How common is bile reflux?
Bile reflux is not thought to be common in otherwise healthy individuals. However, acid reflux is very common, and some cases of acid reflux may also be bile reflux. Symptoms of bile reflux and acid reflux are practically identical, and doctors can’t tell if you’re regurgitating bile without actually sampling and analyzing the fluid you regurgitate. This is considered unnecessary when diagnosing acid reflux. But if you’ve been treated for acid reflux and still have symptoms, you might be a candidate for further testing.