gallbladder painGallbladder pain is usually felt in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen.  It can be an achy type of pain if it is inflamed but if a gallstone has lodged itself in the neck of the gallbladder or in one of the ducts, the pain can be colicky and sharp.

Treatment for Gallbladder Pain

Here are some things you can do for the treatment of gallbladder pain:

1. Take Over the Counter Pain Medications

If the pain is mild you can take an over the counter pain medication reliever. This can include Tylenol (acetaminophen), ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), or naproxen sodium (Aleve, Naproxen).  The latter two are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, that treat not only the pain but help with the inflammation of the bladder.  Be careful to take the non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications with food as these can cause stomach upset.

Always talk to a doctor before taking any medication.

2. Take Prescription Pain Medications

If the pain is severe, the doctor can prescribe pain medications to relieve your pain. These can be prescription strength nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications or narcotic-type medications.  Some of them include Percocet, Vicodin, and Norco, which can effectively reduce the pain.  They are all habit forming, so you will want to take them sparingly and for a short period of time.

3. Use a Heating Pad

A heating pad to the right upper quadrant of the abdomen can be one treatment of gallbladder pain that doesn’t involve taking medications.  You can use a heating pad set on low for about thirty minutes at a time, taking a thirty-minute break before putting the heating pad on again.

Heating pads can be used with or without the taking of any type of medication. Be sure to put a cloth or cover between your skin and the heating pad so that you don’t burn the skin from the heat of the heating pad.


4. Eat a Low Fat Diet

The gallbladder contracts and will be painful if you eat any type of fat.  This is because the gallbladder releases bile when in contact with dietary fat.  If you avoid fat intake, the gallbladder will not be stimulated and there will be no gallbladder pain.  A low fat diet means eating a lot of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that do not contain trans fats or any other source of fat, like butter.

Foods should be grilled, boiled, or roasted and not fried.  If you eat meat, trim off any excess fat you see and choose lean cuts of meat.  All of these dietary changes should reduce the gallbladder pain.

5. Having Surgery

If all of the natural methods of treating gallbladder pain do not work, you may have to have surgery to treat the pain.  Surgery can be done as an open surgery but most surgeries to the gallbladder today are done using a laparoscope.  This involves using a flexible tube with a camera attached to the end of it.

The tube can also accommodate tools that are used to cut any blood vessels and to cut the gallbladder out so that it won’t cause you any pain.  The bile the gallbladder normally stores will come directly from the liver when the gallbladder is taken out.


These are some treatments for gallbladder pain.