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Causes Gallbladder Problems and Back Pain

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Causes Gallbladder Problems and Back Pain


The most common causes of gallbladder back pain are a gallbladder that is not functioning properly or is inflamed.  The gallbladder is a small pear-shaped organ located just under the liver, in the upper right section of the abdomen.  The collection and storage of bile, a substance the body uses to digest fats, is the main function of the gallbladder.  Bile in made up of water, bile acids, electrolytes, bilirubin, and phospholipids.  It is created by the cells in the liver, called hepatocytes, and helps the body absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

Gall bladder diseases and problems are fairly common and affect both men and women. The symptoms can vary from indigestion and nausea to vomiting and pain in the right upper abdomen. This pain also radiates to the lower back, resulting in gall bladder back pain.

Causes of Gallbladder Problems

It is rather common for men and women to suffer from problems with, and diseases of, the gallbladder.  Symptoms vary but include indigestion, vomiting, nausea, and a painful feeling in the upper-right portion of the abdomen which then radiates to the area around the lower back, resulting in what is known as gallbladder back pain.  Some of the most severe symptoms are listed below:

1.Abdominal bloating


3.Fever caused by the inflammation of the gallbladder


5.Severe heartburn and gas


Gallbladder problems can be caused by the following:

  1. Blood infections or disorders
  2. Gallbladder stone formation caused by excess cholesterol in the bile
  3. Hormonal changes caused by pregnancy
  4. Inadequate bile production
  5. Infection in the gall bladder
  6. Toxic bile produced by the liver


Gallbladder lower back pain can be caused by biliary colic.  Biliary colic is a gall bladder disorder that occurs when the small duct that serves to drain bile into the small intestine is blocked by gallstones, resulting in pain in the gallbladder.  Biliary calculi, known as gallstones, are a combination of calcium salts, cholesterol, and bile pigment which forms into small stones.  Gallstones are a very common occurrence affecting about 15% of adults near the age of 50.  While gallstones are common, infections and complications usually do not manifest until the gallstones block the bile duct.  A blocked bile duct can cause severe pain that lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours.  A doctor must use ultrasound to determine if the gallstones exist, and if they do, can ensure the proper treatment.

If a woman has low back pain with the “usual” urinary incontinence, a mild prolapsed bladder can be mistaken as just “low back pain.” As the bladder falls further and the pain gets worse, the prolapsed bladder becomes more obvious.


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