Gallstones are deposits formed in the gallbladder, which is a small pear-shaped organ located under the liver. It is hard for a person to even know that they have deposits of gallbladder stones until they experience pain. This article describes the types of gallstones and common symptoms that you may notice if there are gallstones in the gallbladder.
Types of Gallstones
There are two types of gallstones:
- Cholesterol stones: These stones are usually yellow in color and are a result of obesity, high cholesterol in the blood, lack of physical activity, and fatty liver.
- Pigment stones: These stones are black in color, varying in size, and are formed as a result of breakdown of red blood cells.
Common Symptoms of Gallstones
Though most people with gallstones are unaware that they have gallstones, symptoms appear as complications develop. Some of the common symptoms of gallstones include:
- Pain in the right upper abdomen, which is localized, or radiates to the right shoulder or the right back and chest
- Fever and vomiting associated with gallstone infection
- Severe catching pain in the mid epigastrium or the mid chest, similar to a heart attack or gastric reflux associated pain