Can Gallbladder Disease be Mistaken for Acid Reflux Disease?

Can Gallbladder Disease be Mistaken for Acid Reflux Disease?Most gallstones do not show symptoms, and the chance of increasing pain in the first decade is relatively small. It usually takes approximately 8 years for symptoms to show.

Acalculous (not caused by gallstones) gallbladder disease may cause symptoms akin to those of gallbladder stones.

The usual signs of gallbladder disease are recurrent pain in the mid- or the right portion of the upper abdomen, and vomiting or nausea may occur. This is called biliary colic, and can be quite painful. The pain may be in the stomach and may spread to the upper back. It usually goes away after one or more hours. Taking OTC pain relievers and passing gas do not help the symptoms.

The pain may happen at night and cause the patient to awaken. This condition may return although sometimes they can be years apart.

Many people believe they may have gallbladder disease from the following symptoms. Belching, bloating, heartburn, and feeling very full after meals. These symptoms are not likely to be caused by gallbladder disease.

Your lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) will normally close as soon as you swallow. If the LES doesn’t close all the way or if it opens too often, acid from your stomach may move up into the esophagus, and cause symptoms such as heartburn. If acid reflux symptoms appear more than twice a week, you may have acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is very important to see your doctor for any of the above symptoms to rule out any other serious diseases.

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Can Gallbladder Disease be Mistaken for Acid Reflux Disease?

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