain between your shoulder blades. Pain in your right shoulder. Nausea or vomiting.