Common symptoms of gallbladder problems include abdominal pain, heartburn, back or right shoulder blade pain, nausea, and vomiting. Other symptoms include pain during deep breathing, jaundice and unusually colored stools, reports Everyday Health. A blockage of the cystic duct can trigger symptoms and even lead to gallbladder disease.
The gallbladder is located beneath the liver and collects bile the liver produces, explains Everyday Health. The bile travels through the cystic duct into the small intestines to break down food. Gallstones that block the cystic duct can cause the gallbladder to contract and create spasmodic pain lasting an hour or two. The gallbladder walls can become inflamed and painful as a reaction to gallstones, excessive alcohol use and infections. Repeated inflammation from gallstones can also cause the gallbladder to become rigid and scarred causing indigestion, excess gas and chronic diarrhea.
Gallstones not blocking the cystic duct are ones that often do not cause symptoms, indicates Everyday Health. Their discovery during an X-ray or an abdominal surgery is not uncommon. Gallstones that lead to gallbladder wall inflammation and eventual gallbladder rupture is a medical emergency. When a fever is present and inflammation of the gallbladder is suspected, medical attention is required. On the other hand, gallstones that are present for more than 10 years are less likely to cause symptoms.