Liver Pain

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Gallstones

Gallstones are crystalline solid bodies ("stones") which form in the biliary tree, in places such as the common bile duct and gallbladder. Obstruction of these areas can cause a variety of symptoms and medical conditions, including liver pain.

Symptoms

Gallstone symptoms may vary in different patients, types, and individual cases. Initially, many gallstones are present without symptoms, which may appear once the stones increase in size. Some possible symptoms may include the following:

Abdominal bloating
Back pain (under right shoulder or between both shoulder blades)
Belching
Biliary colic ("gallstone attack")
Fatty food intolerance
Flatulence
Indigestion
Jaundice
Lower abdominal pain
Murphy's sign
Nausea
Pancreatitis
Upper abdominal pain (severe, increases in intensity over minutes or hours)
Vomiting



Causes

Gallstones may be caused by different medical situations, some of which may include the following:

Age (commonly around 40 and above)
Body chemistry (hereditary)
Body weight
Diet
Erythropoietic protoporphyria
Gallbladder movement (motility)
Increased estrogen levels


Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis of gallstones is made by a doctor or medical professional.

Gallstone treatment methods come in different varieties. Generally, there are medical options, as well as surgical methods. Alternative medicine methods are also used by some.

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