Can Ulcers Cause Back Pain?

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Gallstones, solid matters (larger or small) that form in the gallbladder! The gallbladder is located in the abdominal cavity, specifically attached close to the liver). This oblong-shaped organ is responsible to store fat-digested fluid called ‘bile’.

Certain substances in the bile may form crystals that stay in the gallbladder. In time these crystals can turn into gallstones, causing inflammation and obstruction.

Gallstones could be asymptomatic until they grow and become large enough to cause signs and symptoms. If they cause symptoms, pain in the upper abdomen is one of the most common one. The pain may last for minutes.

They may also cause ingestion after meal, especially when you eat high-fatty foods or high-protein meal.

How about back pain? It’s pretty common with gallstones. About 63 % of patients with gallstones might experience referred back pain, one study suggests [5]!

The exact cause of how people get gallstones are probably still debatable. But it’s strongly believed that the stones have to do with diet high in animal fats.

Kidney stones, which are hard (solid) pieces that form in the kidneys and urinary tract (they can travel from the kidneys to somewhere else in the urinary tract such as ureters)! See more about kidney stones in this article!

Since the kidneys are located just below your ribs, problems affecting the kidneys (such as kidney stones) are more likely to cause pain in the back – specifically around the flank area!

Back pain associated with kidney stones is usually also followed with other symptoms that signal the existence of the stones. These may include;

  1. Hematuria (blood in the urine).
  2. Pain with urination.
  3. Abdominal pain. Kidney stones are so painful, the pain could be strong enough to radiate elsewhere and affect your abdomen.
  4. Blockage in the urinary tract, causing changes in the frequency and intensity to pass your urine.

Kidney stones may also cause vogue symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. The pain could be long lasting or short.