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A 30-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what are gallstones and how is that different from acid reflux?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 19 years experience
Stones vs GERD: Gallstones are hard materia made of bile from gallbladder. They live in gallbladder until they are squeezed into the small intestine. Sometimes that squeezing hurts and blocks up. Acid reflux is stomach contents mixed with stomach acid go into esophagus. This has very little do do with the gallbladder except that both issues cause pain after eating sometimes and can be confused.

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A 18-year-old male asked:

Is acid reflux a sign of gallstones?

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Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
Acid reflux: Acid reflux is a sign of lower esophageal sphincter failure. There are many thoughts for the causes of les failure. Obesity, short esophagus, etc. Gall stones and acid reflux can be treated medically and surgically so don't suffer. Hope this helps.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about acid reflux?

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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Many Possibilities: If this is chronic and not a new problem may need to consider your diet such as things like coffee, smoking, spicy foods, and alcohol intake. Also there can be a chronic infection of the stomach that can cause this called h. Pylori which can be tested for by blood and stool tests. This is treatable with antibiotics. Also try otc meds like Zantac (ranitidine) and Prilosec with maalox. Try changing diet as well.
Last updated Apr 28, 2013
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