What Does a Gallbladder Attack Feel Like?

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Typical symptoms of a gallbladder attack include pain in the middle or upper right portion of the belly, according to WebMD. The pain can range from mild to severe, and it may come and go or remain steady over time. The pain sometimes gets worse after eating. Caused when gallstones block a duct, gallbladder pain can be identified via imaging tests or a gallbladder scan.

Because symptoms of a gallstone attack are similar to those of heart attack or other serious issues, it is important for individuals to seek medical help promptly for severe pain in this area, according to WebMD. When a person has a mild gallbladder attack, pain medication is generally used to alleviate the pain. If a second or more severe gallbladder attack occurs, the removal of the gallbladder is typical and is most often done using laparoscopic surgery. Severe symptoms that require immediate medical help include signs of a gallbladder attack accompanied by fever, chills and a yellowing of the skin or white part of the eyes.

Eating a balanced diet, regularly exercising and staying within a healthy weight range can help to prevent gallstones from forming, according to WebMD. Excessive, intentional weight loss followed by weight gain should also be avoided, as this can contribute to the formation of gallstones.