Indigestion and constant burping!

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   Posted 7/28/2007 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
my hearburn is getting better I think, but now I've got constant indigestion and am burping a lot. Thing is it takes forever to get the burp to come up and it feels stuck and it is horrible. Once it comes up I feel relief for about 2 seconds than the feelings starts all over again till I burp and get relief. What the heck is going on??

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   Posted 10/8/2007 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the exact same symptoms, throughout the day i get bouts burping and it feels that my upper abdomen needs releif from pressure, but no releif, even after burping, it is usually worse after meals.  I have been to many doctors and also have been to the mayo clinic in arizona.  Nothing serious, no cancer,ulcers etc.  I do have some reflux, but i am wondering if it is from dyspepsia, which is what I think I have given my symptoms.  I am still researching, hopefully I will find some type of releif because this is terrible to deal with EVERY DAY for the past 2 years.  I am considering trying an antidepressant like paxil because I have read it might help with IBS, dyspepsia and some digestion issues.

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   Posted 10/15/2007 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   

I feel the exact same way l8rb8r. This pressure drives me crazy and I constantly feel like I have to burp but I can't. I'm also having heart palpitations that freak me out a bit. Sometimes I wonder if it's all in my head, and whether worrying about it just makes it worse. I hope you find some relief


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   Posted 4/20/2009 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone,

I need help >< I keep having the same problem as you. To tell you all the truth I don't know really whats going on :( I t all started randomly a year ago , ever since I havent been able to stop the feeling of having to burp and that random pain in my chest. I try and get it to stop but soemtimes i feel as if i am going to pass out o.o I dont know if worrying about it does make it worse, i sure hope not. plz help .


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   Posted 4/21/2009 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
This might seem really stupid on face value, but monitor the amount you swallow.
Chronic relfux can cause waterbrash which makes you naturally swallow saliva (and air at the same time). If you find you are salivating a lot, it means there is an underlying relfux disorder which needs to be addressed (spitting out saliva is not a good option, it is a physiological adaptation used to neutralise the acid).

Another cause is anxiety. When your nervous one swallows air. The treament here is simply relaxation techniques, slow breathing etc. But in my opinion the best treatment for anxiety is to be as occupied and socially active as possible.

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   Posted 10/19/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I had indigestion really bad for awhile to the point where my Dr. prescribed me 3 months of medicine to help regulate me. It actually worked so well that I have not had any more major relapses since then. But I used to drink coffee and tea everyday and I think the acid really impacted the sensations and caused acid buildup. If you tend to stress out this can make matters worse. If I eat really well without a lot of acidic foods (soda, coffee, tea, juice, tomato sauce, etc) I feel much better. Lately I have been drinking coffee again and am getting more and more indigestion, hiccups, and the phantom burping sensations... well, there is an eventual burp but it is very brief relief, like you mention.
Good luck feeling better!!

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   Posted 10/19/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried probiotics? They help me with gas problems.

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   Posted 8/12/2010 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had the same symptoms lately. I went to the doc at my school to see if there was anything he could do or any test he could run. He did a blood panel to check for signs of blood loss due to ulcer and looked at my blood counts to check for signs of cancer. All clean and within normal ranges. He gave me a referral to the county health clinic to see a specialist and hopefully get an endoscopy. It's horrible not having insurance with a disease like GERD!!!

Anyways, I was wondering if anyone has been able to find relief from the uncomfortable and embarassing burping sensation or if there are any answers as to what causes this specific symptom. I do notice it gets worse under stress...

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   Posted 8/12/2010 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
All the newbies -
Do you have reflux after eating or drinking everything, or can you point out certain trigger foods or drinks? Many of us can, even if we have been diagnosed with hernias. (Actually hernias mean next to nothing unless they are giant ot paraesophageal. (word to look up))

You should try keeping a food log just to check if you have specific triggers. It costs nothing and provides valuable information for your doctors. Just get a big notebook and write down the date, time of each and every thing you eat or drink, and your reactions. GI symptoms usually occur 1/2 to 2 hours after a trigger, but can possibly take up to 2 days. Spend a month or two before giving up. You may be surprised that the usual list or foods to avoid if you have GERD has little to do with your reactions.

If you do find a list of meals, you can do food challenges, trying a teaspoon or tablespoon of a single ingredient, waiting 20 minutes for a reaction then 2, and4, then 8, finally 16. If no reaction it's not a trigger.

My list was really weird: maple syrup, gelatin, pork, wine and beer, more than 1 soda, brown sugar, corn starch, most salad dressings, garlic, dried fruit, most boxed cereals .... I googled reflux and the name of the foods and came up with sulfites as the common ingredient. Other people may have MSG or just a few individual foods. Avoiding the foods stopped the refluxing, although I still had a bad stomach valve and finally ended up with surgery.

Surgery does not cure trigger foods from causing symptoms. I still get tachycardia if I eat too much of one of my trigger foods.

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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 8/12/2010 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to get that indigestion and constant burping too taking digestive enzymes helped me enourmously. Also as Joy said probiotics are helpful too.

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   Posted 8/15/2010 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I started digestive enzymes today. Symptoms were a little better. I also have probiotics I'm going to start tomorrow. I'm wondering if these new symptoms could have something to do with a new birth control prescription I started a week ago.

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   Posted 9/16/2010 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Guys, I've started having exactly these symptoms this week, after 3 years of suffering from reflux under reasonable control on nexium. Tends to be in the morning, constant burping with no relief, lots of saliva swallowing, which builds - and on some occasions this past week has actually triggered dry retching - I then feel a bit better after doing this. Anyone else retch because of this? I do have a strong gag reflex.

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   Posted 5/16/2011 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
This has just started for me the other night, the minute I eat or drink (water even) i burp, and they are quite deep like I've not burped like this before! Also was wretching, the first time it happened I did throw up slightly twice but the next few days was just burping and very uncomfortable. I tried going for a walk as well as that can usually help get out any gas, nothing. The food I have been eating is the same food i always eat. nothing different whatsoever and cannot figure out where this is after coming from. I have a pain at the top of my rib cage and feel pressure constantly. And the burps feel like indigestion as well, quite acidy, but not always, and again, no real relief on burping. So what exactly is this thing? I am seeing my doctor this week but my doctor is the type to just throw antibiotics at you and that's that, and we all know how bad antibiotics are for your system so i would really appreciate any advice you have. Also i am doing a long haul flight in a week, do you think the altitude will effect it at all?? thanks

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   Posted 5/29/2011 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same symptoms and had them for years, however this last week I got tested for H. Pylori and Candida...The H. Pylori came back positive please ask your dr. to test you for this....It can probably be one of these two.....GET THE TEST IF YOU HAVEN"t because all these symptoms everyone is describing I have them GET TESTED ppl plz. as of now I am feeling a little better but I just started..

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   Posted 6/15/2012 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I am having the same symptoms as Lauren S and I am wondering if you ever figured out what the problem was and what made it better?

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   Posted 7/4/2012 3:38 AM (GMT -6)   
hey guys, i know i get what you get mine is mild compared to you guys but mine makes me anxious, my mother in law told me to do these things and they work, first one....peel an apple, the grate it onto a plate, just like you would grate cheese, it has really good things for your tummy and grating it helps your tummy process the acids form the apple much easier and faster, i give it to my son when he is sick and it works for everything, the other thing to do and please dont get these two things mixed up, put one tea spoon of baking ''SODA'' in a glass of water and drink maybe half, dont have to much, do not ever use baking power people get them mixed up allot, use baking SODA, it works for what we have indigestion and also heart burn, even if your pregnant and get heartburn you can use baking ''SODA'' It gives basically instant relief, im only here now cause i have it now and its freakin me out, its such a nasty scary feeling, i tend to panic, take deep breaths and dont try to burp, i know it feels good for a second but it makes it worse and it keeps mixing up the acids, if you need to burp it will come up willingly, hang in there gals and guys :) xoxoxo all best. email me if you need advice :)

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   Posted 7/4/2012 6:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I have same problem as well and still do at this moment after my surgery (Nissen Fundoplication) I wake up even without touching anything and have it.

I'm going to try some things suggested on here. Been dealing with this problem for nearly year and a half.

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   Posted 8/6/2012 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Can anyone help us? :(

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   Posted 9/17/2013 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had exactly the same problem. Yes, it can be very painful. I have researched this area to try to understand what is going wrong and to find a cure. Here is what I have found out and how I cured myself.

The human digestive system contains over 400 different species of micro-organisms (bacteria). The total mass of bacteria in the human gut is over 3.5 kgs. If the digestive ecosystem becomes imbalanced things can go wrong.

Until recently, no one believed that the stomach contained any bacteria. We are only just discovering that bacteria not only exists in the stomach, but also may play an important roll in the digestive process and the problems that can occur there.

No bacteria can survive for long in stomach acid. Most replicate in the small intestine and migrate to the stomach and end up being digested along with the food. Some have evolved mechanisms and strategies for avoiding acid attack. This is either by moving toward higher pH levels or by adhering to the mucus lining.

H. pylori is one such bacteria and is now believed to play a role in stomach ulcers. However, 85% of people infected with H. pylori never experience any symptoms or complications. Again, this suggests that when the digestive ecosystem is not right, the proliferation of a certain bacteria can cause a problem.

So what is happening to cause all this constant burping and discomfort in our stomachs?

It is caused by large numbers of gas-producing bacteria proliferating in the small intestine and stomach. They could originate from an external source or further down the gut in the large intestine.

The bacterial imbalance may also be causing too much acid to be released and this is generating more gases. This excess acid destroys/inhibits other digestive enzymes and bacteria and the imbalance becomes self-sustaining.

The changes this causes to the digestive ecosystem, can lead to the proliferation of the wrong (bad) bacteria which can cause other problems. If this bad bacteria gets into the stomach lining the immune system then kicks in, like a flame thrower, resulting in inflammation, pain and disruption. Consequently, disorders such as GERD/GORD, ulcers, IBS, etc, may be the end effect of an imbalanced digestive ecosystem and not the cause.

The solution is simple. Take antacids to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach. Be aware that most ant-acids contain sodium. Taking excessive sodium for a day or two can do no harm, but prolonged consumption of excess sodium can lead to other problems, eg high blood pressure.

There are many ant-acid products on the market. I have found that Gaviscon works best at curing this problem. Gaviscon also helps protect the stomach lining and suffocates the bad bacteria that live there which may be why it works so well. Take Gaviscon after meals and not with other ant-acid products because they may interfere with it contacting the stomach lining.

Products with bicarbonate of soda can be used (e.g. ENO). But I find they are better for maintaining a healthy digestive ecosystem by preventing excess acid from corrupting the system. I mix ENO 1:1 with bicarbonate of soda and take a teaspoon of it with water or juice as a refreshing ant-acid drink most days. But make sure the bicarbonate of soda is safe for human consumption (i.e. no aluminum and not sold for cleaning use only).

I find there is usually no need to exceed the maximum dose on the directions of any of these products to fix an upset stomach and constant gassing. The best policy is to use the maximum dose to relieve the pain and discomfort and take the minimum to prevent the problem from returning.

I used to think that taking ant-acids would be bad for me because they might prevent all the proteins and nutrients from being absorbed. I now do not believe this is the case. I now believe taking an ant-acid daily can do no harm and benefits my general health.

If I take no ant-acids for a week or two, yes, the indigestion/belching returns. I do not believe there is anything is wrong with my digestive system. My stomach just produces more acid than needed, probably because I am less active now and therefore need less food.

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   Posted 1/4/2014 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried the suggestion of eating a peeled and minced apple and then drank a glass of water mixed with 1 tsp baking soda and it helped more than anything else I've tried. Thanks for the tip! It can be such a painful feeling I'm relieved to find something that helps some! I also intend to try the digestive enzymes and already take vsl#3 probiotic. I have ulcerative colitis and gluten intolerance so I appreciate the suggestions on some relief for the pain. I would encourage anyone to try drinking the water with baking soda - it tastes gross but helped (and enabled me to burp!)

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   Posted 11/4/2014 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I felt like I burped constantly for 4 years. I tried a low carb high fat diet to no avail. I tried cutting out dairy but this was not the answer. It was great to see I was not the only one. I do not know anyone else with this problem. I recently came across the fodmap diet. It is worth looking into. Check it on google. There are a few versions. It has made a huge difference to me. I have only used it for 2 weeks. Wow it is a relief to actually stop burping. It feels so restful. It feels like a miracle! Drinking water also gives me some relief.

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   Posted 11/4/2014 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Halls
I had the exact same problem. The burps are like in slow motion. Sometimes they actually feel like they could cut off my air supply because they are so slow coming up. I found out I had delayed gastric emptying also know as gastropareis. Some of the symptoms of delayed gastric emptying are excessive belching, GERD, abdominal distention, bloating. In worse cases you can have vomiting and dehydration.
Delayed gastric emptying is where food is staying in the stomach too long. The stomach is no longer breaking down food quickly enough and it causes food & acid to come back up in the esophagus. Many things can cause delayed gastric emptying including... e.i. side effect of medication, virus, surgery, etc...
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