Gallbladder Problems: A Guide to the Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

The gallbladder is a small, sac-like organ found just under the liver. This organ’s function is to store the bile produced by the liver and to send that to the small intestine to help with the chemical degradation of food. The bile breaks down the fat component of the consumed food, which allows for the easier absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins and other nutrients into the body.   This article focuses on common gallbladder problems such as the complications, what causes them, and what the symptoms are. All are important if you are thinking of consulting with a gallbladder specialist in Singapore. Common Symptoms of Gallbladder Problems   The most common symptom is pain present in the upper right section of the abdomen because this is where the gallbladder is. However, in more severe cases, the pain may spread up to the middle of the abdomen, even the lower part of the right shoulder blade. Other symptoms to look out for are pain that has been present for 5 of more hours, and pain that worsens after having a meal   Most patients with gallbladder problems complain of worsening pain that feels either sharp or resembles a cramp. And they often feel this after eating a fatty meal.   Aside from abdominal pain, other noticeable symptoms are: – nausea or vomiting – fever with chills – an unusual colour in the stool (appears much lighter than normal) – and a darker colour in the urine   What May Have Caused It   Most gallbladder problems are caused by gallstones, cholangitis, pancreatitis, and cholecystitis. If the pain is in the...