The gallbladder is a sac located under the liver under the lower right rib cage. It stores and concentrates bile produced in the liver. Bile aids in the digestion of fat, and is released from the gallbladder into the upper small intestine in response to food (especially fats)
Gall bladder disease includes inflammation, infection, stones, or blockage of the gall bladder.
It is extraordinary to think that 80 percent of people with gall stones are walking around without any symptoms. Gall stones are very common, with thousands of people developing them each year, but only about fifty percent of “sufferers” experience symptoms or complications.
Attempts by the gall bladder to expel the stones can cause severe pain in the upper abdomen 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.
At LifeWorks we have a lot of experience in helping residents of Tampa Bay with Gall Bladder disease and with our programs people rarely have to have surgery to correct them.