I can definitely relate to the inability to burp. I'm 40, have been diagnosed with reflux (from which I have also had problems with heartburn), IBS, and possibly a hatial hernia. Like most previous comments, I've always had that annoying and frustrating growly-throat thing going on, and would get the hiccups often.
However, within the last few months, the most amazing thing has suddenly happened - I began burping! Completely out-of-the-blue, I can now burp without issue. I actually burp quite a bit these days - but seem to be able to, for the most part, suppress it when in public. I can't burp on command, but I won't get picky about it.
And I have to admit, it feels wonderful! My reflux has been so much more managable - as in, I haven't had to take any medicine since the ability to burp began. After 40 years of pent-up bloating and gas that I couldn't control, and those loud - and sometimes painful - throat gurgles, finally being able to burp has been incredible!
What has changed? I don't really know. The only thing that immediately comes to mind as having started about the same time is that I began going to a chiropractor for some neck and back issues. Might be coincidence, but I have nothing else to go on.
I had lap-band surgery 5 years ago. After my 2nd adjustment to the band, I just plain stopped burping. No problems before. I haven't burped for 3 years. I get these very painful and uncomfortable "gas bubbles" going up my throat. Often cause pains to shoot up and down my back and jaws. No heart problems. Help?
Hello! I too have this issue. I also have acid reflux which makes not being able to burp worse. My problem is certain foods trigger my reflux and causes gas leaving me helpless. Almost always at night I will be awakened by it feeling nauseous and the only way to get the gas out is to gag but then I throw up acid as well. It is horrible and I am always stressed by it. I had a endoscopy done less than a yr ago and everything checked out fine. I have to watch what I eat, when I eat, how I sleep. Its horrible.
YES. This is me exactly. Good to know I'm not alone, sad to hear no one's found a cause or cure... I have never been able to burp, even when I was a baby. I have burped 7 times in my life, I am 26, so not as severe as some but still pretty bad. I do get the frog noises. Someone said something about back pain- yes. I get it too.
It's embarassing and it's NOT "just gas"... or if it is, there has to be something we can cut from our diets that should help, but it's the randomest foods. For me, dairy doesn't sit well (causing me to think lactose-intolerant), but then, neither do bananas, nuts, caramel, soda, coffee, ALCOHOL... etc.
shadowking- i have been experiencing it my whole life, so i think age doesnt matter.
recent updates- my bloodwork came back. they said i had osteomalacia (vitamin d deficiency) and i dont know if thats related. i also tested positive for lupus (i know, house, smh) but that could be a false positive so im going for more tests end of the month.
i did talk with a friend with confirmed lupus and she said she has always had difficulty burping too. - i guess it would make sense if everything was inflammed that air wouldnt be able to escape? i am a biologist by education but i dont even want to try the physiology of my body anymore. this last month has been so exhausting i really just want to break down and cry. every day, multiple times a day, for several hours at a time.
science is in the seeking, but i hate not knowing!!!
actually, a question: does anyone else here know the circumstances of their birth? i was just taking a bath and thought back to a comment here about a chiropractor helping, and thought "my neck seems odd"... but almost immediately dismissed the thought because ive never been able to burp, not even as a baby. then i remembered- my mom had an epidural, and, where i had been aligned right before it and it was set to be an "easy" (easier) birth, somehow that made me slant and hit my head against her hip bone for hours before they went in and grabbed my head with tongs. it would seem to me that might have an impact on spinal alignment.
and i have also been giving some thought to stress too. people say it, and i think they're crazy and wrong. people on here have said theyve heard it too. but i have noticed muscle relaxers help (i've burped 9 times in my life, 4 of those were in the last month when i was on a muscle relaxer, but have since been off it and haven't burped since). i know my early life was transient; we traveled and moved a lot (not military but close or worse). perhaps it is an anxiety thing? if it is, i know some alternative medicine that will help, i dont relish the idea of being on meds forever... even if they help. i think it's unregulated though (not pot, but an herbal tea) and that's likely to draw criticism. or maybe i just need more fiber.
i just find lupus an unacceptable explanation, because when i went to the doctor and said i thought my back pain was rooted in a digestive issue... it just seems unrelated and wholly out of the blue. i mean, i dont know. i'll see what the rheumatologist has to say, and try to keep an open mind.
I also cannot burp, and cannot remember ever burping.. False or real. ive asked my parents if i burped as a baby and they say yes. I am 30 years old and remember as a kid being jealous of my best friend who could out-burp the boys on the playground. She got a lot of attention and said to just swallow air.. Tried to no avail, although quickly realised burping's not the best way to get a boy's attention! Seriously though I learned in my late teens that the only way to get rid of that horrible upper-bloated gas was to **sorry TMI** stick my finger down my throat to 'let out the bad air'. Never actually being sick but it's like having to open my throat to make myself burp. I've had people who've heard me in the loo & think I'm bullemic but its the only way to get the air out. Now I can mostly control gas with a good diet (mostly paleo)& colonics and hardly ever have to do it anymore but it is such a release when needed. I had to do it often in later pregnancy because my body was out of room!
It's such a relief to know I'm not alone! There are so many similarities in these stories. I also get the froggy gurgle, have some anxiety issues (started as a child- was deathly afraid of vomiting or witnessing someone else do it), was born with clamps or tongs...
Because of scoliosis at age 14 i had a spinal fusion with Herrington rods, so Not much movement in the cores. Pilates & fish oil helps with the stiffness & pain.
Bookmarking this page! Lets find out what's keeping us from burping!
I too haven't ever been able to burp and I get the frog noises a lot (much to the amusement of my friends) and it often causes really bad bloating to the point where i can barely breath or swallow - particularly when drinking alcohol.
However, one thing I've experienced which hasn't been mentioned on this thread is when taking MDMA or ecstasy (I'm not condoning or recommending this, just sharing my experience) I always do huge burps. I've come to expect it now (and enjoy the relief!) but the first few times it happened it made me quite violently sick - I'm guessing because my body wasn't used to it.
Basically I'm wondering if anyone knows of any medical reason why the drugs would suddenly cause me to burp so aggressively?