Gallstone Pain Relief

Updated February 21, 2017

Gallstones are hard objects that develop in the gallbladder. Although it is a common condition, some people are unaware they suffer from it because gallstones rarely produce symptoms. However, gallstones can become painful, and in those cases you'll need treatment.


Pain is a common symptom of gallstones, and it can occur in the upper right section of the stomach, the back and shoulder. Discomfort generally occurs suddenly, and it can persist for minutes or hours. To stop gallstone pain, doctors normally prescribe medications designed to dissolve the stone. These oral medicines are effective in the long run, but unfortunately they do not provide immediate relief, as it can take several months to completely dissolve a gallstone.


Surgery is another common remedy, wherein a surgeon removes the gallbladder to stop pain and prevent the recurrence of gallstones. The surgery is safe and a good option, as the gallbladder isn't a necessary organ. Although removal of the gallbladder doesn't impair the digestion process, side effects may include diarrhoea and occasional abdominal pain.

Lifestyle Changes

Even though minor cases of gallstones rarely cause pain or discomfort, complications can develop, wherein sufferers begin to experience sudden intense pain. However, there are ways to prevent this discomfort. For starters, eat at least three regular meals a day; skipping meals and malnutrition contribute to the development of gallstones and may aggravate existing stones. Additionally, at least 90 minutes of physical activity per week and reducing your body weight can stop the development of gallstones and prevent complications such as pain.

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About the Author

Valencia Higuera is a freelance writer from Chesapeake, Virginia. She has contributed content to print publications and online publications such as, AOL Travel, and ABC Loan Guide. Higuera primarily works as a personal finance, travel and medical writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/journalism from Old Dominion University.