Info on Bile Reflux

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 8/23/2008 6:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Can someone give me some info on Bile Reflux. My ENT said that I might have it instead of Acid reflux or have it with the Acid reflux. I really don't understand how he came to that conclusion. Also he told me to stop my Nexium in a month. I'm still having the problems with the throat, irratitions and sometimes hoarseness.
Any diet or med info would be appreciated.

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   Posted 8/23/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning,

This is Kitt. Bile reflux, which occurs when bile — a digestive fluid produced in the liver — flows upward from your small intestine into your stomach and esophagus.

Unlike acid reflux, bile reflux usually can't be completely controlled by changes in diet or lifestyle. Instead, bile reflux is most often managed with medications or, in severe cases, with surgery.

Ursodiol is one prescription medication for bile reflux treatment. Anti-reflux surgery may be necessary in some patients. Fundoplication, typically used to treat acid reflux, is one of the surgeries that is used for Bile reflux.
Bile reflux often accompanies acid reflux, therefore, you may want to look at the same lifestyle changes recommended for people with acid reflux. Reference: Mayo Clinic on Digestive Health, Second Edition
Take care and I hope this has helped.

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   Posted 8/23/2008 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Kitt,

Can I ask you what is the difference between the symptoms of Acid Reflux and Bile Reflux? All my symptoms point to Acid Reflux.

Thanks again for your time.

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