I have been reading your post from 2010 and pray that you have been cured by now. If so what was the cure. Everything you have described my father has been going through now for 4 years. It hurts me so to see him like this. please contact me asap.
Ear, nose and throat doc thinks tonsil and soft pallet removal will hep with Gerd...anyone had success with this?
Hi im 25 years of age and for 4 days now ive had constant belching which is making me feel sick with it,ive tryed few tablets from chemist not really helped at all,its not like normal burpinf more like trapped air and i could be burping constantly for like 30 seconds a t atime its beggining to really get me down and upset and hurting my stomach and chest at times. Ive never had this before and its even putting me off my food, any suggestions?
DRINKING HOT WATER SURELY GIVES ALOT OF RELIEF...
i have the same problem non stop bleching or burping i must say..
I developed really bad heartburn and indigestion while pregnant and was relieved when I had my daughter as I presumed I wouldn't suffer anymore. Well anyway, I did stop having the heartburn but the symptoms of indigestion got worse! I had to go to Primary care the one night because my chest and breast cage became so tight I was gasping for breath. The doc said it was acid reflux and now I get it up2 3 times a week. It makes me so miserble and weary about eating. Just read chocolate can trigger... wish I'd read that before eating that ice cream earlier (on;y thing I'd eaten all day, just wanted to soothe burning throat). I can't imagine there is a cure... I've tried so many different meds, gaviscon flares it even more I'm sure. Glad I'm not the only one in this boat though.
I've had bad stomach problems for over 15 years. I remember when I was a backpacker in London going to the ER as I thought I was having a heart attack. My heart was loud and skipping beats. Only much later down the track a good doctor telling me it was all related to my stomach.
My latest incident was when I was doing my weights and I drank a protein shake. I felt what can be described as my muscles behind my chest being ripped apart. Nothing helped, water, gaviscon, eno, you name it. Had to go to ER who were as puzzled as I was.
It calmed down slightly and several weeks later I have had an Ultra Sound and blood tests which are all normal. I am taking Pariet which seems to help but the oesophageal burping is still there and pain in the sternum still there. The pain is unique, like being punched in the stomach. A bruised feeling. Never burning like I am used to.
My dad had had issues all his life and doctors just don't know what to do.
With Xmas here, I'm afraid of what I can eat. But what I know does help is a Scotch and dry ginger mix. I am not sure why. Makes me think its muscle related.
Furthermore, has anyone found that drinking a heap of water helps? Do you feel better after eating? I do.
If unsure, try drinking about 1 litre of water over 15 minutes. Yes it has to be a lot! I find it helps. I gather that there is little room left for the gas to hide.
Going to the toilet frequently is a pain though :/
where is the pain located, is it to the right under the ribs, radiating towards the back, if so maybe gall bladder problems ...low fat diet and dont eat late.
I'm having similar problems, perhaps not quite as serious. Just started being a real problem a few months ago. Just started re-reading a book called the Acid-Alkaline Balance Diet, by Felicia Drury Kliment. It's a fantastic book! She explains how undigested food creates acidic waste that causes most degenerative diseases, as well as acid reflux. For acid reflux, she suggests eating potatoes at every meal, beginning with them being well cooked, and gradually cooking them less and less. The mucilage in potatoes is needed in the stomach to fully digest food and help to heal the damage done by the acid in the esophagas. I haven't finished re-reading the book, but I highly recommend it.
Hi Siobhan. I know exactly how you feel: miserable. I used to suffer from the same thing but am now acid reflux free. It took a lot of time and I had to make some major lifestyle changes. Finally, I can say that today I feel so much better. I now write for a website, http://www.refluxdisease.org as I try to help others suffering from acid reflux disease. I really feel for you and hope you can find some ideas or solutions that work for you.
From a 55 year old who comes from a long line of reflux sufferers: always keep celery in your fridge - in my experience a stick of it is far more effective than indigestion tablets and doesn't destroy your brain cells! Also lemonade sometimes helps settle things like a sink plunger in your stomach. For a long time fish and chips were my solution, but I now realise it was the vinegar that did the trick. But the celery is the most helpful thing and you can usually get hold of it on holiday : )
I started burping with each breath a few years ago. It went on for 2 weeks nonstop. I was in tears. My mouth was full of saliva and with each swallow I would burp. Sometimes the burps would get stuck before they came all the way up. I've never fully recovered. I still have periods of burping that are just absolutely ridiculous. When it gets severe, I can concentrate on taking slow deep breaths and it will sometimes stop it. I think this constant burping interferes with oxygen levels or I have poor oxygen levels that cause it to start with. It's almost like I'm swallowing air with each breath but I can't stop it. Now I have a lump in my throat. After reading all this, I'm not worried about it. My GP told me to go from one prilosec a day to two a day. It's good to know I'm not the only person in the world who burps nonstop. lol
Glad to hear u are feeling better, I also suffer with pain just under my rib cage and a traped wind feeling and just lately I have been experiencing this lump in the troat feeling too but I am under a lot of stress lately I find the more stressed I get the worse it gets so I have been ignoring it now and it seems to be getting better. Hope u can ignore it too and u are all better in no time.
I get the same thing your getting. Constant burping and stomach sounding like a water wave. Nothing is wrong with you. I've had this since high school. I don't know what it's called in English but in Chinese it's called "Jong Fom" and we Chinese ppl use Kwan Loong Oil which is a super Vicks Vapour Rub a menthol oil. You put a few drops and Indian burn (rubbing) the oil on your tummy. The strong menthol will release the trapped air from you belly and the burping should stop. Let me warn you the menthol does stink. It can take up to 3 days of rubbing the oil. Better to rub the oil at night cuz it does smell. The oil is great for fevers, hot and cold chills, headaches and muscle pain too. For better results I like to wrap myself up in a warm blanket so I can sweat out all the bad going on in my body.
Hi Siobhan, I'm a 50 year old male who's have been suffering digestive problems pretty much all of my life, but which worsened 19 years ago following a bout of 'gastroenteritis'. I have been attending doctors constantly since then, and have been finally diagnosed with coeliac disease plus IBS caused by infection. I possibly always was coeliac, but contracted the IBS following the 'gastroenteritis', which may have been caused by over prescription of anti-inflammatory painkillers (NSAIDS) to treat pain due to injuries sustained when hit by a car 18 months previously. In your profile you have mentioned infertility problems, which tends to make me think that there may be a link to the consumption of gluten, one of the required triggers for coeliac disease but which also has links to polycystic ovaries plus numerous other auto-immunes (see this link to just one of many sites www.natural-hormone-health.com/gluten-intolerance.html). I suggest you have a simple blood test done for coeliac disease/gluten intolerance but also breath gas tests for small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) which Dr Mark Pimental states is a major cause of IBS in his book 'A New IBS Solution', and which he claims to have a 90% cure rate using the 'Cedar-Sinai Protocal'. Note; Do not begin a gluten-free diet until after your test for CD. I have recently found some relief from my symptoms by using Resolor, for gut motility, though not back to normality by any means. I hope I have been of help.
I had so much trouble with acid reflux, GERD, and heartburn that I had a fundoplication. The top of my stomach was stapled to the bottom of my esophagus. I was okay for only a few months - then the problem came back with a vengeance! (Don't have the surgery!) I am in pain every night - my stomach is on fire and if I bend over, I "upchuck". I try to "burp it out". - I've taken anise, licorice, aloe vera, and many other remedies. I don't want to take Prilosec anymore as taking it for a long period of time it causes brittle bones or osteoporosis. So I keep looking for natural remedies. Of all the prescriptions the doctor has given me, I appreciate Dicyclomine. It works almost immediately to relieve this pain. But, again, I don't want to be dependent on it. - I will look up the site: refluxdisease.org to see if it can help me too.
hi all, I suffer with the exact same thing im 21years old and only started with the trapped wind in the back of my throat for about a month it is more than likely led to acid reflux as I got told I had it a few years ago I have a lot of trouble sleeping (which isn't good as I have a young son who I have to be up early with) but when I went to my GP he just said it was due to my anxiety and it was all in my head (could be but I really don't think it is) I also get really bad pains in my stomach which feels like im bloated all the time so went to the pharmacist as I couldn't get a doctors appointment and I asked her what was the best thing for acid reflux and she gave me zantec what does work (only took one) but due to my anxiety im very weary and on edge about taking medication it gets me down to and makes me cry cos its very irritating and sometimes my throat burns because of it and I feel sick as well all the time and having acid reflux as well as anxiety and panic attacks isn't a very nice combination im just wondering if theres anything out there whats any better than zantec and keeps it away full time because at this moment in time im willing to take any medication PLEASE HELP!
Ive had reflux for 30 years. Have you tried reflux medications ? Antiacid ? I may be asking silly questions but you dont post any actions you've found to be failing you.
No word from you since Jun 27, 2010. How are you ?
I feel I am not alone after reading your problems. The pain and not being able to get rid of the excrutiating wind bubbles that feel like bricks coming up into your windpipe and throat has the most debilitating affect. I am up in the middle of the night excercising and trying to mobilise the area under my rib cage where the hardest lump of wind gets trapped. If it hits me when I'm driving I have to stop and I can't do anything other than try to get that wind up, sometimes taking hours for it to subside. I suddenly belch like some wild animal but at least some relief comes from that. I started having stomach problems after getting food poisoning from Mussels )don't ever eat them!) when I was 21 (a young 72 now-at least when I'm not attacked by the trapped wind Demon) When I was fourty I started feeling as if I had constant food poisoning and this went on for years until I asked the gastrologist I was under if I could be tested for H Pylori. (bright spark this man as he never thought of it!!) The test was positive so I then went on for four years having 5 eradication treatments with high potency penicilins. God only knows what that all has done to my body. I recently stopped the lamaprazole Zantac as they were doing nothing as I got worse and worse. The nausea is horrible and the lumps of mucous that suddenly come up and the pain makes me feel like my body is slowly dying and one day I am just going to stop breathing when a severe attack of trapped wind occurs. Yes that's how distressing these symptoms are and it makes it worse because nobody seems to know how to stop the trapped wind, pain and roaring waves in the stomach and chest. I can't believe that men can go to the moon and yet the medical profession has absolutely nothing to stop belching and trapped wind which affects our lives so badly. I must burp a thousand times a day and night. I cant eat or drink as it stops in my ribs like a parcel wrapped in barbed wire. HELP..I WANT TO EAT AND DRINK WATER AGAIN!!! Remember..get tested for H Pylori as I was told told by a tropical disease doctor that 70% of the worlds population have it. Its mostly carried by water and if you get food poisoning often the bacteria is not totally eradicated and it stays in your body waiting to cause problems later on. Ive tried everything and just don't know what else to do. Healing to everybody who suffers.
Go to www.wayup.com Look up L-Glutamine, L- Glycine and Magnesium.
It may help. Vern
I have suffered with the occasional abdominal pain maybe about 4 or 5 times a year for about 20 years.first time I had it thought I was having a heart attack, all the doctor did was put it down to scar tissue tearing from an injury!!!! After going to doctors a couple of times gave up and just learned to live with these occasional bouts of doubled up in agony pain, no relief however you tried to position youself, sometimes only lasting an hour or so somtimes a few days. This year it has been getting worse a weekly sometimes daily occurence. This last one lasted a whole 9 days, it felt like my ribs were being crushed, and my back pain was unbearable and the belching and wind and stomach gurgling and grumbling, like others have said even just drinking water causes pain. I finally had enough and started looking around for something to give me relief after having lived on runny porridge and soup for a week, couldn't even have that the first few days. I stumbled upon charcoal tablets and after having taken them after every meal for 2 days I am feeling so much better. sleeping upright also seems to have been beneficial. I sympathize with all fellow suffers the pain is unbearable and till you have had it its difficult to imagine.
I have been having similar problems. I am 27 and about 2 years ago, I began suffering with acid re-flux. In the beginning it would primarily hit after a large meal particularly when mixed with alcohol or soda. To combat this I would take a Gaviscon or Quikeze or other over the counter antacid. Gradually it got worse and began to occur when I burped, particularly if I was drinking beer or soda. I went to the Dr and was told that reducing meal sizes and some weight loss may reduce the pressure build up and solve the problem. After reducing meal sizes and losing 3 or 4 kgs I didn't notice any significant change although I must admit I would have been about 20kg over weight with my normal weight being 100kg at 6ft2. I thought maybe I was eating the wrong things so returned to the Dr. The Dr asked additional questions this time, tested for h.pylori - result negative, finally was I stressed? The answer being yes, my new job being demanding, he put it down to stress. Suggesting I needed to take Omeprazole (proton pump inhibitor) to reduce the amount of acid I was producing and allow my throat to heal. I was to take 40mg initially and then reduce after 2-4 months to 20mg. The omeprazole worked very effectively to stunt acid production and I thought I would be okay with additional weight loss and diet change. This however was not the case, after two months of taking Omeprazole I reduced the amount I was taking to 20mg and would occassionally skip a day having forgotten. Around this time I began noticing pain around my heart, that would radiate up into my jaw, I went back to the Dr and he said it was likely due to my acid reflux causing my esophageal valve to spasm and that I would need to increase my omeprazole back to 40mg. After doing this I noticed some improvement in the pain around my heart and I had several months where I was ok. However after some time I began to notice a sensation of trapped air that again caused pain that radiated up into my jaw. At night I would have to sit up and rock back and forward to get it to release. This continued on and off depending on what I ate although I struggled to put my finger on exactly what I ate that was causing the problem as it seemed to change,.
After reading numerous internet forums, md journal and natural therapy sites I have come to the assumed conclusion, that it is a combination of many factors that are causing these problems.
I have not completely tested my theories yet but will be, over coming months. I will now go through what I believe were the causes behind symptoms as I progressed from beginning to now.
Theory 1: I was eating poorly, highly acidifying diet according to natural therapies suggests you end up with acid stored in fat that your body can't purge without healthy foods like greens, therefore you produce lots of acid. Alternatively may have also has minor small intestinal bacterial problems due to poor health/antibiotics/stomach bug.
Symptom: Initial acid re-flux.
Theory 2: Was taking antacids after large meals causing improper digestion due to dilution of digestive acid - resulting in gas from fermentation of food in stomach and lower intestine plus chemical reaction of antacid mixed with acid.
Symptom: Increased burping
Theory 3: This is a critical theory which I didn't find till much later. Omeprazole blocks acid production, but your body needs it to digest, consequently your body produces polyps in your stomach to increase perietal cell (acid producer) surface area these polyps can become more easily inflamed and cause a rebound effect when proton pump inhibitors are ceased (have read this in a md journal). Result inflammation around esophageal valve.
Symptom: Sensation of heart pain.
Theory 4: Increased and prolonged use of omeprazole, allows bad bacteria to infiltrate small intestine after surviving minimal protective acid. Result Irritable Bowel Syndrome, bad bacteria cause dramatically increased production of gas due to fermentation of undigested food coming from stomach, also potentially cause Ileocecal valve at junction of small and large intestines to tighten up and stop passing waste as well as colitis (colon inflammation). In combination with polyp ridden, inflamed and misshapen stomach (gastritis) air gets trapped and potentially also causes hiatal hernia, subsequently air gets trapped easier and easier.
Symptom: Severe pain and sensation of air trapped in throat (no doubt due to trapped air stretching inflamed mucosa/stomach lining above level of esophageal valve)
Conclusion: Acidifying foods are bad if not balanced by good foods and exercise and cause acid re-flux. Antacids and Omeprazole should only be a temporary solution due to risk of small intestine bacterial overgrowth and polyps, get your diet quickly and thoroughly under control, (this may include complete halt of all sugars, coffee, chocolate, dairy, wheats (act like sugar), you may experience pain when eating FODMAPS (whole grains, fruits and other such insoluble fibres) these things while ultimately healthy can aggravate your gastritis and colitis instead eat your sweat potato, pumpkin and other soluble fibres or juice veges. Avoid antibiotics which also cause small intestive bactierial overgrowth (SIBO), stomach bugs no doubt can also result in the same problem. Wean off omeprazole to avoid rebound and throat damage. I have just done this it took months dropping 5 mg at a time.
I am now back onto antacids and have noticed much reduced trapped air problem although burping is still ever present. Struggling some days taking 10 antacids or more some days taking only 2 or 3 and am concerned that I could cause damage with each burp of acid. Dr is frustrating, ignores systems caused by omprazole and won't consider anything other than stress induced excess acid production and consequential gastritis but I know the acid isn't causing the gastritis since weaning off omeprazole it has gone, only re-flux has returned.
Over coming months I will be trying to lose all my excess weight and trying natural therapies such as oregano oil capsules, peppermint oil capsules and other such SIBO killing herbs. If this takes care of the IBS and burping I'll know I solved the problem. Other more serious causes could be the problem i.e. hypothyroidism but I'll try those if aforementioned fails.
Watch this space will post here as it is the only place I have found pertaining to acid reflux burping.
Hi any updates with your plan? Sounds very much like what I'm going through, except I also get heart palpitations with a bloated belly after eating too much sugar/wheat.
Hi are you ok? No updates since your last endoscopy?
Ranitidine sandoz 300mg take one a day.
Apo metoclopramide hcl 10 mg take one tablet three times a day when required.fixed me in two weeks.
I had the same symptoms for many years, pain, discomfort and embarrassment. Diagnosed with reflux, IBS, Gerd, constipation. Nothing worked, no medicine worked, no antacids, no fiber product such as miralax or Metamucil.
Belching/pain finally ended using 1) 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar in water and 2) following a high protein, very low carb (strictly low starch vegetables), no sugar, no dairy (no Fodmaps diet) basically a combination of Paleo/Atkins. It amazed me how quickly all the symptoms went away.
hi I'm new here , i have been facing this problem since 4 weeks now and it doesn't get any better , whenever i eat or drink some thing it just feels like every thing is stuck in my stomach and its such an annoying feeling as it just seems like some air trapped inside and the worst part is i want to burp but i can't , then later i burp in instalments. I have been taking pantoprazole but seems like it isn't helping much, please can any any one suggest some thing this is destroying my lifestyle and is extremely discomforting
From my experience, you have acid reflux and that is why you burp all the time and feel as if food gets stuck in your chest.
Have you had an Endoscopy before? any Doctor told you that you have acid reflux?
Hi there. thanks for the reply smiley. , may be i guess so but I'm not quite sure about it as the food or any liquid i have gets stuck in my upper stomach and then i have to swirl around to burp it out , and the painful part is that i want to burp but they do not come immediately and when they do they come in really small amounts. I was facing the similar problem few months back but it wore off within two weeks , but this time it just feels like its never gonna go.
No i never had an Endoscopy before , i went to the doctor and he said it might be dyspepsia but he wasn't quite sure himself , he prescribed me pantoprazole and gaviscon other than that i am also having garlic with boiling water , i don't know what to do i just keep thinking of it and it keeps on making me depress , its been 4 weeks now and every thing i tried seems to ineffective. please i need help this is the worst kind of illness i have ever witnessed .
Do you want to try a few natural things and see if it works: swap your normal coffee with decaffeinated. If you have a lazy or hypotensive LES then this would definitely help. And no chocolates! You'll feel the difference in about a week's time.
You can opt to see a Dietitian or ask for a referral to see a Gastro Ent and get some tests done.
Please let me know how you are going.
Hi, had all the problems with trapped gas and belching. Try a good quality digestive enzymes with betaine hcl. Works like magic. Problem is caused by low stomach acid. You can test yourself using the bicarbonate of soda test. Google it. Low stomach acid causes poor digestion. You need stomach acid to trigger the release of digestive enzymes and correct function of stomach valves. Undigested food gasses off in small bowel causing bloating. This gas and bile mix is forced back into the stomach where the presence of some acid reacts to form even more volatile gas hence violent belching. Remedy. Take digestive enzymes that have betaine hcl with each meal. Eat more protein and less carbs.
Hi , i have totally altered my diet , but there is no relief what so ever. I went to see another doctor he said its because of stress probably , but seriously its been 2 months now and its not getting any better , i have been using Lansoprazolo for the past month now , but now sign of relief at all. I feel so horrible , i can't even explain , this is the worst thing that probably happened to me, i seriously don't know what to do !
HI , i wanted to ask will this help in my situation ? I'm running out of options don't know what to do any more!
HI , i wanted to ask will this help in my situation ? I'm running out of options don't know what to do any more!
Hi and welcome to the GERD forum.
Stress can be a big contributor to reflux....so you will need to try and relax and it can take time b4 you begin to see the benefits of the meds and altered diet....you should also modify your lifestyle as well.
The med you are on is a proton pump inhibitor....if in another 30 days you still feel this way, talk to your Dr about trying a H2b which is a histamine blocker....it seems many of us with LPR or silent reflux also have post nasal drip....and an over production of histamines....so it may be beneficial to block those instead of the acids in your stomach...
All you can do is try different things....keep a journal to find your food triggers...and keep track of your moods as well...
Keep us posted on your progress.
I'm pretty sure it's something to do with your balance of neurotransmitters and this can create an imbalance of gut flora. try taking probiotics. there are lots on the market. make sure you get a reputable brand. many yoghurts have Lactobacillus acidophilus but i'd go the capsules. more concentrated.
I've found a number of antidepressants can cause burping because they change your neurotransmitters.
It drives you nuts and doctors don't seem to know about it. I worked this out myself.
it's also natural!
diet may then make more of a difference
also try exercising to increase your dopamine
I'd love to hear if this has any effect for you
I am also facing this problem since 5 weeks. went to gastro dr and he prescribed one tablet for acid reflex and told me that the tablet will reduce the acid production. From the next day I started to belch. btw I took tests like abdominal scan, liver function test and CBC. now dr asked me to go for a endoscopy. I belch averagely 5 to 6 times / hour. while I am on bed its not belching but once got up it starts.
Anyone help me out here?
I came across your post and wanted to see how you were doing. I found many things you wrote and responded to very interesting. I have an issue that is so messed up, I don't know what to do. I think it is similar to some of the symptoms written about. Since the end of November, I have had a tightness in my throat, that I get off and on throughout the day, sometimes right after I eat and sometimes I get it when I'm very hungry. What's interesting is the only thing that makes it go away temporarily is eating and drinking, or laying completely flat or on my side. My anxiety medication helps as well. Diet dew soda helps me burp, relieving some pressure, or eating causes pressure leading to burping. If I'm not careful though and eat or drink too much, I have pushed out a burp with some stomach contents as well. What is crazy is I don't believe this is reflux. Antacids are not helping and I feel they may make it worse. Do I need more enzymes or acid? I do believe something is wrong though and that gas is getting trapped. I have only regurgitated maybe 5 times in the last month and usually after a big meal. It's not always acidic either. I can often push out burps by forcing out my chest or doing the throat or attempt of a burp - that thing young kids love to do. I have no pain, no problems with bowel movements, no bleeding, no heartburn except once in the last two months. Some info about me.....I take zanex twice a day but have been for 2.5 years and that has not caused anything weird except maybe some dry mouth. I have some severe allergies to outside pollens at times and cats. I used to hack up tons of white phlegm at night, to the point where it grossed me out. I still do at night and in the morning, but it's not as bad. I have been a chronic cheese eater my whole life, but pretty sure this is not a lactose problem, but could it be contributing to it? I am about 20 pounds over weight but have been hitting gym hard for 2 months now. That has maybe helped some but symptoms persist. And lastly, I had a bad bowel movement at the end of November that I seriously strained so hard to work through it, that I'm worried I might have injured myself or caused a hiatal hernia....is that possible? I haven't had a bad bowel movement since and no diarrhea at all, but I know this started after that. I also sit for around 8 hours a day. Is that causing it? Is my body curved now or something off from slouching. anyone have feedback or help? I'm looking at 3000 dollars for an endoscopy. Should I be worried. These symptoms for me, started at the end of November, but I do recall once in a while having the tightness in my throat late in the day at work when being dry, dehydrated , and hungry. if you or anyone can help, please contact me. It's affecting my mood and my work. I'm getting anxiety about it.
Any luck? See my post under piggy14. Trying to figure this out. I think I have low stomach acid but not sure. I still think it could be a hernia. Let me know and keep in touch!
Hi and welcome to the GERD forum.
The poster you are commenting to, may no longer be an active member (see the date) so you may want to create a new thread or post to one with a current date.
Reflux does not always come with heartburn....so with out it it is still possible to have reflux. One is known as Silent reflux since there is no heart burn most of the time.
Soda regardless it helps you get the pressure out by burping is not good for you....we are told to avoid carbonated bevs as well as caffeine...and certain foods...spicy,acidic, greasy.....
Stress and anxiety will add to your symptoms so do try to relax while you try to work thru this......xtra weight gains and even weight loss can cause reflux symptoms to flare.
Since you are on a med, can I assume you are under a Drs care?
Hey Piggy, m having the exactly same symptoms and i understand that there are highly irritating. Please let me know if u find the cause or cure to this problem
I have burping problem for the past 3 months, I had heart burn issues for few months (before 4 years) but I became alright after cutting down coffee and tea. I recently started drinking tea - one cup every day - and am now affected by belching (20-30 times a day) issue, empty stomach gives me frequent trouble.
I am going to (a) start cutting down sugar, gluten products, carbs (b) increase physical activity (c) increase protein.
Hopefully it works and addresses the problem.
I suffered from acid reflux for years until I learned about apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar cured my acid reflux.
Buy Unpasteurized Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with mother.
After every meal take 2 or 3 teaspoon of apple cider in a glass of water . Make sure you shake the bottle before you pour the apple cider because the residue(Mother) is important part of the cure . After a day or two your acid reflux will be history.
There are a ton of responses here with all sorts of ideas. If you read one that says "This IS the cause. Do THIS," ignore it. A lot of it is based on personal theories, none of which are proven by the scientific method. Also, no one treatment works for everyone. So when someone is insistent, give pause. Do what works for you. Watch your diet for sure, but be wary of advice that goes in the face of medical advice, unless it IS under the supervision of a GI doc; preferably a GERD specialist.
Most of us need to watch acid in the diet. So if someone says "This IS caused by low acid production" as if we are all in the same boat, and then insists on drinking vinegar or other acidic items, BEWARE!
Also beware of easy cure-alls. Something that promises that all your problems will be solved in days, are something to be wary of. Quick fixes and hidden solutions appeal to us because we have problems that we oh so WISH could just be gone, and we could be "normal" again. When you want a cure, you become vulnerable to suggestion.
I don't know if you found an answer already but I am posting my experience to help out any other person. I had the same problem, burped 100 times a day, long dragging burps. Doctors did every test in the world on me, was taking anti acids, they went into my stomach to see If there was something causing my burping. They told me to stop eating pepper and tomatoes completely. One day I woke up and the burping ceased. After 8 months of everything and nothing worked, It suddenly just stopped. Ask me how, for three days, I traveled to a different state, and they delivered breakfast. I ate a heavy breakfast and the burping seized completely. I was shocked. I had always skipped breakfast now I know it truly is the most important meal of the day. I just couldn't believe something so simple as a heavy breakfast could solve my problem. Please if you are going through excessive burping and the doctors can't point to a specific thing causing it, try eating a heavy breakfast, it solved mine completely.
I was just doing online research when I stumbled on your question. I am experiencing the exact same thing as you. It makes me feel better knowing that others are going through the same thing but it concerns me that no doctors know what the cause is or how to fix it. If you've had any luck in your journey, please please please let me know, this feeling is torture.