Need answers! Burping more than usual!

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Hello, I just want to start my story for a better understanding.

I recently travelled to Asia, first weeks I was fine then the following week I experienced some pain in the left abdomen with constant diarrhea. The pain was too much so I went to the hospital and they said I had my urine was infected. They gave me some iv water and prescribed me some off the counter pills. Following weeks later I was constipated, knowing it was because of the medications I've been taking. The problem I have now is that I have alternating stools, some days it's diarrhea and sometimes it's constipation. I've been having more diarrhea more lately. I feel fine I'm going to the doctors to get a real diagnosis. I suspect it's IBS. Lately though I have been burping right after meals more often? Is it normal to be burping everyday? I had some excessive saliva but it has slowly gone away. The feeling of a lump in my throat comes and goes! No heartburn no chest pain. I haven't had a proper night in sleep because I'm worried this could he Gerd which I'm thinking in conclusion I might have. I have to constantly clear my throat sometimes there is some phlegm in it. Any ideas? 

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    I have similar symptoms. I have had a "lump" in my throat for almost a year. My throat and palate have been sore. I have had a lot of phlegm all since this started. 

    And I do have excess saliva also. In fact, its funny you should mention that because when I was talking today, there was so much saliva that I wiped a little off the side of my mouth. 

    I believe I have gerd/ silent reflux either triggered  by antibiotics or its been building up over the years. Im still trying to get answers. This year (2015) im hoping to eliminate all sinister health problems for peace of mind and if it is gerd then I will look into the options. Ive been on ppis for about 3 months with no improvement which is disappointing but some say it could take a long time and some people are on them indefinitely. I would rather try surgery than that. 

    Keep updating your symtoms on this post. its a great forums and you should get lots of helpful info. 

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      Yes, it's funny how this all started right after my stomach flu. This year I'm hoping to eat more healthier and more smarter and work out to make sure these kind of problems don't get to severe. I constantly have to swallow my throat because of the saliva which drives me crazy! It's weird because the lump sensation comes and goes. I will continue to update on my symptoms. Thanks on your feedback! 
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      Hi Jay,

      My wife has IBS and GERD. The tablets for one, make the other worse. It's a balancing act, and even after over 30 visits to accident emergency in intolerable pain, and a Nissen fundiplication operation, she still has bad days. The Nissen was done to stop acid coming up through her esophegas and burning her mouth and attacking her teeth and gums. Essentially the esophegas isn't designed to take acid like the stomach is so the Nissen stops this by having the stomach turned slightly and stitched to the top of the esophegas. I guess this acts similarly to a U-bend in domestic plumbing. Incidentally, she has been on omeprazole and kansoperazole alternately for years. She is not able to be sick if bring up the quantities of acid and bile that she used to, which is good, but she burps often and for a seven stone woman, the volume is more like what you would expect of a full grown man after 6 lagers and a curry!!

      In terms of her IBS, if she takes too many pain relief meds, this causes dihorea overflow. This is when hard stool causes constipation, which is followed by really loose stool. Again, very painful and unpleasant. I could talk about this topic endlessly sadly, and if I thought it was linked to diet, it would be reasonably easy to deal with or mitigate. However, my wife can go several months without pain, or be in pain every other day for weeks.  I guess I  my reply is for you to understand that this is a complex issue, and whilst surgery has had some benefits, the root cause and eradication are still evident. The doctors say that she has the severe symptoms of chronic IBS and GERD, which doesn't sound like you have. Good luck and I hope my reply helps. One thing I didn't mention is that her gall bladder was removed in her early 20's. She is 40 now. 

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      Hi Vanquished, was interested in your wife's Nissen. I had one performed 18 months ago but sadly I still have all the symptoms. Am presently sat at home  with a tube down my nose having the 24 hour Motility test to measure any acid reflux! Has your wife's op been largely a success? I know that it is usually a successful op and I must have been one of the unlucky one's. Mind you if the tests prove a problem I would definitely consider having it redone.
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      Hi Julie,

      The first operation was too tight. She had to have a further one to allow food to pass without getting stuck, ( basically, some stitches released). It took a long time before she could eat solids again. When the surgeon says sloppy diet for 6 weeks, he means sloppy, and for 6 weeks. By success, she is no longer capable of being sick like she was previously. Her GP and dentist warned her that her esophegas tract, gums and teeth would be affected by the acid if something wasn't done to stop it soon so the choice to have th Op was almost made for her. I know it sounds awful, but at her worst, she could half fill a standard bucket full of bile, in a few hours. The surgeon warned that results are not guaranteed and sometimes it can make things worse. Whilst she does not burn with acid so much, she still has bad days. A and E are sick of the sight of her. Trying to get a specialist, pain relief team, GP and other practitioners to talk together is near on impossible. However, she has had some success recently by being given oral morphine at home, which means she can sit in the shower, take the morphine and wait for it to ease. This avoids a trip to A &E at least. She now burps often and as I type, has just belched loudly. I've just asked her if overall she is happier since the Nissen. Straight away she said yes, but it wasn't easy at the time. She takes two 20mg ompeprazole in the morning and two before bed. If she is unwell, it's generally when she first wakes. She's convinced that as long as she has food in her stomach, she is fine.. I tend to agree with her, based on experience. She eats constantly, more than I do, but never puts weight on, and when she does put a few pound on over a month or two, it can be lost within 24hrs of being ill. Some may think this is great, but I wouldn't wish the pain on anyone. She tried to have the motility test, but couldn't handle the tube in her nose and stomach. Her GP told her to double up on her tablets for a short period which U.S. what she is doing now. She will go back to just one tablet in the morning and one before bed in a day of two. She also drinks actimels to try and support a health stomach. Hang on in there, you are certainly not alone.

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      Thank you for your reply Vanquished, your poor wife has really been through it hasn't she and she's only young. Was her original diagnosis acid reflux? I'm off to hospital in a mo to have this naso-gastric removed following the motility test, which wasn't too bad. Hopefully the results will help me.
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      Hey here is an update on my symptoms the excess saliva has gone away or at least settled down, I still have the constant swallowing action but if I'm distracted it isn't bothersome. My burping today wasn't that bad again after meals but like isn't it normal to burp after meals anyway? We burp about 4 pints a day! Have some pain In my shoulder and arms does that have to do with GERD or LPR? Right now I feel sorta "normal" I could be having anxiety also which could explain the burping?
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      Hello Julie,

      Thank you for your kind words.

      She was originally diagnosed with acid reflux and clearly has it today. Onions and fresh tomatoes are a no go zone, along with anything else with a skin. Root vegetables are fine. Anything that grows above the surface doesn't help. Carrots, swede, parsnips, potatoes are all "safe" foods. The motility test is for the specialist to understand the amount of acid in your stomach over a 24hour period. This may help he/she to assess the amount/dosage of any PPI's prescribed.

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      Hi Vanquished, does your wife take any natural remedies to help herself? I know you said that she takes omeprazole. I know that I'm back on Nexium and sadly the whole point of having the op was to be able to stop the medication! Where did she have her Nissens performed?
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    Update on symptoms 

    Tightness on throat has slowly gone away

    Still have phlegm stuck in throat

    Burps haven't been gone that crazy today

    Constantly swallowing  

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    Hi, I've recently had all of this and I have put it down to silent reflux (I don't have acid reflux that I can feel come up). Lansoprozole is helping as does chewing sugar free gum and avoiding coffee and sadly alcohol (easier now christmas is over). I also avoid tomatoes, and follow a  low fodmap diet for food intollerance which is under control.  I had started eating more onions and tomatoes and I think this triggered the LPR. Drink plenty of water too and try and relax as I also think its linked to anxiety which of course also increased acid. I have also started drinking liquorice tea once or twice a day which seems to soothe the throat. Good luck. x
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