Gallstones are hard, solid formations that develop in the gallbladder due to the concretization of certain components of digestive secretions. They can be of two kinds; cholesterol stones, which are made of the cholesterol, found in bile, and pigment stones, which are made of the bilirubin in it. About 80% of gallstones are cholesterol stones, yellowish-green in colour while others are smaller and darker in appearance.
In most circumstances, having gallstones is not a life threatening condition. However, it can be very painful and discomforting and in the unfortunate instance of complications, seriously incapacitating as well. Hence, one should be on the lookout for the following signs for they are symptoms of stones in the gallbladder. When they appear, it is best to consult a physician immediately so as to attain relief at the earliest.
1. No Visible Signs
Gallstones can remain asymptomatic for many, many years. This is because they do not pose any problems just by virtue of their existence. Such stones are termed “silent stones” and require no treatment. They are mostly detected when x-rays and other investigations for some other condition lead to their revelation. However, when and if these stones get lodged in the bile duct, thereby causing a blockage, other signs and symptoms appear – it is then that medical attention is required. Some complications can also produce more discomforting symptoms but that too is an aberration – gallstones are usually unproblematic.