Could you please tell me how someone who has never had acid reflux all there life could suddenly just start having it? I'm 37 yrs old. I seen a gastroenterologist doctor & he put a scope down into my stomach & first intestines he said there was no ulcers and did biopsies and everything came back normal. He didn't do PH test. I got my gallbladder removed almost a year ago in 2008 of july never had any health problems other then that. Could the gallbladder being removed cause acid reflux problems?
How common are GERD-like symptoms after gallbladder surgery? My two sisters and I have had our gallbladders removed, and we all have problems with severe heartburn, burning in the esophagus, or acid reflux. I've read hundreds of posts on the gallbladder bulletin boards and found many other people who report the same problems. Many are now taking Prilosec, Prevacid, Zantac or Propulsid for relief. What causes this to happen?
There's no evidence that gallbladder surgery causes gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, up to 40 percent of people experience other gastrointestinal symptoms, called "post-cholecystectomy syndrome," after their gallbladders are removed. The most common complaints are bloating, gas, diarrhea and pain in the upper abdomen.
If I were your doctor, I'd like to know more about your symptoms -- especially how long after gallbladder surgery your symptoms began. Sometimes GERD-like symptoms turn out to have a cause unrelated to acid or the esophagus. I'm also curious about the reasons that your gallbladders were removed: What were your symptoms then? Sometimes reflux symptoms can masquerade as gallbladder-related pain. Maybe you and your sisters had reflux all along.
Another cause of abdominal pain and reflux is a stomach that empties poorly. This condition, called gastroparesis, can produce symptoms similar to those seen in people with gallbladder problems.
The most important point to remember is that your symptoms could stem from a number of different causes. You and your sisters should see your doctors for more complete evaluations.
I have been reading lots of articles about people having bile reflux after gallbladder surgery that are very similar to acid reflux and can be difficult to tell apart. I have some info & articles on this. I have been trying to find a way to help this acid/bile reflux a natural way not meds that cause other problems like antacids & PPI. Contact me at myrainybaby @ aol com
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