- CASE FILE
I have chronic belching that never lets up. All my tests have come back normal and there seems to be nowhere that Dr's can turn to help me.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Just over a year ago I was quite ill and throwing up quite intensively (I was sick following a xmas party where I drank too much on an empty stomach).
I had a strange experience while I was vomiting where I felt my body/brain was letting me know something had gone seriously wrong. It was an internal "uh-oh" moment.
The next few weeks I had a bit of a strange sensation of noticing my swallowing - something I don't think I've noticed much in my 45 years. Then I started to have what I thought was indigestion. I then started to burp a lot - and this began to increase. I went to my Dr. and was put on ppi's which gave me terrible heartburn (a symptom I did not have previously) - after several different medication trials I came off them. Over the past year I have tried many diet changes and eliminated foods to no avail. I tried other medications for motility and even (reluctantly) antidepressants.
I have had a slew of tests that all come back normal - or just slightly off but nothing of what the Dr's here think has any significance. I had a delayed liquids gastric emptying study but the solids GES was normal. I've had manometry that measured my swallows but wasn't used to record or measure the belching (from my understanding) that was within a normal range with only slight variances. I've had all my organs checked with ultrasound, CT scan, Chest x-ray, HIDA scan and bloodwork.
My psychiatrist (who I went to after having trouble with my Dr's telling me my symptoms were due to anxiety) is quite convinced that I am having a nerve issue - be it the vegas nerve or something in my CNS that is "off" or other nerves in the stomach and esophagus that because they are irritated are causing me to belch. He has been trying medications for nerves (Lyrica and Baclofen) but so far I am not getting a strong response. The belching seems intractable.
I belch non-stop from the time I wake up until the time I go to sleep and I even am woken up with discomfort. I am able to suppress the belches while talking and I chew gum also. I normally belch every 2-3 minutes or more.
My quality of life is desperately poor as a result of this overnight disorder.
I am simply looking for a Dr. who is curious enough to show some interest in my case who may know something that could help me.