Acid Reflux Worse On An Empty Stomach?

If you’re having symptoms such as acid reflux, heartburn, burping, gas, bloating, or nausea after eating, then it’s very likely that you have a stomach acid issue. I had legendary GERD for ten years and then I went on a calorie controlled diet using MyFitnessPal, an app for Android, as a way to keep time. Five weeks after I started my heartburn is gone. I am convinced that heartburn can be caused by triggers but it can also be caused my over-eating. As long as I do not over eat, I can eat whatever I like except chocolate, which is my one big trigger. I have lost 40 pounds, so there is also less pressure on my abdomen and have used rolaids just four times in the last 50 days.

I’ve done a lot of research into natural remedies and have read in a few places that contrary to commonly held assumptions, this may actually be caused by TOO LITTLE ACID in the stomach. When there is too little stomach acid, the valve to the stomach apparently relaxes which look at this site can result in some of the stomach acid entering the esophagus. It is counter-intuitive, but I have found that now, anytime I feel the pain in my throat, I drink an ounce or two of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, and it goes away within the span of 10-15 minutes.

Something we have in the in UK is alginate preparations that you take after eating to form a physical barrier to reflux until your next meal. The one that is most effective here is called Gaviscon Advance and we recommend it a lot for people with persistent reflux reaching to their voicebox who have a hoarse voice. If you could get this and it works for you it should be an immediate help because it forms a physical plug at the top of your stomach and it doesn’t have the side-effects of long term PPIs or H2 blockers. If you did take this you would have to stick to three meals a day only with no eating or drinking in between – the moment you put something else into your stomach it breaks up the plug and the effect is gone.

Oh, also, I wanted to give you a link to a Medscape article (sorry it may be a little jargon-y) about presentation of peptic ulcer disease (versus GERD which is what most people are discussing here). I wanted to mention this because you specifically noted that you get the pain in between meals, and classically that’s associated with duodenal ulcers. Unfortunately not everything in medicine presents like it’s supposed to in the textbooks, but it may be interesting to you nonetheless. Indigestion , or heartburn, is another symptom of reflux and GERD that can contribute to nausea. Indigestion is the sensation produced by refluxed stomach acid and contents irritating the esophagus.

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