What Causes Burping After Meals?
Burping after meals can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'needs attention'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose burping after meals, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "burping after meals" as a symptom. Here are four possibilities:
- Lactose Intolerance
- Poor Digestion
- Gallbladder Disease
- Stomach Acid Deficiency
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
current birth control pill use
undigested food in stools
moderate recent weight loss
history of adult acne
history of birth control pill use
severe lactose intolerance
constant slight bloating
having foamy urine
... and more than 40 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of burping after meals:
|Stomach Acid Deficiency
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Do you suffer from belching (burping) within 1 hour of a meal?
→ Don't know
→ No / rarely
→ Occasionally - several times a year
→ Regularly - several times a month
→ Frequently - after most meals
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of meal-related burping, meal-related burping or frequent meal-related burping, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as: