Does celiac disease have any relationship to GERD?
Some research has indicated that GERD (gastroesophogealreflux disease) symptoms may occur in individuals with untreated or newly diagnosed celiac disease. GERD occurs when a muscle at the end of the esophagus does not close properly and allows stomach content to go back up into the esophagus. This backwash – or reflux – irritates the lining of the esophagus, causing symptoms that include heartburn, a sour taste in the mouth, and nausea. Getting a proper diagnosis and controlling celiac disease through a gluten-free diet can minimize or eliminate GERD symptoms. GERD may exist as a separate condition, so always follow-up with your personal physician if symptoms exist.