From the literature it seems that almost all cases of GERD/acid reflux occur due to too little acid not too much. I think this is because the stomach needs to contain a certain amount of hydrochloric acid before it shuts the LES. Correct me if I'm wrong.
My question is can it ever be because of too much acid?
The reason I ask is because I have all the signs of low stomach acid (I think due to H Pylori) except GERD/acid reflux and my condition generally improves when I take betaine however it never is completely resolved. I am hesitant to take very high amounts of this because I start to get acid reflux, however I want to take high amounts to see if it completely resolves my problems.
So I was wondering if my stomach was originally producing no ACID thus I got no GERD symptoms but when I add enough betaine the amount of acid is still too low however high enough now to cause GERD. If this were the case then no doubt even more acid would solve my problems however if not I could cause damage. Any Insights are appreciated.
That is one explanation but there are many others. There's a test for acidity which you can have a GI order. There's also a blood test (and treatment) for H Pylori. You should see a GI if for no other reason than to rule out more serious conditions.
Zollinger-Ellison syndrome...although it's pretty rare. I'm not saying rare enough for someone you know not to have it, but rare enough it shouldn't be considered until everything else has failed. From the research I've been reading eosinophilic esophagitis is an often overlooked point of exploration (thanks to Melissa HGL for pointing me in that direction!)
As for the LES, I've had numerous doctors tell me that it's either 1.) A theory or 2.) It's something they cannot accurately diagnosis. Remember though! Doctors can never be wrong...EVER. <---sarcasm by the way.
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