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Posted by Donna on December 03, 2000 at 17:36:54:

In Reply to: Re: Constant Burping/Nausea posted by Harry on March 31, 2000 at 01:01:24:

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: : For the past 16 months, I have been constantly burping which is sometimes consistent with mild nauseau/hearburn. The burps aren't foul smelling or the like, and are consistant from when I wake up to when I go to bed. I've found that chewing gum helps these symptoms and take prevacid almost every day (which really doesn't help much). I have been to doctors and tave taken several tests, but nothing has shown up. I was eventually told that it was "functional". Does anyone else have these problems, and if so, what's wrong with me??? Thanks.

: Hi Sarah,
: I have had the same symptoms.
: Belching/burping excessively is the result of swollowing air.The esophagus is a unique muscle --it's about 9 inches long and no other muscle in the body works like it.When you were told it's functional --I think that means your esophagus is not working like it should.You are probably swallowing some amount of air every time you swollow.As it builds-up you burp. Chewing gum I think would make it worse.Think about it ---chewing helps you make more salvia that you swollow with some air that you have to burp. I would quit chewing and try to swollow as little as possible. Gas X may help.There is also a homeopathic remedy---Carbo Veg. 30X that help get rid of gas.Taking a Calcium/Magnesium supplement will help your muscles work better.
: For Nausea you could try a homeoathic remedy--- Ipecacuanha 30X. It's great for persistent nausea.Just take it like it says on the bottle.
: It's not costly and it worth a try----it works!!!
: God Bless----Harry

I have recently developed the same problem, though I also have diarrhea off and on with it. Tests so far have shown nothing. I've been doing a lot of reading lately on this topic. Possibilities include: an absence of 'friendly' bacteria in your stomache , especially if you've taken antibiotics, lack of enough digestive enzymes, gallbladder problems,problems with the bile tract. Try fresh papaya or pineapple ; a natural sourse of digestive enzymes. Maybe that might help. A health food store can provide other natural sources of both the enzymes and friendly bacteria. Good Luck.

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