10 Biliary Colic Symptoms

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Shoulder Pain

Pain caused by biliary colic can spread upward into the right shoulder. When shoulder pain is present, it typically occurs along with pain in the abdomen. The pain is usually constant and isn't relieved or worsened by moving the shoulder.

Shoulder pain as a biliary colic symptom is known as referred pain. This means that pain occurs in a place other than the original source of the medical issue. It's commonly the result of irritation of the phrenic nerve.3‘Referred Shoulder Pain.’ University of Michigan | Michigan Medicine, www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/aa58029

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