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Constant belching, extreme on exercising, occasional smoker. Will ENT specialist help?

I have been having continuous belching issues for over the past 9 months. I have seen a gastro doctor in which they gave me some medication to ease my stomach. This did not help. It seems to be the most extreme when exercising (running, hockey, tennis). I will also occasionally smoke cigarettes, and this also seems to escalate my burping. Is this something an ENT specialist would be able to investigate?
Asked On : Fri, 12 Oct 2012
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It seems you are suffering from gastro-esophageal reflux disease, which is one of the commonest causes of belching. Exercise worsens it by increasing intra-abdominal pressure. Try exercise at least 3-4 hours after food. Smoking also worsens it. You were right to see a gastro-enterologist as some conditions like hiatus hernia, peptic ulcer etc need to be ruled out. If his treatment has not benefitted you, ask for a change in prescription. Also try to avoid ingesting air while eating/exercising.

Best wishes.
Answered: Tue, 18 Jun 2013
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