GERD (Acid Reflux) – Is It Causesd By Gallstones?

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Many Think That GallStones Cause GERD (Acid Reflux)…But Do They?

One of the symptoms of gallstones is an onset of symptoms that is similar to GERD. These attacks are sudden and very painful and can sometimes lead individuals to believe that they have acid reflux caused by gallstones. In fact there is no such thing as acid reflux induced by gallstones.

However the similarity of the GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) and gallstone attacks will have you considering that you have an extreme form of acid reflux. It is true that the Gallbladder is part of the digestive system, so when it malfunctions the pain it causes can be mistaken for something else. There have been cases when after the gallbladder is removed the “acid reflux” goes away, however, there actually is no connection between the two problems. But by having the diseased gallbladder removed does relieve a great deal of stress off the body and thus would reduce the build up of acid, as stress is one of the causes of acid reflux.

Have You Ever Felt This Way?

Acid Reflux (GERD) Can Be Painful, Especially After a Meal.


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So If It’s Not Gallstones

What is causing my Acid Reflux (GERD)?

The symptom that you may experience during a gallstone attack is mild pain in the pit of your stomach or in the upper right part of your belly. Pain may spread to your right upper back or shoulder blade area. Sometimes the pain is more severe. It may be steady, or it may come and go. Or it may get worse when you eat. Pain can also be a symptom of acid reflux and so you might suppose that you are having very bad acid reflux induced by gallbladder stones.

These attacks usually occur late at night and may be accompanied by indigestion. Other symptoms that you may experience are gas, belching and an inability to digest fatty foods. In fact these attacks will usually happen after you have had a very fatty meal. These symptoms are similar to acid reflux symptoms and may again make you think that you have severe acid reflux. However acid reflux never lasts as long as gallstone attacks.

Some people have gallbladder stones with no symptoms at all. These are sometimes called silent stones and do not need to be treated. The existence of silent stones would seem to further prove that there is no such thing as acid reflux caused by gallbladder stones.

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Gallstones or GERD, You Have To Decide About the Treatment

To Cut Or Not To Cut…That is the Question

The best treatment of Gallstones may be to do nothing. As strange as that sounds it is possible that you may not actually have any symptoms at all. Or you may have a single attack of pain and it is now gone. In these cases you may be advised by your doctor to simply wait to see if you have another attack.

Of course you would be wise to change your lifestyle. Such as your diet, try a low fat, less spicy diet. Also strive to reach a normal weight if you are carrying a few extra pounds. Also try to control the stress in your life. Some people have actually changed jobs to reduce stress.

But if you do need treatment for gallstones, the best treatment is surgery to remove the gallbladder. But only if your symptoms are severe and persistent.

If however, you are actually having acid reflux even though it is not caused by gallstones. You still require treatment. Again, you can try to control your diet, spicy foods are really the culprit here, unlike fatty foods for the gallbladder. Stress however, is a negative factor here too. You may be able to get significant relief with antacids. But if you have significant damage or danger of the same you need to seek medical attention for the treatment of this problem before it leads to much more severe problems such as H. pylori, which is a precursor to cancer.

If It Turns Out You Do Have Gallstones and

Surgery Is The Answer…There Is A Choice

The surgery option on the left is called a Laprascopic Cholecystectomy. Done with 3-4 small punctures through which camera surgical equipment is inserted and the gallbladder is removed. The recovery after this surgery is a few days and then limited activity but pretty much a normal lifestyle for a few weeks.

The surgery option on the right is the traditional incisional cholecystectomy. This is a regular abdominal surgery through an incision. Effective for the relief of the symptoms, but a much more difficult recovery post-operatively. Several weeks at least.

It is essential to discuss the options and pros and cons with your doctor and surgeon. They will help you make the best decision.

Identifying Your GallStones Symptoms

Changing Your Diet Can Definitely Help Both Acid Reflux and Gallstones Discomfort

And there are several very effectve over the counter medications that can help.

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Super Phos 30 Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse! 4 Oz Bottle!

Watch the gallstones being released!

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Super Phos 30 is physician endorsed. It will help you excrete existing gallstones. A backlog of gallstones can become like sludge clogging up the gall bladder. This helps move that sludge out of you. It works to clean not only the Gallbladder but also the liver. Many physicians believe that your Digestive tract being cleansed is key to optimal health. You will be able to see the actual gallstones being removed from your body.

 

Just A Little Heart Burn (Acid Reflux) Humor

Okay… maybe very little

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If you are suffering with either problem I hope You have found some answers from this page.

Do you Suffer with Acid Reflux, Are you treating it with anything that works? I hope you learned something to make you take action if you are suffering with this illness.

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4 Comments

  1. Aysha

    This is a useful article that could help so many. So many symptoms get misread these days.

  2. shewanders

    My GERD symptoms were greatly reduced when I started using Beta HCL as a proactive measure. Great info

  3. Amazingly timely post! My father just came home from having his gallbladder removed after being sick for several days. He seems to feel much better now. Great information and especially with your background, very authoritative!

  4. Great explanation! My Laprascopic Cholecystectomy was the smartest thing I ever did. I wish I had not put it off so long. After too many trips to the ER in the middle of the night, I finally consented. 3 days later I was working again. Amazing surgery indeed!

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