Signs Something Is Amiss With Your Gallbladder

On a regular, everyday basis, you are likely not all that concerned with the inner workings of your various organs, least of all the gallbladder. However, it is important to know the signs that something is not right with your gallbladder so you can get help and treatment for the situation as soon as possible. Get to know some of these signs so you can take the best possible care of yourself going forward. 

Nausea and/or Vomiting

One of the many signs that you have something wrong with your gallbladder is that you experience otherwise inexplicable nausea and vomiting. This can happen before or after you eat and will often occur no matter what you have to eat (or don't as the case may be). 


When you have gallbladder disease, you may also experience gas as part of your symptoms. Again, this may seem to come out of nowhere and occur even when you eat bland foods that should not typically cause problems with gas. 

Acid Reflux

Having problems with your gallbladder can wreak havoc on your entire digestive system, and as such, acid reflux is also a sign of trouble with your gallbladder. This is especially true when it accompanies other listed symptoms. 

Pain in the Upper-Right Abdomen

One of the most telltale signs that you are experiencing gallbladder problems as opposed to another digestive issue is the pain that you experience. This pain is generally in the middle-right or upper-right abdomen and can range from mild and nagging to severe and sharp. 

Oftentimes, right-side abdominal pain is assumed to be appendix related, but if you have already had your appendix removed or notice this pain high up in the abdomen, you likely have gallstones or another gallbladder issue. 


If you have gallstones, in particular, one of the common symptoms that can occur is jaundice. Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes and is caused by an excess amount of bilirubin in the blood. This can occur when the bile ducts (that run from the gallbladder) are blocked with gallstones. 

If and when you notice jaundice, it is important to seek medical attention right away. It can be a sign of serious trouble in the body and should be addressed as soon as possible. 

When you notice these signs that something is amiss with your gallbladder, contact your doctor as soon as you can to get checked out. While not always necessary, surgery to remove the gallbladder is often a lasting solution to chronic gallbladder issues and should be scheduled sooner rather than later if you are suffering from discomfort due to your gallbladder. Reach out to your general surgery physician for more information.