Recently I have been trying to read up on information pages for general Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR), and Bile Reflux. The GERD pages have a fair amount of information, but as most people that come to this forum can confirm, not every little bit of information applies to every person with GERD. Both the pages on LPR and the pages on Bile Reflux make a big point to stress that they are different from GERD and are often confused or not known about. I have also seen a couple posts on this forum stressing the importance of figuring out whether you have GERD or Bile Reflux, or GERD or LPR, or some combination between them.
Now, is there an actual difference between treatment methods for each one, or are they actually the same? Webpages on Bile Reflux seem relatively new (I think) and do not contain a lot of information about treatment. The same goes for LPR, not that information out there except for the few defining differences: Bile Reflux is bile from your liver backing up into your stomach and esophagus. LPR is the flow of gastric contents into the esophagus and other areas including the larynx, but often does not come with heartburn. I can see that there is a clear difference between them, but could someone try to clear up exactly how each one is separated or where to find treatment options for each one?
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