Many people want to know if gallstone pain can be only mild, or is it always sharp and severe?

“Biliary colic is associated with right upper quadrant pain,” says Akram Alashari, MD, abdominal surgeon and critical care physician, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Florida.

“It is due to transient obstruction of the cystic duct which drains the gallbladder. In the setting of complete obstruction, inflammation can occur (the development of cholecystitis), which is associated with a more severe, sharp pain.”

So if the obstruction is not complete, or only mild, then the pain may be only mild.