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Dr. said belching is a Psychological issue?

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Dear Doctor;
My problem is that i suffer from chronic belching, Wether my stomach is empty,after drinking a cup of water or after eating.I don't have any bloating or pain ,it's just that i was diagnosed with cytomegalovirus and Epstein bar virus about a month and a half ago,by then my liver functions were high but it went back to normal 2 weeks ago .I was really worried before repeating the tests ,and my doctor told me that the belching is a Psychological issue but i don't believe it ,as i don't think about it ,it's just that it's too much that it turns my attention to it.
please help me as i don't know what to do


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replied February 22nd, 2012
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A31901
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

Belching, also known as burping , is the act of expelling gas from the stomach out through the mouth. ‎The usual cause of belching is a distended stomach caused by swallowed air. The distention results in ‎abdominal discomfort, and the belching expels the air and relieves the discomfort. ‎

In your case, since your symptoms have persisted for a long time, and are continuous, then the cause ‎can be enlargement of abdominal organs like liver, collection of peritoneal fluid or obesity. In case you do ingest ‎lot of milk or dairy products (lactose) then malabsorption syndromes can be the cause. ‎

You may consult with a gastroenterologist who can examine you and if needed order a few tests like ‎Abdominal X ray, Gastric emptying studies, or imaging like Ultrasound or a CT scan to rule out possible ‎causes. ‎

Proper treatment will include specific treatment of the underlying condition, proper dietary habits and ‎avoiding foods that produce excess gas, supplementation of digestive enzymes, medications to ‎promote intestinal motility (erythromycin or metoclopramide) and probiotic supplements. ‎

I hope this helps.



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