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A 36-year-old member asked:

No inflammation but i am experiencing bad bile reflux. could gallstones cause this?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
No: Gallstones may cause upper abdominal pressure discomfort & nausea, usually worse a few hours after eating. Gallstones are not associated with esophageal reflux. But gallstone symptoms & heartburn symptoms can be similar. Bile or stomach acid reflux is generally treated with medications, elevation of the head of the bed at night, weight loss & avoid eating several hours before lying down.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Provided original answer
Ultrasound of the gallbladder will diagnose if gallstones or not. See a Gastroenterology specialist for evaluation.
Jul 31, 2013

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it possible that gallstones cause bile reflux?

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Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 39 years experience
No: This is not a cause.
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General Surgery 33 years experience
I politely disagree! The gallbladder lies right on top of the first part of the duodenum, right after the stomach. If the gallbladder is inflamed, it can make the duodenum not squeeze and empty normally, thus causing increased filling of the stomach. If the stomach contents have nowhere to go, then they may go up the esophagus, causing reflux. This is often why gallbladder dz goes undiagnosed -- people just treat the reflux!!! Good Luck!
Aug 3, 2013

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