Is that gurgling inside your stomach coming from acid reflux, cancer or what?
Now, gurgling from your stomach can be either annoying, embarrassing or scary (if you read somewhere that it could be a sign of cancer or even a brewing condition involving your heart).
Can Acid Reflux Cause a Gurgling Sound in the Belly?
“No — When your GI tract moves, it generally causes a gurgling noise,” says Jeffrey Fine, MD, chief of gastroenterology at the Medical Surgical Clinic of Irving.
“This is part of the natural digestive process and not due to acid reflux.”
What are the symptoms that acid reflux does cause?
The most common symptom of this very common condition is a burning or slightly abrasive feeling in the chest and/or upper abdomen.
However, the chest or abdominal discomfort from acid reflux isn’t always of a burning nature.
It can sometimes be described as a dull ache, strong ache or a pressure or heaviness.
The chest symptoms of acid reflux can mimic those of heart disease or of a heart attack.
Another common symptom of acid reflux is “burping” up a small amount of bitter tasting liquid after eating a meal — especially if you ate a lot of food in a short period of time.
The good news is that a gurgling stomach — either that which you can hear or only feel — is not cause for alarm.
The GI tract is supposed to move. The esophagus and intestines contract as part of the digestive process.
The esophagus and intestines are made of muscle, and muscle in the GI tract moves things along to get food digested. This movement is called peristalsis.
If you hear it, that’s normal. Whose stomach doesn’t gurgle sooner or later?
Dr. Fine has been in practice for over 30 years and specializes in digestive health, integrative medicine and food sensitivities.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.