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Please help! Belching!

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  • Posted By: Philioness
  • September 12, 2007
  • 03:50 PM

Hi! I'm 21 years old and a bodybuilder. I've been eating 5-6 meals a day with beef and wholewheat bread every meal. I've been having belching, air after eating and occasionally. My endoscopy tests is normal. The problem got worst when I had very fatty food on one sunday. I also realized that one should not mix starch with proteins. I want to know what causes that belching. I belch even after I have PPI. My belching does not trouble me but the air comes out. I find it's abnormal. Could I have indigestion or something? please help. I had a heartburn once. I also think I salivate a lot.

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  • Excessive belching: Belching (eructation) results from swallowed air or from gas generated by carbonated beverages. Aerophagia occurs normally in small amounts during eating and drinking, but some people unconsciously swallow air repeatedly while eating or smoking and at other times, especially when anxious. Excessive salivation increases aerophagia and may be associated with various GI disorders (gastroesophageal reflux disease), ill-fitting dentures, certain drugs, gum chewing, or nausea of any cause. Hope this helps.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 13, 2007
    • 09:06 AM
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  • Thank you, for your reply. I have noticed one thing that I belch when I eat carbohydrate (high fibre, starch). I do salivate since a very long time specially when I'm reading something. GERD's symptoms include regurgitation and heartburn, but I don't regurgitate when I bend for lifting heavy weights etc which is most common in people suffering GERD. Besides when I don't swallow the saliva, when I'm watching movies, I don't belch. Is it because I'm hypochondriac? I must admit I'm very hypochodriac. However, my symptoms were very bad last two weeks ago. Heartburn and acid reflux. supposing I have GERD as u say. Do you think it will affect my bodybuilding and regular life? I'm very worried because I have very high ambitions. Thanks again for the reply.
    Philioness 4 Replies
    • September 13, 2007
    • 02:29 PM
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  • You put a lot of pressure on the abdomen when you lift. Maybe this caused a hiatal hernia with GERD. Do you hold your breath when you lift? The ABCs of borborygmi Stomach noises actually have an official — and some say funny-sounding — name: borborygmi (pronounced BOR-boh-RIG-mee). And although these noises may appear to come from the stomach, they're actually generated by the intestines, which undulate in a wave-like motion called peristalsis. This moving of food particles, acid and gas from one end of the intestines to the other produces a sometimes-discernible sound often likened to a gentle grumble. "Different things cause it to speed up or slow down," says Lim. "A lot of it is air and gas produced by carbonation or bacteria. It's normal functioning." Doctors like to know that the GI tract is actually making noises, especially those bass-like rumblings. "You want to be sure that you can hear bowel sounds because that means everything's working," says Dr. David Robbins, an advanced fellow in endoscopic ultrasound at the Medical University of South Carolina. Contrary to popular belief, however, hunger alone doesn't necessarily trigger the stomach to move faster or be more raucous. "It doesn't make sense because it's when you eat that it's most active," he says. Rather than being brought on by the actual need to eat, the gut may grow restless and active at the sight or thought of food. Experts describe this chain reaction as positively Pavlovian. "Your appetite is controlled by your appetite center in the brain's hypothalamus," says Robbins. "You think about eating that cheeseburger and it stimulates acid secretion in the bowels." That very act then encourages the GI tract to move more, hence the noises. Good old indigestion or something worse? If you're nowhere near famished and the din is accompanied by some discomfort, you may have eaten something that doesn't agree with you. Dairy products are common culprits, especially if you're lactose-intolerant and are having trouble digesting what you ate. Or, you may have had too much of a good time; carbonated beverages such as beer and soda can cause diarrhea and loud stomach noises. "It could be something as benign as too much partying or ice cream," says Lim. In essence, peristalsis happens all the time -- but it's louder during certain periods, such as when we're digesting something or if we have indigestion and food isn't settling well with us, causing gas and other symptoms. Experts weigh other accompanying symptoms to better assess what's causing your belly to bellow. They want to know if the sounds are different from the run-of-the-mill cacophony you usually hear. If it's a high-pitched, melodic drone, similar to the sound of someone letting air out of a balloon slowly through a tiny hole, and you're also saddled with dull pain in the abdominal area and have a distended belly, you may have a stricture that's getting in the way of the gut's natural movements. You may have a partial bowel obstruction in which your GI tract continues to contract but matter passing through has to go through a smaller opening since the tube is blocked. A too-quiet belly is far more frightening, however. "The absence of bowel movements can speak to a serious problem, especially if there's pain in the abdomen," Lim says. You may have appendicitis, for example, or a gallstone in the bile duct that's causing inflammation and irritating the small intestines. If you're concerned that your gut is making a strange racket and don't feel well, check in with your doctor. While it's likely to be nothing, it's best to leave the diagnosis to the experts who can translate your digestive tract’s foreign language with an interpreter's ease. Hope this helps.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 14, 2007
    • 10:48 AM
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  • I don't know how to thank you for listening to my problems, but THANK YOU VERY MUCH.Yes, sometimes when lifting heavy I do hold my breath. I have had endoscopy test and doctor said NO HIATAL HERNIA in endoscopy. I feel a kind of uncomfortable in my throat when i don't belch, I also feel very very mild burn for a very very short time say about 2 seconds and it disappears. I feel good when I belch air and occasionally I regurgitate, not acid but something like saliva, because my diet is strictly non acid producing. I eat carbs separately, no spice, and proteins later. so kind of tasteless diet. I want to stay away from any kind of condition or disease. I think what I have is GERD, would it get serious if I control it with good eating habits and not depend on Prton Pump Inhibitors, cos they block acid which needs to digest protein. I don't have problems now with my current diet, just i swallow saliva and belch air and occasional mild short burning. what could be this? Thanks AGAIN.
    Philioness 4 Replies
    • September 14, 2007
    • 02:56 PM
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  • Sorry guys, I copied that whole thing on borborygmi on the wrong person's posting.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 15, 2007
    • 09:19 AM
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  • HI. I still dont's feel good. I still belch a lot especially after eating and in one -2 hours after eating. I eat every 2 hours. I have mild burning sensation in the strenum. I belch most of the time air and rarely stomach acid. I belch even more if I have wholewheat loaf without anything. Proteins don't cause that much trouble. Also there's little cough that builds up behindmy throat. PLEASE HELP, what could it be? Threeweeks passed since these symptoms
    Philioness 4 Replies
    • September 17, 2007
    • 03:22 PM
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