You can test to see if your stomach acid is too high or too low. It’s important to know if you are suffering from high or low stomach acid because the nutritional support is different. Unfortunately doctors don’t check to see if you are suffering from high or low stomach acid and will prescribe a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) such as Omeprozole, Pantaprozole, Lanzaprosole or you may reach for an antacid over the counter. There’s no reliable test for low or high stomach acid beyond tracking symptoms, Dr. Farhadi adds.
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For the past 5 years I have had gall bladder attacks, and now treat it with diet. I have no stones, just a malfunctioning gall bladder. Both my boys have reflux in varying degrees, my eldest is 3 and still has many digestive problems and ongoing gerd. He was on a PPi for almost a year when a baby.
I have lost a lot of weight but I have found thru trial and error that Hcl helps me. The more I take the better I feel after a meal. The real problem is that after 2 or 3 hours I get the worst heartburn you can imagine. Have you had any patients go thru this and is there anyway around this. I have tried digestive bitters but that really didn’t help.
A doctor might follow up with a test involving an electronic pill that detects stomach acidity or with a test involving removing stomach contents with a gastric tube and testing acidity that way. Contrary to what most people think, heartburn is a symptom of insufficient stomach acid production, not excess stomach acid. Other symptoms of low stomach acid include bloating and indigestion. Unfortunately, many people take antacids which make the problem even worse.
These glands make digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid, mucus and bicarbonate. The upper-left part of the stomach near the opening curves upward towards the diaphragm.
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After a meal if i bend down or burp, etc. i will feel food coming back up my throat and sometimes wind up with throw up in my mouth. Or it just feels like it is sitting in my esophagus. But i have never ever felt a burn – like acid or bile is in the my throat, chest, etc. totally pain free. Can people have reflux/GERD with out it burning in their chest and throat?.
Dealing with digestive problems shouldn’t become the norm for your body, which is why I recommend seeking expert treatment if you suspect you have issues with low stomach acid. At The Dempster Clinic- Center for Functional Medicine, I can work with you to determine what’s causing your symptoms and help you get back on track to better health.
The acid that is collected is then measured and tested for its pH level. A small amount with a high pH level is a sign something is wrong. Low stomach acid causes more than just acid reflux. You can end up with constipation, hormone imbalance, mineral deficiencies and more just from slow digestion. Stomach acid balance is one of those things you want to get straightened out right away.
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