There are many kinds of stomach pains and aches. Triggers and causes can sometimes be discerned based on the symptoms, location, or type of pain a person experiences. Regardless of the cause, it is wise to have stomach pain investigated by a doctor if it persists beyond a couple of days. Minor stomach upsets can usually be treated at home with rest or over-the-counter medication.
The gallbladder is a small organ that sits below the liver. It is responsible for storing and dispensing bile. Gallbladder stones are most common in women 40 or older who are overweight. When the stone moves from the gallbladder into the small intestine, or if the stone becomes stuck in the biliary duct, it can cause pain and other symptoms. High-fat foods often exacerbate gallbladder stones because a high volume of bile is needed to digest fat.
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