Persistent and severe acid reflux left untreated can cause several long-term complications in many patients. Patients can experience erosive esphagitis (severe inflammation of the esophagus), severe narrowing of the esophagus and Barrett's esophagus. Some patients even experience weakening of tooth enamel and issues with the throat and airway.
There is no relationship between acid reflux and gallbladder disease, other than the fact that the diseases can give similar symptoms and therefore can be difficult to distinguish from on another. While classic acid reflux disease will cause heartburn, at times it may only cause upper abdominal pain. When it does, the pain is usually…