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   Posted 9/20/2013 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Can swallowing air cause acid reflux?
If so surely the sphincter should be strong enough to stop this from happening.

I have a high demeester score but the consultant thinks this is all caused by me swallowing air. I do tend to belch a lot but this is only since I have had acid reflux before this started I never used to belch.
My sphincter on the tests didn't appear to be weak so what's causing all of this.

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   Posted 9/21/2013 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure... I have this problem too, but what I have been thinking is... Since I produce a lot of mucus... I natural swallow more when I'm trying to clear all the mucus from my mouth/nose.

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   Posted 9/21/2013 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes. the LES will relax to release this excess pressure just as it does when there is excess gas. this is what a belch is. If there is acid near the LES it could escape. The more the LES has to relax to belch the more it can happen.

Ever have a burp and taste what you ate?

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