Gallstones are located in the gallbladder, which is an organ attached to the liver. The gallbladder stores bile which is used in digestion. Many people are told they have gallstones and are worried about what to do about them. This often depends on whether you have no pain or if you are suffering from “gallbladder attacks.” Some people with gallstones do not have symptoms from their stones. Others however, may have symptoms including: upper abdominal pain and pain under the right rib cage, nausea, and back pain. These symptoms typically last for a few hours and occur after eating. Some people may have one attack and never have pain again. Others have attacks that are increasing in intensity and frequency.
If you have gallstones and are having symptoms, the treatment is usually to have your gallbladder surgically removed. If you have experienced the above symptoms, you should contact your doctor.