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.

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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
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Stomach Acid Deficiency
  • Poor Digestion

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:
history of iron deficiency anemia
recent onset nausea
recent onset diarrhea
current birth control pill use
past non-surgical gallstone removal
regular episodes of diarrhea
meal-related bloating
having a slight fever
Caucasian ethnicity
pain after large/fatty/night meal
very frequent stools
meals worsen epigastric pain
... and more than 50 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 90% Confirm
Lactose Intolerance 17% Unlikely
Stomach Acid Deficiency 2% Ruled out
Poor Digestion 0% 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 occasional problems caused by eating, regular problems caused by eating or frequent problems caused by eating, 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 / only if I eat too much
→ Occasionally - several times a year
→ Regularly - at least once a month
→ Frequently - after most or all meals
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of meal-related burping, occasional meal-related burping, regular meal-related burping or frequent meal-related burping, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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