Burping/Barium Swallow

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dmarie725
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   Posted 12/13/2013 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
ok...i know i've posted similar to this before and i'm sorry for being repetitive. just trying to understand what my future barium swallow will show and if it will be helpful in possibly determining my recent belching problem. already had a normal endoscopy and ultrasound.

3 months ago started belching like crazy. no feelings of acid or reflux or heartburn, seem to just be belching air. now i've noticed it's definitely worse when i eat or drink ANYTHING. i feel as though i can't even take a sip of drink without having to belch(even water) and same with eating... and this is completely abnormal for me.

my doctor is saying "functional dyspepsia" but just ordered a barium swallow with small bowel follow through. will this test help show anything? i know i'm not having any regurgitation of food or anything major like that but it seems something HAS to be going on or not functioning correctly! it's driving me crazy not having an answer.

my main question is....has anybody seen or experienced this type of belching issue before? what was it? and...will this barium swallow test be beneficial in possibly finding a cause? also, is the radiation minimal?

please help!

Post Edited (dmarie725) : 12/13/2013 9:08:14 AM (GMT-7)


stkitt
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   Posted 12/13/2013 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
A barium swallow is a radiographic (X-ray) examination of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, specifically the pharynx (back of mouth and throat) and the esophagus (a hollow tube of muscle extending from below the tongue to the stomach). The pharynx and esophagus are made visible on X-ray film by a liquid suspension called barium sulfate (barium).
 
Barium is an X-ray absorber and appears white on X-ray film. When swallowed, a barium drink coats the inside walls of the pharynx and esophagus so that the swallowing motion, inside wall lining, and size and shape of these organs is visible on X-ray. This process shows differences that might not be seen on standard X-rays. Barium is used only for diagnostic studies of the GI tract.

The use of barium with X-rays contributes to the visibility of various characteristics of the pharynx and esophagus.

A barium swallow may be performed to diagnose structural or functional abnormalities of the pharynx and esophagus. These abnormalities may include, but are not limited to:

A barium swallow may be performed to diagnose structural or functional abnormalities of the pharynx and esophagus. These abnormalities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Cancers of the head, neck, pharynx, and esophagus

  • Tumors

  • Hiatal hernia. Upward movement of the stomach, either into or alongside the esophagus

  • Structural problems. Such as diverticula, strictures, or polyps (growths)

  • Esophageal varices (enlarged veins)

  • Muscle disorders (pharyngeal or esophageal). Such as dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) or spasms (pharyngeal or esophageal)

  • Achalasia. A condition in which the lower esophageal sphincter muscle doesn't relax and allow food to pass into the stomach

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers

This is FYI and talking with your Dr.  is recommended to find out the whys and wherefores of the physician's reasoning. 

Good Luck,

Kitt    

 


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dmarie725
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   Posted 12/13/2013 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your reply. What are your thoughts on the belching issue I described in my original post?

stkitt
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   Posted 12/14/2013 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Bloating, burping and passing gas are natural and are usually caused by swallowed air or the breakdown of food through digestion. You may experience gas and gas pains only occasionally or repeatedly in a single day. When gas and gas pains interfere with your daily activities, it may be an indication of something serious.
 
When is your Barium Study scheduled for ?  Belching or burping is your body's way of expelling excess air from your stomach. You may swallow excess air if you eat or drink too fast, talk while you eat, chew gum or suck on hard candies, drink carbonated beverages, or drink through a straw.
 
I think you will find some answers when you have your Xray.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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dmarie725
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   Posted 12/14/2013 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have any gas other than the belching. I didn't belch for 31 years and then it suddenly appeared one day. I know that I didn't wake up one day and suddenly start swallowing air or doing anything differently...so I don't know what to think. It's so strange. I hope the barium swallow (Tuesday) will give me an answer because all my endoscopy told me is that everything was normal. Is it possible to have a reflux issue and burp/reflux just air and no food or acid? Every bite of food or sip
Of liquid makes me belch...something seems off??
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