Testing for low stomach acid levels


Active Member
Sep 10, 2012
Quick summary of post: I was wondering if anyone knows which specialist or medical center I can go to in Cape Town to test for low stomach acid levels?

Long story: For the last few years, and slowly getting worse with each year, I've found I can't put weight on at all, and in fact, I've lost a lot of weight to the point it's unhealthy. Obviously the solution is "eat more", but that's where the main problem is. Even eating small amounts of food, for hours afterwards it feels like it's just sitting in my stomach and not getting digested, and my stomach becomes tender and sore to touch. It gives me this continually "full" feeling, and if I eat too much (which isn't a lot), I start feeling nauseas after a while. I've also got similar symptoms to acid reflux, and was in fact treated for this with a proton pump inhibitor, and in the beginning it seemed to be helping, but then I got rapidly worse. I've since gone off it, and felt a bit better, but the problem still exists. Certain foods, especially those high in protein are the biggest triggers, so things like meat make me feel the worst.

So, I'm thinking that it's quite possible that I have low stomach acid levels, and the full feeling and digestive problems are being caused by this, and also contributing to the fact I can't put on weight. It's worth mentioning that I've been through my doctor and had an endoscopy, but no physical problems were found. So I think I need to at least rule out low acid levels before trying something else.


Honorary Master
Oct 6, 2010
You need to go and see a gastroenterologist. A quick Google and I found quite a few in Cape Town area.


Honorary Master
Jul 6, 2010
As was said you need to see a Gastroenterologist.

This is mine at Panorama.


Just prepare yourself for a lot of discomfort in these tests...the finger up the bum probably not being the worst of them.

Gastroscopy's are not pleasant but at least you aren't aware mostly.

The acid test however is a 24-hour monitoring with a tape recorder of sorts and a tube down your nose. The worst though is testing your peristalses. It's a fully awake test with an impossibly large tube down your nose and a very unpleasant twenty minutes where they pump up a balloon and slowly pull it out.

And a colonoscopy if you are really unlucky...
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