Starting in early March, I suddenly developed chronic nausea and constant belching. Prior to this, I virtually had never belched before. I saw a doctor and he thought it was due to GERD and put me on Prilosec, which had no effect on it. Then I was referred to a gastroenterologist and tried Aciphex, also no effect. Then I got put on Reglan which helped a small amount with the belching but far from stopping it. Then after 2 weeks of just Reglan, the belches started to burn so I went back on PPIs, and I'm currently taking Protonix.
I've had a barium swallow which showed moderate reflux, an endoscopy which showed mild inflammation in the lower esophagus and stomach, a gastric emptying scan which was normal, a chest x-ray and CT scan which was normal, and a esophageal manometry test which said that I have weak contractions in the lower esophagus and weak sphincters, as well as some esophageal spasms. Since I have no heartburn when on PPIs the gastroenterologist thought a 24 ph study wasn't necessary.
Another gastroenterologist listened to me breathe in and out and he said that a lot of air is traveling through my esophagus which explains the constant belching and nausea, but it's just happening when I breathe in and out, even when I'm just breathing through my nose (I'm not doing any swallowing but somehow the air is still getting through). He said this was extremely rare to see. I was in school but now I'm home for the summer, thinking reducing stress might help the problem, but it hasn't gotten any better over the past 2 1/2 months.
The doctors I've seen say that surgery to treat GERD is a bad idea since I'm "inhaling" so much air into my stomach and they're stumped about what to do other than to continue the Protonix/Reglan. I'm sick of belching 1000+ times a day and feeling really bloated.
Do you have any idea how or why it's possible to be "inhaling" air into my esophagus/stomach, and do you know of any way to treat this?