Gallstones Symptoms – Belching and Gas


Belching, which is usually a normal process, is the expulsion of gas from the stomach. Every time you swallow, especially while eating, you also swallow air along with food and fluids.

When belching is very frequent, it may be due to unconscious swallowing of air or consumption of gas-producing foods. It may also indicate gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or the presence of gallstones, especially if you belch immediately after a meal. This is because if gallstones are obstructing the bile duct, the lack of bile (which helps break down fat) will cause gas to form and build up.

Belching is often caused when some types of food are taken, especially those which have saturated fats and cholesterol in high levels. These include deep-fried junk foods, including French fries, cheeseburgers, rich sauces on pasta, fried onion rings, and foods containing lots of chili.

When you are belching and passing gas, no amount of antacids can be of help. Sometimes the belching may be accompanied by bile and some acids from your stomach coming up into your mouth, which will leave a nasty taste. When you experience these Gallstones symptoms, you would naturally strive hard to get rid of the condition and ensure that it doesn’t recur.

Your gall bladder’s function is to secrete bile through the bile duct into your stomach to aid in the digestion of fat. If you have some gallstones obstructing the bile duct, either totally or partially, there will not be a sufficient supply of bile to break down the fat. What happens next is that gas will build up from the remnants of undigested or partly digested food. This will be followed by belching. Generally one purpose of antacids is to limit the production of bile, but taking such medications may only aggravate the condition that you are trying to get rid of.

Remember: if you notice bloating and big build up of gas in your system, or belch repeatedly after eating a heavy meal, or after consuming a meal of red meat or fast food, this may indicate that you have gall stones in your gall bladder.

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