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Old 08-08-2011, 01:22 PM   #1
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Constant belching after eating

Hi all,

I've had pretty bad reflux for about a month. The thing is, though, that I almost never get any burning. I get this airy feeling in my chest, and have to belch and let air out every couple of seconds. The feeling was/is kind of like I have air trapped in my esophagus. I've already been to a couple doctors about this, and have had a Barium Swallow to confirm that I had significant GERD.

I've been on Omeprazole for 1.5 weeks so far, and I've had my moments where it's worked, but still plenty others where my symptoms were really bothering me. Kind of seems like Pepcid AC was the most effective...This is especially frustrating because it doesn't even matter what I eat - I can eat oatmeal with a piece of toast and water, and still get this. Just FYI, all of the Gas-X stuff doesn't work.

Would appreciate your thoughts/ideas/suggestions.

 
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Re: Constant belching after eating

Damn, well I wish I could have gotten a reply. Anyway, my symptoms are getting a little bit better. I've actually been off Omeprazole for a couple days, and my heartburn/reflux issues were strangely much better.

Only thing is I've been experiencing some breathing problems (which I actually outline in a different thread). These problems seemed to have started when my reflux issues started. I had a couple instances where Pepcid AC helped this, but the last couple times were pretty tough, and I had to do my best to relax, and then to just wait it out. I'm going to have to get checked out for this - Only problem is that I fear that I'll just be feeling fine when I see the Dr. and eventually perform the necessary tests, only to find that my symptoms return at a later date. I'll keep everyone updated.

 
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Re: Constant belching after eating

Hi, I only just read your first message. I have the same as you. No heartburn but constant belching whether I eat or not. Do you have any stomach issues like me which include, dull ache, noisy stomach like a washing machine, and lots of bloating/gas and nausea.
Were you prescribed Omeprazole solely for burping or did you have any of these other symptoms.
My symptoms started after treatment for H.Pylori and I was prescribed Nexium which didn't seem to do anything. Have you had an Endoscopy or any other tests. Solofelix.

 
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Damn, well I wish I could have gotten a reply. Anyway, my symptoms are getting a little bit better. I've actually been off Omeprazole for a couple days, and my heartburn/reflux issues were strangely much better.

Only thing is I've been experiencing some breathing problems (which I actually outline in a different thread). These problems seemed to have started when my reflux issues started. I had a couple instances where Pepcid AC helped this, but the last couple times were pretty tough, and I had to do my best to relax, and then to just wait it out. I'm going to have to get checked out for this - Only problem is that I fear that I'll just be feeling fine when I see the Dr. and eventually perform the necessary tests, only to find that my symptoms return at a later date. I'll keep everyone updated.

Ar/Gerd will cause breathing problems!! Mine does.
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:59 AM   #5
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Re: Constant belching after eating

Thought I would update this thread. In general, my (burping/reflex) symptoms have gotten better over the past 5-6 days. I actually stopped taking the Prilosec at that time (Initially, it was because I was in a hurry, and just didn't take it for a couple days; after that, I decided to stay off of it). Was even able to eat Indian Food (which I sorely missed) last Saturday, with almost no problems. What I did notice, however, is that there are certain things that I just cannot have anymore.

Yesterday, I had some diet Snapple and had that terrible air/air bubble in the esophagus feeling that causes me to burp for hours, almost to the point where I want to regurgitate. I also, mistakenly, made a little espresso with frothed milk today (because I didn't have it in so long), and I think that something about the frothed milk, with all of that volume and air in it, gave me the symptoms that I had with the Snapple. I really wish I knew what that "air bubble" sensation that causes one to burp constantly is called. At the very least though, If I control some key things, I think that I'll be able to keep, and maybe even continue on my improvement.

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Old 10-03-2011, 12:29 PM   #6
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Re: Constant belching after eating

Hey guys, I'm back. Long story short, my symptoms came back and I've been dealing with the burping/acid reflux for about a month now. I guess the only good thing is that I absolutely know that the strange burping is absolutely caused by my acid reflux. What I've found that works best is If I take a Pepcid AC (extra strength) before my meals, instead of when I get my problems (I guess following instructions is a good idea). The H2 blockers seemed to have worked for me better some days than others (although sometimes I need to take more, and am concerned about over-medicating myself), but in general, better than whatever I did before. I'm also considering going on a PPI, but would rather not, due to the rebound concerns.

I'm considering right now if I should get additional help from my doctor, and if I should think about getting an Upper GI Endo, which will be expensive and unpleasant, and which I feel the end result will be the same as if I didn't have it...i.e. Them wanting me to take PPI's.

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Old 10-03-2011, 12:36 PM   #7
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Re: Constant belching after eating

Also, as a side note, this condition is so frustrating with family and in social situations. Sometimes I'm trying to talk to someone, and I get that uncomfortable feeling, and burping feeling, and it ends up with me looking very weird and socially akward, which I'm not.

And my Family does not want me to take too many medications. They want me to get over this naturally by eating better, exercising, etc. which I agree with, but which sometimes doesn't do anything to help me, as in, there are times when I can eat absolutely anything (water can give me bad reflux), and get my very bad symptoms. Medications are sometimes the only things that work, and they are opposed to it, which is frustrating, considering they know what I have, since I was already diagnosed with severe reflux from my Swallow Study. Anyway, just some venting...

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Update: First of all, a big knock on wood here. Anyway, have been about 3-4 days with a significant reduction in my horrible burping problem. The only thing that I changed? Stopped taking my daily Prilosec. About a week ago, I saw a gastroenterologist, and he said I was just swallowing air, and that I was burping because of anxiety (actually what I thought he would say). It's pretty frustrating when doctors just want to peg something that they have no clue of on anxiety...I guess it's just an easy out. Thing is, that if he or anyone else had the same bloated feelings and feelings of air trapped in their chest/esophagus, they would also be burping nearly non-stop. He even had the nerve to tell me that the Gas-X and Charcoal Pills I was taking that sometimes made me feel better, were working because they were a placebo to me.

So, I was actually lucky to get an Upper GI the very next day, and it wasn't that bad. They said I have a hiatal hernia, and that my constant burping was causing my stomach to lift into my esophagus, and thus corroding it, allowing for reflux, which actually isn't even the problem, and is very tolerable by myself. He, as expected, told me to continue with the Prilosec and to get anti-anxiety meds from my GP.

It's funny, because the first time I had this problem, my burping problems stopped when I stopped taking the prilosec. Here we are again, and the only difference in my lifestyle was/is that I stopped with the prilosec. I'm not an MD, but I would venture to guess that perhaps the Prilosec was causing too little acid to be in my stomach, and because of that, foods were not being digested properly, and were rotting/fermenting, causing gas and then the constant burping.

Anyway, this is just an update and not a resolution/conclusion. I simply experienced a significant decrease in a major problem, and attributed it to the only change that I had for myself. I'm sure I have a long way to go, but will keep everyone updated, good or bad.

 
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Re: Constant belching after eating

I'm curious to hear how your situation has turned out the last few months. I am struggling with very similar symptoms that just started a few months ago. I've never had heartburn in my life, but the gastroenterologist I saw really wanted me to start on Prilosec, but after reading about other folks experiences on the internet I was suspecting I had hypochloridia, or low stomach acid. I started taking Betaine HCL supplements with meals, and I thought it was working, but I will still have burping attacks that last for hours a couple days a week. They usually start about 2 hours after I eat, and can last anywhere from 4 hours to 2 days. I cant exactly correlate to food, but I think my episodes this weekend were caused by coffee and possibly potatoes?
I'm going to switch gears and start Prilosec tomorrow and try a two week series to see if the symptoms go away.
Hope you are feeling better, and if you are, I'm curious to hear what the solution was!

 
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I'm curious to hear how your situation has turned out the last few months. I am struggling with very similar symptoms that just started a few months ago. I've never had heartburn in my life, but the gastroenterologist I saw really wanted me to start on Prilosec, but after reading about other folks experiences on the internet I was suspecting I had hypochloridia, or low stomach acid. I started taking Betaine HCL supplements with meals, and I thought it was working, but I will still have burping attacks that last for hours a couple days a week. They usually start about 2 hours after I eat, and can last anywhere from 4 hours to 2 days. I cant exactly correlate to food, but I think my episodes this weekend were caused by coffee and possibly potatoes?
I'm going to switch gears and start Prilosec tomorrow and try a two week series to see if the symptoms go away.
Hope you are feeling better, and if you are, I'm curious to hear what the solution was!
Hello,

Sorry for the delay. I had to think about your question for a while. I've been off of all PPI's for about a month, I believe. Experienced some rebound extreme acid, and then not too much after that (the times when I did have acid, I could easily control it with a Pepcid AC). My burping stopped for about 3-4 days after I stopped with the Prilosec, and then kind came back to a lesser extent after that (much less severe than before).

Even though my Gastro and most others were and are so convinced that the only reason for my burping was because of my nasal problems/occassional mouth breathing and anxiety, they will never give you an explanation as to why I or anyone else who have these symptoms never had them before. Also, a lot of people breath through their mouth and have anxiety, but I would doubt that many of them have belching as a problem.

Anyway, I've found that the most important thing you can do is to make sure your diet is good. Eat smaller meals and more frequent meals; Make sure you completely cut out problem foods/drinks. Coffee is done for me. You wouldn't think tea would be bad, but it is and was, in fact, one of the worst things for me, as far as burping.

Next is you need to have the right medicine on hand. If you are having bad acid reflux/burning, you need to control it with a Pepcid AC or other drug first. You can try the charcoal caps, but I'm not super crazy about them. Try popping 2-3 Simethicone/Gas-X pills, and see how that helps. I also found out something interesting when I had my Upper GI Endoscopy. They had me laying down, and I was a little gaseous, burping and uncomfortable - A lot because the position was conducive to this. After they sprayed that gross anesthetic spray in my throat, my burping/uncomfortable feeling actually was greatly reduced. Because of this, sometimes when I have a mild burping feeling, I will suck on a cough drop for a few minutes. The cough drop is a mild anesthetic, and when the material gets in your throat/esophagus, It can sometimes reduce your need to burp.

Those are just my thoughts for right now. Nowhere near beating this thing, but at least it's a little bit better and I'm better at managing it when I do have it.

 
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Re: Constant belching after eating

My advice would be to consider that a good percentage of health realated issues are psychosomatic.

There are many options in this area thesedays,which don't have to involve a lot of time and money.

 
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Re: Constant belching after eating

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Hi all,

I've had pretty bad reflux for about a month. The thing is, though, that I almost never get any burning. I get this airy feeling in my chest, and have to belch and let air out every couple of seconds. The feeling was/is kind of like I have air trapped in my esophagus. I've already been to a couple doctors about this, and have had a Barium Swallow to confirm that I had significant GERD.

I've been on Omeprazole for 1.5 weeks so far, and I've had my moments where it's worked, but still plenty others where my symptoms were really bothering me. Kind of seems like Pepcid AC was the most effective...This is especially frustrating because it doesn't even matter what I eat - I can eat oatmeal with a piece of toast and water, and still get this. Just FYI, all of the Gas-X stuff doesn't work.

Would appreciate your thoughts/ideas/suggestions.
Hi. I feel as though I have been experiencing the same thing. Burping/belching most of the time especially for about two hours after eating anything. I also feel like my breathing is effected by this, it seems as though the time frame in which I have had both symptoms has been the same. I am taking Lansoprazole 30mg but don't feel as though they are helping. I have a bad habit of holding my breath when concentrating which I am wondering may be effecting it. I just don't feel as though my breathing pattern is correct, I am thinking of maybe trying yoga or something along those lines to teach me to breath correctly, I also have a long term issue with rhinitis. Which prevents me from breathing so well through my nose. I am wondering if I may be swallowing too much air? Please let me know if anyone is also experiencing these symptoms as I am worried about it. Thanks, Shaun.

 
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Re: Constant belching after eating

I'm now into my third week of prilosec and it's been the longest time without major symptoms in 6 months. I did have a half day attack a couple days ago, which I am attributing to iced coffee on an empty stomach. I have had coffee without reactions before, but I think the link to my burping attacks is the empty stomach. Seeing a new gastroenterologist this week, hopefully I can find a root cause so I can get off the prilosec.

 
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Re: Constant belching after eating

Hi! I am also going through the same thing you are at the moment. I've been on lanzaprosole and now im on omeprazole.but I still burp all the time. do you get a burning sensation on your tongue?, because I do and i dont know why. now im chewing sugar free gum to stop the burning. Sometimes I get scared of going out because when i try to burp, i cant then my stomach starts to feel up gas.and this leads to me panicing, then i have to breathe in and out untill i let out a big berp. it is very scary. im not eating any spicy food at the moment.yet im still burping. ive done an endoscopy and they found nothing.it also affects my sleep. i take herbal mint tea sometimes to relax my stomach

 
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Re: Constant belching after eating

Wondering if you've had success with your burping? I've never had any stomach issues, but earlier this year, I began burping immediately following meals. No heartburn or anything, just burping. This would last for an hour or so. My primary doctor said it was GERD, but referred me to a GI specialist. I had an endoscopy done a couple of months ago, with biopsies taken, and everything came back fine. He said that I had a little bit of acid reflux, and prescribed me with a month of omeprazole. I took it for three weeks until I couldn't tolerate it anymore. I was getting pains in my stomach, which I'm attributing to the lack of stomach acid. After doing some research, I found that most people with acid reflux actually produce too little stomach acid, not too much. So, taking PPIs actually make the problem worse. I began taking a probiotic every morning, along with a digestive enzyme and Betaine HCL with each meal. I also take a licorice supplement called DGL. I've found that my burping fluctuates now. Some days, it will be minimal, and other days, it is more prevalent. I think eating slower helps, and I'm on the fence about whether all of the natural supplements I'm taking are helping. It is very frustrating, as well as scary, to not know what is going on with me. It bothers me that doctors don't know much about this. I'm not going to take any antacids or PPIs anymore, as this didn't help me. I don't know where to go from here. I'm wondering if I have small intestine bacterial overgrowth. Any help? Thanks

 
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