Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals and acid salts that stick together in concentrated urine. They can be painful when passing through the urinary tract, but usually don’t cause permanent damage. The most common symptom is severe pain, usually in the side of the abdomen, that’s often associated with nausea.
People may experience:
Pain areas: in the back or side part of the body
Pain types: can be severe, sharp, or sudden in the abdomen
Pain circumstances: can occur during urination
Gastrointestinal: nausea or vomiting
Urinary: blood in urine or frequent urination
Also common: sweating
Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder. Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver. The gallbladder holds a digestive fluid called bile that’s released into your small intestine.
Can have no symptoms, but people may experience:
Pain areas: in the back or upper-right abdomen
Pain types: can be severe
Gastrointestinal: indigestion, nausea, or vomiting
Abdominal: cramping from gallstones or discomfort