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Belching Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Belching. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you noticed a problem with belching?

    Why: to establish if acute or chronic.

  2. Are you conscious of swallowing air?

    Why: swallowed air is the major source of gas in the upper gastrointestinal tract. In most cases of excessive belching there is no underlying pathology and the situation probably represents an acquired habit. Air is sucked into the esophagus with each belch, thus the most useful therapeutic option is to concentrate on avoiding the next belch.

  3. Dietary habit history

    Why: questions about various habits that may increase the risk of excessive belching e.g. fizzy soft drinks, chewing gum, drinking fluids with meals, mixing proteins with starches, eating quickly and not chewing food thoroughly, eating and chewing with mouth open.

  4. Cigarette smoking?

    Why: increases the risk of swallowing air.

  5. Past medical history

    Why: e.g. diabetes (diabetic gastroparesis can cause excessive belching).

  6. Excessive flatus
  7. Sensation of bloating or actual visible abdominal distension?

    Why: frequent complaint in Irritable bowel syndrome or bowel obstruction.

  8. Heartburn?

    Why: excessive belching is a common complaint of people with heartburn.

  9. Symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome?

    Why: e.g. bloating, abdominal distention, alternating constipation and diarrhea, nausea.

  10. Symptoms of gallstones
  11. Symptoms of gastoesophageal reflux
  12. Symptoms of peptic ulcer

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Belching:

The following list of conditions have 'Belching' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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