Bile Reflux Symptoms
Bile Reflux Symptoms
Bile reflux symptoms are nearly identical to acid reflux and GERD symptoms; the implications however are much different. The most common symptom for a bile reflux sufferer is heartburn. In rare cases heartburn can be mistaken as a heart attack because it causes excruciating chest pain. Actual heartburn, however, is a burning feeling that occurs in area between the chest and throat. The patient will experience heartburn when the bile backwashes into the esophagus. Almost everyone experiences heartburn at some points in their lives, however, if you are experiencing heartburn more than twice per week, there is a high chance that you are suffering from bile reflux. Patients who have bile reflux usually have weak lower esophageal sphincter muscles. Because the lower esophageal muscle is not able to close properly, the bile acid can and will enter the esophagus when the stomach is attempting to digest the food.
Those who suffer from bile reflux may also vomit bile and/or in extreme cases blood. The Southern Medical Journal published a study concerning bile reflux patients; the study was conducted by a group of scientists back in 1987; the study discovered that bile reflux patients were known to vomit bile when their intestinal lining was irritated. When the bile causes inflammation to the stomach lining, the person will vomit a small amount of bile liquid also sometimes manifested as a bile “burp” or belch. The patient will feel nauseating because of the inflammation in the stomach lining; with the nausea symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Besides that, the patient will lose appetite and eat less often than usual; naturally as a result, the patient will experience unintentional weight loss. These symptoms, especially weight loss can lead to other ailments like depression, anemia etc.
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Chronic cough is also one of the bile reflux symptoms that patients frequently have to deal with. Chronic cough refers to a persistent cough that lasts for more than three months. The patient will cough for several minutes before it subsides most layman describe the cough as a “hoarse” cough. Persistent coughing will affect the throat by causing to become extremely sore and irritated; patients will feel irritation in the throat and feel uncomfortable when swallowing, and this discomfort can also occur in the area below the respiratory tract.
If you suspect that you have bile reflux, you should go to the clinic and undergo a test. It’s not an immediate threat so it would be wise to wait and schedule a regularly priced visit with advanced notice. The doctor will require you to undergo an endoscopic exam. During the endoscopic exam, the doctor will check the throat and vocal cords, then the doctor will use the endoscope to find out if there are any ulcers or wounds in the esophagus. Sometimes, the doctor will perform pH monitoring for you; during the pH monitoring test, the doctor will insert a catheter into the nose. The catheter will detect acids that exist in the esophagus within 24 hours.
Bile reflux symptoms can be alleviated by prescription medication, proton pump inhibitors, and surgical treatments and herbal remedies. Ursodeoxycholic acid is used to lessen the pain caused by bile reflux. If delayed stomach digestion is the main cause of the bile reflux problem, the doctor will prescribe medication that will increase the food digestion rate. If you don’t suffer from bile reflux, you should learn about its causes so that you can take precaution. To avoid bile reflux, you should change your bad habits. You should stop smoking as nicotine can increase the stomach acid production. Many of you reading this article are probably experiencing extreme acid reflux and are worried. Before spending the money on the doctors visits I recommend that all my readers take a few days to eliminate their acid reflux symptoms naturally. This ensures they get the diagnosis correctly if symptoms still persist.