I Have A Build Up Of Gas And Burping Relieves The Discomfort And Pressure In The Throat. Is It Gerd?

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Asked by Ishrath

I Have A Build Up Of Gas And Burping Relieves The Discomfort And Pressure In The Throat. Is It Gerd?

Following each flare-up episode of GERD, which is somewhat cyclical in nature, I have a build up of gas which weighs heavily in my chest and also applies pressure in my throat (near the larynx). Once I emit the gas through burping I feel relieved. Is this also a symptom of GERD? What should I do about this effect to obtain relief? I would be very grateful for a response.

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Gas itself is not necessarily considered a symptom of GERD but many of us with GERD also have issues with it. For me, I consider them two separate issues. Sometimes I have gas build up which I relieve with over the counter Simethicone (e.g. Gas-X). Reflux is an ongoing issue for me for which I take PPIs. Some foods increase the gas as does stress. But, I've also noticed that when I am extremely stressed I tend to be an air gulper which definitely doesn't help. Also, if you are constipated you are much more likely to suffer from gas as it cannot get out. Certain foods are considered gassy foods such as garlic, peppers, etc.

Best of Luck - Stephanie