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Burping, Lump in throat, Chest congestion, etc -- help!!

Posted By Ari on March 11, 1999 at 12:38:12:

Hey all. I've been searching the archives here, and came across
a few posts that have something to do with the symptoms I have.
Maybe you can help.
I am a 23-yr old male in perfect health. I drink occasionally,
and while I was never a big smoker, I must admit I did
occasionally smoke a cigarette; I stopped smoking when this all
It all started about 3 weeks ago when I couldn't stop burping;
mostly involuntaty burps, and of those that were "forced burps,"
they occured due to some stimulus. So, I went to the ER, the
doc was under the impression it was stomach-related,
and he took 2 x-rays of the abdomen (flat and erect), and they
came back fine. But he gave me a prescription for 6 pills of
thorazine since he figured that hiccups and burps had a similar cause.
I took thorazine at night for the next few days; seemed to help
but the burps were then sporadic. Which told me that the thorazine
was preventing but not stopping the burps. Besides, thorazine
is a major sedative and really knocks me out.
I then saw my family physician. Naturally, he never heard of
my condition, but gave me a larger dosage of thorazine
(these are 10mg tablets). I take them as needed. I also take
GasX when burping/bloated.
For the past week, I've had a sensation of a lump in my throat.
At those times, I take Pepcid AC...and the lump soon disappears.
I have noticed that the burps increase when I am stressed,
so there is some pshchological/neurological link. Also, when
I drink herbal tea, I tend to get lumpy. But not when I drink
hot chocolate. I've been keeping a log of what I've been
eating and drinking. I've eliminated caffeine and alcohol from
my diet for the past week. I've stayed away from sodas, and
vegetables that promote burping. But the burping is still there.
I don't know if related, but for the past week, when the burping
started to decrease, I started getting chest congestion and
coughing up clear phlegm. I've been taking expectorants as needed
for this.
Also, it's important to note for the past week, I've been taking
daily doses of Spirulina. Seems to help, but that's probably
in my head.
Anyone have any help?? I've made an appointment to see
a gastroenterologist next week, and from what I've been reading
here, burping is caused primarily by swallowed air and so
GI Tests, etc, would not show anything malignant. But would
swallowed air cause burping over 3 weeks???
Thanks alot.

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