Just extracting this from within a different thread where gall bladder and bile reflux was being discussed: -
Interesting line of enquiry....... my symptoms are worst between waking and midday, and at any time that I have to fast (e.g. for tests, not frequent I know, but I know it makes me feel terrible!).
Coffee, which so many of us can't tolerate (but if you're anything like me you'll keep trying!!), stimulates the gall bladder and the production of bile. Could that be one of the reasons it aggravates our symptoms?
I don't claim to be an expert, but I've studied nutrition (as a form of complementary medicine), so a supplement sprang to mind when I read about
Keith's gallbladder/bile connections - choline, or maybe phosphatidyl choline (it is found in lecithin, and in some contexts they are talked about
as the same thing). Phosphatidyl choline (PC) is needed for bile formation and I think is used in supplement form to prevent gallstones (haven't verified the science on that but it's a popular supplement for liver and gall bladder issues). Also, there's some research (heavy techi stuff - will post a bit below this) that says PC prevents inflammation/injury to the GI tract and the oesophagus. Furthermore, there seems to be some role of PC (and inositol) in closing the LES (more heavy techi stuff).
So maybe there's an underlying connection if I'm reading the blurb correctly -
Phosphatidylcholine is involved in gall bladder function, the protective mucus layer of the GI tract and in signalling the LES to close. PC is also said to help with anxiety and panic disorders.......
Probably an issue worth exploring if other folk can help wade through the info !
New stuff: GERD. Interstitial Cystitis
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies, eczema, asthma
Post Edited (mudmagnetmum) : 7/22/2011 4:43:00 PM (GMT-6)