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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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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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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

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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?

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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Could you tell me what are signs of gall bladder problems?

Could you tell me what are signs of gall bladder problems?

Pain: Fifty % of persons with g.B. Stones are asymptomatic, main sx. Are pain in upper belly, or toward the right side with irradiation to the back, pain can be severe, biliary colic, or moderate, fullness, intolerance to fatty food, the best test is an ultrasound and the operation resolves all the symptoms secondaries to the diseased g.B. Because the sx. Could be from gastric, duodenal or pancreas. ...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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Dr. Katharine Cox
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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. Corey Clay
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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