There are many kinds of stomach pains and aches. Different symptoms, locations, and types of pain can indicate triggers and causes. Stomach pain can be a sign of something as insignificant as stress or nervousness. Other times, stomach pain can be a symptom of something much more sinister. Regardless of the reasoning behind stomach pain, it is wise to have it investigated by a doctor if it persists beyond a couple of days. However, knowing the causes and symptoms that may accompany stomach pain can be the key to effective treatment. In minor cases, the pain may be able to be treated at home without a doctor's intervention.
The gallbladder is a small organ that sits below the liver. It is responsible for storing and dispensing bile. Stones in the organ cause it to become swollen and the openings of the ducts shrink. If the patient eats a high-fat meal, then they will experience pain in the upper right side of the abdomen. The pain occurs due to the high volume of bile needed to digest fat. When the gallbladder dispenses the bile, it shrinks around the gallstones, creating pain that is sometimes excruciating.
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