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What are gallstones?

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Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ in your belly. It holds a fluid called bile that helps digest your food. Sometimes, leftover bile hardens to form little stones. These may not give you any symptoms unless they cause a blockage.

If you have a gallstone, you may get a sharp pain on the right side of your belly. You may not be able to sit comfortably. If you run a high fever with chills or notice that your skin or eyes start to yellow, call your doctor right away.

From: Conditions That Seem Like IBS But Aren't WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

United European Gastroenterology Journal : "Are IBD patients more likely to have a prior diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome? Report of a case-control study in the General Practice Research Database."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation: "What are Crohn's & Colitis?"

Mayo Clinic: "Ulcerative Colitis," "Lactose Intolerance," "Diverticulitis," "Pancreatitis," "Microscopic colitis."

Clinical Endoscopy : "A Case of Parasite Invasion of the Intestinal Tract: A Missed Diagnosis in Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Celiac Disease Foundation: "What is Celiac Disease?" "Celiac Disease Screening and Diagnosis."

Harvard Medical School: "Stress and the sensitive gut."

National Pancreas Foundation: "About the Pancreas," "Common Disorders of the Pancreas."

American Cancer Society: "Can Stomach Cancer Be Found Early?" "Signs and Symptoms of Stomach Cancer," "Tests for Stomach Cancer."

Endometriosis UK: "Understanding Endometriosis," "Endometriosis and the Bowel."

Merck Manual: "Hookworm Infection (Ancylostomiasis)."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 08, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

United European Gastroenterology Journal : "Are IBD patients more likely to have a prior diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome? Report of a case-control study in the General Practice Research Database."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation: "What are Crohn's & Colitis?"

Mayo Clinic: "Ulcerative Colitis," "Lactose Intolerance," "Diverticulitis," "Pancreatitis," "Microscopic colitis."

Clinical Endoscopy : "A Case of Parasite Invasion of the Intestinal Tract: A Missed Diagnosis in Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Celiac Disease Foundation: "What is Celiac Disease?" "Celiac Disease Screening and Diagnosis."

Harvard Medical School: "Stress and the sensitive gut."

National Pancreas Foundation: "About the Pancreas," "Common Disorders of the Pancreas."

American Cancer Society: "Can Stomach Cancer Be Found Early?" "Signs and Symptoms of Stomach Cancer," "Tests for Stomach Cancer."

Endometriosis UK: "Understanding Endometriosis," "Endometriosis and the Bowel."

Merck Manual: "Hookworm Infection (Ancylostomiasis)."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 08, 2018

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