Hardened deposits of digestive fluid that form inside the gallbladder are known as gallstones. These stones can range in size from a grain of sand to that of a golf ball and affected individuals may develop just one or multiple stones at a time.
Deposition of gallstones causes blockage of bile flow from the gallbladder which when left untreated, can cause pressure to build up inside the gallbladder and trigger uncomfortable and sometimes downright painful symptoms. Some common symptoms to watch out for include the following:
1. Pain experienced on the right side of the body
Many individuals suffering from untreated gallstones complain of experiencing pain on the right side of their body. The pain typically enmanates from the gall bladder which is located under the liver on the right side of the body and may extend to the upper right side of the abdomen. Depending on the severity of the condition, the discomfort experienced can range from mild or moderate to severe.
For some individuals, the pain from gallstones may also extend to other areas such as the chest where the discomfort may mimic chest pains.