Gall Stones

It is extraordinary to think that 80 percent of people with gall stones are walking around completely oblivious to the fact.

Gall stones are very common, with thousands of people developing them each year, but only about fifty percent of “sufferers” experience symptoms or complications. Gall stones are the principal disorder of the gall bladder, and the one with which most other such disorders are associated. Women are affected up to four times as often as men, though this figure varies according to age and nationality.

Attempts by the gall bladder to expel the stone(s) can cause severe pain in the upper abdomen (biliary colic) and this pain can radiate into the back, particularly behind the shoulder blades. If a gall stone becomes stuck in the outlet for the gall bladder, the trapped bile may irritate and inflame the gall bladder, which can result in a fever with severe abdominal pain and tenderness under the ribs on the right side.