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I have been feeling nauseous at night when i lay down. I have gall bladder problems and some acid reflux. Not sure though if it's related?

I have been feeling nauseous at night when i lay down. I have gall bladder problems and some acid reflux. Not sure though if it's related?

Eating before bed: Eating within three hours of bedtime can worsen reflux. It takes at least three hours for a solid meal or snack to empty from the stomach. If youre eating late at night, this could be one lifestyle modification that could help. ...Read more

Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


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How can I tell whether I have acid reflux or gall bladder problems?

How can I tell whether I have acid reflux or gall bladder problems?

Type of pain: Reflux (gerd) typically causes burning pain localized to the mid chest. Gallbladder pain(biliary colic) is a noncramping, nonburning, steady pain, typically in the right upper-or upper middle abdomen. It typically lasts for an hour and then goes away completely. Antacids will often help gerd but have no effect on the gallbladder. Both may be associated with nausea and vomiting. ...Read more

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No gall bladder. Would taking " bile acids factors" by jarrow hurt if possibly have non-acid reflux? Aka bile reflux?

No gall bladder. Would taking " bile acids factors" by jarrow hurt if possibly have non-acid reflux? Aka bile reflux?

Wouldn't help: Bile reflux gastritis is caused by inflammation of stomach lining by alkaline bile (a digestive detergent). Antacid meds and acid reducers like Prilosec don't help this, because acid is not the issue. Other meds that coat the stomach and/or prevent back flow from small bowel into the stomach help. Discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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I have a gall bladder stone of 10 mm bt without any symptom of pain and acid reflux .Should i go for surgery?

I have a gall bladder stone of 10 mm bt without any symptom of pain and acid reflux .Should i go for surgery?

Not necessarily.: Many people have gall stones and will never have problems. I would suggest removal if it starts giving you problems/sxs. ...Read more

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Hx: gall stone removal along with gall bladder being removed (2yrs ago), diverticulosis and acid reflux. I have constant bloating along with frequent ?

Hx: gall stone removal along with gall bladder being removed (2yrs ago), diverticulosis and acid reflux. I have constant bloating along with frequent ?

U likely have IBS: Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional disorder characterized by some pain/cramping, altered bowel habits in the absence of specific pathologic disease. Other symptoms common to ibs include bloating, gassiness, frequent/urge to have bm, early satiety, belching, dyspepsia symptoms etc. Often=nuisances, but can be debilitating at times. There are decent treatments, so consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hx: gall stone removal along with gall bladder being removed (2yrs ago), diverticulosis and acid reflux. I have constant bloating along with frequen?

Hx:  gall stone removal along with gall bladder being removed (2yrs ago), diverticulosis and  acid reflux. I have constant bloating along with frequen?

After gallbladder sx: Many patients experience abdominal bloating and frequent stools after removal of gallbladder due to uncontrolled bile acid release into the intestine. This is usually not related to reflux or diverticulosis. See a gastroenterologist who may prescribe medications to improve these symptoms. ...Read more

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My 16 year old is having liquid bile like diarrea, stomach discomfort, belching over and over, passing gas, and acid reflux? Gall bladder

My 16 year old is having liquid bile like diarrea, stomach discomfort, belching over and over, passing gas, and acid reflux?  Gall bladder

Nope: The hallmark of gb disease is severe attacks of upper-middle or upper-right abdominal pain. Your son should be seen by his pediatrician to work-up possible causes of his diarrhea. This can include dietary issues, infections, irritable bowel, or even inflammatory bowel disease (rarely). If they can't get to the bottom of it, they will likely refer him to a GI specialist. Good luck. ...Read more

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In two days I go to get my gal bladder removed but for the past week every night I've been getting bad acid reflux and puke burps any help?

In two days I go to get my gal bladder removed but for the past week every night I've been getting bad acid reflux and puke burps any help?

Communicate: With your primary care MD and General Surgeon. If this has been a long term problem that has failed medical therapy you may be a candidate to get a Nissen fundoplication at time of your surgery or at least be able to get your symptoms under control. Your anesthesiologist should also be aware. Good luck. ...Read more

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Chest and back pain feels like a huge bubble. I have night sweats and nausea. Was told it was acid reflux went to hospital again in extreme pain they took gall bladder. Still have c&b pain. Gb was ok?

You did not say: If your reflux was treated. Maybe it is not treated enough. I would go back to the doctor and follow that line of questions and see what they can do. Maybe you need to see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What can cause acid reflux even after gallbladder removal?

Usual causes: Of acid reflux are over production of acid and incompetent lower esophageal sphincter. You symptoms could be alkaline reflux however after gallbladder removal. Talk to your GI specialist for recommendations. ...Read more

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Hi I have acid reflux and mildly inflamed esophagus and I might have to get my gallbladder out. If I get it out will the pain be worse or will it help?

Hi I have acid reflux and mildly inflamed esophagus and I might have to get my gallbladder out. If I get it out will the pain be worse or will it help?

Hopefully better.: if the pain you're referring to is truly due to the gallbladder, then the cholecystectomy should help your pain. It will not affect any acid reflux that you have one way or the other. You may still need medication for that if it is symptomatic. Good luck. ...Read more

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Gallbladder post 1year bravo test negative for acid reflux, but upper gi showed esphogitis reflux and some erosion, what is causing if no acid reflux ?

Gallbladder post 1year bravo test negative for acid reflux, but upper gi showed esphogitis reflux and some erosion, what is causing if no acid reflux ?

Non-acid reflux: Could be non-acid reflux. Also, no test is perfect, and the bravo study could be incorrect. Its also important to use the bravo data to correlate symptoms to acid reflux episodes. There is also a 24 hour pH-impedance study that can detect reflux that is not acid. Ask your GI doctor about these. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have a dry cough and feel very gaggy like i could get sick, morning is the worst time.I have acid reflux & low function gallbladder. What is thecause?

I have a dry cough and feel very gaggy like i could get sick, morning is the worst time.I have acid reflux & low function gallbladder. What is thecause?

Hiatal hernia/colic: Biliary colic, hiatal hernia are possible diagnosis. The low functioning gallbladder by tech hida may be contributor to nausea. You are outpatient, so you have choice about next step in care. Take a friend with you to doc, ask questions about risk/benefit of ongoing medical care, further testing, adding surgical removal of gallbladder, nissan wrap. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can someone tell the difference between gallbladder attack/ disease than acid reflux?

How can someone tell the difference between gallbladder attack/ disease than acid reflux?

By character of pain: Gallbladder "attacks" are usually related to gallstones that block the excretion of bile from the gallbladder. The pain is usually shortly after meals, worse with fatty foods, and lasts about an hour or so, right upper abdomen sometimes radiating to back. Gerd, or gastroesophageal reflux, is heartburn, worse after eating spicy foods, worse when lying down after big meals at night. Antacids help. ...Read more

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What's the difference between acid reflux or a lack of a gallbladder?

A lot!: Acid reflux refers to acid washing out of the stomach backwards into the esophagus. This can cause heartburn and barrett's esophagus. The gall bladder stores bile, and releases it to help digest fatty foods. It is located between the liver and the duodenum and empties into the GI tract after the stomach. If stones plug it up, it may need to be removed. No gallbladder is safe than acid reflux. ...Read more

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Hida scan showed my gallbladder is only functioning 15%! is that why my total bilirubin was always high & I have severe acid reflux? What else?

Hida scan showed my gallbladder is only functioning 15%! is that why my total bilirubin was always high & I have severe acid reflux?  What else?

Possibly: Jaundice can be caused by liver disease interfering with function. Gallstones at the opening of the bile duct, or within the bile duct can cause obstruction to bile flow. Bilirubin is then unable to pass from the liver through the biliary system, backs up into the blood stream. Acid reflux and gb disease not related , both cause pain 15% gb ejection fraction ususally means significant gb diseas. ...Read more

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Hida scan showed my gallbladder is only functioning 15%! is that why my total bilirubin was always high & I have severe acid reflux? What else could it cause?

Hida scan showed my gallbladder is only functioning 15%! is that why my total bilirubin was always high & I have severe acid reflux?  What else could it cause?

Have you had US?: Ultrasound of the upper abdomen can show presence of sludge or gall stones, a dilated bowel duct, pancreatitis, and architecture of liver. Any of these findings could contribute to symptoms. 15% gb ejection fraction is also caused by gall bladder dyskinesia without stones or sludge. Your doctor may also want to do endoscopy. Many things contibute to symptoms in the gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more

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I may have to get my gallbladder out and I currently have acid reflux. Will getting my gallbladder out help this?

I may have to get my gallbladder out and I currently have acid reflux. Will getting my gallbladder out help this?

Unlikely: The two problems are technically unrelated. Our bodies however are complex, interactive systems, and there could be unanticipated benefits from any treatment. Could be the stress of the gallbladder problem is contributing to reflux. I wouldn't get my hopes up, but there's always a chance. Hope this helps, and best of luck! ...Read more

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Why does someone with a dysfunctional gallbladder have acid reflux problems? Should they take omeprazole?

Not the case: Dysfunctional or sick gallbladder is not related to acid reflux, they are two different situations which may co exist. Gall bladder is related to bile delivery to stomach which helps digestion, that's why in some people Omeprazole helps, but they are different. If you do not have reflux disease and you take your gallbladder out , you may not need omeprazole. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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


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