Gp wants a barium swallow to diagnosis my acid reflux. I'm afraid of getting a bowel obstruction/bad constipation. Endoscopy a better option to dx?

They're right. Barium swallow is the best first study for diagnosing reflux. As long as you drink plenty of water you won't get constipated.
EGD scoping. A barium swallow followed by water siphonage will demonstrate reflux. An egd will look for ulcers, cell changes, bacteria and tumors.

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I am havin constant acid reflux pain. I've had a barium swallow done that was negative. Do I need to have an endoscopy?

Yes. Reasons below: • dyspepsia associated with alarm symptoms at any age. • new onset dyspepsia in a patient ?50. • dysphagia or odynophagia. • symptoms of gerd that persist or recur despite appropriate therapy. • persistent vomiting of unknown cause. • diseases in which the presence of upper GI pathology may affect planned management, e.g. Decision to anticoagulate. • confirmation of radiological abnormalities. • suspected neoplasia. • assessment and treatment of GI bleeding (acute or chronic). • sampling of tissue or fluid. • to document or treat esophageal varices. • surveillance for malignancy in high risk groups, e.g. Barrett's esophagus, hereditary gastric cancer families. • follow-up of gastric ulcer. • follow-up of patients who undergo endoscopic mucosal resection (emr) or endoscopic submucosal dissection (esd) of an early cancer. Read more...

Is there any relation betn constipation/partial bowel obstruction and acid reflux? Wht relieves constipation? Tried fiber, plenty of water w/o much help.

Constipation. Yes there cn be a relationship between constipation, partial obstruction and acid reflux. You may need further modification of your diet but in the meantime use MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to relieve your constipation. Read more...
No in your age. Although constipation and gerd are not directly related, both may happen because of slowing motility of the entire bowel usually associated with aging. As far as constipation is concerned, a higher fiber diet is good and regular exercise would help. Anxiety is yet another cause. Consider seeing a GI doctor. Read more...
Constipation. Constipation can cause partial obstruction. The partial obstruction could lead to easy fullness and worsen reflux. Increased activity, fluids, fiber, stool softners and laxatives are main treatment. Evaluation to rule out mechanical obstruction including colonoscopy may be indicated in some cases. Read more...