Is there a link between acid reflux and IBS? It’s not uncommon for people to experience both almost at the same time. Acid reflux or GERD comes with its own set of problems, and someone suffering from both can feel like the world is crashing in on them.
There are theories that acid reflux and IBS are linked. Too much acid in the stomach may trigger the body to send out the partly digested food while sending up the extra acid into the esophagus.
Acid Reflux and IBS
Obesity may be the cause of acid reflux. With a bloated stomach and a stretched out gut, it’s easier for the acid to bubble up into the esophagus. Additionally, numerous obese people often consume foods that trigger IBS.
IBS may manifest itself in a dilation of the transverse colon. The colon can press against the stomach if stretched in that manner. This could lead to pushing the acid up into the esophagus.
Many researchers believe irritable bowel syndrome is triggered by stress. However, stress by itself does not cause GERD. Instead, stress leads people to eat, drink, and possibly smoke – which can all trigger acid reflux.
Still other doctors believe that the two are not connected.
GERD is caused by a weakened muscle between the esophagus and the stomach. The looseness may allow the stomach acid to escape into the esophagus. However, the causes of IBS are still unknown. One can only assume. Moreover, GERD can be controlled by medication, where as treatment for IBS varies from one patient to another.
The problem is that treating the two diseases simultaneously can lead to other problems. For instance, foods rich in fiber may exacerbate acid reflux. However, these foods actually help with IBS. The dilemma for patients who suffer with both IBS and GERD is which to treat first. Perhaps it’s best to treat the one that causes the most discomfort.
Having said all that, treat IBS and GERD without affecting one or the other but getting success with both. At times, the same treatment may be a cure for both. For example, weight loss relieves both conditions. Another example is a sensitivity or allergy to gluten. Eliminating gluten from the diet may clear both IBS and reflux issues.