Gallstones are more likely
if they run in your family, and they're likelier among women, older people, and some ethnic groups, including Native Americans and Mexican-Americans. You're
also more likely to get gallstones if:
Signs and symptoms
- You're obese. Obesity can raise your cholesterol level and also make it harder for the gallbladder to empty completely.
- You take birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy for menopause symptoms, or are pregnant.
- Extra estrogen can increase cholesterol and make it harder for the gallbladder to empty.
- You have diabetes. People with this condition tend to have higher levels of triglycerides (a type of blood fat), which is a risk factor for gallstones.
- You take medicine to lower your cholesterol. Some of these drugs boost the amount of cholesterol in bile, which may increase your chances of getting cholesterol stones.
- You lost weight too quickly. Your liver makes extra cholesterol, which may lead to gallstones.
- You’re fasting. Your gallbladder may not squeeze as much.
of gallstones may include:
- Back pain between your shoulder blades
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain in your right shoulder
- Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the upper right portion of your abdomen
- Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the center of your abdomen, just below your breastbone