Each week we select a question or two that represent an issue noted by several other members and are also questions that are “meaty”; i.e., allow us to go deeper into the disease of GERD. However, there are a great number of excellent questions that only require a short response – and yet, they are still valuable to you, the visitors to RefluxMD. We will try to provide these short responses each week to answer more questions and to help you find your path to relief.
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I have only burping no heartburn is that unusual?
There is no “usual” when it comes to GERD symptoms. Traditional symptoms are heartburn, chest pain (similar to a heart attack) and/or regurgitation. However, many only report a constant cough, persistent hoarseness, and/or continuous postnasal drip, to name a few of the other symptoms. The significant use of PPIs has also rendered many adults “symptoms free”, but not “disease free”. As Blair Jobe noted in a research paper: “We are learning that the chronic and long-term use of PPIs may not be entirely without consequences and may lead to more insidious problems such as calcium malabsorption or cause one to be asymptomatic in the face of continued esophageal injury from GERD.”
Your burping could be a symptom of GERD. In an article titled, Caution: the signs of esophageal cancer esophageal cancer vary, a RefluxMD member shared his story where burping was the only clue to his problem. When we asked him what he would do differently, here is how he answered: “I would have talked with my doctor about my burping, and even gone to a GI to get testing. I should have asked ‘Why am I burping so much?’ There was something going on inside and I shouldn’t have ignored that symptom.”
If you are concerned, you certainly should see a GERD expert. Please feel free to use our DocMatch tool and we will find a GERD specialist for you.
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