Some people with gallbladder disease wonder if their new-onset leg pain may be connected to the gallbladder issue.
Other issues that involve the abdominal area, such as irritable bowel syndrome and ovarian cancer, can cause leg pain. But can ailments with the gallbladder?
“No, that would be highly unusual,” says Dr. Saurabh (Seth) Sethi, MD, a Harvard University and Stanford University trained board-certified gastroenterologist practicing in the San Francisco bay area.
• Sudden, quickly worsening pain in the upper right portion of the abdomen
• Sudden, fast intensifying pain in the center of the abdomen, just below the breastbone
• Pain between the shoulder blades in the back
• Pain in just the right shoulder
• Nausea or vomiting leg pain
If you have sudden leg pain concurrent with the above symptoms, it could be a coincidence.
Gallbladder Cancer Symptoms
• Abdominal pain, especially in the upper right portion of one’s abdomen
• Unexplained weight loss
• Jaundice (yellowish skin)
Bear in mind that ovarian cancer—which as mentioned can cause leg discomfort—can cause abdominal bloating as well, plus unexplained weight loss and nausea.
The symptoms of gallbladder disease can be caused by many other conditions, especially if you’re talking of only a few of the symptoms rather than every single one of them.
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llbladder Problems Cause Leg Pain