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   Posted 6/20/2013 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
How do you know if you have bile reflux and not acid?

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   Posted 6/21/2013 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Ph impedance test will be able to tell you if it's either acid or non-acidic content coming up. Helps point you in the right directions. The symptom that would be different between acid and bile is the upper abdominal pain.

I often can feel like a warm/burning liquid enter my stomach from my intestine and swoosh up to my esophagus sometimes. So signs of gastritis could be an indicator for bile reflux. I get a soapy taste in my mouth sometimes too.

If you have bile in your stomach during an endoscopy, that would be a good place to start. If it's in your stomach, it wouldn't be hard to imagine that it could reflux up.

So it kinda involves a little bit of everything to diagnose. Be warned though! Some doctors will fight you on whether or not "bile reflux" exist. I had a doctor tell me that he doesn't believe in bile reflux and that it's not possible, than I told him that apparently mayo clinic thinks it exist... Than I showed him my print outs.
Doctors don't know everything... Which is a sad because in my area, some of the GI appointments take 2 months and than you end up going to a doctor who isn't specialized enough.

That's what makes me mad... going to a guy or gal who is supposed to be "specialized" and they don't know what your talking about....

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   Posted 6/22/2013 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I have my impedance test next week. Thanks
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