According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, reflux occurs due to weakness of the lower esophageal sphincter. This round muscular band opens to allow food into the stomach and closes to prevent it from flowing back. Weakness of the sphincter allows acid to get into the esophagus, causing the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Stomach acid is needed to break down food and absorb nutrients, he said, as well as for proper functioning of the gallbladder and pancreas.
If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, it’s likely that you are suffering from low stomach acid levels. These symptoms are good indications that your digestion is suffering. I wish I could point to some conclusive models or studies on what’s happening but I can’t. Unfortunately, all we have to go on are observations and theories.
I went to the ER yesterday morning, they said all my labs were perfect and chest was clear. That I had a respiratory infrection, and gastritis from the vomiting. They gave me fluids, nausea medicine, And a drug called pantoprazole, in an iv, and script for the pills to take every day at home to reduce stomach acid.
I thought it was working with abdominal cramping because I was also having that along with the other symptoms but instead I ended up having really bad constipation causing my stomach to hurt much worst. The doctor had told me to take it for a month but I stopped because of the constipation being bad taking it after two days. now reading about low acid I’m not sure if I have that instead of acid reflux.
Sometimes additional tests or treatments for iron deficiency anemia are necessary, especially if your doctor suspects that you’re bleeding internally. While treatment depends on the underlying cause, incorporating lifestyle changes and improving your diet can help you increase stomach acid levels on your own.
Medications. Taking antacids or medications prescribed to treat ulcers and acid reflux, such as PPIs, for a long period of time may also lead to hypochlorhydria.
Blood loss. Blood contains iron within red blood cells. So if you lose blood, you lose some iron. Women with heavy periods are at risk of iron deficiency anemia because they lose blood during menstruation. Slow, chronic blood loss within the body – such as from a peptic ulcer, a hiatal hernia, a colon polyp or colorectal cancer – can cause iron deficiency anemia.
My symptoms are bloating at times, and lots of gas at night and in particular first thing in the morning. The bloating is better if I take enough HCL.
A doctor or a dietician can help. They may recommend taking supplements or increasing dietary intake of these nutrients, especially once a person regains a regular level of stomach acid. Hypochlorhydria is the medical term for a low level of stomach acid. People with hypochlorhydria may experience digestive issues, nutritional deficiencies, and gastrointestinal infections, but prompt treatment can prevent serious complications.
I’ve gotten three different brands of pills and they are all too large for her to swallow comfortably. She will likely need to take at least five 650mg pills at first. She did the challenge and was able to take seven pills without any warmth or burning. But actually swallowing the pills was extremely difficult for her and there’s NO WAY she could do this every day.
However I read that SIBO won’t resolve unless the root cause is treated, and that root cause might include low stomach acid. So I thought – okay, I’ll test it. To cut a long story short, I can swallow five HCL tablets and feel not the slightest discomfort – which seems to indicate I do indeed have very low stomach acid.