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gas/bloating in stomach but can't burp

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Created September 18, 2012 at 7:46 PM

ok so this is a gross question

i have never been able to voluntarily burp and i very rarely do on accident (and it is always tiny). after i eat or drink, i usually have to gag myself a while later to let gas escape from my stomach. i am always careful not to swallow air, but i almost always have gas bloating. if i don't gag myself, i will have croaking/gurgling of air coming up my esophagus for hours.

anyone else experience this or know what's going on? this annoying body quirk has happened for years but gets worse when i am anxious and hasn't changed since going Paleo/low carb/no sugar. i have recently begun supplementing with HCL.

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598 · October 03, 2013 at 8:51 PM

This solution has worked for me but lately my burping has become more natural and I'm not sure exactly why. I do drink a lot of hot tea and a ginger tea almost every day. I'm tempted to attribute all digestive improvements to the Paleo diet but that may well not be the case this time.

Warm liquids help to both prevent and treat gas stuck in stomach but for me gas ex is the best way after the bloating starts to get things moving in either direction.

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1197 · May 03, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Warm water with lemon works well too - lemon and ginger both are my go to cures for a burpy stomach.

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3442 · January 27, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Baking soda, in my experience, is the most consistently effective. A lot of good advice here... peppermint & ginger specifically. I also like herbal elixirs, but understand some people don't do distilled. Jäger or Absinthe... most other digestifs are high in sugars.

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1173 · December 13, 2012 at 8:07 PM

does that create more gas for you? I have enough gas but lack the burping mechanism. It just isn't possible for me to burp

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3979 · October 03, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Have you tried beating your chest like a gorilla? That's paleo.

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340 · September 19, 2012 at 12:04 AM

How is the HCl experimenting going? That would have been my first suggestion.

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95 · September 19, 2012 at 1:45 PM

If you eat cooked veg, this is a likely outcome. It took me a long time to discover that all veg or fruit which, when cooked, have a sweet taste, cause me to bloat gassily. When I dropped them from my diet altogether for a while, then slowly reintroduced as raw only, guess what? No reaction at all. These are called FODMAPS and include, among many others: apples (in pies etc), carrot, corn, onion, yam, and more. I'd suggest you stop all cooked veg for a while and let your system relax and recuperate, then start having a tiny bit of only one cooked veg at a time with your meal [this means no grains either]. You will very quickly see what causes the reaction. I wd also have loads of trouble with cooked cabbage. Now I finely chop it, salt it a little and wait til the excess liquid seeps out, then just eat it raw with olive oil and chopped cilantro and ground pepper, or perhaps some other raw salad veg mixed together with it. Guess what? NO reactions at all. But if I take just 2 teaspoons of any of a long list of FODMAP foods I discovered bother me, boom, all the phenomena return. On this site is a great set of lists that you can copypaste, and then make notes for yourself on how you react. No gas, no burps - gone forever just by watching what you eat. It's the result of sugars accruing in the system that can't be handled by the body. http://www.cassandraforsythe.com/blog/Complete+FODMAP+List+For+a+Happy+Gut/

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15 · December 11, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Similar problems with getting gas up from stomach/duodenum. Biocarbonated soda works for me... 1/2 teaspoon in small glass of warm water. Sip a little first.

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1173 · December 13, 2012 at 8:07 PM

does that create more gas for you? I have enough gas but lack the burping mechanism. It just isn't possible for me to burp

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3442 · January 27, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Baking soda, in my experience, is the most consistently effective. A lot of good advice here... peppermint & ginger specifically. I also like herbal elixirs, but understand some people don't do distilled. Jäger or Absinthe... most other digestifs are high in sugars.

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0 · May 23, 2014 at 6:41 AM

I had bloating bad for 7 years. No other symptom, just extreme distinction. Painful. I went dairy free for 6 weeks-no change, then went strict gluten free and low sugar for one year but still had the bloating. Went to a naturopath and she gave me Oregano Oil capsules. After about 3 weeks of those, along with a strong probiotic, my bloating vanished! It was not gradual either-it literally just was done on that 22nd day. Amazing. I continued the probiotic everyday and tried to keep on eye on my sugar/carb intake. It stayed gone for 6 months until I ran out of my probiotic and then about a month after that had a bad sinus infection and broke down and got antibiotics. Bad no no. Bloating returned quickly after that. Did another Oregano oil treatment and stayed on my probiotic and it has not returned! Try the Oregano oil to zap the candida overload and then maintain good balance in your gut with a strong probiotic EVERY day. I am taking 100billion CFU. Good luck all.

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0 · May 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM

It's called Esophageal Reflex or Belch Reflex Dysfunction. Google schatzki rings. There's nothing you can do about it. Avoid carbonation and foods that cause gas. There's a medical procedure that basically consists of putting a balloon down your throat and blowing it up to stretch out the muscles that are too tight but it has to be redone every year or 2 because the muscles slowly go back to their original position.

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70 · February 02, 2014 at 7:59 AM

same problem for years. I found out that not only did I not have too much acid but all those Tums/Rolaids, Prilosec, nexium (acid reducers) I've taken made it worse. got to the point the pain was so severe I couldn't eat or lay down to sleep. It felt like someone was trying to shove a football up out of my stomach and the pain was horrible. I found out that too much acid causes the esophageal sphincter to loosen causing heartburn BUT low stomach acid causes it to tighten. I started taking Betaine HCL, soooooo much better. You can read up on how to start with one and add another at every meal. The thing is you have to eat it with protein (Paleo? No problem!) I've gotten up to 22 capsules so far with NO "warming sensation" that signals the last dose was the right one. It's then supposed to train your stomach to re-acquire to ability to make enough acid. I spent 20 years trying to burp because of painful trapped gas, still not perfect but I have acquired the ability to burp after eating, provided I use the supplement and every meal I up the dose it gets better.

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70 · February 02, 2014 at 7:59 AM

same problem for years. I found out that not only did I not have too much acid but all those Tums/Rolaids, Prilosec, nexium (acid reducers) I've taken made it worse. got to the point the pain was so severe I couldn't eat or lay down to sleep. It felt like someone was trying to shove a football up out of my stomach and the pain was horrible. I found out that too much acid causes the esophageal sphincter to loosen causing heartburn BUT low stomach acid causes it to tighten. I started taking Betaine HCL, soooooo much better. You can read up on how to start with one and add another at every meal. The thing is you have to eat it with protein (Paleo? No problem!) I've gotten up to 22 capsules so far with NO "warming sensation" that signals the last dose was the right one. It's then supposed to train your stomach to re-acquire to ability to make enough acid. I spent 20 years trying to burp because of painful trapped gas, still not perfect but I have acquired the ability to burp after eating, provided I use the supplement and every meal I up the dose it gets better.

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0 · January 19, 2014 at 2:20 PM

No one has mentioned that this distressing ailment can also be the result of mental tension. Your gut sphincter might close up in the same way that some people's hands do when they are under stress. You might not think you are under any tension but I bet that, in some way, you might be. I had a very stressful job once and boy did I suffer from the problem then - the first time I had ever known it in my life. I hesitate to recommend tranquilliser drugs but I have a horrible feeling that the stress release route, a difficult option I know, might be the one that offers the most fruitful remedy for this debilitating condition.

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0 · December 29, 2013 at 10:34 PM

I've had the exact same problem all of my life. I think I have burped about twice normally and then every time I am physically sick I let out a horrible, huge burp. I don't know if this is related but Lao I constantly have naseau, this has been going on for the past 3 years and it is horrible, this has laws me to having anxiety and a fear of vomit.

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0 · October 29, 2013 at 8:14 PM

When I was paleo for two years I had horribly irregular bowel movements, constipation, and digestive pain. I always had that burp issue where I felt a gas bubble but couldn't burp it out. I ate so many vegetables it was ridiculous, but it didn't do anything. I know this is a paleo board but I hate seeing people suffer, when I switched to 801010 fruitarianism, and I still eat cooked for dinner very frequently, I no longer have any digestive issues. No more constipation, headaches, bad breath, fatigue, emotional instability, just a very happy mind and body.

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0 · October 29, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Hi!

For 3 weeks now, I get this burp trapped sensation in my trough. It lasts for 10-20 min an then body burps itself and I feel relief. My body can burp, but I can't do it on a command when I want to and it makes me more nervous, specially when it happens in public. I noticed that it happens when I get anxious.

I'm trying with lemon-balm tea and deep breathing exercises. I read here that peppermint oil helps so I will try it!

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0 · October 29, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Hi!

For 3 weeks now, I often get this trapped air sensation in my throat and when I try to burp on command I can't. But body itself burps in 10-20 minutes, so I can burp but not when I want to and it makes me feel more nervous when the air is "stuck". I figured it out that this happens when I feel anxious.

I'm trying with lemon-balm tea and deep breathing to relax and it helps to stop that burp trapped sensation after a while.

I read that someone mentioned peppermint oil, I will try it.

Here is an article about belching and anxiety.http://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/symptoms/excessive-belching

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0 · October 04, 2013 at 7:38 AM

Oh! No solution, but how nice to know I'm not the only person in the world who can't burp and has that bloating problem!

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0 · October 03, 2013 at 3:32 PM

I use both hands to slow and deep massage my completely relaxed stomach upward to the rib line when I have a "trapped burp". After a few and never more than 10 reps, the trapped air is expelled and I feel so much better. We massage our muscles when sore but few ever massage their stomach when it needs it. Try it. It really works. So many times, the simplest solution is the best one.

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0 · August 03, 2013 at 6:59 PM

I am a 29 yr old female who has never been able to burp. Maybe 1 time a month but it isn't very big and brings no relief. I tried the finger down the throat and when I gag I end up swallowing more air than I can expel so that isn't a gear help either. About 2 months ago I started taking generic 20mg pepcid twice daily. Since then I have started burping! They aren't the huge ones other people can do, but it happens often enough that I no longer have that gurgle sound in my throat our as much blasting. I don't know if this will work for anyone else but me, but I know how crappy this problem is and the box of pills are like $5 bucks so it isn't ahuge loss if it doesn't. I can't remember if the burp was immediate or took a few days... I hope it helps someone!

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0 · August 02, 2013 at 4:09 PM

I have the same problem and it's weird how we've all discovered that the gagging thing works. The gurgling and bloating gets extremely bad when I drink beer or pop. Easy answer: avoid but I do really enjoy beer. I look forward to trying some of these remedies.

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0 · July 31, 2013 at 8:35 PM

also have this exact problem, I was beginning to think those mushrooms i ate caused my stomach some horrid problems.(i was wrong)

I find burping to be a great relief to the (constant) stomach pain. Problem is I can't burp without gagging. My diet is changed and im still practicing my burps without gags.

its quite embarrassing when someone hears me trying to relief my stomach pain and more embarrassing when im trying to explain it to them.

thanks for the tips and help. I don't feel alone anymore~

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0 · July 30, 2013 at 2:15 AM

The only thing that helps me is jumping on my small trampoline

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0 · July 20, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Thank goodness that I found someone (group of) who also cannot burp on command to expel gas. I have recently in the past 2 weeks had severe GI issues andhavebeen I the floor, sweating, and in absolute misery. Thank you for sharing the information here. I will try many of these ideas and suggestions. Thank you all so much!

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0 · July 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Who are these people who are making fun of people who cannot Burp ---Karma will get you because not being able to burp will make you fell like your having a heart attack hopefully they will feel this and stop being a bully to those of us you cannot. I just recently had surgery on my esophagus not being able to burp in extremely painful TRY IT SOMETIME you will end up in the emergency room and hopefully there will be people out there who will make fun of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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0 · July 05, 2013 at 2:06 AM

Burping is not simple. I have asked people how to burp. They say something about an air bubble going up in your throat and then releasing. I have no idea what the hell they are talking about. They put two fingers on their throat and swallow. No luck. Burping is so annoying and so fucking hard to do.

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0 · May 12, 2013 at 4:39 PM

I, too cannot burp. Anything I take to promote burping only causes me more discomfort. I have learned to always use a straw and be totally aware of gulping. No colas, beer, limiting gasy foods. I also have to gag myself at times with my head thrown back as far as it will go to open my throat. Not pretty don't do it in public but it works! For the people that think this is funny or some kind of joke......it is neither and I'm so glad I found some other people in the same burpless boat!

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26 · February 25, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Hi, Thanks for sharing effective post with us. Bloating is most ordinarily caused by gas in our internal organ. Surprisingly, we have a tendency to manufacture up to four pints of gas daily however it is largely free once we attend the toilet, burp or pass wind. Depending on what you eat, what quantity air you swallow and what styles of microorganism you've got in your gut, you may produce additional or less gas. Fiber is vital to your diet. Salads, vegetables, cereal etc.Avoid dairy farm product, especially cheese. Lactaid milk looks to be okay on behalf of me. Eat little meals or snacks. round the bend square measure smart snacks,& popcorn (they have fiber). No "soda". i exploit charcoal to assist gas often, however it robs your body of nutrition. Keep posting... http://www.colonhealthmagazine.com/colon-cleanse/what-does-a-bloated-stomach-tell-you.html

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0 · February 24, 2013 at 2:59 AM

Two words, "gas ex".Extra strength gas ex. Seriously, your bloating can get so bad your stomach and back both will hurt and you may be on your knees in agony with sweat rolling from your forehead, moaning in pain.I have had to take as many as six but generally relief comes within 30 minutes.You may even start to belch but it will pop those bubbles in your belly!

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598 · October 03, 2013 at 8:51 PM

This solution has worked for me but lately my burping has become more natural and I'm not sure exactly why. I do drink a lot of hot tea and a ginger tea almost every day. I'm tempted to attribute all digestive improvements to the Paleo diet but that may well not be the case this time.

Warm liquids help to both prevent and treat gas stuck in stomach but for me gas ex is the best way after the bloating starts to get things moving in either direction.

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72 · February 16, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Hi, Stomach problem starts with undigested food, some waste material can stick to the wall of intestine and difficult to thrown out. From then the stomach problem start like bloating, gassy feeling, chronic pin etc. One good way to cure from such problem is drink plenty of water and eat more fiber fruits which soften the stool.

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0 · February 16, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Hi All,

In the past two years I've had quite a few stomach and esophagus problems which seem to have caused very similar symptoms of air trapped in my stomach. I get the sensations of it feeling, full, bloating, pushing up into my throat and making me feel generally sick and kind of anxious. First off thanks everyone for this post and comments I will be trying the recommendations. Now here is the benefit of my experience - my small contribution:

I have taught myself to burp on demand so I can get some of the stomach air out and releave the bloating. I do this by gently tensing/squeezing my stomach muscles (just below the stomach) in a downward way. For some reason this sometimes gets the air out. It's tricky to explain how to do the downward thing but if you basically thing "down" it should happen. This doesn't always work if the air is really stuck but does sometimes help and may be good to use in combination with the other tips.

I hope that helps! Dave

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0 · January 27, 2013 at 7:03 PM

I too physically can't burp! The only way I can burp ever is to gag as if I'm about to be sick. Not very pleasant as I'm a lady! I have found that nothing works to make me burp. All the remedies you've mentioned just make me more bloated and have a huuuuge gagburp instead. I hope you find a solution. I'm 24 and currently pregnant, it makes heartburn a killer! :)

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261 · October 17, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I'm using betaine too and it helps.

Another remedy I use is to drink a cup of hot water with fresh ginger soon after each meal. After that, the natural burping starts.

To prepare the drink, use hot water, add some grated fresh ginger (1-2 teaspoons), cover the cup with a cloth for 3-5 minutes (no more than that otherwise it gets difficult to drink). Remove the ginger and drink it hot.

It helps digesting and so the burping.. It doesn't make miracles but definitely helps. The rest is up to the diet..

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1197 · May 03, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Warm water with lemon works well too - lemon and ginger both are my go to cures for a burpy stomach.

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155 · October 17, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Try things that have peppermint oil in them. Peppermint oil causes the smooth muscles of the esophagus and gastrointestinal tract to relax allowing the trapped gas to escape. Peppermint oil is not recommended for people with acid reflux for the same reason. Here are a few articles on the effects of peppermint oil on smooth muscles:

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/peppermint-000269.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1646142

http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/555147

Hope this helps!

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11683 · September 19, 2012 at 1:49 AM

I have this issue too, but I always thought it was because I was bulimic in my 20s and possibly damaged the valve between my esophagus and stomach. I could be wrong, but yes it's definitely gotten worse as I've aged.

My main "treatment" is to avoid getting gas in my stomach in the first place. While intestinal gas is in part a byproduct of the bacterial process on your food, stomach gas is essentially all swallowed air. Here are ways that we swallow air (and you may know these already):

  • sipping from straws
  • slurping hot liquids (the slurp draws air in along with the liquid. To avoid slurping, the liquid must be cool enough that you can place your top lip on it to form a seal)
  • drinking from water bottles (the ones with small mouths)
  • chewing gum, sucking on candies, smoking, wearing ill-fitting dentures
  • eating too fast, talking while eating. And really talking, period (though a hard one to avoid)
  • being stressed - a big one for me, took me a while to realize
  • salad - hard to eat without swallowing air. I still eat it but i walk around afterwards to try to get a burp out, or I sip some warm water or eat dark chocolate to help me burp (more on that below)
  • smoothies - they whip air into a liquid, too airy for me
  • carbonated drinks - no mystery there
  • giving oral sex (for me at least) - was that TMI?

In terms of getting a good burp out, some things I've found that help: - I've read that chocolate relaxes the esophageal valve which makes it easier to burp. I do find I burp after some chocolate. I'm told apple peel has the same effect (the pectin, I think). - sip some warm water - warm water with baking soda in it - walk around - rub your own back and stomach

I would love to hear others' burp tips because a stuck burp is just beyond uncomfortable.

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26182 · September 18, 2012 at 10:20 PM

do you still have your gallbladder?

Also dairy? Do you consume diary?

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Clever - you are seriously retarted. Sincerely, Even more clever

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-12 · February 25, 2013 at 11:14 AM

AND WHEN YOU ARE ANXIOUS.. IT WILL NOT CAUSE YOU BLOATED AND CANNOT BURP.. MY FRIENDS BURP LIKE NO BODY ELSE BUSINESS AND YOU SEE.... DUN WRITE NONSENSE HERE... ANXIETY OR STRESS WILL NOT CAUSE INABILITY TO BURP!!

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-12 · February 25, 2013 at 6:50 AM

STOP FOOLING AROUND. HERE.. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS PEOPLE CANNOT BURP.IF YOU CAN SWALLOW>> YOU CAN SURE DURP. WHY LYING THE WEB.. SO WHAT IF THERE IS BUBBLE OR AIR IN THROAT.. JUST BURP IT OUT.. LA.. GOD CREATED US TO BURP.. ARE YOU HERE TO TELL LIES ABOUT GOD'S CREATION... STOP FOOLING AROUND. HERE.. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS PEOPLE CANNOT BURP.IF YOU CAN SWALLOW>> YOU CAN SURE DURP. WHY LYING THE WEB.. SO WHAT IF THERE IS BUBBLE OR AIR IN THROAT.. JUST BURP IT OUT.. LA.. GOD CREATED US TO BURP.. ARE YOU HERE TO TELL LIES ABOUT GOD'S CREATION...

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