home
RSS
October 20th, 2010
09:43 AM ET

Are my symptoms from gallbladder problems, or something else?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Wednesday, it's Dr. Otis Brawley, a chief medical officer.

Last week, Dr. Brawley answered a question about whether Jessie from North Carolina has symptoms that could indicate gallbladder problems. This week, he offers another theory for what could be causing her pain.

Question asked by Jessie, North Carolina

My mom, grandma and older sister have all had their gallbladders removed. For the past month, I have been getting nauseated and/or experiencing pain in my upper belly after many meals. It seems as though I can tolerate little of any type of fat. The only thing that makes my discomfort manageable is Mylanta and Zantac. Are my symptoms and family history indicative of gallbladder problems? My doctor didn't immediately think so.

Expert answer:

The symptoms you describe could be due to stones in the gallbladder and they could be due to peptic ulcer disease. However, your symptoms are classic for gastro-esophageal reflux disease or GERD.

GERD is a very common condition in which stomach contents including the acidic fluid secreted by the stomach and necessary for digestion are moving back up into the esophagus. In very bad cases people can actually have acidic stomach contents come back up into their mouth.

More commonly the acidic fluid goes to the lower to mid esophagus. It can cause a chemical burn and discomfort. Patients usually describe their symptoms as chest pain, heartburn, nausea, sour stomach, or indigestion. Some will describe the pain as in the mid-upper stomach.

Long-term reflux can result in esophagitis (an inflamed esophagus). This increases sensitivity to acidic stomach contents and foods. It can also cause scarring of the esophagus and increase risk of esophageal dysfunction and esophageal cancer.

GERD sufferers often report increased reflux and the pain after large fatty or spicy meals. Indeed, high fat foods are a real problem especially when eaten quickly.

Other foods that stimulate reflux are chocolates, alcohol, coffee, teas, and carbonated drinks, especially colas. The pain can often be relieved by eating bland low-fat food or by taking an antacid, particularly one that coats the raw burned areas of the esophagus.

Abdominal obesity is a major risk factor for GERD as the stomach is compressed by abdominal fat forcing acidic fluid up the esophagus.

Couch potatoes are at special risk for GERD and walking after eating a meal may prevent reflux by stimulating digestion.

Strategies to decrease reflux include avoiding foods that cause it. One can reduce the volume or size of meals and spread food intake out over several meals. It is also best to avoid food and drink for at least three hours before bed.

By lying down, the stomach is tipped sideways and the fluid can go up the esophagus. You might envision lying down as if one were pouring fluids from the base of a bottle (the stomach) up a long neck bottle (the esophagus). Some find comfort in propping the head of their bed on six-inch blocks.

Extra pillows do not help prevent reflux. Indeed, it may worsen GERD as it puts a bend in the torso which can squeeze the stomach, pushing its contents up the esophagus.

Physicians will sometimes suggest use of liquid and tablet antacid medications. People with more severe forms of reflux may benefit from oral medications such as the H2 blockers. Examples are cimetidine, ranitidine or the proton pump inhibitors such as lansoprazole and omeprazole.

Please note that many worry that the long-term effects of H2 inhibitors and proton pump inhibitors are not well defined.


soundoff (167 Responses)
  1. xemkqxs

    My developer is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses. But he's tryiong none the less. I've been using Movable-type on several websites for about a year and am worried about switching to another platform. I have heard fantastic things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it? Any kind of help would be really appreciated!|

    https://xemkqxs.com

    February 6, 2021 at 07:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Metale Pytania

    To jest prawdziwa przyjazń – oslaniac innych nawet kosztem siebie. Prymas Stefan Wyszyński...

    February 6, 2021 at 17:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. wearegeneralnews business

    Nice blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your design. Thank you

    https://74.125.136.147/url?q=http://wearegeneralnews.com

    February 7, 2021 at 09:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. tadalafil 40 mg daily

    what are tadalafil tablets https://tadalisxs.com/ tadalafil softsules tuf 20

    February 7, 2021 at 13:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. plaquenil lupus weight loss

    cheapest erectile dysfunction pill comparison https://plaquenilx.com/ best erectile pump

    February 7, 2021 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. antibiotics zithromax

    zithromax uses treatments https://zithromaxes.com/ zithromax tablet

    February 7, 2021 at 13:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. RoyalQGugler

    I have got been surfing on-line more than 3 hours recently, but I
    never discovered any fascinating article like yours. It's beautiful price enough for
    me personally. In my view, if all webmasters and
    bloggers made perfect written content as you did,
    the web will probably be far more useful than previously.

    My web-site – RoyalQGugler

    February 8, 2021 at 09:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Pianino Programy

    Sztuka zycia – to cieszyc sie malym szczesciem.

    February 8, 2021 at 23:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Shelby Crumbly

    I've heard it a million times... I'm going to quit my job, I'm going to start my own business, I'm going to live where I want, and I'm going to live the dream... Enough talk. Everyone's got a vision. Fine. What exactly have you done lately to make it come true? Not much, you say? If everyone suddenly got injected with the truth serum, you'd hear people talk a different game: Hi, my name is Dave. I've got huge dreams. But I'm a failure, because I did nothing to make these dreams come true. I'm too afraid to start. I procrastinate about taking action. I will probably never do anything or amount to anything in my life, because I choose to stay in my comfort zone. Incidentally, the first step to changing your life is to be honest about how you feel. Are you afraid? Fine. Are you anxious? Fine. Do you procrastinate? Great. This means you have to start with a tiny step. Something that isn't as intimidating as making a million dollars in the next 12 months. How about making your first $100.00 online? Doesn't sound too far out of reach, right? Here's a great place to start http://jtayl.me/4nw13

    http://divineurl.com/28di0

    February 9, 2021 at 03:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. JasonBSnuggs

    I do not know the way i ended up here, nevertheless i thought this post was great.
    I do not know who you are but definitely you happen to be visiting a
    famous blogger if you will not be already 😉 Cheers!

    Here is my web blog :: JasonBSnuggs

    February 10, 2021 at 15:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. https://www.shinsen-mart.com

    This is something New !

    https://images.google.co.uk/url?q=https://www.shinsen-mart.com

    February 10, 2021 at 16:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. theondecknews.com home

    Hello my family member! I wish to say that this post is awesome, great written and include approximately all vital infos. I would like to look more posts like this .

    https://64.233.179.81/url?q=http://theondecknews.com/

    February 11, 2021 at 13:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Buy Cheap Social Media Plays

    I like this website very much, Its a really nice position to read and incur info .

    https://Bonuslikes.com/

    February 11, 2021 at 19:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Norwegia Bergen

    Zadawanie pytań sprawia, ze czujesz, ze zyjesz. – Albert Espinosa

    http://www.norwegia.xmc.pl

    February 14, 2021 at 03:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Cheap Proxy Buy

    I genuinely appreciate your work, Great post.

    https://dreamproxies.com/proxy-tag/400-private-proxies/

    February 14, 2021 at 19:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. wallet for notebook

    Pretty nice post. I simply came across your blog and wanted to say that We have truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts.
    In fact I will be subscribing for your feed and that i hope
    you write again soon!

    Also visit my web-site :: wallet for notebook

    February 15, 2021 at 18:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Royce Schrotenboer

    https://tinyurl.com/y6k6om33

    https://is.gd/QqctHU

    February 16, 2021 at 12:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. 1000000GSA Backlinks

    Best Social Media Services and Website Traffic Services 2021: https://www.seoclerk.com/user/jackpower99

    https://www.seoclerk.com/Link-Building/842081/1-000-000-GSA-Live-Backlinks-High-Quality-SEO-links-Bad-Links-Removal

    February 16, 2021 at 21:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Filozofia

    Jezeli ludzie szepcza i knuja za twoimi plecami to tylko znaczy ze ich wyprzedziles...

    http://www.filozofia.xmc.pl

    February 17, 2021 at 05:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Edukacja USA

    Pieniadz jest bezwonny, ale sie ulatnia. Autosugestia jest jest jedna, na wszystko podatna...

    http://www.usa.xmc.pl

    February 21, 2021 at 00:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. https://topphimhot.net

    Best view i have ever seen !

    https://forum.solidworks.com/external-link.jspa?url=https://topphimhot.net

    February 22, 2021 at 13:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. happy planner

    Its not my novice to pay a visit this site, i am visiting this site dailly and
    get fastidious facts from here every day.

    my web-site: happy planner

    February 23, 2021 at 11:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. zipper wallet

    Awesome website you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew of any community forums that cover
    the same topics talked about in this article? I'd really like to
    be a part of online community where I can get responses
    from other experienced individuals that share the same interest.
    If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Kudos!

    My webpage – zipper wallet

    February 24, 2021 at 09:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. read this

    I am really inspired together with your writing skills and also with the format on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to peer a nice blog like this one today..

    https://images.google.com.qa/url?q=https://www.diigo.com/user/jerrys01

    February 25, 2021 at 09:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Best Social Followers

    I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the layout of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2 pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

    https://bonuslikes.com/product-tag/buy-5000-retweets/

    February 25, 2021 at 13:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. click here

    Wonderful work! This is the type of info that are supposed to be shared around the internet. Shame on Google for not positioning this submit higher! Come on over and visit my website . Thank you =)

    https://64.233.167.133/url?q=https://www.diigo.com/user/jerrys01

    February 26, 2021 at 15:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Social Media Followers

    Hello! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so I came to check it out. I'm definitely loving the information. I'm book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Exceptional blog and brilliant design.

    https://bonuslikes.com/

    February 27, 2021 at 16:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Powiklania Cukrzycy

    Nie jest wazne, co przydarza ci sie w zyciu… Wazne jest, jakie przypisujesz temu znaczenie. – Robert Kiyosaki

    http://www.cukrzyca.xmc.pl

    February 27, 2021 at 22:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. 6 ring planner wallet

    I just could not leave your site ahead of suggesting that I extremely enjoyed the regular information somebody
    provide to your guests? Is gonna be again often to check-up on new posts

    Here is my web-site ... 6 ring planner wallet

    March 1, 2021 at 02:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. ClarkTauts

    wguj3 oluh9 4np0

    March 1, 2021 at 14:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Francis Keeny

    My programmer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses. But he's tryiong none the less. I've been using Movable-type on a variety of websites for about a year and am worried about switching to another platform. I have heard great things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it? Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

    Proxyti.com

    March 1, 2021 at 17:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. thetuckernews.com cooking

    Hiya very cool site!! Guy .. Excellent .. Wonderful .. I'll bookmark your site and take the feeds additionallyI am glad to search out numerous helpful information right here within the put up, we want develop more techniques in this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

    https://cse.google.ad/url?q=http://thetuckernews.com

    March 2, 2021 at 13:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Merlin Macadamia

    This design is spectacular! You definitely know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost...HaHa!) Excellent job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

    https://proxyti.com/buy/500-private-proxies

    March 3, 2021 at 02:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. www.diigo.com/user/jerrys01

    Normally I do not read article on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to try and do it! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, quite great post.

    https://www.isixsigma.com/share.php?site=https://www.diigo.com/user/jerrys01

    March 3, 2021 at 12:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Yuonne Andujo

    Hello, you used to write fantastic, but the last several posts have been kinda boring¡K I miss your super writings. Past several posts are just a little out of track! come on!

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    March 4, 2021 at 09:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. thetrailblazingnews.com

    You really make it seem so easy with your presentation however I find this matter to be actually one thing that I think I would by no means understand. It kind of feels too complex and extremely extensive for me. I'm taking a look forward to your subsequent put up, I will try to get the hold of it!

    http://quarrycast.ca/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=http://thetrailblazingnews.com/

    March 4, 2021 at 16:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. planner sticker

    Hello, Neat post. There's a problem with your site in internet explorer, would check this?
    IE nonetheless is definitely the market leader and an excellent
    a part of people will pass over your wonderful writing
    as a consequence of this issue.

    Stop by my web site ... planner sticker

    March 6, 2021 at 05:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Jeffrey Fregoe

    you are really a good webmaster. The website loading velocity is amazing. It sort of feels that you're doing any unique trick. In addition, The contents are masterpiece. you've done a fantastic activity on this matter!

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    March 6, 2021 at 13:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Hedwig Callister

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    March 6, 2021 at 14:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. organiser raspberry

    I actually have been browsing online higher than three hours nowadays, but I never discovered
    any attention-grabbing article like yours.
    It's beautiful value enough for me personally. Personally, if all webmasters and bloggers made excellent content as
    you probably did, the web may be much more helpful than previously.

    Also visit my blog – organiser raspberry

    March 7, 2021 at 09:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. tabledesirespanish booklikes

    Definitely believe that which you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the internet the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people think about worries that they just don't know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

    http://hexentreffen2014.de/url?q=http://tabledesirespanish.booklikes.com/

    March 9, 2021 at 08:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. wallet notebook pen

    This design is incredible! You obviously realize how to keep a reader
    amused. Involving the wit and your videos, I was almost transferred to start
    my own, personal blog (well, almost...HaHa!) Great job.

    I actually enjoyed what you were required to say,
    and more than that, the method that you
    presented it. Too cool!

    Feel free to surf to my site: wallet notebook pen

    March 10, 2021 at 03:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. tabledesirespanish booklikes

    I'm not sure why but this weblog is loading incredibly slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end? I'll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

    https://images.google.com.vn/url?q=http://tabledesirespanish.booklikes.com/

    March 10, 2021 at 08:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. w88

    w88Barely acting games leave take in you a little amount of decals and toppers just if you very need to shake the arena, you pauperism to clear crates and buy DLCs!

    http://www.w88casino.net/w88/

    March 10, 2021 at 11:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. www.showcardcc.com

    I absolutely love your blog and find many of your post's to be precisely what I'm looking for. Do you offer guest writers to write content available for you? I wouldn't mind creating a post or elaborating on a lot of the subjects you write with regards to here. Again, awesome web site!

    https://botdb.win/wiki/Exactly_how_to_Request_Show_Credit_Card

    March 11, 2021 at 06:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. combigan

    brimonidine eye drops brimonidine side effects

    March 12, 2021 at 01:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. avana

    avanafil 100 avana drug

    March 12, 2021 at 01:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. cyclosporine

    buy cyclomune online buy cyclomune

    March 12, 2021 at 01:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Tadalafil

    buy tadalafil online megalis 20 tablet use in hindi

    March 12, 2021 at 01:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Mr joint smart neck massager

    I enjoy you because of each of your labor on this web site. My mom really likes going through internet research and it's easy to understand why. All of us notice all concerning the powerful way you produce advantageous secrets through the website and welcome participation from some others on this area of interest plus our favorite daughter is without a doubt becoming educated a great deal. Enjoy the rest of the year. You're the one doing a really great job.

    https://morphomics.science/wiki/Mr_Joint_DIYNeck_Massage_Gun_Review

    March 12, 2021 at 08:51 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.