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  • Persistent nausea and back pain may be symptomatic of several digestive disorders, but one of the more common associated conditions is gallbladder infection or disease. Gallbladder conditions are usually the result of the development of gallstones, small crystalline objects created with the solidification of bile within the gallbladder. If your symptoms persist, discuss your concerns with your physician.

    Gallbladder Function

    The gallbladder is a pear-shaped, nonvital organ located in the upper abdomen. Its role is to store bile after it is produced in the liver. Bile is then released into the small intestine when it is needed to help with the digestion of food.

    Significance

    The onset of back pain and nausea may indicate some type of obstruction within the gallbladder or one of its bile ducts through which bile travels into the small intestine. Obstruction may be caused by gallstone formation, an inflamed gallbladder or pancreatitis. Additional symptoms may be experienced in conjunction with nausea and pain. These include jaundice, vomiting, fever and clay-colored stools.

    Risk Factors

    Pain and nausea due to digestive disorders such as gallbladder infection and disease is common worldwide, particularly among overweight people with sedentary lifestyles. Additional risk factors are age, rapid weight loss and a history of multiple pregnancies.

    Diagnosis

    The first step in diagnosing the cause of persistent nausea and back pain is a physical examination. After the exam, your physician will order additional tests based on his findings. These most commonly include blood tests, an abdominal CT scan and liver function tests.

    Treatment

    Back pain and nausea sufferers may experience symptom relief by beginning to lead a more healthy lifestyle. Implementing a low-fat, high-fiber diet combined with exercise will help the digestive tract function as it should. Additional treatment options including medications or surgery may be prescribed depending on the results of the diagnostic test findings.

    Source:

    Mayo Clinic: Gallstones

    MedlinePlus: Bile Duct Diseases

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