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Can constipation cause acid reflux symptoms to worsen?

Can constipation cause acid reflux symptoms to worsen?

Possibly: Slow gastric emptying is associated with constipation. Slow gastric emptying is associated with gastroesophageal reflux. Omeprazole (prilosec) or proton pump inhibitor helps control acid but does not affect gastric emptying. Constipation can also increase abdominal pressure and in turn reflux. Side effect of Omeprazole also is constipation. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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I have been constipated lately. Can constipation also cause acid reflux symptoms? If so, why?

I have been constipated lately. Can constipation also cause acid reflux symptoms? If so, why?

Generally not: If your usually regular, and now constipated, number of causes. Drink more fluids--water, fruit juices, do more physical activity, if there remains a change in your lower bowel activity for a month, see your pcp, who will likely refer you to a GI doc. By age 50, should have colonscopy anyway. Acid reflux involves the upper GI tract, and likely the 2 problems are unrelated. ...Read more

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Can constipation be causing bad acid reflux? My stomach feels so raw n won't settle with my omeprazole but am also constipated n loud noisey stomach

Can constipation be causing bad acid reflux? My stomach feels so raw n won't settle with my omeprazole but am also constipated n loud noisey stomach

Possibly: Slow gastric emptying is associated with constipation. Slow gastric emptying is associated with gastroesophageal reflux. Omeprazole helps control acid but does not affect gastric emptying. Constipation can also increase abdominal pressure and inturn reflux. Side effect of Omeprazole also is constipation. ...Read more

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I am taking lansoprazole for acid reflux and heart burn. Does the medicine cause constipation? This is what I am experiencing since I have started it.

I am taking lansoprazole for acid reflux and heart burn. Does the medicine cause constipation? This is what I am experiencing since I have started it.

GERD treatment: Probably not causing constipation. Your gasto-esophageal reflux is not being caused by too much acid! You most likely need more stomach acid. Remember you need stomach acid to breakdown your food before it reaches your small bowel.
Remember to chew your food at least 29-30 times before swallowing! Take your tine eating your food. Limit the amount of liquids you drink during your meal (max 8 oz) ...Read more

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My cals/diet is kinda low due to acid reflux. Gi says eating less will cause constipation. He put me on miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily but still low output. Options?

My cals/diet is kinda low due to acid reflux. Gi says eating less will cause constipation. He put me on miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily but still low output. Options?

Increase fiber: In daily diet might help but this is best handled on sight, by your treating gastroenterologist. Let him know your current condition, concerns, calorie intake, wt loss? ...He will be your best resource to better health. ...Read more

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May I take miralaxx for my constipation and Zantac (ranitidine) for my acid reflux?

May I take miralaxx for my constipation and Zantac (ranitidine) for my acid reflux?

Yes: There is no interaction between those medications or any contradiction to taking them together. ...Read more

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Over 1 month of constipation, dark stools (not black) and acid reflux every day. After finishing drugs for curing helicobacter. What's the problem?

Over 1 month of constipation, dark stools (not black) and acid reflux every day. After finishing drugs for curing helicobacter. What's the problem?

Patience: Helicobacter causes peptic ulcer disease and is treated with antibiotics along with acid blockers which should have helped your reflux symptoms. You may need to continue the acid blockers longer; your doc can advise. The bismuth (Pepto-Bismol) part of the treatment could have contributed dark stool. Do fecal occult blood test to reassure you're not bleeding, then push fluids, fiber, exercise. ...Read more

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My stomach has been hard and bloated and I've been breathless for the last three days. I have acid reflux & frequent constipation? What could it be?

My stomach has been hard and bloated and I've been breathless for the last three days. I have acid reflux & frequent constipation? What could it be?

Visit your doctor: Your symptoms could be either manifestation of functional bowel disease or it could organic mucosal disease. You should see your Gastroenterologist at the earliest. Probably you should not try to treat yourself at the moment. Thanks ...Read more

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Is there any relation betn constipation/partial bowel obstruction and acid reflux? Wht relieves constipation? Tried fiber, plenty of water w/o much help.

Is there any relation betn constipation/partial bowel obstruction and acid reflux? Wht relieves constipation? Tried fiber, plenty of water w/o much help.

Constipation: Constipation can cause partial obstruction. The partial obstruction could lead to easy fullness and worsen reflux. Increased activity, fluids, fiber, stool softners and laxatives are main treatment. Evaluation to rule out mechanical obstruction including colonoscopy may be indicated in some cases. ...Read more

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Been experiencing constipation, acid reflux, indigestion on and off for 8 months. Thigh/leg cramps since childhood, could it be tapeworm -taenia solium?

Yes: Symtoms of parasite infestation are very non specific. Since it seems you have some concerns about this infection, the only way to be sure is to do a test called: stool for ova and parasites. You should ask your primary provider about this issue because you do not want to ignore symptoms that you have described. ...Read more

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I have acid reflux-acid washing up throat, indigestion-bad breath from stomach and constipation, laxatives or prunes don't work, solutions?

I have acid reflux-acid washing up throat, indigestion-bad breath from stomach and constipation, laxatives or prunes don't work, solutions?

Comfort control: Avoid eat within 2 hrs before bed time. Sleep with pillow. Avoid fatty food which delay stomach emptying. Decrease stress. Exercise and practice yoga. ...Read more

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Am I experiencing ibs? Loud sounds in tummy after eating, gassy, constipation/soft stool, cramps, indigestion like acid reflux, hemroids?

Am I experiencing ibs? Loud sounds in tummy after eating, gassy, constipation/soft stool, cramps, indigestion like acid reflux, hemroids?

IBS: If this is not a constant chronic problem, sometimes drinking water, taking enteric coated peppermint oil, probiotics and increasing fiber can help.
If this is a chronic problem then more investigation needs to be made because there are many underlying causes of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, such as food sensitivities, hormone imbalances, metabolic issues, or even stress can be causes. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more