Burping After Meals

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:
lactose intolerance
meal-related bloating
current birth control pill use
undigested food in stools
moderate recent weight loss
vegan diet
history of adult acne
brittle fingernails
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:
Cause Probability Status
Gallbladder Disease 95% Confirm
Lactose Intolerance 17% Unlikely
Poor Digestion 1% Ruled out
Stomach Acid Deficiency 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate digestive problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you suffer from belching (burping) within 1 hour of a meal?
Possible responses:
→ 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: