I am asking for advice for myself and to see if anyone else has ever had symptoms like this.
I am a healthy 27 year old woman. A few years ago I was going through a very stressful time. The company I was working for was slowly but surely going under and literally everyday you would walk in and not know if it was going to be your last. During this time I would burp a lot and I got this kind of empty feeling in my stomach 24/7 even after I had eaten. I attributed it all to stress and once I finally did get laid off and the stress was gone the symptoms went away.
Well, I am entering another slightly stressful phase in my life.
Work is kind of cr-ppy and classes and getting accepted into nursing school is making me a little nervous. Now the burps have started again, but not that empty tense feeling in my stomach.
They aren't big belches or acid like heart burn. I'll just be sitting there and all of a sudden feel it come up my throat. It doesn't hurt but it does happen a number of times a day.
Does anyone have advice in treating this? I imagine that maybe an antacid is in order, but I've literally never taken one before and like I said, I don't have heart burn or anything. I don't know what I should take, or for how long. Seeing as how this is just the beginning of "school stress" I have been working on ways to minimize my stress level.
If you ever had symptoms like this or know what I should do about please give me your advice.
Feb 3, '03
Why don't you try taking some OTC Pepcid/Zantac; it sounds like an upper gi problem.
Have you changed your diet? When you are under stress, do you eat or drink something that you normally don't have when not stressed?
Feb 3, '03
My guess is that when you're stressed, you probably breathe faster and gulp air while you're doing it. Air swallowing is a very common cause of burping, and the way to control that is to train yourself to breathe in slowly through your nose and out through your mouth. This means you have to make yourself aware of your breathing when you are nervous or excited, which is hard to do unless you practice controlled breathing when you're not.
Also...you'll want to avoid soda pop, beer and other "fizzy" beverages, for obvious reasons.
Let us know if this helps you.