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Do you burp uncontrollably after meals?

OK, I know everyone burps after a meal, but even if I eat slowly and try not to swallow too much air, I still feel a need to belch after I put down my knife and fork. Even if I put my hand over my mouth and try to muffle the sound, it still comes out audibly. Often it sounds deep and gross. It always tastes of what I had just eaten. But it's always relieving afterwards. Sometimes I do more than one. Occasionally I might bring up a bit of food with a burp.

Is this all normal? Or at least, as it normal for a person with IBS?

  1. Hi , have you asked your doctor about this? I've seen others talk about similar symptoms, but it's always best to check with your doctor if something else might be going on.
    Have you always had this symptoms, or did it appear recently?
    Have you been tested for SIBO? Excessive belching can sometimes be a symptom of that.
    I hope other community members will chime in soon. All the best, Karina (team member)

    1. Person I belch occasionally after a meal. Usually because I ate too fast. I do that when I love what I'm eating or I waited too long to eat and I'm famished. The Mayo Clinic addresses your symptom thusly:

      Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can sometimes cause excessive belching by promoting increased swallowing. Chronic belching may also be related to inflammation of the stomach lining or to an infection with Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium responsible for some stomach ulcers.

      1. I've always burped after meals, even as a child. But it didn't seem as embarrassing back then. Now I've become more conscious of it. It doesn't cause pain or other disruptive symptoms in my life, but it just can be embarrassing sometimes when you're out at a restaurant. After a big meal I feel a burp coming and I know I'm not going to be able to control it. It's like a cough; I really cannot stop it or muffle it.
        It's just comes out like br-o-o-o-o-o-o-p! and some people think I'm being rude on purpose even when I say pardon me. Sometimes when I'm in a restaurant and feel a burp coming I take myself to the bathroom to let it out. I can enjoy a burp better in private.
        I don't mind a good burp after a meal, but I just wish it wouldn't come out so loud and uncontrollable.

        1. Since you've had it all your life, I'm wondering if there could be a functional cause that causes you to swallow too much air? My son had issues with reflux due to oral tension, so this reminds me of that a little. But if it has always been there and doesn't cause you any pain or other issues, it doesn't sound like it would be something to worry about.
          Another thing I can think of: do you drink carbonated beverages during meals? Because that could definitely make the belching worse as well. Karina (team member)

      2. Obviously I don't drink carbonated beverages with meals. I don't drink carbonated beverages much at all because it makes me burp a lot, like I'd be talking and burps would be coming up one after the other as I'm talking. I burp after non-carbonated beverages too but only once. Sometimes I'll feel a bloated feeling in my chest after even a glass of water but a burp relieves it.

        1. I just wanted to ask because I always drank fizzy water growing up and I was so used to it that it didn't even occur to be that something like that could bother my digestion at first. Sorry is that was a stupid question.
          Have you ever had an oral function assessment? I might be completely wrong, but I'm thinking that if oral dysfunction in infants can cause them to swallow too much air while eating/drinking, this could technically also be possible for an adult;.. but I really don't know.
          I hope you're having a symptom-free day! Karina (team member)

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