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Hello everyone, I was wondering if anyone could explain the difference between indigestion and acid reflux for me. Is there a difference, or are they the same? What is the difference between acid and gas/wind?
I have been suffering from chronic, almost constant indigestion for a few years now. I used to take Omeprazole, and then Lanzoprazole, but I didn't feel they were helping me (I even suspected they were making it worse!). I was then put on Domperidone and it was suggested I have an endoscopy, which I did just over a year ago. Everything came back normal, and a nurse said it's just something that happens and I have to put up with it. If I had GERD, would it have been found? Would they have spotted something abnormal causing it? I think I was diagnosed with IBS after the endoscopy (I have other symptoms associated with IBS like constipation, incomplete evacuation, stools affected by anxiety, food intolerances etc.), and that was that. I still take domperidone but still suffer from indigestion and gas. I've been reading about GERD and I'm very confused about it. When I asked my doctor he said he's more worried about that in people who are bulimic, for instance. So does that mean GERD/acid reflux is a feeling of liquid bile and acid in your throat, burning, feeling like it needs to be vomited up? My dad suffers from this, he says he can feel the acid in his throat, and most of the times throws up. But I don't get this; no liquid, no burning in throat. What I get is bubbling in stomach, noises, burping (a lot - I burp constantly, very small and ladylike!) and the feeling that something is rising up. Sometimes I feel nauseous, sometimes I also have flatulence. Sometimes my diaphragm feels heavy. Right now my stomach is making noise and bubbling, I feel slightly sick, and feel like something's rising up from my stomach or diaphragm with no escape but through tiny lady-burps! No feeling of acid/bile in throat, no sore throat, although I get noises in my throat sometimes. Basically I just feel like I need to do an awful lot of burping and farting, lol. It's amazing how incredibily ill it can make me feel, though.
If anyone can help me understand the differences between indigestion, acid reflux, and GERD, if any, plus acid and wind, I'd really appreciate it! I'm just not sure if I may have GERD or not.
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