Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
Tags: Thyroid Disorders | hypothyroid | heartburn | stomach | acid | gerd

Can Hypothyroid Cause Heartburn?

By    |   Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 05:25 PM

Question: I have heartburn all the time and am also on medication for hypothyroid. Is it possible my thyroid problem is causing acid reflux?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Not directly. Acid reflux happens when stomach acid backs up in the lower esophagus, causing what is referred to as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). This usually relates to a physical gastric or esophageal disorder resulting in an incompetent sphincter that allows the acid in your stomach to move into your esophagus. Sphincter function has no direct relationship to thyroid hormone disorders. 
 
Thyroid hormone controls metabolism rates, and helps regulate body temperature, body weight, heart rates and function, body fluid retention, and brain function. 
 
That being said, hypothyroid (under-active thyroid) can lead to overweight issues and obesity, that in turn will increase the incidence of GERD.

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Not directly, but hypothyroid can lead to overweight issues and obesity, that in turn increase the incidence of GERD.
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