Gallbladder pain that radiates to the left side is a sign of gallbladder inflammation, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Tumors, alcohol abuse, infections and gallstones can cause inflammation, states Everyday Health. In addition to pain, symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting and light-colored stools, claims Healthline.
In addition to pain on the left side, gallbladder inflammation features pain on the right, and can move to the shoulder blades and behind the breast bone, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. This arises in around one to three percent of people with gallstones, and around a third of patients experience a fever. Individuals experiencing such symptoms should seek medical attention, as gallbladder perforation is a risk.
Factors that increase the risk of this condition include bile build up and gallstone irritation, notes Everyday Health. When gallstones irritate the gallbladder, intestinal bacteria invades the area and causes an infection. Other risk factors include excess cholesterol in the gallbladder during pregnancy or following weight loss, pancreatic or live tumors and decreased blood supply to the gallbladder due to diabetes, states Healthline. Additionally, being female, obese, over the age of 40, Native American or Hispanic increases a person's risk factor.
Signs of an inflamed gallbladder include severe pains that are stabbing or dull, fever and chills, itching and jaundice, according to Healthline. Acute attacks last between a few hours and a few days. However, some patients experience chronic bouts of the condition, which can last for months.