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would acid reflux cause bloating?
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Doctor: Dr. Abby, US Board Certified MD replied 7 years ago
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Hello,

Are you having any abdominal pain?
Diarrhea?
Burping?
Nausea?

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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
abdominal pain yes, some burping no diarrhea or nausea (if so not much. i have not noticed it).
Doctor: Dr. Abby, US Board Certified MD replied 7 years ago
Thanks for clarifying,

Acid reflux is not typically a cause of abdominal bloating.
Common causes include irritable bowel syndrome (symptoms of which include diarrhea and/or constipation, abdominal discomfort relieved by bowel movements), gallbladder disease (usually associated with pain in the right upper abdomen and nausea) and the ingestion of certain foods.
Here is a link to a list of gassy foods and an article discussing gas in the digestive tract.

http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/gas/

If you swallow air (gum chewing, anxiety, eating or gulping foods) these can all increase gas in the digestive tract. Carbonated beverages also increase gas.

Feel free to ask any follow up questions you may have,

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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
The bloating and pain are after eating or drinking mostly?
Doctor: Dr. Abby, US Board Certified MD replied 7 years ago
If the bloating feels mainly in the stomach (upper left or center of the abdomen) then it is likely related to what you are eating and how you are eating.
You may be swallowing air (as mentioned above) and eating too quickly.

Again, acid reflux in and of itself does not cause bloating.
It can cause pain, but not bloating.
It sounds like your acid reflux has not been controlled with the medication you have been taking. Your doctor can prescribe something stronger for you
You can also try using simethicone over the counter for gas. It may be helpful for you.

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Doctor: Dr. Abby, US Board Certified MD replied 7 years ago
Gallbladder disease is also possible given the fact that you feel pain and bloating after eating. This can also be investigated by your doctor with an ultrasound.

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