Signs and symptoms of cholecystitis may include:
- Severe, steady pain in the upper right part of your abdomen
- Pain that radiates from your abdomen to your right shoulder or back
- Tenderness over your abdomen when it's touched
- Abdominal bloating
Cholecystitis signs and symptoms usually occur after a meal, particularly a large meal or a meal high in fat.
When to see a doctor
Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms that worry you. Abdominal pain that is so severe you can't sit still or find a comfortable position is an emergency, so have someone drive you to the emergency room in this situation.
Sep. 01, 2011
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