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Date Joined May 2013
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   Posted 5/8/2013 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
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?

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Date Joined May 2013
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   Posted 5/8/2013 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow sounds like you are in the same boat as me. Except my problem is getting food stuck somewhere in the esophagus. I have GERD and was put on nexium, but I can't even get it to go down, it feels like it gets stuck and then I drink lots of water to try to get it to go down, and then belch, and then I feel the darn pill come back up and it feels like it gets lodged in my sinuses and I gag on it for hours. I have got to find out why my food is getting stuck though. So far all other test have come back normal, except the lady that did the modified barium swallow test today did say that she did see the barium pudding and barium cracker get hung up in the upper esophagus just below the UES. So there may be a problem there. But I had a regular liquid barium done about a month ago when all this first started and that one did not show any abnormality, but it was done with liquid not food and it is food that is giving me trouble. I hope I don't have that awful disease that they call something like achalasia?! I have been having chest pains too, like maybe the esophagus is contracting or something, and I think that is one of the symptoms of achalasia.

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   Posted 5/8/2013 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to Healing Well.

What you are doing is swallowing air. We GERDies tend to swallow more to keep things down and therefore swallow more air.

Take care,
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