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How Can I Test For Low Stomach Acid
A few ways: The most accurate way would be placement of a tube through the nose or mouth, into the stomach, and sampling of gastric juices for acidity. A blood test for gastrin ( a hormone which causes acid secretion) can also be helpful. Testing for "low acid" is not generally done except in the evaluation of uncommon diseases. ...Read more
Can GERD really be caused by low stomach acid? Could be why 5+ rx's made me worse? Any standard tests to find out or is it more trial and error?
Reflux: People with low stomach acid can still get reflux if they have an incompetent valve at the junction of the esophagus and stomach and eat large meals, recline after eating, are obese or eat fatty or oily meals which slow stomach emptying. If there is some acid in the stomach caffeine and chocolate may give them reflux also. An old fashioned upper GI series and barium swallow may help in diagnosis. ...Read more
There is no way you : As a patient yo can not tell and as a primary care physician you can not tell. So if you have symptoms and your doctors feel you need to know the acid level, you have to be tested for that. ...Read more
What are the symptom differences between low and excess stomach acid?How to identify/differentiate which one actually the problem for someone?
Diagnosis?: Is this an actual medical diagnosis by a doctor, or is it an expression of your own thoughts. Absence of (or low) stomach acid is exceedingly rare in children. If indeed there is low gastric acidity in the 8 yr old, many interventions are needed most importantly nutritional ones. Most foods, nutrients & vitamins require an acid gastric environment for proper absorption lower down in GI track. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: Carb intolerances are from the intestinal enzyme deficiencies, not low stomach acid. ...Read more
Reflux: Reflux of stomach contents (acid) is usually due to incompetent valve or hiatal hernia. It is aggravated by position (lying down), spicy foods and obesity. Treatment includes mediating above factors. Then is meds like ppi which shut off acid. If meds fail, then surgery including fundoplication can help. ...Read more
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