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About 5 months ago I started regurgitating some of the food I ate. I was undergoing a little more stress than usual so I attributed it to that. It also was infrequent, happening maybe once a day. Over time it has gotten progressively worse to where I'm regurgitating everything I eat or drink. Here is what happens: I eat or drink a normal amount and then about 10-15 minutes after I eat, I regurgitate a mouthful of whatever I just consumed. I spit that out and a minute later, another mouthful. This can continue for over an hour. I've been in the situation where I have no other option than to reswallow the food but when I do that I get a bad stomach ache and it will try to come back up later. The longer I hold it in, the more acid it gets. This is truely awful to deal with and I've done the barium swallow and upper endoscopy with negative results. I don't eat as much because I know what will happen. Any other options? Any answers? Whats wrong with me? Please help.


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replied February 7th, 2008
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A3613
Regurgitation can be a symptom of several disorders such as: achalasia, GERD, hiatus hernia, esophageal cancer and even some types of psychosomatic disorders. Several diagnostic procedures can be performed to identify the precise diagnosis and cause for regurgitation. Such diagnostic procedures include: a gastroscopy, an abdominal ultrasound, Barium-swallow test, chest X-rays, an esophageal manometry, 24-hour esophageal pH monitoring…etc. If all of these tests show no organic or functional disorder the remaining diagnostic possibility is that you are experiencing a psychosomatic disorder. You can consult an internal medicine specialist about your problem and seek further diagnostic examinations.


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