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Old 11-29-2012, 09:40 AM   #1
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Who has had gallbladder surgery?

Hi all

I'm here because I suffer from heartburn and pain in the esophagus, especially at night. Meds don't seem to work, I tried Nexium and it works for a few days and that's it.

I've had some mild problems all my life but things have gotten a lot worse since I had my gallbladder removed. So I've always suspected there's a connection.

Apparently bile reflux is the main cause of Barrett's so I would be interested in hearing from people who have Barretts.


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Old 11-29-2012, 10:21 PM   #2
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Re: Who has had gallbladder surgery?

So I read a few articles explaining that sometimes bile reflux, not acid reflux, is responsible for Barretts.

Probably it can also cause heartburn and esophagus pain in general. Unfortunately there is no way to treat this yet, and it doesn't respond to the usual acid-inhibiting drugs (because the cause is completely different). This type of reflux happens a lot more in people who have had gallbladder surgery because the bile is not stored in the gallbladder anymore.

Has anyone else noticed this connection? And, if you have Barretts, did you also your gallbladder removed?

The implication is that, if bile reflux is to blame, than taking PPIs etc. is a waste of money and not worth the side effects.

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Re: Who has had gallbladder surgery?

I have Barrets from acid reflux my gallbladder was not removed.

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