I am distressed that I haven't gotten many replies to my post. Somebody must know what I have. I am getting it again tonight. Now I know I will not sleep , I will be sick all night long. Then I have to get up in the morning and live my life. These burps are so repulsive I can't leave the house when I have them. I've had a cat scan and an upper and lower GI. No answers. Everythiing seems normal. I have become disgusting. I am getting this every couple of weeks or EVERY week now. They should just send ME to Bagdad, I'd have that place cleared out in fifteen minutes. I can't live like this. I feel like just stopping all eating and then seeing what happens. How long can a person go without food and not harm themselves? I don't know what else to do.
The Following User Says Thank You to BETH m For This Useful Post: shigh (08-04-2012)
Think you probably need to eat some live yogurt or take Probiotics/Acidophilus to re-balance the friendly bacteria in your gut. This helps with a bloated belly and belching.
You can go without eating for a considerable length of time, as long as you keep drinking adequate fluids, at least 1 litre a day, but ideally more. However, not eating could just be making your problems worse, as you will probably feel more sick and bloated.
Try cutting dairy and wheat out of your diet for a bit and seeing if that makes a difference. However, it does sound as if you need to re-balance your bacteria, so Acidophilus on an empty stomach twice daily or eating some live yogurt should do it.
The Following User Says Thank You to Sarah68 For This Useful Post: shigh (08-04-2012)
I was hoping you would get more replies to your message since I have the same problem from time to time. My symtoms are always the same as yours- the foul belching, bloating, and always vomiting in the end. I have found that it is best to go ahead and try to vomit and empty my stomach as soon as the symtoms start. Then I can start getting over it. Of course, the vomiting and loss of fluids makes me weak and tired for about a day.
Again, I have been able to narrow my problem down to eating fish, at least that has been the pattern for the last couple of years. I started out having this about once per year, now it is about once per month.
I wonder if it is some type of allergic reaction to the fish. I believe I am becoming less tolerant of this type of food. It did not always bother me in the past. Now that I have narrowed it down, I don't plan to eat fish any more.
I have heard of another person who could not digest shell fish, and would vomit after eating it. Maybe the previous poster has a point about bacteria balance.
Please let me know if your doctor ever comes up with a cause or cure for this.
I wish I could say that my problem was related to eating fish, but I don't eat fish. I have tried to remember what I've eaten that could cause this but nothing stands out. I don't drink much milk or eat yogurt so I don't think it's dairy either. I do drink a lot of sweet ice tea and I used to drink caoke all the time. I wonder if sugar has anything to do with it.I must find out what is wrong. I am getting this way too much to function.
I had the same problem for over a year, I was treated for Acid Reflux, Ibs and finally mis-diagnosed with Diabetic gastroparesis, Which I was taking Reglan for. I was still having the bloating, the disgusting burps, the most miserable feeling. I was not satisfied with this diagnosis; I started researching all of my medications. I learned that the Potassium I was taking which was a slow release caused ulcerations and gastroparesis like symptoms. I took this information to my Dr. and he switched me to a liquid, and most of the symptoms had disappeared. I would suggest looking at your medications. My suggestion is look at your medications, this is where I found my answers when I was grasping.
Yogurt with live probiotics does wonders , it is also easier to digest for people with lactose intollerance as most the lactose is digested by bacteria , it is worth trying, worked for me and solved many problems.
The bacteria in your intestines are more than the number of cells in your body. They can get out of balance with your eating habits--- processed food, sweets, cola, birth control pills, alcohol, too much spicy food, medication especially antibiotics, and the list is long.
Eating a good brand of yogurt as well as taking probiotic supplements help in moderate cases but if you have a full blown yeast infection --- you will need a yeast killer along with the re-balancing program as Sarah suggested.
Beth, After you exhaust all aveneus of health from the internal colon and if you still find your stomach in the throwes of difficulty, it might be time for other kinds of consideration.
I've had GI problems with vomiting and mine are linked to the status of endometriosis and pelvic adhesions in my pelvic area which are compromising the structure of my gut and doing irritable damage from the exterior of the colon.
I take medications to work with the spasms because the whole key to my health relies on keeping the gut out of spasm.
I have seen gastroenterologists, urologists, gynecologists and a reproductive endogrinologist for my answers.
Of all the specialties it seemed that the gynecologist had the least amount of awareness and fewest real answers.
I eat a lot of Probiotics too. The Probiotics do help in the contribution to a more harmonious gut. When working with an irritable bowel in any capacity it's wise to stay on the calm end of the digestive process.
The better you eat and better care you take of the internal colon, will definatly help in the contribution of making the intestinal process easier.
When things get really bad for me I use phenergan suppositories and just ride out the nausea storm.
Bowel health can be a complex matter.
It's important to understand what is triggering your gut to react.
Good Luck in finding the root cause.
P.S. If by chance your problem is due to problems with the external colon, the problem is something that can not be seen on most of the imaging tests doctors order.
The only way to know is to have a surgeon go in with a laproscope.
A good Gastroenterologist could tell you if your situation sounds like pelvic adhesions.
One of my Gastroenterologists diagnosed my problem in our first meeting.
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My husband has the same problem. He eats light through the week and then has "free meals" on the weekends, and it always affects him after a BIG meal. He used to get them every weekend but, he has started eating live culture yogurt daily and that helped some.
We have also noticed that if he takes lactaid he doesn't have any near the number of episodes. I guess from the enzymes that are in it.
Long story short, he used to have weekly episodes and we are down to about 1 every 3 months.
I HAD THE SAME SYMPTOMS, ROTTEN EGG BURPS, GAS, BLOATING, DIAHREA, COLD SWEATS, PAIN IN STOMACHE,NOW THE VOMITING HAS SET IN. WENT TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, WASTE OF TIME. DECIDED TO CHECK THE WEB AND GOT SOME GOOD IDEAS, HEALTH FOOD STORE (A GOOD ONE). WE GOT THE ROTTEN EGG BURPS UNDER CONTROL, BUT STILL HAVE THE REST OF THE SYMPTOMS. I FOUND PROBIOTIC INULIN CHOCOLATE WAFER AND A FAMILY OF PLANT ENZYMES AN AID FOR DIGESTION AND STOMACHE DISTRESS, TAKEN AT OR BEFORE A MEAL HELPFUL. I ALSO STOPPED EATING DAIRY PRODUCTS. SWITCHED TO SOY MILK. CUT BACK ON WHEAT CEREALS. CHICKEN SEEMS TO TRIGER SYMPTOMS.
Beth, have you been tested for Hpylori? I suffered with the rotten egg burps with vomiting for ten years. I tested positive for Hpylori and was treated for it twice to get rid of it. I have not had another episode since and that was over a year ago. Good luck!
i have those burps and H. Pylori too. was treated w/antibiotics once but it didnt go away. Was just retested to see if the H. Pylori is really gone--after requesting it several times. Hopefully the test will show something and i can be treated--wish me luck.
I used to have the problem that you are describing but I have not had it for more than a month. I started taking Mastic Gum that I purchased over the internet. Just type in Mastic Gum. I took 2 caps a day in the morning before I ate. I took them for 4 weeks. I did not have any problems. I now just take 1 cap a day. Check it out. It has been a huge change in my life. http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/redface.gif)
I don't know if my fiances problems are the same as all of yours. For 3 years, he was told he was lactose intolerent. He was very careful as things got worse and worse, He was eating no dairy and still getting sick. Then one day someone said he may have glutten allergies. Going on a gluten free diet did nothing to help the problem either. Then one day on a message board I read that someone that had the same stinky rotten egg burps, bloating and diarhhea was happening in the same time frame. It started in the middle of the nite and went on til around noon the next day. I narrowed this down to simply eating before he went to bed. For some reason, when he layed down. something closed in his stomache and the food just layed there rotting, then it would come out and look out! With the help of digestive enzymes and walking after a big meal his symptoms have vanished. Only one bout since Jan 1 2007 and that happened only because he cheated and had some toast right before bed. Maybe your problems arent the same but anyone that has this knows that anything is worth a try. Good luck to all of you.....
I've experienced this about 6-9 times in my life, and in my case it was always the result of either eating different kinds of foods and/or more food than my stomach was accustomed to handling at that time, OR eating unusual foods OR eating too close to bedtime OR ingestion of some bad germ in the food itself, OR flu bugs that caused the stomach to "shut down".
In each case, there was one common thread: the stomach could not handle the food, and seemed to "shut down." I interpreted the resulting rotten egg burps as a sign that the food had been held in the stomach for too long a time, and instead of being digested, actually began to go bad, to turn rotten. This is an explanation that is consistent with "hygienic" eating philosophies--that if you overeat, or eat the wrong combination of foods, etc., food will "rot" in your gut.
Otherwise, I'm very healthy--have been a vegetarian for over 35 years, mostly a vegan for several years, so it isn't "lack of raw veggies" which some here have said would "deodorize" the gut. I looked this up online today because I am suffering from this today, after a horrible illness yesterday which may have been either a flu bug or something I ate.
Usually fasting for most of the day and then taking a large dose of powdered vitamin C with powdered calcium lactate and powdered magnesium oxide in a lot of water (NOW brand vitamins sells these) when the stomach feels ready to let go of its contents solves it for me, but yesterday it didn't work. I hate to use commercial pharmaceuticals, OTC or other, because I see them as usually just treating symptoms, not causes, and tending to result in dependencies.
I hadn't vomited in 20 years until yesterday morning. I had woken up with nausea at 1:30 am, actually passed out and fell enroute to bathroom, could hardly move I felt so awful. Had an explosive BM, but stomach still felt full. Back to bed and felt worse and worse until I finally let myself vomit at 10:30 am. Felt much better afterwards, but did not clear everything out of my stomach. Previous night's dinner was still coming up in small amounts when burping. Slept almost all day, had to work a few hours in the evening, felt awful the whole time, nauseous, tired. DEAD tired when I get this. The toxins must really overload the body. Can hardly stand up. Ate nothing all day. In the past, just fasting until the problem subsided was the way to get rid of it, but this time it did not seem to be improving. Finally, last night I tried Alka Seltzer, which helped very little but somewhat. Then 2 hours later tried Kaopectate, and it seemed to help a lot. The rotten egg burps stopped for hours. Felt like the stomach was no longer holding anything up.
Had not eaten all day yesterday. Some diarrhea in small bits every few hours. This morning, ate watermelon hoping it would push out the residue from the g.i. tract. This had worked in the past. But this time, it seemed to contribute to the return of the burps midday today. A few hours later, tried some Kombucha tea, which is loaded with acidophilus and other probiotics. It seemed to only make the burps worse. Tonight I just ate some yogurt and drank buttermilk. Will not eat til tomorrow.
I have been having a bout with the stinky burps and lots of gas, and really bad nausea for the past few days. Got it under control this morning. Have take Reglan, Phenergan (tablets and suppositories), PeptoBismol, Tums, and Metemucil (I have also been constipated for quite a while). I don't know which worked, but it took a few days of taking it all to finally start working. Oh my goodness, it was so horrible.
I have been a sufferer of the rotten egg burp syndrome for years. I used to get this malady maybe once or twice a year, but lately the frequency has increased. My symptoms are the same as those most of you mention. This truly is such a disgusting illness and it leaves me just wiped out after a bout.
I have had endoscopy, a digestion test, allergy testing and a gallbladder test, all showing nothing abnormal.
I read a comment online from a person once who had a theory that the pyloric valve was not working properly, so food could not empty into the lower intestines properly. That's the diagnosis that makes the best sense to me. Food gets stuck and rots in your stomach.
If anyone ever gets an accurate diagnosis from a doctor, I sure would like to hear about it.