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
- Poor Digestion
- 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:
moderate right hypochondriac pain
Under 4 years at 120-180 blood sugar
very frequent stools
current birth control pill use
recent onset nausea
fatty food intolerance
major recent weight loss
low egg consumption
regular episodes of diarrhea
... and more than 60 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 burp (belch) more than usual within about 1 hour of eating a meal?
→ Don't know / I never burp
→ 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:
The gallbladder acts as a storage unit for the bile made by the liver, which is used to help digest fatty foods. Burping or belching may suggest the presence of gallstones that block the bile duct, leading to digestive distress. Frequent burps can occur when gas is created due to incomplete digestion.
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