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How can I test for low stomach acid?

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

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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?

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

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How can you tell if you have your stomach acid level is high or low?

How can you tell if you have your stomach acid level is high or low?

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

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What are the symptom differences between low and excess stomach acid?How to identify/differentiate which one actually the problem for someone?

What are the symptom differences between low and excess stomach acid?How to identify/differentiate which one actually the problem for someone?

Low is rare: to much acid or GERD causes "heartburn" low acid is very rare usually stomach nt involved in digestion so I am nt sure about about to little acid Dnt know if that even exists ...Read more

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Would stress low stomach acid?

Would stress low stomach acid?

No: Usually stress is associated witha decrease in the stomach ph and an increase in acid production. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat low stomach acid in children.My son is 8yo..

What is the best way to treat low stomach acid in children.My son is 8yo..

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 more

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I have silent reflux does this mean I have low stomach acid . What foods should I avoid?

I have silent reflux does this mean I have low stomach acid . What foods should I avoid?

See below: Low ph = high acid content. So, reflux usually means high acid content, meaning the ph is low. Avoid acidic foods such as tomatoes, oranges, caffeine, alcohol, to name a few. http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/features/top-10-heartburn-foods. ...Read more

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Can low stomach acid cause acquired fructose intolerance?

Can low stomach acid cause acquired fructose intolerance?

No.: Carb intolerances are from the intestinal enzyme deficiencies, not low stomach acid. ...Read more

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Can you still have acid reflux if you have low stomach acid?

Can you still have acid reflux if you have low stomach acid?

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