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Old 07-12-2008, 10:00 AM   #1
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cant stop belching

i am a 65 yo male i had h pylori 2 years ago and even though the bacteria is gone i cannot stop belching. it has affected my life i cannot sleep . i am in turmoil from it all. . i recently had an endoscopy and nothing was found. does anyone have any ideas? thanks

 
Old 07-15-2008, 08:26 AM   #2
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Re: cant stop belching

are you currently taking anything? nexium? prilosec? I have the belching when my hiatal hernia flares. When it is really bad, there is no warning and i could belch while talking to someone.. so embarrassing! I go for another scope next week to see if there are any changes with a new doc. I've had a lot of flare ups lately but have also been under stress which seems to contribute.

One thing the doc told me that i haven't been able to get in a routine of is.. take my nexium at least 30 minutes before my largest meal. If i'm symptomatic it is easier to remember.

 
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Re: cant stop belching

Just wanted to say I'm in the same boat and I sympathize. After taking a long course of antibiotics last year for a sinus infection, I've suffered from bloating, belching and shortness of breath. PPIs didn't help. I've tried everything, including probiotics and digestive enzymes, to no avail. I can hardly go out in public because of all the belching. Somebody on this board suggested that esophageal spasms might be caused by a lack of magnesium, so I"m trying magnesium supplements now. I'll let you know how it goes.

 
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Re: cant stop belching

I had belching that was caused by reflux. Actually, years ago, I had a period where I started belching all the time, which was unusual for me. I finally went to the doctor and that was when I was first diagnosed with reflux. For a few years, I was on Protonix and that helped. It has since worsened and I now have a chronic cough as well.

My Endoscopy came back normal. It was the Manometry and 24 hr PH that diagnosed my reflux. I also recently had a Modified Barium Swallow and Esophagram that also confirmed the reflux.

If you think it might be reflux, I would check with your Gastroenterologist and request some PH testing. It really is the best way to measure if you have an acid problem.

 
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Re: cant stop belching

Just wanted to pop back in here and say that the magnesium seems to be helping with the shortness of breath, but what's really made a difference as far as alleviating the belching has been taking chewable DGL. It's declycolized[sp?] licorice, sugarfree. Tastes vile but try it anyway. When I start belching, it just nips it right in the bud. It's been working well for me the last three days. Finally got some good sleep last night.

 
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