What is the function of the gallbladder and how does gallbladder stone lead to problems?
The gallbladder stores bile, a fluid made by your liver. Bile helps digest fats in the food that you eat. Gallstones which form in the gallbladder due to a multitude of reasons can block the flow of bile in your digestive system. This can also lead to infection, which can cause bloating, nausea, vomiting, and pain in your abdomen, shoulder, back, or chest. Gallstones can also block the ducts that channel the bile from the liver or gallbladder to the intestine, leading to jaundice and pancreatitis. Complications like these are unpredictable and cannot be prevented with any medication.