Symptoms of gallstones also include:
- light-colored stool
- jaundice or yellowish skin
- some may also initially present with yellowing of the whites of their eyes
Treatment for gallstones is usually surgery in the form of a cholecystectomy, which is the surgical removal of the gallstone from your body.
For Cholecystitis, signs and symptoms may be different, depending on whether the patient is experiencing Acute Cholecystitis or Chronic Cholecystitis.
Acute symptoms are characterized by a sudden onset of pain and discomfort. This pain is located around the upper right side of the abdomen. It often spreads to the shoulder and back, and a vast majority of acute cholecystitis is caused by gallstones.
Chronic symptoms are almost the same as acute but prolonged and repeatedly cause pain and inflammation for the patient. However, the pain experienced by chronic patients is not as severe and painful as that experienced by acute cholecystitis patients.
Timing of symptoms can also be an important clue. This may sometimes occur after ingestion of a fatty oily meal or a heavy meal.
In general, however, examples of symptoms of Cholecystitis include:
- Abdominal tenderness
- Nausea, vomiting and bloating
- Fever above 38 degrees celsius which may include chills
- Abdominal pain that spikes when taking deep breaths or eating
Treatment for Cholecystitis almost always involves the surgical removal of either the Gallstones or the Gallbladder itself, but includes alternative solutions such as fasting, drainage of the Gallbladder, and the intake of antibiotics.