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.
Tests needed. Gall stones can be detected by ultrasound, though not everyone with gall stones needs surgery.

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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?

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.

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.

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

GI issue. The bloating could be related to air swallowing secondary to gerd. Try some over the counter anti-gas tablets with simethicone. If no help, see your doctor or a gastroenterologist to find out more.
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.

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.

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

Possible. Gb more likely middle age females. 16yo could be bacterial infection, viral infection, parasite like giardia. Too many possibilities and needs to be seen and some tests done to better determine true etiology.
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.

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.

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?

So??? These symptoms are no contradiction to surgery and indeed may improve after cholecystectomy.
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.