Most people aren’t exactly aware of where their gallbladder is located in their body, much less about what it feels like to get a gallbladder attack. More often than not, when an attack occurs, they chalk it up to appendicitis, heartburn caused by GERD, kidney stones or some other medical issue. That’s because the gallbladder is one body part that not too many people talk about.
As strange as it sounds, the gallbladder is actually one of the body’s organs that people can survive without. This particular organ, which is found under your liver on the right side of your body, ‘helps your body digest fat and stores bile, a fluid your liver secretes to help with digestion.’ But despite the fact that people can live without them, it doesn’t mean that it’s any less important. And if you end up getting a gallbladder attack, there’s no way that you won’t swiftly figure out exactly what a gallbladder is, and just how paramount it is to your overall health.
What Are Gallstones?
It’s important to understand what a gallstone is and how it plays a part in having a gallbladder attack. Gallstones are described as ‘tiny, hard “pebbles” made from fats, proteins, and minerals in your body.’ Similar to kidney stones, gallstones form when these digestive fluids turn into ‘deposits of hardened fluid that can range in size from a speck of sand to a golf ball.’ And even more surprising is that in the United States alone, almost 10 to 20 percent of adults will develop gallstones at least once in their lifetime.
So What Exactly Is A Gallbladder Attack?
A gallbladder attack, also known as Acute Cholecystitis, occurs when gallstones end up blocking the ducts when the gallbladder is attempting to release the bile that it’s been storing. So when these deposits get stuck in the duct leading to the small intestine as the gallbladder is trying to release them, as gastroenterologist Dr. Kyle Staller from the Massachusetts General Hospital says, “It’s exquisitely painful.” And since a gallbladder attack can happen at any time or any place, deciphering that that’s actually what’s happening is key to getting the proper treatment, and as quick as possible too.
Here are 15 symptoms of a gall bladder attack.
1. A Bad Taste In Your Mouth
Curiously, one of the most common symptoms that people suffering from gallbladder attacks complain about is having a bad taste in the mouth that just won’t go away. The taste is explained as a being ‘extremely bitter, almost like the taste of a dissolving aspirin in your mouth,’ which is said to be quite horrible. If this, alongside abdominal pain on your side, headaches, nausea and other symptoms, then chances that you are having a gallbladder attack is high. Be sure to seek out medical help immediately.